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5 Star Review for Teamwork at the Vaccine Centre

I had my Covid-19 vaccine earlier this week. I was in awe of the smoothness of the process and proud of the fact that the roll-out in the UK is going at such a tremendous pace. But secretly, I was watching the teamwork of the people at the vaccine centre. This is what I learned.

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Fancy a 4 ½ day week?

When you think about employee benefits, what comes to mind first? I read an article this week which claimed that the best perk for UK employees was a half-day off on Friday. Pre-lockdown and you’re imagining a long weekend with friends or family somewhere, arriving early evening and back late on Sunday. Bliss.

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Survey Anonymity, Confidentiality, Paranoia and Trust

Have you ever heard this? “I’m not going to complete the employee survey, because I don’t believe it’s anonymous, so you’ll know who I am and then you’ll use it against me, especially if I have negative opinions about my manager or the way we do things around here…” Well, if you have heard that, you’re not alone. Survey paranoia is alive and kicking and has always been there.

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Working from the office are you? Sounds like skiving to me...

Prior to Covid-19, the very thought of people working from home was odd. It was a realm reserved for senior executives, who would sometimes – on the very seldom occasion - pull rank and arrange to be working from their spacious home. No doubt with a desk and wall-to-wall bookshelf behind them.

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Step away from your To-Do list

Can you imagine clearing your to-do list and having nothing left to work on? No, thought not. There’s always something you can do at work isn’t there. Of course, this is doubly true if you work for yourself or run a micro business. You’ve got a million things you could be turning your attention to. If it’s not delivering your services / products, it’s marketing, business development, creative thinking, keeping up to date with new ideas in your niche, dull but necessary admin, sending invoices, paying invoices, fixing the printer (again), testing out new software and apps or grabbing some lunch, a coffee, or some fresh air. That was yesterday for me. Pretty normal stuff if I’m honest. But if you’re employed by someone else, the list is a little bit different.

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Airport Security and why the Annual Engagement Survey is NOT Dead

Do you remember airports? You know the places you sometimes went to before your exciting foreign trip or holiday. Yeah, them. Well sometimes at airports they have these little mood meter stands where you are asked to rate your experience going through security. Happy, smiling face…. or grumpy scowling face (or maybe somewhere in between). You don’t really give it much thought. You absent-mindedly hit one of the buttons and hurry off to the departure lounge. Or you see some kids tapping a tune out on the buttons like it’s a drum kit.

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Feedback Styles in High Performing Teams

What makes a high performing team? No doubt there are hundreds of academic studies, countless silver-bullet business models and as many different ideas as you can imagine. So, no one big answer. But let’s deal with just one of the key factors here. Feedback.

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What is Career Progression?

See that career ladder in front of you? It’s got 8 rungs. You’re on the bottom one. You’re wondering how to get to the top rung?

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Helping Your Teammates

Sometimes your teammates need some help. But you can't see them. So how can you know?

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#1 Rule for Your Staff Survey

Taking Action on Your Survey is Vital. Here’s the rule. Only do this type of work if you are absolutely committed to and able to take action on the results.

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