• Preparations to Jump Ship

    Well, of course we are not talking about ships but jobs. During the recession many people have been working in jobs that they find unfulfilling or dissatisfying as they should feel ‘lucky to have a job’.  Having a steady income and keeping safe during the recession were the priorities.  But now the water has calmed this could be the moment…

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  • Achieve optimum productivity by reaching ‘flow state’

    To produce our best work and achieve optimum productivity we need to get into what psychologists call a ‘flow state’. According to positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow state is the mental state of a person fully immersed and focused on performing an activity.   In a working environment flow is likely to occur when you are faced with a task that…

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  • Flexible working ‘cuts cost to employers’, say business leaders

    The Times reported today that a group of 22 of Britain’s biggest companies, the “Agile Future Forum”, have signed a commitment to flexible working rights after finding that “agility” in staff hours and locations can cut workforce costs by as much as 13%. Richard Nissen, the founder of The Virtual Office, is also a guest lecturer at Cass Business School.  For…

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  • Networking tips for the networking novice

    I recently was asked by some colleagues for tips when networking. The prospect of networking can be hugely daunting especially if you are new to the industry, role or just promoting yourself in a new arena. I know the first couple of times I attended networking events I felt very young, green and female. The majority of networking events at…

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  • How to work from home successfully

    How to Work from Home Successfully Let me start by saying that working from home is not for everyone. I love working from home. I’m productive, relaxed and really don’t miss the commute. However I speak to people regularly who believe that they would hate it. They feel that working from home they would lack focus and fear the isolation….

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  • Flexible Working – the ongoing debate

    There has always been resistance to flexible working with the majority of businesses preferring to keep employees within their sights. Earlier this year a ban on remote working at Yahoo reignited the flexible working debate. The arguments are the same but the strength of opinion is different. With the explosion of social technologies and the ease of remote working many…

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