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...]

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...]

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...]