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Workplace stress: 4 types of organisational stress

workplace stress

Organisations, just like humans and products, go through life stages – establishment, growth, maturity, and decline – each with its own unique challenges and stressors. Here are the top 4 types of organisational stress and how to manage them.


Motivation for managers: 5 principles for team motivation

Being in charge of motivating an entire team of individuals is no small task. As a manager, you know that motivation does not just happen. It is an active process. One that managers need to allow some time for on a continuing basis. Here are five important principles for the manager dedicated to actively motivating people.


Interview skills: Writing a follow-up email after an interview

So, you had a job interview and you think it went well. Now what? Awaiting results following an interview can be tough but one way to ease some of your worries and increase your chance of being hired is to send a follow-up email. Let’s look at the most important things to include in your follow-up email.


Technology’s surprising impact on soft skills

technology's impact on soft skills

Let’s face it, in the world of soft skills, technology gets a bad rap. Whether it’s being blamed for this generation’s lack of communication skills or for distracting us to the point where we cannot complete a single task, we tend to focus on the negative impact technology has on soft skills. However, upon speaking to over 300 L&D professionals, Bookboon learned that over 50% say that because of eLearning and easy access to mobile information, technology has truthfully had a surprisingly positive effect on both soft skills and how we develop them. Let’s look at 6 ways technology positively impacts our learners’ soft skills.  


How to be happy at work: 5 tips for managers

happiness at work

We spend most of our life at work so it’s important that it is a happy and fulfilling place. A happy environment is one with good communication systems, positive relationships, and opportunities for training and development. It creates a healthy, happy and productive workplace which is a source of great customer and competitive strength. Here are 5 ways that managers can improve overall happiness in the workplace.


How to show your employees the value of learning

the value of learning

The results are in and the modern employee is busier than ever before. Although to those of us passionate about the benefits of learning, the benefits of L&D are obvious, with looming deadlines, difficult targets, and ever-growing ‘To-do’ lists making up the majority of our learners’ workdays, using their precious time to engage in personal development can feel like a chore. However, when it comes to learning, showing our employees what’s in it for them isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Let’s look at 7 ways to show employees the true value of learning.  


5 creative thinking books you can’t miss

creative thinking skills

Creative thinking is a way of looking at a situation or problem and coming up with unique ideas or solutions to improve or solve it. It is one of the top 5 soft skills of the future and contrary to popular belief, this in-demand skill can be learned. Let’s look at our top 5 eBooks that promote and improve creative thinking. 


Why do people learn?

As L&D professionals, we put much of our focus towards determining what it is our employees want to learn and how we can most effectively provide the best learning content to them. To do this, we stay up to date on the latest learning trends and compile lists of the skills our employees will need for the future. We also pay attention to how they learn and know the benefits of offering multi-format learning content to meet every employees’ need. But, in our efforts to give our learners the best experience possible, we tend to forget a major factor in the learning process: why people learn. Understanding the motivations behind employees’ desire to learn can be extremely beneficial not only to our learners themselves but to us, the people providing the training content, as well. There are many reasons an employee may choose to learn and promoting the benefits of this choice to every member of your organisation will help your learners grasp the ‘What’s in it for me?’ factor of L&D. Let’s look at 6 reasons people learn.  


Stress management: 12 quick fixes to relieve stress

Stress in the modern world of work seems to be as much a part of our days as our morning coffee is. Between the increasing pressure of deadlines and constant comparison on social media to the impending doom of our incoming AI coworkers, it is no wonder that according to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress affects us all in different ways but it does affect most of us. That’s why for National Stress Awareness Day, we have compiled 12 quick fixes to relieve stress.


Why soft skills should be at the heart of your people strategy

people strategy

Ask any company where most of their budget goes and, chances are, the answer will be the same across the board: people. The individuals that make a company tick also often happen to be the company’s highest cost factor. If technology was a company’s most budget-draining factor, that company would likely want to ensure the technology they were investing in was efficient and up-to-date. Yet, many companies aren’t taking that same focus and investing in developing their biggest cost factor, the people who work for them.