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How gamification can boost engagement and productivity

Many employees shy away from using internal digital platforms, either because they’re too complicated – or just too boring. In many cases, gamifying these systems could encourage much greater employee engagement, whether staff need to complete compliance training or want to take advantage of the company’s rewards and benefits.

Article by: Nicola Britovsek | Published: 23 September 2018

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What’s the Case for a 4-day work week?

According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight countries, nearly half (45 percent) of full-time workers say it should take less than five hours each day to do their job if they worked uninterrupted, while three out of four employees (72 percent) would work four days or less per week if pay remained constant.

Article by: Joyce Maroney | Published: 18 September 2018

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Why parenting team members can be so detrimental

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.

Article by: Tracy Kite | Published: 15 August 2018

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How to encourage a friendly culture at work

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.

Article by: Conor McArdle | Published: 13 August 2018

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Invoking the spirit of ’78
Print – Issue 166 | Article of the Week

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.

Article by: Marc Stigter | Published: 9 August 2018

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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