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At everywoman, we know that passion, aspiration and fortitude are key ingredients in creating the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs. That’s why we’re asking you to come forward and share your story of how you got to where you are today, as part of an exciting new not-for-profit social enterprise, Modern Muse.
We’re asking women from all walks of life, at every level of their career, to become a Modern Muse to introduce young women and girls to the amazing range of career opportunities available as they prepare for their future.
Regularly unplugging from technology has a rejuvenating effect on even the most stressed out employee, making you a greater conversationalist who sleeps deeper, engages more with others, comes up with better ideas and even stands up straighter.[i]
An increasing number of business leaders claim its core to their wellbeing; neuroscientists say its benefits are scientifically proven; and some of the world’s biggest and best-known organisations are training their employees in its art. It’s mindfulness, and, say a whole host of experts, its practice will be central to the future workplace.
Soft skill or essential to your workplace development? Something you’re born with or a muscle that needs flexing to stay strong? More likely to be found in females over males?
Though emotional intelligence is widely discussed, myths and misconceptions remain about what it really is and how essential it is to your career.
As research shows that having diverse, non work-related interests outside the office can be a huge catalyst for productivity and wellbeing, more and more organisations are allowing staff time off to indulge their extra-curricular passions, learn a new skill or volunteer in the community.
If you’re looking to bolster the ‘life’ element of your ‘work-life’ balance with something more meaningful than a gym session, take inspiration from the women whose hobbies impact their lives – and careers - in surprisingly positive ways.
It was supposed to inspire teamwork and greater efficiency, but study after study shows that the open-plan office – popularised by German workspaces of the 1950s – can in fact spell disaster for employees’ concentration spans, productivity, creativity, engagement and even general wellbeing.i The near constant distraction of others’ conversations even has a name in scientific circles – ‘the irrelevant speech effect’.
“Leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders,” said the business writer Tom Peters – a statement backed up by plenty of research: studies have found that when your employees feel more powerful, they are more productive, exhibit stronger performance, feel more authentic and able to be themselves, and are generally happier and less stressed. Empowered workers even experience 26% more job satisfaction.I
Eight out of ten employees see crowdsourced feedback as more accurate than a review crafted solely by the boss. And those who receive regular colleague analysis are 21% more likely to be satisfied in their roles (source: Globoforce).
In the latest in our series of dealing with common feedback in the workplace, we take a look at how four women tackled the sometimes useful, often tricky peer review.
“You can find inspiration in everything - and if you can't, look again.” Fashion designer Paul Smith believed this sentiment so strongly he curated a book on the subject.
Though the business world’s players are one of the richest sources of entrepreneurial inspiration and career guidance, there’s plenty more where that came from in less expected sources.
How do you foster creativity in your teams? How can you influence senior colleagues? And what benefits can hindsight bring when it comes to recovering from mistakes? everywomanClub member Béatrice Bigois, Managing Director, Customers at EDF Energy shared her learnings with us, revealing her personal experiences from her rise to the top of her career.