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Effective communication is the bedrock of workplace success. Here’s how to ensure your skills are fit for purpose in the most challenging situations.
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
John C Maxwell, Author
A seminal, 1999 study by organisational psychologists at California University, found conclusively that employees who have more fun at work, are more motivated, creative, productive and engaged, take fewer sick days and demonstrate better timekeeping.
New ideas, creative problem solving, strategising for the future – it’s the lifeblood of individual and organisational change, progress and growth. But how do you carve out the space to think when your daily life consists of email after meeting after deadline?
TAKE TEN MINUTES EVERY DAY
If your calendar looks like a game of Tetris on the best of days, blocking out half days of thinking time probably isn’t realistic. Instead, look for ways to incorporate just ten minutes of creative thought each and every day.
Is there a particular office saying that’s guaranteed to irk you? Whether you hate having your “brains picked”, being encouraged to “think outside the box” or asked to “shed some light” on a problem, chances are you’re also guilty of some irritating office parlance of your own.
Most overused UK workplace sayings
As high-flying Londoners with senior positions, Sarah Heward - the MD of hospitality brand Corney & Barrow - and her husband Steve were confronted with the reality of being cash rich but time poor.
From big chief to Little Chef
So, having grown weary of their demanding corporate lifestyle, the entrepreneurial couple embraced the opportunity to resurrect a former Little Chef in a small Scottish village.
Nominate the women that inspire you
With nominations for the 2016 NatWest everywoman Awards extended by a week, you still have time to help us shine the light on a new wave of female role models.
Whether they are established entrepreneurs or just starting out, there are six high-profile categories for businesses old and new, including a mumpreneur category and one for women shaping the future with technology.
In the latest in our regular series on the best apps and websites to inspire you at work (scroll to the bottom of the page for technology-based inspiration for increased creativity, more confidence, mindful meditation and sparkling presentations), we look at digital tools that can give your written communications the edge.
The everywomanNetwork, launched three years ago, has now grown into a community of over 18,000 people in 94 countries. Made up of both women and men, from entry-level to board-level, our members are employed by some of the UK’s largest businesses.
We’d like to hear from you, our members, to help us improve the everywomanNetwork, by inviting you to take part in our member survey.
As you progress throughout your career, people management might be one of the most rewarding yet challenging aspects of your role.
Here, three women from across the everywomanNetwork share the lessons they’ve learned from common line management scenarios.
MANAGING UNDERPERFORMANCE IN A RELUCTANT EMPLOYEE
A few years ago, I was at a party at a flat on the Thames with a breath-taking view of the Shard. People were fixated on it, discussing what a beautiful building it was. While I felt immense pride at having contributed to its design, I also noted that nobody at the party was commenting on what an incredible feat of engineering it is.
Our networking 101 series will cover every element of growing your database of business connections, from finding the right people to connect with, to working the room and building meaningful relationships. In the first edition, we looked at how you can lay the groundwork by getting into the right mindset. In part two we examine how you can get started with building connections.
After a career specialising in 20th century British art at Sotheby’s, it’s little wonder that Poppy Mardall set out to introduce a creative dimension to her next career step. Armed with the belief that everyone has the right to an affordable funeral and that taking a meaningful approach can change lives for the better, she quit her high-flying career as a Deputy Director at the famous auction house to launch Poppy’s Funerals in 2012.
Even though my mother was a successful entrepreneur, it never occurred to me that I could be. So when all my university friends started drifting into corporate jobs, I thought I should too. I craved constant change and bounced from one ill-suited position to another, never really fitting in anywhere, but feeling like I had to struggle on regardless. With hindsight, I lacked the self-awareness to understand my own skills and what sort of role or industry I belonged in.
“Working with your direct reports on a 1-2-1 basis is probably one of the most effective meetings you can have. 89% of employees want 1-2-1 meetings to set goals and review, get performance-related feedback, find solutions to problems and solicit support.”