We often set ourselves resolutions at the start of the New Year – some of us fail and some are still going strong, but as personal resolutions fade, we have put together three ideas to help improve office life.
1. Better conversations, less meetings
Formal meetings on a Friday and a Monday should be banned. Instead consider informal lunches and chats over coffee on these days. Oxford Think Tank Career Innovations research identifies that closing the “Conversation Gap” can help organisations build trust, increase employee engagement and retain talented people more effectively. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Meetings can be extremely productive, but on the other hand there are a number of reasons why a meeting might achieve little or nothing at all. Meetings like this aren’t uncommon, but what makes a meeting “fail”?
Here are reasons why your meeting fail
Here are 4 reasons why your meetings might be failing to reach their potential:
Loss of Focus
It is commonplace that sub meetings will happen within meetings and this can disrupt the whole purpose of why you are there in the first place. Try to stay on course and avoid losing direction as members may lose interest and will become despondent. Continue reading →
The annual Christmas party is often seen as a chance to let a year’s worth of tension out in one go. This could be a member of staff enjoying the Mulled Wine a bit too much or it could be an argument amongst members of staff who haven’t always seen eye to eye throughout the year.
Christmas Party Team Building
This is why it’s a better idea to plan for more thrills than spills at this year’s office Christmas party.
Here are 5 tips to help your Christmas party be memorable for all of the right reasons: Continue reading →
Complaints of work related stress are common and constantly on the rise. The latest report from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that 40% of the total cases of stress (1,073,000), were work related.
Work related stress can have a bad effect on a business
A little stress can help push people to achieve, but too much stress can be damaging and have detrimental effects, not only on the individual, but on the company as a whole – and other team members.
Team building exercises and activities can help to combat the causes of stress in the workplace and alleviate some of its adverse effects.
Motivating your team can have a big impact on performance and the general atmosphere in the workplace. So, we have created 5 simple steps to follow that will give your team a boost and increase overall productivity.
Team Motivation is key to success
1. Share positive news
During meetings, or around the office during conversation, share information about strategic moves and company goals. Sharing important information can help demonstrate trust to your employees which makes them feel valued and part of the bigger picture. Continue reading →
It’s easy to form habits and spend most of the working week doing the same thing each day. Change is energising, so instead of taking the London Tube, eating the same foods and wearing the same clothes, why not make a few alterations to your daily routine?
Wake up and change your day
Here are 10 ways to transform your day:
Eat different food – try something new for lunch. How about a salad instead of the usual sandwiches for example.
Take a different route to work – instead of hopping on the Tube, why not walk or use the bus to experience different things.
Plan your working day differently – try not replying to emails until midday, for example, and see how productive that is. Continue reading →
Bruce Tuckman’s wise words about the 4 stages of development (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago.
Get Your Team Performing
Improving the performance of a team right from the outset is important, so here are 5 ways you can get them started on the right foot:
1. Embrace Different Strengths
Successful teams consist of people with a variety of different strengths and qualities. Some members of the team will enjoy solving problems, other will tend to focus on the process methodically and others will enjoy generating new ideas. Embrace the different strengths and use them together. Continue reading →
Team building days present a unique opportunity to achieve a number of positive outcomes for your team, some of which we will mention in this blog.
There are a number of things that should be gained from a team building day
The potential of team building events can often be lost due to rushed planning, a simple lack of energy and fun and some unrealistic expectations, but a good team building away day can achieve great things for your team and company.
Improving your team’s motivation doesn’t always have to cost the company money. Read our top tips on how you can improve your team’s morale with little effort and no monetary investment!
Instant team motivation
1. Take time to thank your team at least once a day. Try not to stick to just a simple ‘Thank you’ when they complete a task you’ve asked them to do, but write a paragraph explaining how useful it has been and how you appreciate it. Doing this will help increase productivity.
2. Make tea and coffee for people occasionally. The best leaders aren’t too proud to do the little things in order to help others and this act of generosity will show your team that you have time for them. Continue reading →