Me vs You. The rise of individualism in the workplace

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Consider for a minute the global East and West. When you compare the two side by side a number of defining and opposite characteristics probably flash through your mind – some stereotypical some perhaps not. But when it comes to core guiding principles there is a stark contrast. The East typically draws on a collectivist culture that values the group over the individual. Whereas the West draws on an individualistic …

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Why all the fuss about careers is misleading

Tasha Horton People

The concept of a career has plagued generations for centuries. We all seem to have this obsession with finding the perfect “career”. It has to be something we love, it has to have progression opportunities, it has to be long term. With all this criteria it’s easy to see how people could become overwhelmed particularly in this limited job market. …

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What can we learn from the success of the England World Cup team?

Tasha Horton People

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about the England football teams success at the World Cup. Although they sadly didn’t bring football home they made a heroic effort, not only winning a penalty shootout but against all odds giving England fans hope and pride in their home team again. So after years of pretty dismal football …

Getting to grips with some more business jargon

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Business jargon is everywhere these days (so much so that we’ve already written a blog on the subject). Sometimes it can be difficult to wrap your head around what it all means. Well we’ve got you covered. Here are some more examples of business jargon that are taking the corporate world by storm: Armchair general An armchair general is someone …

Get to grips with business jargon

Paul Webster Advice, People

Business jargon is all the rage these days. It seems like everyday there’s some new buzzwords to get to grips with. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on some of the latest business buzzwords floating about the boardroom. And if you really want to stay ahead of things, have a look at our blogs covering all sorts of …

Where to go for small business support

Paul Webster Advice, People

It can be a tricky world out there for small businesses. Often it can feel as though you have to go it alone. But help is out there. These fantastic organisations go out of their way to make sure that small businesses like yours reach their full potential. So, without further ado, here are 5 great places to go to …

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Perseverance is your key to success.

Tasha Horton People

Perseverance, resilience, determination, tenacity, whatever you call it perseverance is something we’re all familiar with. Just these last few weeks I’ve had to employ perseverance more than I’d have liked. If you’ve ever gone through the process of trying to rent a house you’ll know what I’m talking about. The endless emails, phone calls, visits, paperwork, checks and balances, it …

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Finding Flow. You’re not at your happiest when it’s easy. 

Tasha Horton People

What is Flow?   The notion of Flow was proposed by Csikszentmihalyi. It’s a state of total immersion or “being in the zone”.  You lose all sense of space and time and become totally absorbed in what you’re doing. I’m sure you can think of a time when you’ve been doing a task and eventually you snap out of it and can’t believe you were …

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Stress: are we coping in the workplace?

Tasha Horton People

This week is mental health awareness week (14th-20th May) and it’s time to start looking at the big questions. The statistics around mental health have become impossible to ignore. 1 in 6.8 people suffering from a mental health problem in the workplace and 1 in 6 people worldwide. Mental health conditions are estimated to account for 12.7% of sick days. In …

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Self-control and how to Master it. The Marshmallow Test 

Tasha Horton People

I’ve recently started reading a fantastic book called “The Marshmallow Test”. Have you seen the TV adverts where Haribo presents young children with a Starmix sweet? If you have you’d know that none of the children can resist eating the sweet even with the promise they can have two if they wait because they’re “just too good”! This book is about the same concept but with Marshmallows. Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel invented …

The GDPR is just ONE month away! Are you ready?

Paul Webster Advice, People

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is fast approaching. The deadline date for compliance is 25th May 2018. But what exactly is the GDPR? And will it really affect you? This blog will give you a whistle stop tour of what you need to know when it comes to GDPR. But there’s so much to GDPR, it can’t all be …

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Act your age, not your shoe size. Maintaining happy working relationships.

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Work relationships can be challenging. Even in this day and age, the most common cause of employee turnover is other people. Unproductive, difficult and failing relationships plague workplaces across the country, we all get annoyed with co-workers, colleagues or managers. So how do you resist the urge to tell someone to act their age and not their shoe size? And …

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Get up, get out, and get active

Tasha Horton Advice, People

Technological revolution  In the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed a staggering surge in technological developments. Most of us carry smartphones wherever we go. We own fantastically fast laptops and desktops, which provide accessibility wherever we go. Whilst there is no doubt these are fantastic developments, these developments hold their own risks.    For many of us, our jobs involve sitting all day, every …

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International women’s day. Women in business.

Tasha Horton People

Today is International Women’s Day. People all around the world come together to celebrate incredible women, strong and inspirational women can be found in every era of history. So, we’re going to celebrate some of the inspirational and pioneering women in business!   Katharine Graham   The first women CEO of a Fortune 500 company. CEO of the Washington Post company in …

Be More like a plant, keep growing

Be more. Don’t sit in a rut.

Tasha Horton People

One of my universities favourite phrases is “Be More”. They have a series of events at the end of the year that all start with Be More. Be More inspired, Be More professional and even Be More duck – don’t even ask what that is. But the point of this “Be More” mantra is that you don’t ever have to settle …

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How to boost creativity 

Tasha Horton Advice, People

We all know the feeling of frustration when we’re desperately trying to think of a solution to a problem or come up with the next blog topic. In these situations, we all wish we were a bit more creative so that the answer could just pop out at us. Turns out you can boost your creativity. Whether you want that …

How to manage your suppliers like a true professional

Paul Webster Advice, People

Not all suppliers are alike. As simple as this sounds, there’s often an assumption that you need manage supply in the same way across your partners. This is simply bad for business. To make the most of all your suppliers, you need to develop different relationships with each one of them. It might sound complicated, but there’s a simple way …