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A Guide to productive meetings

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.

Article by: Nick Pollitt | Published: 8 August 2018

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The you at work and the you at home

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.

Article by: Blair Mcpherson | Published: 3 August 2018

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Nine types of people that ruin meetings

“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.”

Article by: Steve Thompson | Published: 25 July 2018

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How to survive the hot weather at work

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.

Article by: Chris Wood | Published: 24 July 2018

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Workplace wow factors

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.

Article by: Helen Moran | Published: 18 June 2018

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A Manifesto for Smarter Working

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.

Article by: Mark Grant | Published: 12 June 2018

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When meetings become a major bugbear

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.

Article by: Sarah Musgrove | Published: 31 May 2018

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Customer Experience the number one differentiator for businesses

We are in an era where customer expectations are rising. As a result, these newly empowered customers expect superior experiences from any business they engage with. In today’s competitive marketplace, an organisation’s brand is built – or broken – on its Customer Experience. There’s three reasons why.

Article by: Lisa Kenny | Published: 31 May 2018

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Is your workplace toxic?

A recent report published by Expert Market has uncovered the unsavoury truth behind employee unhappiness caused by toxic workplaces. Toxic workplaces are those where bad attitudes, bad interpersonal relationships, bad work styles and more affect the morale and productivity of workers.

Article by: David Peck | Published: 17 May 2018

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Trends shaping the future of the workplace

A new report, reveals fresh insights into global workforce leaders and decision makers. Sodexo, 2018 Global Workplace Trends highlights the most critical factors affecting the future of work and demonstrates how an improved workplace experience is key to increasing companies’ performance and leads ultimately to better employee engagement.

Article by: Sylvia Metayer | Published: 9 May 2018