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GDPR: 6 Tips for managers

So, you’re a little confused about GDPR? Have no fear, many managers are. As with most laws, the ins and outs of The General Data Protection Regulation are less than straight-forward. However, as a manager or business owner, it is important that you have a good understanding of what GDPR means for you, your business, your employees and your clients. That’s why we’ve got GDPR 6 tips for managers.

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4 Reasons businesses should prioritise developing soft skills as much as developing technology

Over the last two decades, companies have seen incredible development in technology across all sectors. Tech has made it possible to expand globally, build state-of-the-art websites and promote our brands to the digital world. But this wave of tech has caused companies to forget who is behind the screens of all this innovation: people. Companies have moved too far towards being data-centric and away from a human focus and it will be detrimental for our future. 

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How not to be replaced by a robot

‘The Robot Revolution’, ‘Computerisation’ or ‘Automation’; whatever you prefer to call it, technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but our jobs just might be.

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7 ways to measure the ROI of soft skills learning initiatives

Measuring ROIAlthough many L&D professionals know and argue that businesses cannot afford not to invest in the soft skills development of their employees, budgets, especially surrounding soft skills learning initiatives, are all too often the first to be cut. This lack of funding is frequently caused by the difficulty of proving an ROI of soft skills versus hard or technical skills.

Here are some examples of areas you can measure to prove just how impactful soft skills are to a business. (more…)

Creative problem solving: 4 problem solving techniques

Creative problem solvingProblems and conflicts are an inevitable part of every employee’s professional and personal lives. Avoiding conflict is neither realistic or beneficial to individuals or businesses alike. Creative problem-solving, a very in-demand skill among hiring managers, means using techniques and skills to brainstorm and come up with unique solutions to the problems life throws at you. Let’s look at 4 problem-solving techniques to help you manage when conflict comes your way.  (more…)

Project Management: The 7 Most Important Project Management Skills

project management skillsManaging a project from start to finish isn’t a simple task. Project Managers are responsible for the success of a project and achieve this by managing teams, communicating with upper management, delegating, organising and much more. Whether you are new to project management or have been managing projects for years, there are a few key skills that every Project Manager should develop. Here are the 7 most important project management skills: (more…)

How the Game of Thrones finale will kill workplace productivity and how to beat it

Employers everywhere: brace yourself, absence is coming. The series finale of HBO’s most popular series Game of Thrones airs Sunday night (or early Monday morning for some of us) and according to a new study, the global workforce will be hit with sick calls and late arrivals harder than The Hound hit The Mountain.  (more…)

Creative problem-solving: the 4 principles of creative problem-solving

creative problem solvingCreative problem-solving takes imagination through to action through the mental process of searching for an innovative solution to a problem. Creative problem-solving is often most effective through teamwork and brainstorming making it fun, imaginative and collaborative. However, imagining new and innovative solutions isn’t always easy, but by following a few steps, your team will be more likely to reach success. Creative problem solving has four core principles. Let’s explore each one in more detail.  (more…)

Workplace wellness: Four steps for dealing with anxiety at work

Anxiety at workThe modern workplace is a frantic world. As time goes on, expectations from both ourselves and those above us keep increasing causing our anxiety to do the same. Anxiety is a silent epidemic, its symptoms develop over many years and can range from passing feelings of nervousness to full-blown panic ‘attacks’. The secret is to catch anxiety early and before it becomes overwhelming. Get to know your personal early warning signs, whether it be tension in your shoulders, a clenched jaw, feeling irritable or upset…get used to’ tuning in’. As soon as you become aware of those symptoms, take action. Here are 4 steps you can take to help with anxiety at work. (more…)

The 5 communication styles

communication stylesWe generally have a prevailing communication style. In normal day to day situations this communication style works for you, you feel comfortable with your interactions, and people are used to you and the way you communicate with them. No one style is right or wrong and each style provides a benefit to both you and the person you are communicating with. We can summarise the five communication styles as follows: (more…)