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Why I’m fed up with the gig economy bashers

Over the last decade the gig economy has transformed the way we work and do business. Access to remote working has changed the definition of work and the workplace dramatically. Advances in technology continue to facilitate flexible and remote working, and austerity measures are a reality for us all. This has meant that employers have had to become super savvy about slashing costs by cutting back on fixed costs – one such option is replacing permanent staff with freelancers. I would argue that the rise of the freelance nation has… Continue Reading
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Have you stress tested your workplace?

International Stress Awareness Week is coming up and it’s got me thinking. Stress is normal and healthy right? It’s what we feel when a situation is hard to handle, be it a good or bad situation. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But it goes beyond the normal when it’s a regularly occurring thing, and… Continue Reading
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How am I going to get this people stuff delivered?

A recent study found that small business owners are on the brink of a burnout due to their heavy workload. SME leaders and managers are close to hitting boiling point because of the stress and pressure that comes from running a small business. Just under a half (47%) of the business owners cited their lack of time as the main source of the work stress and pressure. So, I always say a problem shared is a problem halved. You don’t need to struggle on, breaking your back. There are alternatives,… Continue Reading
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Team building + Volunteering = Business win

I’ve been doing my bit! Click here to donate today to my Muddy Race for Life…   If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? I know I was! So, there must be a compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this. After all, they have budgets and performance targets like the rest of us. So how do they justify this ‘charitable’ financial commitment to their returns-hungry shareholders? Because they know that engaged employees make better… Continue Reading
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Duvet Day, yay or nay?

Let’s face it, life just doesn’t get any easier. We are collectively working longer hours than ever before, juggling busier working lives and family commitments. What with the prospect of health issues left right and centre (dicky knee, anyone?!), eternal traffic jams and seemingly endless queues for our daily shot of Skinny Cortado I’m surprised we even make it through the week! Some days we just want and need to STOP. Turn off the alarm. Stay in bed. Rest. Relax and recharge. So why not? Why not just pull a… Continue Reading
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You, Me and the Big C

Who was it that said, ‘cancer is a personal issue, not a professional one’? Well, I am going to beg to differ. The harsh reality is that 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. That’s you, or me. Scary isn’t it? And significantly, around 750,000 of the 2 million people currently living with cancer are of working age, according to research by Macmillan; so I say that makes it a business issue! The great news is that more people are surviving cancer than… Continue Reading
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A four day week. Really?!!

Crikey. The TUC has called for a shorter, 4 day working week. Did I go to bed last night and wake up in 1974?!! Surely this would be an unmitigated disaster for a small business? But according to the accompanying TUC survey, 4 out of 5 people want to cut their working hours without loss of pay – people are feeling over-worked and taken advantage of. Given the phenomenal advances in technology that are yielding businesses big financial gains, employees are feeling, not surprisingly, a little narked that they aren’t… Continue Reading
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Executive coaching

Successful businesses are led by successful leaders. So if your business is on the up, chances are it’s all down to you! But when busy growing your business it’s very tempting to focus all your time and efforts on the development of your employees, forgetting that the success of the business is directly linked to you; your vision, your drive, your skills and your ambition!! Yes, coaching your teams is vitally important, but YOU are your business’s key person. And chances are that your business is now at a different… Continue Reading
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