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7 tips for making the most of networking events

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For some, it’s an exciting word – one that represents a chance to make new connections and further one’s personal brand. For others, it can be a bit stressful. The word? Networking. Even in the age of social media, instant messaging and connections that can be made via a huge number of means, networking in person remains a brilliant way to meet new people and further one’s horizons. However, it requires a fair degree of confidence if you’re to approach such an event without it simply becoming nothing more than an uneventful day out of the office where you spend…

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Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) has actually been a ‘known fact’ for more than the last few decades. In fact, our perception of its importance predates the coining of the phrase in the 1964 paper by Michael Beldoch. It has had different names – from ‘social intelligence’ to ‘emotional strength’ – but its importance has always been undeniable. In fact, some research states that Emotional Intelligence is responsible for 58% of your job performance and that 90% of top performers have high EQ. So what is it? And why is Emotional Intelligence important in the workplace? What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence…

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Working from home? Here’s how to tune your environment for better productivity

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Last year, we learned that the number of people working from home surpassed 1.5 million. And that begs a really important question… Why are more people working from home? Flexible working patterns are fast becoming the norm across a variety of sectors. This is because flexibility in the working day makes employees happier, more productive and far more likely to stay onboard. As a result, businesses can expect increased output, a vastly superior quality of work and far lower recruitment costs thanks to improved staff retention. Home working is directly linked to flexible working hours, and with technology enabling people…

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting – 10 Facts You Need to Know

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The BBC’s newly published Gender Pay Gap Report reveals a shocking inequality in salaries paid to men and women causing media attention worldwide, and quite rightly so. Fifty years ago, the Equal Pay Act was introduced. It’s therefore rather disheartening to learn that many experts believe it could take as long as another fifty years to fully close the gap between male and female pay in the workplace. Without effectively tackling the key issues surrounding flexible working, supporting women aged over 40 back into the workforce and sharing unpaid caring responsibilities, the gender pay gap stands little chance of being eliminated. Indeed,…

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Networking – 3 top tips for avoiding small talk

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Sarah Dowzell, Assoc CIPD, COO and Co-founder of Natural HR and busy mum of two reflects on a recent CIPD event she attended. Earlier this week I attended the CIPD London Future of Work Conference – and my first thoughts? What a welcoming branch! The thing that struck me most about this event was how open everyone was to networking. I attend many events in the Midlands across the year from Business Networking to CIPD events to Technology events, some which specifically promote business networking. I usually leave questioning if it was actually a good use of my time and…

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