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Is the 4-hour week really possible? Can it raise productivity?

By Business

When Timothy Ferriss published the 4-hour work week in 2011, it quickly became a cult business classic. With a tag line that reads ‘Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich’, there’s no surprise it went on to become even more popular beyond it’s first year of release, either. Ferriss works on the principle that anyone can design their own ‘luxury lifestyle’ by seismically reducing the number of hours they work each week while increasing both productivity and income (the latter, considerably). On the face of it, the concept sounds ridiculous. When it comes to business, four hours…

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Why annual leave is an intrinsic part of business success

By Business

“Sorry, Dave is not in today – can anyone else help?” So often the bearer of bad news, those immortal words can be frustrating to have to call upon and the resulting customer response nothing more than a pain to deal with. After all, only Dave can deal with the enquiry in question and he doesn’t return from his holiday for another two weeks. What to do? Brush the request off as nothing more than an inconvenience in Dave’s absence or risk using the suggestion that it can wait until he returns, thus leaving the customer query unanswered and in…

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How the workplace is adapting to the digital economy

By Business, Human Resources, Technology

The term ‘hyperconnectivity’ has become rather overused of late, but its premise is vital if we’re to better understand the mechanics of the world in which we now find ourselves. ‘Mechanics’ might sound a little cold – un-human, even – but, in literal terms, we do live in a particularly mechanised society. However, far from being the future Terminator 2 predicted, the digital era is instead driven by multiple forms of communication, all of which rely on wide expanses of connectivity to be effective. This is what hyperconnectivity is all about. It’s a rich world of multiple communication channels that…

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How and why your business should take advantage of the gig economy

By Business

It may be best for us to start this one with an explanation. What, after all, is the ‘gig economy’? When you strip back the fancy name, this new working trend is all about people who want to free themselves of the confines of full-time employment. It’s a tactic that can work brilliantly for both the individual in question and the business that employs their services. The former gets to be independent and cease working for ‘the machine’, while the latter can pick and choose skills as and when needed, thus reducing staff overheads and increasing productivity when needed. In…

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How to spot future leaders within the business and ensure their success

By Business

Future leaders rarely shout from the rooftops. In fact, they’re sometimes incredibly hard to spot. While you might expect people with leadership ambitions to be the most prominent characters within the organisation, the opposite is normally true. Often, those with the most exciting potential don’t even realise they have it, nor do they aspire to climb towards the upper echelons of the corporate ladder. While simply a fact of life, this is a shame, because with so many of us wrapped-up in our own day-to-day activities, such people often slip through the net completely unnoticed, either needlessly retaining the same…

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