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Stress Could Be Good For Your Staff

Employees may well be familiar with workplace stress. A growing number of businesses have decided to recognise it, making them better equipped to tackle it. But, it is also true that a little stress at work can actually be good for you and your productivity if you handle it properly.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 40% of all work-related illnesses are due to stress, with around 105 million working days being lost because of this each year.

From the very moment we leave the house to catch the London Tube, to the moment we head out of the office doors to do the same to go home, there are stressful situations that can build-up.
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Embarrassing Miscalculations Made By Teams

With news of French state-owned railway company SNCF creating over 2,000 new trains that are too wide for a number of station platforms we thought it would be interesting to look at other miscalculations made by teams that have proved to be very costly…

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The Millenium footbridge in London.

The Houses of Parliament in London are home to the Big Ben bell, which happened to crack during testing back in 1857. This bell was later melted and recast but when the new bell was installed in 1859, this also cracked. With much of the blame being disputed, it was thought that the material of the bells was too brittle, but instead of changing the bell, they changed the hammer. Continue reading

Are Junior Teams Better Than Senior Ones?

London’s population is predicted to hit 10 million by 2031, with increased migration to the capital due to the long term employment opportunities. On the plus side, when employing new staff you will have a wider spectrum of candidates to choose from. But how do you build the most effective team for your business?

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London has seen huge growth in the amount of graduates in the city looking to start their career. If you build your workforce by employing graduates your teams will initially be weighted towards youth, but will they outshine more senior teams?

In our experience, having worked with a number of teams ranging through all age groups, we have found that the more senior the team the less effective they are. Here’s why:

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10 Tips To Create A Positive Work Environment

23 per cent of Londoners work over 45 hours a week, compared with 19 per cent in the rest of the country, so it is even more important that the working environment is a positive one to keep productivity high.

positive environmentWe have created a list of ten tips to help create a positive working environment:

1. Build trust – this is one of the most important things you can do. It shows reliability, responsibility and accountability.

2. Communicate positively and openly – Each employee needs to feel valued and through listening and communicating, this can be achieved.

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Do Robots Show Better Team Work Than Your Employees?

Technology improves all the time and one impressive piece of kit that is the robot. Robots date back as far as 1515 when Leonardo Di Vinci designed the first one but have come a long way since then.

Today, they are much more advanced, so advanced in fact, that economist Andrew McAfee believes jobs could be filled by droids in the very near future.

This video shows robots at the 2012 RoboCup – a yearly robot football event where robots showcase their skills and team work.

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