Team meetings are useful to help discuss progress and goals and to share ideas but we get a number of people telling us that their team meetings are unproductive and boring. So below is a short video clip to help inspire, as well as amuse, your team and kick off the useful discussions such as “What should we be saying more as a team?”
As a leader in the workplace it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a full inbox and busy meeting schedule. Here are some daily habits that every leader should adopt in order to be more productive and bring them success.
- Work without distractions – Most great novelists create their best work when they are in their sacred place with no distractions. Very few claim they were able to create a masterpiece whilst in an open-space office.
- Take a break or two – Dickens was known to take a 3-hour walk every afternoon to let his observations feed his literature. Having breaks can clear your mind and can save you time later in the day so you can be more productive. Continue reading
London-born billionaire, Richard Branson, recently released his top tips for success, which have since gone viral. Team Building London often circulate key tips to help your team achieve success, so it was great to be able to read something we could relate to, from a well-known business figure.
Richard Branson identified a number of things that we often blog about. One of the tips he mentions in his recent post was to ‘have fun and look after your team’ and we could not agree more. We wrote a piece recently called ‘Make it Fun And It’ll Get Done” which shows why we agree with Richard.
A pleasant working environment is great for productivity and if it’s not, then it could be time to move on – something echoed by Richard. Continue reading
At first glance, a workplace where everyone is heads down, typing away, looks efficient but there may be more to it than meets the eye.
If the typing consists of firing off brief, or easily misinterpreted, emails to fellow employees who are only a stones-throw away, then there is a risk of alienation, instead of building strong in-work relationships with colleagues.
An interesting advert on the London Underground reads, “Can’t reads worse than it sounds”, and the point this advert is trying to make is that people talking to one another will be more likely to find a solution, instead of typing that the task ‘can’t be done’ and then pushing the problem back. Continue reading
London remembers what it was like to host the world’s biggest sporting event in the summer of 2012, but Sochi has been in the spotlight this year hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. But, there is a great deal that leaders can learn from the teams from this event.
We have three things these leaders and teams can learn:
After achieving two medals in the Curling at the Winter Olympics – a silver and a bronze from the men and women respectively – both teams in this sport have placed a reason for their success on having fun together. Already being great at what they do, there is little else they can do to improve their performances, other than having fun. Two medals for the Curling teams show that this works! Continue reading
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?
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:
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.
We 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.
In any given year in London, we spend around 2,300 hours at work. So, why not have some fun whilst we’re there?
Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, once said: “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
Interestingly, the video below demonstrates how commuters chose to take the stairs instead of taking the escalator, by introducing a fun element to walking up them.
Work, for many, is serious business where we need to meet targets, meet project deadlines and to ensure we do our job correctly.
A lot of managers argue that humour can distract their team from the job in hand, but a quote we at Team Building London are reminded of is, “Just because the work you do is serious, it doesn’t mean you have to be serious about the way you go about your work.”
Laughter is natural, and using humour in the workplace has its benefits. These include:
January is known as the month of New Year’s resolutions where business owners and team leaders look to turn those bad habits into good.
If you are leader or manager in a London business, it is time to consider what small changes could make a huge difference in the workplace.
Many of these resolutions may already be part of your day-to-day routine, but try doing some of the ones that are missing. The 10 resolutions every team leader should include in their list for 2014 are: