Our first line managers are some of the most important members of our businesses team. They are responsible for the supervision and management of our workers, and their levels of effectiveness and productivity can have a large impact on our business’ profitability as a whole. It is vitally important that we keep our first line management team highly motivated and working effectively. If our team is working to the best of its abilities, we can work with confidence, knowing that they have the capacity to handle any challenges they face.
Keeping a team motivated can be a challenge in itself, but by taking a few steps in the right direction, any manager of a department or division, in any business in any sector, can increase the productivity and cost-effectiveness of their team. Here are five tips on how to motivate your first line management team, so that you and your business can reap the benefits of a highly motivated workforce. (more…)
Wellness programs are any program that seeks to improve the health or emotional well-being of employees. These programs can range from free gym memberships to paying them money for meeting fitness goals and programs intended to provide a safety net for staff. Let’s look at why you should implement a wellness program within your organization. We’ll also share a few steps you can take now to achieve these goals. (more…)
Construction sites present a great number of health and safety risks. The Health and Safety Executive estimate that around 4% of construction workers suffer from a work-related illness every year and that 3% sustain a common work-related injury. The types of injuries sustained range in severity, but can include things like broken bones or fractures, cuts and lacerations from tools and materials, burns from fire or electrocutions, and head traumas. (more…)
Coworking communities form some of the most diverse, vibrant workspaces in the modern office. Not only do these offices provide businesses with valuable workspace, but they are also great places to network and build teams. In London, where rents can be typically higher, coworking is a flexible solution that can provide a social platform for start-ups and other businesses. (more…)
Every day, Monday to Friday, I sit on a tube going down to the Square Mile. I sit and look around the carriage to see all of the usual faces. I do not know a single one of them and I’ve never talked to any of them. I might have sat on the same train as all of these people for the last ten years, but I do not know them.
Yet, I know them implicitly. They are me. I’m not saying that they exactly me, but they are my equivalents. We all work in the financial world. We all accept the long hours of the job because of the remunerations. We take on the stresses and strains, knowing that it won’t last forever and that one day we will look back on these days and appreciate them. (more…)
Dynamic Template Systems, or DTS, are an innovation in document automation that allows large enterprises to seamlessly create consistent quality documents, presentations and emails across all departments without dedicating enormous resources to the process. Service providers for DTS make life easier for women that are employed by large organizations and are for some reason required to work from home. This is not only for employees, but also freelancing women that are part of global networks or working on assignments for large firms can reap the enormous benefits of these systems as well. (more…)
I work in an open plan, hot-desking office, you walk in first-thing in the morning and you choose where you would like to sit. There are no regular desks and there is no way to save a workstation. It is purely first come, first seated. (more…)
Heading back to the office after a great Christmas break is probably not in the top ten lists anyone made in their holidays. It won’t appear in any of your New Year Resolutions of exciting activities to partake in and it really won’t appear in your bucket list for the year either.
Then again, you might have made one resolution which will involve heading into the office. You might be more in the mood to enjoy your job and to have fun whilst at work. There are no rules which state that work has to be boring or a chore. (more…)
Urgh – Mondays! Even the word feels us with dread. Mondays are known the world over as being depressing, tiring, busy, and all too far away from the next weekend. Indeed, many people dread Mondays so much, that they feel anxious about it on a Sunday night. This is known as the ‘Monday blues’ and causes a lot of people anxiety and feelings of sadness. Another side effect of the Monday blues is feelings of unproductiveness. Due to being tired from the weekend that just went by, a lot of people feel Mondays are just for coffee and procrastination. But should we change this? (more…)
Snowed under with emails, a phone that won’t stop ringing and a seemingly endless cycle of looming deadlines. Sound familiar? We all experience work-related stress at some point or another, but excessive amounts can interfere with productivity and have an adverse effect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to take the pressure off at work – and office design is one of them. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which the set-up of your work environment can help to stave off stress. (more…)