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22 12, 2016

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the End in Mind

By |December 22nd, 2016|Book Reviews, Coaching, Development, Leadership, Mindfulness, Positivity, Potential, Productivity, Purpose, Values and Behaviours|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the End in Mind

Welcome to the second installment in our new series about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

If you missed the first installment, you can read it here. In it, we discuss the first habit in Stephen Covey’s bestselling book, and that is the habit of being proactive. This is all about your response to life’s challenges.

Are you passive when trials surface, letting things happen to you and believing there’s nothing you can do to change your situation? Or are you a self-starter, taking the initiative because you understand that there’s plenty you can control and influence, and so you […]

5 12, 2016

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Being Proactive

By |December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Being Proactive

With 2017 just around the corner, it’s the time of year when we reflect on the twelve months behind us and think about the many ways in which we’d like to grow and develop in the year ahead.

After all, most of us want to become better people in the New Year. We set goals or write down resolutions that will guide us and hopefully change us into individuals of whom we can be proud once another December comes again.

An incredibly popular goal during this season is simply the desire to finally accomplish our dreams, whatever those dreams might be. […]

29 11, 2016

How Does Your Office Design Influence Employee Productivity?

By |November 29th, 2016|Organisational Culture, Productivity|Comments Off on How Does Your Office Design Influence Employee Productivity?

Making the magic happen is a responsibility that lies mostly on your employees. They can’t do that if you aren’t providing them with the magic wand they need. Sometimes, the key to unlocking that magic lies in designing an office space that creates the right flow of energy to boost their productivity. They do so much for you – the least you can do for them is provide them with the right environment they need to get things done. All it takes is a great office design to make a noticeable difference in productivity.

 

The Desk Area

Nobody wants to hunch […]

23 11, 2016

5 ways to defend yourself against stress

By |November 23rd, 2016|Development, Motivation, Stress|Comments Off on 5 ways to defend yourself against stress

Today we’re continuing our series on stress management. We’re particularly focusing on the individual’s approach to overcoming stress and the personal strategies you can begin to implement in your own life to combat stress and live a healthier lifestyle with a better work/balance.

According to the Management Study Guide website, “Employees stress is a growing concern for organisations today. Stress is the response of people to the unreasonable . It may also bring out the best in individuals at times. It may induce an individual to discover […]

9 11, 2016

The importance of a personal day

By |November 9th, 2016|Development, Positivity, Productivity, Research, Stress|Comments Off on The importance of a personal day

For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking a great deal about stress in the workplace. It’s an important topic. Stress affects us all. Just look at this excerpt from the website helpguide.org:

“While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance—and impact your physical and emotional health. Often, your ability to deal with stress can mean the difference between success and failure at work.”

But stress doesn’t just surface in our places of employment. We can experience stress in other areas of our lives as well. Common areas that affect our stress levels include […]

26 10, 2016

5 more ways to troubleshoot workplace stress

By |October 26th, 2016|Autonomy, Change, Community, Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Organisational Culture, Positivity, Productivity, Research, Social Support, Stress|Comments Off on 5 more ways to troubleshoot workplace stress

Today, we’re finishing up our miniseries on workplace stress.

We’ve covered a great deal of ground these past few weeks when it comes to this incredibly important yet often overlooked topic. Despite how pervasive an epidemic it is (approximately 40% of employees experience persistent stress or excessive anxiety on a daily basis), not enough workplaces are addressing the issue head on. Instead, stress has become something of a taboo subject that workers shy away from.

Perhaps these workers don’t want to seem ill-equipped to handle the demands of their job. Or perhaps the majority of us have simply accepted that ‘everyone […]

17 10, 2016

7 Ways to Maximise Your Online Learning

By |October 17th, 2016|Development, Mastery, Motivation, Potential, Productivity, Research|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Maximise Your Online Learning

Online learning is seen by many as the way of the future. With digital technology expanding the study horizons each day, who can argue? More than a bi-product of cultural evolution, the rise of e-learning is a viable method for established professionals to engage in adult learning.

A current and flexible environment that allows you to study anytime, anyplace and at any pace that is best suitable for you – isn’t that what we all want? If you’re about to enter a digital academic course, there are many best practices to keep in mind.

Maximise your online learning with these simple […]

13 10, 2016

5 Reasons to Encourage Employees to Work Effectively, Not Long Hours

By |October 13th, 2016|Employee Engagement, Productivity, Research, Stress|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Encourage Employees to Work Effectively, Not Long Hours

Contrary to what many employers and employees believe, working overtime and exceeding the normal 40 hours per week does not equate to higher productivity. To increase output, many employers can be found pushing their staff to work more hours with overtime pay; however, there are also workers that are asked to work for long hours without demanding for additional remuneration. The points discussed below show several reasons why you or your employees should not exceed the recommended 40 hours of work per week.

 

Productivity Diminishes With Overwork

A big question that all managers and business owners need to ask is: is […]

10 10, 2016

5 ways to troubleshoot workplace stress

By |October 10th, 2016|Community, Development, Organisational Culture, Positivity, Stress|Comments Off on 5 ways to troubleshoot workplace stress

Last time, we began a new series all about dealing with stress in the workplace. It’s an important topic. Especially when approximately 40% of employees experience persistent stress or excessive anxiety on a daily basis.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. over at helpguide.org has this to say: “Stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace can often seem […]

20 09, 2016

How to identify stress among employees

By |September 20th, 2016|Coaching, Development, Leadership, Positivity, Productivity, Social Support, Stress|Comments Off on How to identify stress among employees

According to a recent study, approximately 40% of employees experience persistent stress or excessive anxiety on a daily basis in the workplace.

It’s a costly epidemic.

Karen Higginbottom over at Forbes writes, “Employees suffering from high stress levels have lower engagement, are less productive and have higher absenteeism levels than those not working under excessive pressure…”

“The economic consequences also are alarming,” writes Rebecca Maxon over at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “Workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses.

Apart from the effects experienced by the […]