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...]

Going back to work after stress?

Is this you? Nearly three-quarters of people return to work early when suffering with workplace stress and 16% stay in work after being formally diagnosed with stress.   If you’ve been absent due to stress, did you feel pressured to go back to work because of what your colleagues or your boss might think?  Or were you worried that your work was piling up and the longer you were off the worse it … [Read more...]

How do you know if you have a problem with work related stress?

Businesswoman suffering from a headache

You pride yourself on being a caring company.  You want your employees to do well, progress and stay with you.  But you’re not sure if stress might be a problem for some of them. Firstly, it’s important to recognise work-related stress as a significant health and safety issue that can have damaging financial and operational impacts.  Recent estimates put the cost of work related stress absence … [Read more...]

Cycle or Tomato? Which time management tool is best for you?

Think about how you manage your day? Do you get into work, sit down, pick up the first task and bash away at it until you get (a) fed up (b) exhausted (c) finished? How many times do you start out with great intentions to get something done only to find that you are self-interrupting so frequently that at the end of the day you wonder where the time went. What do I mean by self-interrupting? … [Read more...]