[ 23 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]
Can we design our jobs better than our boss? New research to help organisations

New research looks across the international evidence base from an initial pool of over 4,000 studies reveals which practical actions in the workplace are effective for improving wellbeing and performance – and which are not.  
Studies have shown that job type or industry sector are not necessarily defining factors of what makes a good job. Instead, things like how secure it is; our social connections; on-the-job learning opportunities; supportive organisations; and clear responsibilities are just some of the elements seen by employees as more important. When we move into a …

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[ 23 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]
Can we design our jobs better than our boss? New research to help organisations

New research looks across the international evidence base from an initial pool of over 4,000 studies reveals which practical actions in the workplace are effective for improving wellbeing and performance – and which are not.  
Studies have shown that job type or industry sector are not necessarily defining factors of what makes a good job. Instead, things like how secure it is; our social connections; on-the-job learning opportunities; supportive organisations; and clear responsibilities are just some of the elements seen by employees as more important. When we move into a …

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[ 21 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Steve Bustin
As Oscar Wilde so sagely pointed out, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. If you’re self-employed, running your own micro-business or if you’re working for someone else, you need people to know who you are and what you can do for them. It can help you find customers and make sales, get a new job or establish you as an industry ‘player’ or someone of influence.
While PR (public relations) looks at the management of reputation and perception by the …

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[ 19 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

We often dismiss ‘culture’ as a load of self-serving consultant speak.  Companies roll out initiatives designed to improve the working culture, there is a big hurrah, then things would settle back to the way they have always been.  But, since culture is all about creating a positive and productive environment, we should really pay it more attention – and ensure we make sustainable changes. Jean Gamester from Semaphora has long been fascinated by work culture, about how to create and sustain environments that people feel great about being part of, …

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[ 17 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

In life you are either selling, or being sold to. And in the context of job-seeking; if you don’t sell yourself when looking for work, you should expect someone else to land the job you deserve.
Selling yourself in the job market is about finding your voice – says Richard Pimm of Toastmasters International. Anyone looking for candidates wants to know what you are, first. And yet, incredibly, when jobseekers are asked this predictable question, they all too often give a useless fluffy answer, or worse, they give their life story.
Do …

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[ 15 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Tim Johnson
Life is too short to be grinding it out at work just to pay the bills, yet the bills need to be paid and so the work has to be done.  We live in interesting times of increasing uncertainty and yet with it increasing opportunity.  Never before has it been easier to work from home to run a purpose led business.
Working from home has the benefits of eliminating the daily commute, and being more flexible to meet the needs of the family.  It also has its …

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[ 12 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

The workplace is ranked as one of the unhealthiest places you’re likely to inhabit on a daily basis, and according to Dr Lisa Ackerley, hygiene expert and visiting professor at the University of Salford, the amount of sick days taken by office workers could be reduced if companies implement a better cleaning routine.
A study carried out by Dr Ackerley found that the main cause of germs at your desk is poor personal hygiene, with nearly 50% of office workers responding to a survey stating that they do not wash their …

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[ 10 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

    Britain’s 5.3 million strong army of sole traders and micro businesses are spending 19 million hours each month; the equivalent of 2.5 million working days, managing their finances, a job that almost a third (32%) admit leaves them feeling ‘stressed’ and half (50%) say they lack confidence in doing.
This is according to new research from KashFlow, the business management software specialist. The study was commissioned to get a better understanding of the pressures self-employed people feel when it comes to things like balancing their books, managing cashflow and doing …

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[ 8 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

How well our business performs depends very much on the state of our mind. When we feel positive and good about ourselves we find answers to challenges. When we feel low, irritable or generally out of sorts we make poor decisions and lose confidence.
But, what is it that determines whether we feel upbeat and courageous or uncertain and fearful?
John Reynard, author of ‘The Spiritual Route to Entrepreneurial Success’ believes the answer lies in whether we are in alignment with our real core being, the essence of who we really are, …

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[ 5 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Campaigning for the UK election is in full swing, Brexit appears to be the dominant issue for the parties and the media, but what longer term issues do citizens want politicians to be debating as we contemplate the next five years in a rapidly changing world? To explore this question, Fast Future ran a flash survey. Electoral reform and the health service were top priorities, but business owners may be surprised to find investing in training and development also ranked highly.
Key Findings

 Politics and Security – Electoral reform is the single …

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[ 5 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest article by Dave Millett, Equinox
From a one-person microbusiness upwards we all need telecoms. The variety available means it’s hard to be certain you’re getting the right deal and you can find yourself with contracts it’s hard to escape from.
Don’t believe everything
You may find suppliers saying “you’re still in contract”. But this isn’t always true. The supplier may have recorded dates incorrectly or could even be trying to mislead you. Ask for a copy of the signed contract, e-contract, or recording of the contractual conversation.  The onus is on the …