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Gamify your team: how to stop employees getting bored

By Business

Engaging employees is becoming increasingly difficult in a society that’s full of distractions. Our smartphones are forever disturbing us with notifications, and with the internet an ever-present tool, the dangers of falling down one of the numerous holes of procrastination are a genuine threat to productivity. If employees aren’t engaged at work, they’ll quickly get bored, and boredom leads to procrastination. This is a trend that can take place right under the nose of company bosses and quickly reach a stage where turning back becomes nigh on impossible. As a result, employee disengagement can rapidly transform into something far more…

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How to find and work with mentors as a startup business

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Starting a new business is often a lonely endeavour, but it isn’t something you should do alone. Granted – this is easier said than done, because most startups are the brainchild of just one or two people. They rarely consist of people from all walks of business life who can call on countless years of collective experience to make an immediate dent in their industry. This is where the importance of mentors comes in. A mentor is someone who has a significant amount of experience in a given field and who is particularly good at working with people in order…

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10 traits of a successful entrepreneur

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What sets an entrepreneur apart from a ‘normal’ person? What makes them special and gives them the ability to come up with ideas the rest of us look at and say “I wish I’d thought of that”? We could turn to the obvious conclusion; it’s in their genes – they’re born with an innate ability to dream up brilliant ideas that are capable of changing the world, and make them a reality. The truth, however, is rather more encouraging, because it means we’re all capable of becoming entrepreneurs – providing we develop the right mindset and set of habits. In…

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Why your business should change incentives and how to do it

By Business, Employee Engagement, Motivation

Bonuses have long been a business tradition. And, to a degree, they work. You work harder, the business makes more money and, in return, you end up with a fatter payslip – simple and satisfying, no? Not always. As we’re often reminded, there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. The latter will always dampen the bonus party spirit, because one look at your shiny, sizeable payslip will reveal that much of what you’ve earned in addition to your base salary has been gobbled up by the tax man, leaving a somewhat menial take-home fee for all the blood,…

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The benefits of flexible working and how to implement it in your business

By Business

According to studies, the modern British worker wants a flexible working arrangement, but just 6% of job adverts actively promote it. This isn’t surprising, but it is somewhat discouraging in a digital economy that offers numerous tools and communication methods that promote flexible working hours. People want better work-life balances, too, and if the businesses for which they work are unable or unwilling to offer them that, they’ll quickly look elsewhere. Why isn’t it surprising? Consider the ‘9 to 5’ working environment, which is as traditional as they come. It has been in operation for decades and offers security for…

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