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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.
Have you been told that you’re not visible in the workplace? Whether this feedback comes as a surprise or, like nearly a quarter of everywomanNetwork membersI, you were aware of the problem, you’re most likely wondering: “How?”
At that time of year when many of you are facing the annual performance review, the first of our series on common feedback from bosses, looks at how women across the wider everywomanNetwork took up the challenge to increase their exposure internally.
A recent study found that children can reliably pick winners of government elections just by watching their facial expressions. It seems some people just have that certain something which makes them winners in the eyes of others. Some call it ‘the X factor’ or that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Others call it charisma.
34 women recognised for changing the face of technology in the UK are named today as finalists in the sixth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards in association with techUK. These women have been selected from a field of hundreds of applicants, chosen by a panel of senior technology leaders against criteria including career achievement, future potential and their commitment to supporting others in the industry. The winners will be revealed at an Awards ceremony on the evening of 23 February 2016 in London.