Taking initiative in the workplace

Taking initiative in the workplace

Initiative is a desirable trait in employees. Showing initiative demonstrates a willingness to innovate, develop and improve. It shows you’re a self-starter and have no problem with taking action. Here are a few ways to take initiative in the workplace: Look for opportunities Have you spotted a business opportunity that has not been recognised by…

Checklist in a new leadership role

Checklist in a new leadership role

Starting in a new leadership role can be daunting; as a leader, your team may be quick to judge what kind of leader you are going to be. If you start off on the wrong foot, it can be really hard to get back on their good side. Make sure you check off the following…

Preventing workplace bullying

Preventing workplace bullying

Employers have the duty to provide a healthy and safe environment for all employees. Failure to manage bullying can have devastating consequences on an employee’s health and safety and can damage overall morale. There are serious penalties for breaching workplace health and safety laws. Taking a proactive approach to preventing bullying is necessary. In certain…

How to increase productivity and reduce stress

How to increase productivity and reduce stress

Unfortunately, many workers will suffer from stress in their daily work day in some form. Whether it is an impending deadline, conflict with co-workers or simply high expectations of themselves, stress is likely to get in the way of productivity. Here are three effective ways to manage your stress and workload for optimal productivity: Stop…

How to stop procrastinating

How to stop procrastinating

Procrastination is the pinnacle of unproductivity. Many people will procrastinate in their work day and for various reasons; whether it is distractions or mental challenges, putting off tasks can seem like the easy option. However, procrastination can turn into a vicious cycle which is often hard to break. Consider the following three tips to stop…

Using the principles of persuasion to influence customers

Using the principles of persuasion to influence customers

The six principles of persuasion developed by Dr Robert Cialdini can be used as a great tool to influence existing and potential customers, and business relationships. Reciprocity Centring around social obligation, the notion that people are more likely to give once they feel they have received something can be used to influence customers. When you…

How to stop micromanaging

How to stop micromanaging

Micromanaging your team can severely harm your business. Not only does micromanaging negatively impact productivity, but it can also lower levels of job satisfaction and morale. Fortunately, micromanagement can be changed as it is learned habit. Here are three ways to avoid micromanaging your team: Learn how to delegate effectively Effective delegation is key to…

Managing employees effectively

Communicating effectively with employees is the essence of successful management. Here are three ways to manage your employees more effectively: Focus on constructive feedback When providing feedback stick to the facts and avoid making it personal. Feedback is only useful when it is clear and constructive. Avoid making comments on things that the person cannot…

Networking tips and tricks

Networking tips and tricks

The ability to network effectively can greatly increase the success of your business. Networking and getting your name out there – in a positive way – builds credibility for your business and can grow your customer base. However, networking doesn’t come easy for a lot of individuals; it can be daunting and may seem unnatural.…

How to improve customer trust

How to improve customer trust

Trust is key to creating and maintaining customer relationships. When customers trust your brand, they are more likely to shop with you and recommend your business to others. Building trust can take a long time, but there are many ways businesses can boost customer’s perceptions and foster long-term relationships. Here are three ways to build…