10 Differences between Manager and Leader

10 Differences between Manager and Leader There are many traits that a good manager and a good leader should have. But the difference between the manager and the leader is the difference that can make you inspire people and get them behind you as opposed to them just doing what they are told. Tells v. Sells A manager tells you what they want you to do and how they want you to do it. A leader will let you know that s/he has a great idea and thinks you would be great for it. Plans the details v. Sets the direction The manager will send out a memo to everyone… Read More

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The Ultimate Guide to Team Building – Part 2: The Qualities of a Good Team

The Ultimate Guide to Team Building – Part 2: The Qualities of a Good Team A good team requires different facets to work well together and compliment each other. There are many factors that can affect a teams cohesiveness which, in turn, will affect productivity, atmosphere and both internal and external relationships. A strong team will be able to overcome obstacles and work together to progress past any ‘glitch’ to get the team back in their stride and working well together. Four particular qualities that will move individuals from being colleagues to becoming a team and give the team a strong foundation to work collectively are good communication, mutual cooperation,… Read More

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Preparing for a Job Interview – Questions

Preparing for a Job Interview – Questions The interview is a two way conversation. The interviewer is getting the information s/he needs to decide if the interviewee is a good fit for the role, the team and the company but the interviewee is also trying to ascertain whether the role is what s/he is looking for and whether it is a team and company he wants to work for. When an invitation to an interview is sent out preparation is required from both the interviewer and interviewee. The questions asked can cover many topics. Some of these can be around the usual suspects such as previous experience, education and expectations.… Read More

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How to Keep your Employees Happy and Productive

How to Keep your Employees Happy and Productive Keeping your employees happy needs to be at the forefront of any business’ core objectives. It is human nature that we give more when we feel appreciated and enjoy what we do. We spend a lot of time at work and we often define ourselves by our work. Asking someone “What do you do for a living?” hen you meet for the first time is an accept and polite conversation piece and it is from this that we can form connections with people. That we can relate to people. That we can form an opinion of someone. Our work is not just about the money we receive for our… Read More

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The Complete Guide to Teambuilding – Part 1

The Complete Guide to Team building – Part 1 The Benefits of Teamwork A cohesive team that work together in sync is such a huge bonus to a company and the daily running of a business. When staff work well together and communicate effectively, the benefits and possibilities are endless. Encouraging and developing teamwork will create an engaged and productive team who enjoy their work. Efficiency Teams that work collaboratively and efficiently will often meet together, understand the task at hand, divide the tasks among the team as per each individuals’ strengths and abilities and agree timeframes for task completion. With this strategy it ensures that double work isn’t created… Read More

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What not to say at work

What not to say at work When at work stress, pressures, conflict can sometimes lead us to say things we maybe shouldn’t say. There may be deadlines, targets and even personal issues that can affect our work on a daily basis. Not to mention office politics and difficult relationships. Navigating these waters can be a minefield but to avoid adding fuel to any office fire, avoiding saying some simple phrases can make office life easier by reducing possible conflict.     Teamwork When we are working, it is important that we work as a team. Therefore, showing that you are pulling your weight, helping out as much as you can… Read More

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The Qualities of a Good Team

The Qualities of a Good Team A strong team of people who will work together can only be beneficial to a business. When staff are in sync and communicate effectively there are so many benefits. Promoting teamwork is the only way to create a happy and productive workplace.   The benefits of teamwork include the following: 1. Greater efficiency 2. More trust 3. Creative collaboration 4. Less stress 5. Better performance 6. Better service A good team has some essential components to ensure that challenges and goals set in front of them are achieved in an efficient and organized manner. The phrase ‘there is no I in team’ is a true one. Good communication, mutual cooperation, strong management and clarity and awareness… Read More

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10 Way to Keep your Employees Happy and Engaged

In today’s working culture, only offering your employees a basic salary will not encourage loyalty, hardwork and a ‘give all I can’ attitude. The old model of a salary in exchange for 40 hours of work a week is out. Companies, and in particular Human Resources teams, are looking at more creative ways of increasing company retention rates as well as making the company somewhere that people want to come and work for. And that is the key – remembering that your staff are people and people want to feel appreciated, they want to feel like the company cares and they want to feel like they are sufficiently rewarded for… Read More

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The new employee guidebook

Getting the employee started on the right foot cannot be underestimated.  We can all remember our first day(s) in a new job when we don’t know anyone, don’t know the processes, we’re in a new role in a new office with, usually, quite a different working culture and environment. There is a lot to learn, a lot to take on board and if you can help your employees start as they mean to go on you the induction process should go by without too much incident and get them up and running as soon as possible. We will go through the phases from pre-hire right through to the end of… Read More

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