As a leadership writer and researcher, I focus on the caring behaviours associated with management actions. One risk of this thinking however is that parental, controlling styles of leadership can often be mistaken for caring. The language of Transactional Analysis - a theory of communication and therapeutic interposition - is helpful in illustrating this.
Published: 15 August 2018
Work is better when you enjoy the company of your colleagues and co-workers, and having the right environment is a big part of that. One of the best ways to create a friendly culture at work is to improve the quality and quantity of social interactions between your colleagues – inside and outside of the workplace.
Published: 13 August 2018
The year, 1978, was the year in which the world never had it so good. We had the perfect balance of wealth, work and happiness, according to some Australian experts. They used a novel method to track the social and economic progress of the world, taking into account various economic, lifestyle-related and ecological factors to come to their conclusion.
Published: 9 August 2018
Eight tried-and-tested ways to make your meetings a success. Recent research suggests that unproductive meetings are costing the UK a staggering £582m a week, so if bad meetings are a regular occurrence in your workplace, it could be seriously damaging your bottom line.
Published: 8 August 2018
Organisations want more people to behave at work the way they behave outside of work. Do you think you are different at work to how you are at home? Maybe the real you doesn’t come out at work or may be your conscious that at work you are playing a role that restricts how you might otherwise behave.
Published: 3 August 2018
“Meetings can be useful, but we’ve all been in a meeting that’s been ruined by some bad habits. Whether it’s cutting people off mid-sentence, people twiddling their thumbs with their eyes on the clock or slurping down a late lunch, these habits — if left unchecked - can turn a good meeting into a bad one.”
Published: 25 July 2018
As the hot weather continues in the UK, it pays to ensure a comfortable working temperature, whatever the elements throw at us. Many people are aware there is a minimum working temperature indoors (usually 16C, or 13C where the work being done is strenuous) but that there is no equivalent statutory level for how hot a workplace can be.
Published: 24 July 2018
Flexible working hours and a relaxed attitude are the ‘Wow’ factors that employees look for in a workplace when they are job hunting. Workers were asked what perks they would like in the office and a relaxed attitude topped the list followed by supportive colleagues and flexible working hours.
Published: 18 June 2018
Many organisations are being held back from adopting smarter, more flexible ways of working due to their own cultural intransigence. The benefits of flexible and remote ways of working have been well-documented, from increased productivity to improved staff morale.
Published: 12 June 2018
From brainstorming sessions with no outcome to daily catch-ups with every team member, meetings have got a bad reputation for time wasting. A study looking into the matter by the Harvard Business Review found that many hours are spent wasted in unproductive meetings.
Published: 31 May 2018