Do you have staff who are absent due to stress?

is stress costing you money

Stress affects all aspects of productivity, including decision-making, creativity, learning and building relationships, so what effect is this having on organizations? When we are stressed our brains shrink and it’s like losing about 15 IQ points.  If you consider that over half of employees report levels of stress high enough to make them ill, does this mean that most organizations are … [Read more...]

Should Managers shift for Millennials?

I was speaking to a Manager the other day who is having issues with some of his younger staff.  The Millennials, Generation Ys, call them what you will.  He was telling me that he feels he has to ‘mollycoddle’ them to get them to engage with work and really, he thinks they should be just getting on with it. After all, he had to just knuckle down and fit in.  No-one pandered to his every whim just … [Read more...]

What’s all this about Generation Ys?

There has been an awful lot of debate lately about Generation Y as if they are an alien species, recently landed from another planet or a group of homogenous clones out to disrupt and destroy the old order and lay waste organisations and institutions.  Who are these so-called Generation Ys? They are the group of people under 30 years old who have grown up in a very different environment to … [Read more...]

How to be a better manager

Stephen is a very busy manager in the corporate world.  He cares about his team and his family and friends.  But he’s feeling frustrated at the moment because all he really wants to do is deliver on his KPIs and do a good job.  But he’s constantly held back by a shortage of time, workload and not getting what he needs from his team in terms of productivity and autonomy. He feels like he’s … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Cope with Criticism

Do find yourself hating appraisals because you are afraid of what your Manager might say about you? Do you react really badly to criticism? If you do, you’re not alone. No one likes being told they’ve done badly and some of us go out of our way to avoid any kind of negative feedback at all! But getting upset and angry isn’t going to help. Instead work on keeping an open mind and learn to use … [Read more...]

Management of Millennials

In a previous management role had to build a team quite quickly and it inevitably included young people - the so called Generation Ys or Millennials. I found them to be incredibly talented and energetic but, I must admit, I struggled to manage them and felt they lacked certain skills.  Skills such as how to talk to people, to be effective and contribute at meetings, to build rapport with … [Read more...]