Aug 14

All about ethical dilemmas – what they are and how to avoid them

Have you ever called in sick to stay home and binge watch your favourite series?? Have you ever heard a colleague address another colleague inappropriately and not commented? Have you ever “borrowed” supplies from the stationary cupboard and not gotten around to returning them? Have you ever been asked by your organisation to act unethically […]

Jul 31

Eight suggestions for a successful workplace retreat

The objective of any workplace retreat is to take time out from the daily hurly-burly: an ideal way to refresh, reflect and plan…with colleagues. Sometimes, those last two words “with colleagues” do not seem to be factored into the actual preparation or roll-out of a retreat. I suspect that a fair proportion of readers of […]

Jul 17

How KPIs can create a toxic culture at work

At first glance, you may wonder how setting up KPIs to hold staff accountable for their work might in any way be problematic. After all, isn’t that considered the absolutely normal, bog standard approach. The issue, however, is not about KPIs, per se. KPIs certainly can, if used in the context of a consultative and balanced conversation between […]

Jun 26

CEOs behaving badly

CEOs and senior managers behaving badly have hit the news again and again over the last two years. In the most recent CEO Success Study produced by PWC, an analysis of CEO turnover in the top 2500 global listed companies, found that 39% of the top executives dismissed left under a cloud of being accused […]

Jun 19

The Power of Positivity

What difference does positivity make in the workplace? Research demonstrates that it makes a significant difference, thank-you very much! ‘Mind-Sets Matter’ research showed that a positive mindset has clear, positive consequences for goal achievement. Employees who know the meaning and positive impact of their work are happier and vastly more productive, as demonstrated in the […]

Jun 12

Preventing Workplace Burn-out: three simple tips

The World Health Organisation announced recently, that “burn-out” is to now be included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. At its heart, it is a syndrome brought on from unsuccessfully managed workplace stress. Whilst not to be mistaken or classified as a medical condition, the ICD-11 […]

Apr 03

What to do if you are experiencing toxic behaviour at work

Sadly, many of us have first-hand experience of toxic behavior in the workplace. In 2016 research by Dr Lindsay McMillan, 50% of respondents said they had experienced serious incidents of conflict or negative conduct at work,14% of workers described their workplace environment as ‘toxic’, while 20% had experienced major problems in communication with a co-worker or boss.  […]

Mar 20

Workplace Staff Training: Terrific or Torturous?

We’ve all been there. Stuck in tedious, mandatory staff training sessions on appropriate workplace behaviour or organisational values, where everyone (including the trainer) is just going through the motions in order to tick off policy compliance. If you are the well-intentioned organiser of this type of training and have had your program roundly disparaged across […]