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18
Feb

Stress Busting at Work!

We are running a free workshop on Thursday 26th February to introduce the competences managers need to exhibit to help them to identify, reduce and prevent stress at work. All too often stress at work is caused by managers who do not recognise the impact they are having on others. This practical half-day workshop introduces the …

16
Feb

I’m a CEO – help me raise money for charity!

Well I don’t know how I got into this one, apart from to say I probably thought it sounded like fun and didn’t give too much consideration to the content! Anyway, I have signed up to take part in ‘I’m a CEO, Get Me Out Of Here’ to help raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice …

13
Feb

The Absent Leader – The Pressure is On

The story so far…Ken is taken aback when one of his staff, Project Manager Jane, tells him she’s unhappy at work because of his inaction. After a brief word with the HR manager, and prior to a scheduled meeting with her later in the day, he reflects on what she said. Ken felt a bit …

6
Feb

18 Tips to Help Your Staff be Happier and More Productive

You’re a busy manager with a lot to do. It can feel like an added stress to keep your team happy. Yet an unhappy team is an unproductive team, with more sick days and high staff turnover. So how about some simple ways to keep your team happy and productive? Here they are… 1. Show …

4
Feb

It’s #TimetoTalk

In a bid to help end mental health discrimination Time to Change are asking every employer to take five minutes on 5th February to talk about mental health. For some reason we seem to equate mental health with being unwell, but we all have mental health, some of us are in good mental health and …

30
Jan

The Absent Leader – Reading the Signs

The story so far… Jane is trying to manage a project without support from her co-worker or her manager. She has taken a sickie and is applying for other jobs. It was 8.45 and the car park at Johnson Industries was filling up fast. As Ken, Jane’s boss, was locking his car, he felt a …

23
Jan

18 Simple Ways to Recognise Your Staff Are Stressed

Take the time to review this list and see if you or your staff might be stressed: 1. Look out for changes in their normal behaviour 2. Individuals start to take more ‘sickies’ 3. Productivity drops 4. Increase in error rate 5. Tempers get shorter causing an unpleasant atmosphere in the workplace 6. People work longer …

16
Jan

The Absent Leader – Taking a sickie

The staff cafe was unusually quiet for a Wednesday morning, most of the round tables that were designed to facilitate conversations empty apart from the usual sauces and paper napkins. At least the queue for coffee and biscuits was shorter than usual. Peter caught up with Jane just as she was paying for her coffee. …

18
Dec

Six Reasons Why Productivity Is Low and What You Can Do About It

Recently I was talking to a senior manager at a local business. It’s a subsidiary of a USA company and their senior management was unhappy with the UK office performance. He was very worried about the implications for the future. Productivity had not dropped, but neither had it risen as the parent company expected. The Chartered Institute …

17
Dec

2015 Management Development Programme

We frequently talk about management skills as being ‘soft skills’. I would ask you to take a few minutes to ask yourself, what’s ‘soft’ about: Finding the right way to tell someone their performance is not up to standard Setting expectations for improvements in behaviours Starting disciplinary action Discussing acceptable levels of sickness absence Delegating, …

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