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Employee Appraisals: Are They Any Useful? (Spoiler: Yes.)

Employee appraisals are very time consuming, for managers, for employees, and for HR. Therefore, you shouldn’t do them without questioning if they actually serve a true purpose, if really have a positive impact.  (more…)

Moral Leadership: Why Ethical Behaviour is the Only Way Forward

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton

There have been countless cases of leadership throughout the history of humankind ranging from exemplary to catastrophically bad. Among the most destructive and cruel acts of leadership were systematic genocides that can be attributed to a corrupted and misguided value system: One predominant aspect of every immoral ideology has been racial discrimination.  (more…)

Avoiding Conflicts with Employees: “Foresight is Better Than Hindsight”

If you are an HR specialist or a line manager and have had to deal with employee misconduct, you know how damaging such an internal conflict can be, not only to the employee in question but potentially to the entire company. It is, therefore, worth trying to avoid such occurrences from happening in the first place.  (more…)

International Business: Culture and the Global Organisation

Picture an international organisation: a large group of people involved in the international process. How does this collection of people, who are coming from very different cultural backgrounds, unite to accomplish the objectives of a single organisation?  (more…)

Improve Your Business’ Meeting Management Skills with Bookboon ’s eLibrary Solution

We accept that meetings are a normal part of business life. They are necessary for communication, for directions and decision-making. Yet it seems we attend too many meetings. They run on too long and a growing consensus is that they are rather a waste of time. Does this describe your business? If so, you may need to think about how it conducts meetings. The meeting management skill is one of the soft skills for managers and decision makers.

You don’t want to stop holding meetings, but you do need to cut back and make them more efficient? Bookboon can help you achieve efficiency by helping you to improve you meeting skills.  (more…)

Leadership Skills Help Your Employees and Your Business to Grow

Without leadership, your business is directionless. Leadership is the rudder for the crew, and it’s a rudder we all need in our personal arsenal. It is not just for managers. This soft skill encourages personal responsibility and a desire to pull together in a crisis.

The culture of shirking responsibility with “that’s above my paygrade” is doing irreparable damage to your business productivity. We are all leaders in a way, even those at the bottom of the scale of pay or responsibility. It’s relatively straightforward to encourage each and every employee to see himself or herself as a leader. Bookboon delivers a simple but highly effective solution to foster the soft skill leadership in your employees. Here is how… (more…)

6 Ways To Help Employees Juggle Work And Life

 

If you want to hire and keep outstanding employees, you need to make sure you offer them something valuable other companies don’t. One thing that people greatly appreciate is if you make it easier for them to harmonise their working life with private needs and commitments.  (more…)

Patience Is A Virtue: And It’s An Important Soft Skill Too

No job is truly easy. No matter how qualified, how experienced or hard working an employee is, there will be problems. How they deal with problems in the workplace is a mark of an employee’s ability to cope. Problems require lateral thinking, teamwork, positivity and determination. Sometimes, things are out of our hands and we have to wait for a solution. That is where patience comes in. Arguably, we live in an impatient world; we have lost the soft skill of patience. Bookboon has a simple solution for your employees to gain back their patience. (more…)

Soft Skills: Accepting and Understanding Cultural Differences

More employees than ever before are working with people from different backgrounds. Today’s generation of employees is working with people of different nationalities, colours, and religious beliefs.

Sometimes, clashes happen based purely on these cultural differences. Arguably, tolerance and understanding of cultural differences are new soft skills for the modern age. It is clearly one that some workplaces lack. There is always room for improvement and Bookboon can help improve workplace cohesion when culture is a clash.  (more…)

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you got any New Year’s resolutions for 2017? For many people, resolutions include giving up harmful behaviours such as smoking, drinking or overeating, and getting fit(ter) instead. Or maybe you would like to spend more quality time with your family and friends, achieve a better work-life balance and a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps you would like to start realising a project that has been on your mind for quite some time. 

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