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Recognising the I in team

In London, it’s not just the workplace that is changing but also the way we work. While we spritz up our office spaces to encourage bonding, we’re also moving into a world of collaborative working. Structures like open-plan offices and chilled out conference rooms are there to make these group contributions run more smoothly, and…

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Alternative Advent Calendars

For those days when it feels like the meetings start at 9 and end at 9, for those nights where numbers are still running through your mind when you finally hit the sofa, and for those mornings where the kids are covered in glitter and the dog’s eaten all of your mince pies, we’ve compiled…

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Surviving the Christmas Party

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, the Christmas party brings everyone a sack full of difficulties to navigate. From the secretary who’s had too much to drink to the accounts manager who’d rather be at home watching Elf, traversing the holiday season festivities can’t be boiled down to a simple list of do’s and…

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Picking Apart Paternity Leave Policies

In April 2015, long after it should have been, the law on maternity leave changed, to give mothers more flexibility, and fathers the chance to spend much needed time with their newborns. Giving parents the chance to split parental leave, the new policy was an attempt at making the workplace more equal. However with only…

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Should you have to go to work socials?

Over the past decade, organizations have placed a much bigger focus on ‘cultural fit’ when making hiring decisions, with terms like work-wife and work-husband becoming as commonplace as ties in the office. As these changes occur however, it’s not all holding hands and hair braiding, with some employees feeling their separation of home and work…

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London eateries where being alone could actually be a good thing

Dining alone is an experience which can bring even the most confident of us out in a cold sweat. The awkward glancing around at groups of friends wondering whether they’re talking about you, coupled with the inevitable “table for one?” question that feels way louder than it needs to be, can turn eating, something which…

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Does the early bird always catch the worm?

The inevitable groan at our alarm seems like a rite of passage, and as winter is coming and with it, darker mornings and colder rooms, more and more of us will be struggling to get ourselves out of bed in the morning. This daily struggle isn’t due to an inherent laziness but just the way…

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Swiping left on employers monitoring their staffs phones

Last week, reports were publicized about a junior M&A banker, who’d lost his job due to ‘Tinder-related transgressions’ on his work phone. Although the exact details of the banker’s indiscretions have been kept private from the public, when it came to his employers, his dating life was not. As technology becomes more prominent and our…

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‘Legally Blonde’; Why is appearance still affecting women at work?

Hitting the headlines this month, Silicon Valley CEO, Eileen Carey, shared her experience of discrimination in the workplace. Stating that she had changed her appearance in order to be taken more seriously, Carey wrote, “I was told [that in order] to raise funds for Glassbreakers, that it would be to my benefit to dye my…

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Are We Stifling Our Workers Freedom of Speech?

As technology has advanced so have worries regarding privacy. No longer confined to watercooler gossip, our private conversations, often conducted via email or internal webchats, are more available than ever to our employers. This worry has become the subject of the latest controversies within Silicon Valley, throwing freedom of speech thoroughly into the spotlight. So…

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Weird and wonderful benefits

In the modern workplace, we’re all familiar with the traditional benefits packages and in our capital city even pool tables and trips to Europe are becoming old hat. Perks at Google and Facebook have been well publicised, so we all know slides are available as a way of getting into the office whilst simultaneously reliving…

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Finding yourself on the outside of the Young Adults category

The 18-25 bracket can feel incredibly broad… until you’re suddenly on the outside. No longer eligible for cheaper train fares and gym membership, becoming a ‘real adult’ can have an effect not just on your wallet but on your career too. With this generation feeling more pressure than ever to hit career milestones, whether it’s…

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The Rise of Company Retreats

We’ve come a long way from trust falls and “yes and…” improv games, with team-bonding trips taking on a whole new importance when it comes to the modern workplace. (You can take a look at some of our sister company, Goodman Masson’s favourite day-trips here)  It seems for some company’s, however, a day trip simply…

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“The Imposter Syndrome”; Why do so many of us suffer with self-confidence at work?

“Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to see their own accomplishments, dismissing them as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.” With studies showing that over 70% of us suffer from imposter syndrome, it’s…

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Welcoming new employees like a pro

Starting a new job can be tense, transporting us back to our school days worries often abound about just how we’ll fit in. The way we welcome our employees then is crucial to how they feel about their new workplace, in fact, statistics show that 33% of new recruits have already made their minds up…

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The Dark Side To Working From Home

In 2013, newly hired Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer banned employees from working from home. Going against the grain with a trend that has become all the rage this century, Mayer’s claims that ‘collaboration comes from working side by side’, were met with controversy. Whilst Mayer’s newly implemented rules weren’t popular with all, her statements did…

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Giving Our Employees a Pat On The Back

In London, it’s not just the workplace that is changing but also the way we work. While we spritz up our office spaces to encourage bonding, we’re also moving into a world of collaborative working. Structures like open-plan offices and chilled out conference rooms are there to make these group contributions run more smoothly, and…

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Who’s playing the real ‘Game of Thrones’ in your office?

With the release of Game of Thrones seventh and final season, we’re taking a look at the battles that happen quietly and without serenade every day in the workplace. There have been plenty of battles for the top spot this year. From the US election to our own surprise leadership battle, all have ended in…

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Publishing the Gender Pay Gap

This April saw the start of a census like no other before. In a new order by the government, employers with over 250 employees are now legally required to publish their pay gap data. Although it’s unclear what the consequences of the numbers will be, it’s hoped that bringing the percentages to light will shame…

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Ensuring LGBTQ Diversity in the Workplace

A recent survey by LGBT professional networking group, My G Work, found that over 50% of their members didn’t think their current company was inclusive. In a country governed by laws which require diversity and non-discrimination to be at the forefront of both hiring and day-to-day dealings, how are we still getting it so wrong?…

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What JK Rowling Has Taught Us About Competition

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter Universe’s inception, we’re taking a look at something JK Rowling taught us a long time ago. With the Triwizard Tournament promoting intermagical co-operation, her indication was that a little competition between rivals can be a force for connection rather than fracture. Joining the three schools through a…

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Shows Under The Stars in London

British summer time can be extremely temperamental; From sweltering heat to freezing cold winds in just minutes, the clothing seen on Londoners is as mismatched as chalk and cheese. One thing that can be certain though is that as soon as that sun shows, us Londoners up our anti with outdoor events to rival any…

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Politics at work

Following last week’s elections, tensions within the press and public have been running high. With the conservative party itself fractured by the less than expected results, it’s not surprising that the community are also unable to align their opinions. When politics is thrust so firmly into the public eye, keeping it out of the workplace…

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The Decline in Sick Days

Last year saw UK workers take an average of 4.3 days off work due to illness. The lowest number since records began over 25 years ago, this number has startling consequences and although some have heralded this as a triumph, experts say this suggests more bad health than good. In May this year, Aviva Health…

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Are the days of a suit and tie numbered?

The sun is shining and whilst as Brits we shouldn’t be grumbling, the “it’s so hot”s have begun already. Whilst we all love a bit of sun when we have the freedom to don shorts and sunnies, our work attire doesn’t always lend itself to the sweltering hot box we call the office. For men…

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The places we all want to work, according to LinkedIn

Last week LinkedIn published this year’s ‘top companies where the UK wants to work’ list. Run through an algorithm that would make Alan Turing‘s eyes water, the list is compiled of businesses with 500 or more employees (if you’re interested in how they did it you can read more here) Made up of household names,…

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The best brunch hangouts in London

A London staple, brunch has become as synonymous with our capital city as red buses and black cabs. As the sun (finally) begins to shine, and our beds aren’t quite as tempting to stay in, more of us will be taking a lazy stroll in the sunshine, accompanied with breakfast food. We’ve taken a look…

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The Black Mirror concepts that already exist

Black Mirror, a show conceived by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, explores many themes, with a focus being on society. Its massive following were elated when Netflix announced season 4 would be hitting the screens later this year, however a concept picked up on by the producers themselves, we’ve been worrying about which events the…

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MY LONDON WORKS – THE NEXT PHASE How would it feel to wake up every morning feeling excited about your day of work ahead? This is the question we’ve been exploring over the last year, as we’ve nosedived into the world of the London workplace and discovered what organisations are doing to make this appealing…

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STRESS? No thanks.

STRESS is a small word that not only packs a big punch – but also shapeshifts into many forms. The total number of cases of work-related stress in 2015 and 2016 (and that includes depression and anxiety) was a staggering 488,000 – that’s a rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers. It’s mindblowing. Anyone who suffers…

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LIFE. Be the star of your own film

When I talked about writing a blog about life and being the star of your own film, a good friend of mine called Evos reminded me that of course we are all not just stars of our own films, but also the director, producer, audience and critique. Evos is a landscape painter who has purposely…

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SMASH YOUR LONDON LUNCHBREAK!

Living and working in London is a high energy choice – but all those perks of city life can take it out of a person. If you want to be a successful city dweller, you’re duty bound to look after yourself – and that means taking full advantage of your valuable lunch break. If you’re…

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Prep yourself to shine on important days

Every once in a while a big day stands out of the calendar, reminding you that here lies an opportunity to be your most brilliant YOU. Big presentation, job interview, pitch or meeting – some days are larger than others. OK, so up until fairly recently, the big day seemed comfortably far away in the…

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Feeling trapped at work? Happy is a choice.

Do you feel happy or excited about the day ahead when you wake up in the morning? According to ongoing research, most of us will answer some form of “no” for the majority of the time. Yes, we all have good days and bad days, but if your bad days extend to over 50% of…

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Who is your support team?

If you regularly read and enjoy our blogs, firstly, let me commend your excellent taste, and secondly, you’ll already know we spend a lot of time reminding you how important it is that you enjoy your life. It’s no secret that we’re firm believers in wellbeing, enjoyment, hard work, fulfilment, kindness, enthusiasm, creativity and happiness…

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Work in a fabulous environment

The day-to-day running of My London Works puts us in front of exciting and progressive businesses on a regular basis. However, being exciting and progressive brings responsibilities with it, and expectations run high – not only in relation to the product or service the business supplies, but to a whole load of other areas too….

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Get inspired by interviews

Embrace change! Not only is change beautiful, but we all need it in order to grow, to learn and to energise ourselves on a daily basis. If you follow our blogs or chat to us on Twitter, you’ll know we’re advocates of working in environments that inspire you. That means not allowing yourself to stagnate…

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Can you do what you love?

We’ve been paving the way for My London Works on social media by exploring the idea that LOVING YOUR WORK isn’t a myth. The place where people love their work isn’t the Big Rock Candy mountain – and unicorns don’t roam there either – but FEAR NOT, there’s good news too. The good news is…

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Love your work by celebrating every month

Promoting harmony, motivation and diversity in the workplace might sound rather cliché, but there are a bunch of practical ways to achieve all three – and this blog offers 6 month’s worth of suggestions! The key to achieving the pinnacle of harmony in any workplace is to get as many people as possible involved in…

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5 steps to a healthy, happy you

Every business needs to take a keen interest in the health of its employees. Healthy, bright-eyed, bushy tailed team members are happier, more productive, work better in teams as well as with clients, and produce a better quality of work. Working hard to stay healthy is a no-brainer! Why your health is your principal priority…

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Five reasons to learn a new language at work

Today’s workplace is so much more than a desk, chair and a list of things to achieve before 6pm. More and more organisations are waking up to the idea that the modern work space benefits from incorporating play space too – not to mention creative space, communications space, wellbeing space, rest space, reading space or…

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Marching for the working woman

  “London is the worst place to live in the UK if you’re a woman, according to a report that reveals that women are less likely to work, earn less than men when they do, and are more likely to be sexually assaulted in the capital than anywhere else”. This damning report was carried out…

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Turn your business GREEN this year

How GREEN is the organisation you run or work in? Green businesses are the way forward, the way up and the way to get some serious karmic brownie points. The beginning of a new year provides the perfect opportunity to ask ourselves what negative (and positive effects) we are having on our local and global…

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Is the era of the DESK over?

2016 had us in awe of the Danes and their excellent attitude to the Winter blues with the nesting power of ‘Hygge’ – but it’s not just about hunkering down in front of the home fires, they’re also ahead of us in their attitude to the workplace – or ‘arbejdsglaede’ (happiness at work). If you’ve…

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Abolish rules. Give employees the freedom to be responsible.

Many of us don’t like rules because by their very nature they take away our choices. In the workplace where we strive to encourage innovation, why take away choice by creating rules? There could be a number of reasons: to avoid confusion and keep order, to protect quality or to maintain consistency perhaps. So what…

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A quiet word about Christmas

Oh look – it’s another crazy, alcohol-fuelled sprint up to Christmas day. Are you frantically list-making, rushing to shop during your lunch break? Burning the candle on a grand scale? Are your energies well and truly focused on your immediate network of friends and family? Are you in the ‘December bubble’? This short blog exists…

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WORK. A STRESS-FREE HAVEN THIS CHRISTMAS

It’s the festive season and most of us feel a little pressure at some point during it. Pressure on our time, pressure to find the RIGHT gift, pressure at work to meet end-of-year deadlines – or plain old wallet pressure. You’re not alone. This post aims to give some useful ideas to help make day-to-day…

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The twelve days of Christmas. Traditional festive London outings

Living and working in London makes one rather lazy about getting TRADITIONAL in the city. When was the last time you actively decided to see the changing of the guard or visited the Tate? We find ourselves guilty of taking certain privileges for granted. If that’s you, why not use December as a means to…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANK YOU

Have you ever taken a moment to think about the power of a thank you? Thank you for holding the door open. Thank you for lunch. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for saving my life. Today, many of us are guilty of doing too much to save time and to economise on…

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We’re all changing London for the better!

How would you like to wake up in the morning, remember who you are and what day it is – and then, as you stretch gratefully into the new day, contentedly think “right, let’s crack on, I’ve got a great day of work ahead.” Perhaps your reality is close to this already, but perhaps this…

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BE REMOTE. BE FLEXIBLE. BE SUPER PRODUCTIVE!

It may not surprise you to know that, given the option of one or the other, most people would rather work flexibly and remotely RATHER than get a pay-rise. The number goes up even more when you ask parents or part-time carers – and, get this, research also shows that a considerable number of people…

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Bring a parent into work

Tomorrow is ‘bring a parent into work’ day – and we think it’s great! Yes, National and International DAYS like “Speak like a pirate” day (whyyy?) and “Balance a doughnut on your head” day (OK not really) may be tenuous and annoying, but the idea of bringing a parent into work makes us feel warm…

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The future is kind #HAPPIERWORLD2016

Hello and happy almost Halloween! This week we’ve been working on plans to drive My London Works to the next level. Having tested the water on social this year, met some inspirational people making positive change and having joined the conversation on the #futureofwork – we’re keen to start participating in some of the events…

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Let there be light! A guide to lighting up your day.

The Axolotl, or ‘human fish’ as it’s known to friends, is a cave-dwelling creature that lives in pools and dark watery recesses deep below the ground. It is easily recognisable by its pasty, translucent complexion, blind eyes and small legs that propel it along in dank, cold places where light has never penetrated. Why is…

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London Restaurant Festival #LRF2016

  OK – there are drawbacks to living in a city (pollution, traffic, slow walkers) but there are also SUPER PERKS. London is a FOOD HAVEN – it’s a colourful, vibrant and ever changing culinary environment that literally offers us the whole spectrum of global cuisine. Yes granted, living and working in London has its…

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STRESS. MEDITATION OVER MEDICATION

What IS stress? It covers such a large surface of the human spectrum that it’s hard to whittle down to a short opener. Suffice to say that stress is not fussy about WHEN it turns up at your door or HOW it turns up and, similar to religious salesmen, one rarely feels inclined to invite…

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THINK INK. To tattoo or not to.

At the close of summer, before we all put on our jumpers, tattoos are getting a whole skinload of airtime – on bodies AND in the press. Opinions about whether tattoos are acceptable at work are a mixed bag. Should we commend them as a confident show of individualism or should we accept that a…

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The joy of working in London

London is a city of many influences, raised from the ground by artists, architects and visionaries. It’s a truly exciting place to live and work with its cosmopolitan, creative and entrepreneurial inhabitants who enjoy its patchwork of parks, great buildings and inspirational spaces. That’s the good news. The bad news is that whilst living and…

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6 influencers in the London #futureofwork

Every hour of every day, changes are being made in our vibrant city, to make the future of work a PRESENT reality. Our research over the last few months has allowed us to keep a close eye on the influencers of the future on social media – large, small, startup, established, credible and hopeful. Today…

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Simplify your social life. Less is more.

There has never been a time in the history of mankind when the average human has been more BOMBARDED with social content. Content is everywhere, usually gently yet persuasively pushing us towards some form of call to action or other. Akin to Typhoid Mary (but usually without the Typhoid), our tech devices and channels act…

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Fancy a slice of cake while you’re working on that?

With the advent of the new series of #GBBO (come on, where have you been? It’s ‘Great British Bake-Off’) it’s the ideal time to address the serious issue of cake at work. Although DEATH BY CHOCOLATE may seem an idle threat to the uninitiated, the whole issue to date has been somewhat sugar-coated and does…

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The War on Waste

Coffee outlets have exploded on our highstreets, with most of us nowadays refusing to start our morning without a coffee. Within a minute or two of drinking our beloved beverage, we get that caffeine hit we’ve been craving and gain the momentum we need to start the day.  Our love affair with lattes has resulted…

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Stoke your fire with the Olympic torch

For many of us, the Olympics mean 16 days of compulsive watching, often of sports we’ve never shown an interest in before.  So why are we so fixated? The fact of the matter is the 35 official Olympic sports we see on our screens today are often secondary in terms of INTEREST to the pomp…

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Your happy relationship with food at work

What do you have for lunch at work? Attitudes to the workplace are changing and improving quickly. More and more businesses are realising the worth in nurturing the brains behind the operation. It’s not rocket science – the right food affects both attitude and productivity – and, if you can convince employees to eat TOGETHER…

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PIMPED UP WORKSPACES – POWERED BY EMPLOYEES

If you’re an employer with an outdated office, you’ll be feeling the pressure to provide a workspace that inspires and motivates your staff. Not feeling that? Get with the programme, dude! Did you know that a recent ‘What workers want’ survey revealed that more than a quarter of employees feel the current space they work in…

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#LondonIsOpen

We support Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign. Diverse, buzzing, creative, avant-garde – we’re proud to live and work in this glorious city of London, with its vibrant community and its chequered history that has made it what it is today. This global city has reason to hold its head bold and high – leading the way…

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Chair your meetings on safari #BeMoreLion

Love them or hate them, meetings are an inevitable part of working life today. Big ones, long ones, walking ones, standing up ones, boozy ones – whatever the format of your rendezvous, effective meetings require us to focus in on a handful of key subjects and engage in some interpersonal communication until conclusions are (hopefully)…

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Microsoft Vs. Facebook #socialwork

If Facebook gives you faceache, Insta makes you itch and Twitter makes you, er.. twitchy – be slightly afraid as Facebook has a whole new work initiative bubbling gently to the surface of its growing vat of social content (#uh-oh). Right now, as social statuses fill up your waking hours and you weep silently into…

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6 GOLD NUGGETS OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been a hot topic in recent years, but whilst the term was popularised in the 1990s, the idea itself is nothing new. EI principles have been alluded to for centuries. From Socrates to Buddha to Confucius to Darwin, clever people have been telling us for years to take a chill pill,…

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#futureofwork

Dramatic change is afoot in the future of work. The key to riding this glorious tidal wave of transformation is a working experience that a workforce is actually invested in – one where employers FEED positivity and employees FEEL it. Fostering a happy and productive workforce is an alchemic mix. Employees should be encouraged to…

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MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE WITH OFFICE SWEEPSTAKES

What with annual sporting staples such as Wimbledon and the Open, PLUS the (quadrennials) UEFA Euros AND the Rio Olympics, 2016 brings us a summer jam-packed with sporting events. It really doesn’t matter if you’re an impassioned sporting spectator or whether you’re completely indifferent, but organising low-stake office sweepstakes can make the sport season an…

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YOUR DESK. A SHRINE TO ZEN.

Over the last few years, Yoga has evolved from a niche activity to become part of our cultural mainstream. As research into yoga’s health benefits becomes more robust, many companies are offering yoga and meditation classes to help deal with workplace stress and embrace the wellbeing aspect of the ‘future of work’. If you’re in…

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OFFICE POLITICS: FENDING OFF FEUDS

There’s little worse in the workplace than office politics, especially when it takes the form of an ongoing feud. This kind of energy spreads like wildfire, negatively igniting individuals in organisations and creating a crackling heat within. Weirdly, there is a part of human nature that basks in the dim light of this type of…

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OUTDATED DRESS CODES: THE MINEFIELD OF THE WORKPLACE

Our last blog celebrated the progress that continues to be made in equality, but who would have thought our words would be so timely! Yes, of course we’re referring to “heelgate.” Doesn’t it seem unbelievable that in 2016 a woman could be sent home from work (unpaid) for not wearing high heels? In case you were…

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SMOMBIES. A REAL LIFE INVASION OF THE UNDEAD

What’s the difference between a ZOMBIE and a SMOMBIE? Zombies, with their vacant, dead eyes, are out there to KILL YOU. Smombies, on the other hand, with their vacant, dead eyes, are more likely to kill THEMSELVES. Granted the smombie (smartphone zombie) doesn’t quite pack the punch of the traditional undead, but there IS real and growing concern…

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MAKE LIKE GRAYSON PERRY AND HELP DISMANTLE MASCULINE STEREOTYPES

In a three-part documentary series starting tonight (Thursday 5th May, 10pm, C4), our much-loved Turner Prize winning artist and astute cultural critic, Grayson Perry, explores ‘contemporary masculinity’. By immersing himself in three ‘ultra male’ worlds: cage fighting, youth gangs, and the higher echelons of the business world, ‘Grayson Perry: All Man’ delves into the ever-shifting parameters that define masculinity and…

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EUROVISION: TACKY SONG CONTEST OR RADICAL VISION OF TOGETHERNESS?

What with the recent devastating loss of so many of our cultural icons, and the genuinely frightening state of world affairs, we’re all keen to flex our smile muscles and bask in a ray or two of hope. Whilst the Eurovision Song Contest can be enjoyed (or dismissed) as camp, shallow escapism, it also offers…

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400 years later. 7 business lessons from Shakespeare.

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark the occasion, we’ll be seeing a sensational collection of cultural and creative events in London and beyond, all set to celebrate his enduring legacy. But Shakespeare isn’t just about inspiring us at school, at the theatre or in the cinema, he can inspire us in our…

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Underground, overground. Wombling free in London

If you live and work in London, you’ll inevitably find yourself doing the same, or similar journeys most days of the week, often travelling in a glazed zombie autopilot and more than occasionally bashing shoulders with stony-faced commuters. Finding some pleasure and variety in this repetitive action can be a challenge, but there are a few things…

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#WorldHealthDay – get with the program

You will be totally forgiven here for getting bored of National and International days on social media and beyond. ‘Talk like a pirate day’ drew a new line in the sand for dubious International celebrations, and ‘walk like a biscuit day’ – well, it doesn’t exist yet, but doubtless it will if you watch this space long enough….

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Work deadlines are your friends. Hug them.

DEADLINE is a word that probably makes the grim reaper go a little fond and fuzzy, but to us, it’s like MORTGAGE, HATCHET or PUSTULE – all in all a rather poor way to denote what really is just the other side of a boundary or delineated period of time. In terms of word origins,…

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Your dog wants to come to work with you (fact)

What would make a working day in the office better? Any employer worth their salt should be regularly asking themselves this question. Running a business whose fuel is ‘happy employees’ however, is a tough call and, amongst other things demands creativity and a willingness to innovate. Great ideas strike frequently, but not always at opportune…

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Where has the magic gone?

This morning, Paul Daniels, much loved magician and entertainer sadly passed away from a brain tumour. Here was a man who injected magic and enthusiasm into the heads of millions of young children back in his heyday. Today, each one of those magic-infused children are leading millions of entirely unique lives. Some of them (perhaps more…

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International Women’s Day? No! International Women’s WEEK #IWW

Tuesday was International Women’s Day – though it really should be re-cast as Women’s ‘week’ – not least because it’s been trending all this week already and thus social media has already decreed it. These last few days have given us an inspiring celebration of women around the world, so it’s only fitting to write…

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Don’t count the days – make the days count #TimeManagement

We’re all slaves to time. We acknowledge it the moment the alarm goes off in the morning. We nod to it when it whispers that it’s “probably time to go to bed”. We curse it when we wake in the middle of the night to find ourselves humming Coldplay’s latest tune or idly pondering the…

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Distracting? Yes, sugar makes concentration more difficult

Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement, in outer space, or in denial, you’ll know by now that sugar (at least the refined variety) is pretty bad for you. You may be one step ahead and actively reducing sugar in your life, in which case you’ll know first-hand how tricky this is. Sugar is everywhere! In…

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How we like to be rewarded at work. Insights from a personal facebook page.

There are gazillions of articles and blogs on the internet about the human relationship with full time work. Every employee, employer, expert, doctor and maharishi has a theory, an opinion and a statistic to wave at the crowd relating to ‘what employees want’ at work – particularly when it comes to REWARDS. For the purpose…

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The wellbeing movement. Are you in?

Wellness and wellbeing are buzzwords at the moment for good reason. It’s no coincidence that the need for round-the-clock wellbeing and our focused pursuit of happiness coincides with a point in time where digital equipment and apps are gently invading our private homes and lives. Today we live alongside tablets, phones and digital add-ons in…

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Treat yourself to achievable resolutions in 2016

Hello and welcome to 2016! The new year is a great time to set personal goals for the next 366 days, but, much like Windows 10, the human condition kicks off full of bugs after Christmas. These ‘bad bugs’ (let’s call them NYv.2016) tempt us to set goals for ourselves that are high, overly enthusiastic,…

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5 ways your organisation can rise like a phoenix in 2016

If you read the broadsheets and supplements, it won’t have escaped your notice how much chatter is going on right now about the future of the workplace. Employers are exploring the notion that employees are not disposable commodities, but instead long-term assets to the company as well as individuals who need constant nurturing and development….

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Want to succeed in business? Don’t be mean

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?” “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol Thousands…

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” You were probably asked that question as a child, and you have probably witnessed it being asked as an adult. You may even have asked it yourself, whilst parents and grandparents try hard to camouflage their anxiety in response to answers such as ‘air…

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Do the words ‘Christmas shopping’ give you palpitations? Help is here.

Christmas is not a DAY, it’s three months in time, and psychologically, your brain undergoes a complete re-wire. Chilly weather brings about natural nesting instincts, festive lights adorn darker mornings and afternoons and feelings of charity invade our waking thoughts as we consider those less fortunate than ourselves. There are carols, there are mince pies…

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Be the best employer. The seven heavenly virtues.

What makes a great employer? What virtues can we nail down, analyse, appreciate and then apply to our own day-to-day working lives? There must after all be some sort of super-boss formula that separates the wheat from the chaff in the workplace? To answer this, it helps to take a step back in time and…

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Uncross your legs, breathe deeply, stretch.

This season, spare a thought for all of those who spend too long on their computers every day. Glance around – not far from you will be a typer in pain. There he is – let’s call him James. The moment he switched on his laptop at 9am, he stopped noticing his achy shoulder. His…

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Sprinkle yourself with tinsel and be kind this #Christmas

If central London is anything to go by, it’s already officially Christmas. Roll on the festive excitement as the window displays at Harrods, Harvey Nicks or John Lewis are revealed – ta-dah! The lights are rigged up in Regent Street (very elegant this year, don’t you think?) and the Christmas adverts reveal various wonderlands that…

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Winter is coming. Turn the lights on please.

Now that the clocks have officially changed, the words of Jon Snow are finally ringing true. Yes, winter IS coming and the chap does know something after all. Game of Thrones references over, days are getting shorter, nights longer and there’s an inkling of Siberian chill in the air. Hats, scarves and gloves are emerging…

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Are the streets paved with gold in London?

With panto season just around the corner, the name ‘Dick Whittington’ will once again be thrust into our collective consciousness. Adorning road-side billboards and discarded flyers, the image of a cross-dressing, cat-accompanied soap star in tights and boots will be difficult to miss. You know the story – a poor orphan boy leaves the squalor of…

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Party on! #Halloween #BonfireNight #Christmas

To borrow a phrase that originally referred to the swinging sixties, if you remember your office Christmas party, you weren’t really there. This annual celebration has become something of an institution in London’s working culture. The Christmas party is invariably a hedonistic release of pent up party energy. Great memories are created, then are unceremoniously…

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5 ideas to re-imagine your London workspace

Workspaces are not what they used to be. The blue-carpeted, beige-walled office is gently becoming an endangered species as businesses increasingly recognise that happiness is vital to productivity, and that the environment which employees inhabit is a key determinant of this. From Silicon Valley to Tokyo, businesses across the world are employing new and creative…