Monthly Archives: November 2015


Accidental Managers

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Nov 2015

Accidental Managers

80% of UK managers are accidental managers, promoted to a management role because they were good at a functional task. 83% of these managers received no management training prior to being appointed and only 34% received appropriate training afterwards. Yet 64% of employers think that lack of leadership and management skills is holding back growth and only 1 in 5 employees rate their manager as...

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Eight Jobs You Really Would Not Want To Do!

25

Nov 2015

Eight Jobs You Really Would Not Want To Do!

Everyone moans about their job from time to time, but how bad is your job? Time for a change? Here are eight jobs you really would not want to do. 1. The Forensic Entomologist Working with dead bodies is not everyone’s cup of tea, but how about the poor souls who have to work with creepy crawly-infested dead bodies? Forensic entomologists specifically investigate the maggots,...

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Business Planning Is Not A Priority!

25

Nov 2015

Business Planning Is Not A Priority!

Recently published research shows that 87% of SME owners and managers think that business planning should be their top priority yet, 86% of the same SME owners and managers admitted that business planning rarely appears on their list of priorities! Other research shows that the survival rates of new businesses in the North West is the poorest in the UK apart from Northern Ireland. Research...

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Risk Assessments

02

Nov 2015

Risk Assessments

Most managers are familiar with carrying out risk assessments from the perspective of health and safety for staff, customers and clients, but what about from the perspective of the business? Risk is inherent in doing business and the best way not to fail is never to take any risks. However, there are two kinds of risks, the kind you take consciously to move your company...

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Half of employers need a productivity re-think ahead of the arrival of the National Living Wage

02

Nov 2015

Half of employers need a productivity re-think ahead of the arrival of the National Living Wage

A new CIPD report finds too many businesses in ‘survivor mode’ or failing to invest enough in their people or the technology and equipment needed to boost productivity. The CIPD’s chief economist Mark Beatson warns that too many businesses are being held back by an ‘ambition ceiling’ which is preventing them from making the productivity gains needed to achieve business growth and implement the new...

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Improving Personal Productivity

02

Nov 2015

Improving Personal Productivity

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. There are only two ways to increase your output, either put in more hours or work smarter. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the latter. Here are 15 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity at work. 1. Track and limit how much time...

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