How to get your team to pay attention to your ideas

By Simon Dowling

There’s a big promise associated with any team: that by bringing together a group of talented people, so much more is possible. Better ideas, stronger performance, greater endurance, more fun. (Perhaps you’ve heard the cute line that the word TEAM stands for “together everyone achieves more”?)

Do vertical organisations attract narcissists?

By AIM Education & Training

Some people remember the phrase "employer of choice" from the dot com boom of the early '90s. In many advanced nations it was a time of low employment, where companies couldn't find candidates, let alone find the talent at the right price.

Eliminate time-wasting tangents with these creative strategies

By Nina Sochon

Have you ever been in a meeting when one of your colleagues began to drift off course?

Tangents in meetings can be amusing or annoying at best. They can also be incredibly serious.

The usual advice for eliminating tangents goes like this: “articulate a goal, clarify the agenda and stay focused.” Certainly without doing these things no meeting would run effectively.

Humour in the workplace: When is it appropriate?

CRACK. You turn to see a young man falling to the floor, the unfortunate victim of a workplace prank. As it turns out, someone had removed the screws from his chair and when he sat down he was left sprawling on the ground.

While a health and safety officer would be shaking their head in disgust, this is just horseplay, harmless tomfoolery - right? But what happens if the young man had been seriously hurt, or if a different joke was taken the wrong way and led to claims of bullying?

Managing a managerless workplace

In recent years, there has been a lot of exuberant talk about the future of work. We've been told that offices will go away, or be considerably scaled back as employees work remotely while work duties will be compartmentalised and outsourced to hyper-specialists. Mobility and freelancing will become the dominant drivers for multi-tasking, flex-ruled working arrangements and crowdsouring and outsourcing will allow people from all over the world to become involved in the global economy.

What would a managerless workplace look like?

The afternoon slump: why a good night's sleep will make you a better leader

The pressure is building. The company you work for is rolling out a new product line, and the commencement date is closing in quicker that you had anticipated.

It seems like time is flying by. Your phone won't stop ringing and your inbox is filled to the brim. You finally check the time and it is 1.30 am.

Do you a) forgo sleep and attempt to conquer all that sits before you or do you b) climb into bed and wake up refreshed ready to tackle your workload?

Is sleep the cousin of death or the father of success?

Four signs your workplace is mentally unwell

Guest post by Jessica Klein at wattsnext

Workplace culture can impact the mental health and wellbeing of your employees. I don’t think that’s rocket science to most of us, but how do you know if your culture may be harming your employees?

Here are four warning signs to look out for according to Heads Up.

Warning Sign 1: Staff eat lunch at their desk.

"Not another pinball machine" - It's time to rethink workplace benefits

"The cubicle farm is dead. Long live the office of the future."

That seems to be the call to arms for many firms that are starting to offer new office spaces that are more than just cubicle farms. After companies like Google set the bar with a wide range of employee benefits that place the focus on fun and well-being, many companies are now following suit.

Great workplaces grow considerably faster than their competitors while also seeing lower staff turnover.

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