We all know what it’s like to experience that “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” feeling. How many times do we just wish for an extra two or three hours to spring from somewhere, just so that we feel we can catch up?
Often, our solution is to try to tag an extra couple of hours onto the end of the working day. We sacrifice our down-time, relationships, and even forego our precious sleep. It’s well known that adults need at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night. Without it, our health suffers – which is certainly not conducive to making the most of our time! Continue reading
How much emphasis does your business place on good workplace communication? If the answer is ‘not much’ or ‘what workplace communication?’, take a look at the risks you’re running with your clients and employees… Continue reading
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
In today’s world of tight budgets and squeezed profit margins, an increasing number of organisations are relying on their experienced, long-standing managers to take more and more responsibility for getting their newbies up to speed.
For anyone who has ever held a management position, the first question that springs to mind is, “With what time?”. Holding the hand of a newcomer to your busy organisation certainly isn’t your number one priority. But could there be something in it for you?
Negotiation skills. Think you have them? Think you need them? Only relevant for salespeople? Think again. Negotiation is a pretty useful skill for all of us to have, whatever line of work we’re in. In fact, our negotiation skills are in use far more than for our 9-5.
According to a recent survey of managers in the UK, ‘developing people’ is in the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions for management professionals. And it’s easy to see why. Training and development not only increases productivity in the work place, but also encourages employee retention and engagement.
Employee engagement is a vital part of the development cycle – if your people aren’t engaged, they won’t communicate. If they don’t communicate, you’ll never know what they need. And if you don’t know what they need, any efforts and investments you try to make towards implementing training and development plans will be wasted.
Experts agree that non-verbal communication is responsible for a huge proportion of the messages we send out. The numbers vary anywhere between 65% even up to 80% or 90%. But whatever the number, it’s clear that communication is about far more than simply the words we say.
So what exactly are we talking about when we refer to ‘non-verbal communication’?
We came across this interesting article, which suggests that bad business writing is a product of quantity being valued more than quality. Continue reading