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Is the new office jargon a sign that hybrid workers feel disconnected?

Hybrid working is changing the way we communicate with our colleagues. According to a recent national survey by leading research agency Perspectus Global and commissioned by The Access Group, 91% of those polled agree that hybrid working has changed the way we talk and communicate with our colleagues in the workplace. 69% of respondents felt […]

Does your business need a mid-year MOT?

Conducting a performance review at the halfway point can be a great way to keep your business evolving and root out problems before they arise. Businesses are a lot like cars; you push all the right buttons and pull all the right levers to make it trundle along at a steady pace, but every so […]

Socotec Bretby project

As part Sototec’s growth ambition in 2021, they undertook a project to refit the Bretby laboratories. Project Managing 36 different work packages within this consolidation process, whilst ensuring all day-to-day operational tasks continued seamlessly, all during a worldwide pandemic was both challenging and invigorating in equal measures. Four fully functioning buildings were surrendered, Numerous laboratories […]

Back to reality and importance of teamwork

For many of us 2020 was certainly a very different year with our work / life balances having to adapt to our ever-changing rules and regulations of our “new normal.” When we were all advised to work from home in February, and then many of us taking on home-schooling too, we hadto adjust to a different […]

The real meaning of “taking the knee”

Many leaders are out of touch with a generation for whom inclusivity and solidarity are non-negotiable. Since the tragic murder of George Floyd, I’ve made a short posting on LinkedIn every day about inclusion. The odd one hits a nerve. With the European football championships, ‘taking the knee’ by England players has become the current […]

How to keep grounded as a leader

As you rise through the corporate ranks, the impact of your decisions increases and your role becomes more and more important. You do not. Failure to recognise this can lead to all sorts of problems. Leaders who think they’re better than the people they lead will lack empathy, alienate people, lose touch with the reality […]

7 leadership lessons from 2020

1. LOOSENING CONTROL IS NOT LOSING CONTROL The past year has taught me that I can actually be flexible and go with the flow and I have no doubt that I will be a better business leader as a result. By nature, I am a big planner and my style is very much to have […]

A leader’s reflection on lockdown mark 2

It felt different from March. For a start, no one minds if the dog starts barking. When lockdown hit in March we all scrambled to put an infrastructure in place to enable our people to function and for work to continue. We grappled with new technologies, new kitchen/bedroom/bathroom work environments and were forced out of […]

A quick guide to being a better coach

Coaching is not the same as giving advice. Most managers instinctively know that coaching is a good thing to do, but it’s easier not to do it for a variety of reasons: Managers simply don’t have the luxury of hours of coaching time for deep, meaningful conversations with multiple direct reports. They know what coaching […]

Use of face masks designated KN95

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators. KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements […]