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5 do’s and don’t for the office quiz
There are many kinds of team-building exercise that managers can instigate, and if successful, they can create an atmosphere of fun, comradeship, co-operation and ownership. Quizzes can certainly help achieve this, not least when there are teams involved. It offers a chance to build teamwork, win prizes and have fun without things impacting on work. However, not all quizzes are equal: there are
Keeping out-of-hours events inclusive
There are few things some companies like to do more than socialise. While people in the office might live a somewhat siloed existence, or even make life worse for their colleagues by using jargon words like "siloed", the opportunity for people to meet up outside the office and let their hair down can be highly beneficial. At that point, the ties can come off, the corporate speak can end, tongues can
Decorating your workspace to boost productivity
Nobody likes a dull workspace, but many people work in them. Bland, pastel-shaded colours may have a useful function in a hospital waiting room, but they are a blight on an office. So too are outdated designs and functionalist minimal looks that were once in vogue but, frankly, make the place look sparse and under-equipped. None of it should be like this. There is an enormous amount of research and
How natural light can make your office a better place
With this having been one of the hottest and sunniest summers Britain has ever had, many employers will have had offices full of people extremely keen to get outside as much as possible. However, while spending lunchtimes outdoors - maybe in the nearby park or on the lawn outside (if your office has one) - will appeal to lots of folk, the fact remains that being inside for hours and missing out on
How cycle-to-work schemes can bolster employee morale and health
Many workplaces have their own company cars, or employee car ownership programmes. However, sometimes a cycle-to-work scheme can be much more beneficial all round. Schemes that involve cars can make sense for those who drive around for work purposes, while they are also useful for those who commute and either cannot or do not wish to use public transport to get from their homes to the office. However,
Is your business getting the best out of older workers?
One of the key steps to long-term success for many businesses is gaining as much value as possible from their people. If your firm is looking for ways to optimise your workforce and get the very best out of all your employees, one strategy worth considering is exploring the potential of older individuals. It's easy to assume that the youngest workers will be the ones to drive productivity, come
Could automation of simple tasks make office staff happier?
The use of robotics and automated technologies is something that - if we believe recent research and forecasts - will become increasingly common in many workplaces over the coming years. While this could raise concerns about people losing their jobs, there is also a strong possibility that roles could be enriched and new positions could be created thanks to office robots and artificial intelligence. Are
Annoying office jargon to avoid this year
If keeping employees happy is a priority for your business, it's important to be aware of common workplace issues and habits that people find particularly annoying. One thing that seems pretty much guaranteed to aggravate at least some members of the workforce is when people use cliched phrases and office buzzwords to get their point across. A recent survey by jobs website Glassdoor highlighted
5 steps to support staff mental wellbeing in your business
Businesses that employ workers have a number of key obligations and responsibilities to be aware of, one of which is monitoring and supporting mental wellbeing in the workforce. This is an issue that has become increasingly prominent in recent years. According to a 2018 survey by employer software and solutions firm CoreHR, 41 per cent of top-performing professionals worry about the impact work has
How to make the most of your holiday time
Of the many factors and considerations involved in running a successful business, one of the easiest to overlook is ensuring that all employees make full use of their annual leave allowance. This is particularly true for managers and company leaders. With no-one above you to give reminders about how much leave you have left or to encourage you to take a holiday, it can be all too easy to keep ploughing