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How To Improve Your Employee Health And Wellbeing

How to improve your employee health and wellbeing is a topic senior leaders are now discussing. Once crucial factor set to play a considerable part in employee wellbeing is the increasing amount of time today’s workforce spend sitting down. Sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for us.

In spite of these new dynamic […]

By |October 31st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How To Improve Your Employee Health And Wellbeing|

What Makes a Great Performance Culture?

The below quote accredited to the late Peter Drucker is one of my favourites and is as relevant today as when he first said it. 
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” 
While many organisations talk about culture and its importance, the reality is a number of organisations still don’t take a proactive approach to building and measuring their culture.  

 

If you Google ‘what are the key challenges […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Performance Culture?|
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    How To Handle Unexpected Emotional Responses When Giving Feedback

How To Handle Unexpected Emotional Responses When Giving Feedback

In a previous article, we explored why so many managers avoid giving feedback. For many managers giving feedback becomes stressful and consequently, some individuals consciously choose to avoid giving feedback; not ideal especially when it can truly help an individual improve their performance.

One of the main reasons managers say they delay giving ‘constructive’, or developmental feedback, as we prefer to call it at Excel Communications, is because they don’t […]

By |August 29th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How To Handle Unexpected Emotional Responses When Giving Feedback|

The 6 Uncomfortable Reasons Managers Avoid Giving Feedback

It’s been the topic of conversation on many an evening over a glass of wine with our training team over the years. Why do so many managers avoid giving feedback?

In our experience, the reasons are not so different today as they were 10 years ago.  

While it’s relatively easy for managers, even the less experienced ones, to identify areas for performance improvement, doing something about this […]

By |August 29th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on The 6 Uncomfortable Reasons Managers Avoid Giving Feedback|
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    Employee Wellness Or Wellbeing: What The Difference Could Mean For Your Organisation

Employee Wellness Or Wellbeing: What The Difference Could Mean For Your Organisation

There’s no doubt that Employee Wellness and Employee Wellbeing is a much talked about topic
within organisations.  

What I’ve noticed, the more I’ve explored this topic is that the words ‘wellness’ and ‘wellbeing’ are used interchangeably, a little like coaching and mentoring which some people see as the same yet they are entirely different.

I thought I’d take a closer look to explore what they each mean and what the implications are […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Employee Wellness Or Wellbeing: What The Difference Could Mean For Your Organisation|

Mentoring vs Sponsorship: Do You Have One or Both?

In the past, I have often been asked about the differences between coaching and mentoring
and discussed this in a previous article. More recently my colleagues and I have found ourselves having conversations about ‘sponsors’ with questions such as;

What’s a sponsor? 

What’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?

Do I need one, or both?

While the concept of […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Mentoring vs Sponsorship: Do You Have One or Both?|
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    The Six Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team Part 2

The Six Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team Part 2

In our previous article we started to explore the strategies to effectively manage a virtual team, here are the final 3 strategies. 

 
4. Appreciate The Challenges
Like any team, a virtual team will have its challenges, and these can be compounded by the ‘virtual’ nature of their work. While it can be easy to overlook these, especially when there are so many pressing business priorities, you […]

By |July 19th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on The Six Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team Part 2|
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    The 6 Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team- Part 1

The 6 Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team- Part 1

It’s a fact that many of us regard ourselves as global citizens. Now you may agree or disagree with this view. However, there is no doubt we are living in a world where companies are continuing to expand globally. As a result, it is increasingly common for teams to find themselves working with colleagues and managers who are based in offices many miles away; often in different time zones.

While […]

By |July 19th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on The 6 Strategies To Effectively Manage A Virtual Team- Part 1|

Are You Surviving or Thriving as a Leader?

You may have come across leadership articles and blogs with a title along similar lines to the above and discovered a thing or two about;

Your strengths as a leader,
The fact that you still have too many fingers in too many pies,
You really do need to delegate more,
You aren’t quite enjoying what you are doing […]

By |June 1st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Are You Surviving or Thriving as a Leader?|

Health and Wellbeing At Work: A Fad or Here To Stay?

Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Wellness, Wellbeing at Work and Wellness Programmes are all phrases that you may have heard of in the media or read about.

What exactly do they all mean? Let’s start with a definition:

Wellbeing in the Workplace is:

“That part of an employee’s overall wellbeing that they perceive to be determined primarily by work and […]

By |June 1st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Health and Wellbeing At Work: A Fad or Here To Stay?|