Sep 102014
 

Is your workplace an area of inspiration and motivation in which everyone is enthusiastic and psyched-up to give of their best every day, all day?  If not, why not?

Motivation is that wonderful energy, drive and excitement that employees feel when they are inspired to contribute, both individually and as a team, and when they do, they feel recognised and valued for the contribution that they make to the overall program, project, target or proposal.

Motivation is the most powerful emotion that employees can experience at work.  And the managerial commitment to motivating employees through a shared vision and efficient communication are the fundamental skills that great managers bring to the workplace.  The ability for managers to be adept at inspiring and motivating their teams is the most important attribute, particularly during challenging times.  It is the one skill that cannot be outsourced but is an integral element of the role of a leader and manager.

Ignoring the appeal to personal feelings can be a costly mistake because if fear and negativity are the endemic emotions within your organisation,  then you will need to counter those with even more powerful emotions such as loyalty, belief, vision and optimism.  And, overall, your success will depend on your ability to inspire and motivate.

Motivation flourishes in a positive management/ employee and customer, client- centric, work culture.  Let us look, therefore, at a few ideas that can help you to increase employee motivation. Continue reading »

May 012013
 

•    Do you sometimes forget files, appointments, dates, keys or even deadlines and then have to apologise?
•    Do you wish there were more than 24 hours in one day?
•    Do you wish you had gone to bed earlier last night?

You may already use paper or electronic organisers to plan your day but even with these, you still don’t seem to get everything done. Sound familiar? Well, you are not alone.

It is very important to manage one’s time but particularly if you are someone who has to multi-task and juggle many jobs during the course of a day.

Let us look at some strategies to help you become more organised / productive.

•    Find out how you allocate your time. Start a log of everything that you do during the day, to see exactly how much time you spend on activities such as emailing, social networking,
phoning, eating, drinking or travelling.
•    Prioritise your ‘to do’ list in categories. MUST DO, SHOULD DO, LIKE TO DO
•    Every evening, plan the next day and keep strictly to your ‘to do’ list!
•    Try NOT to answer the phone every time it rings!
•    Email is addictive so turn it off when you are concentrating.
•    Make a concerted effort to manage your daily interruptions.
•    Learn to say ‘No!’ when asked to carry out a task which is unrealistic.
•    Don’t procrastinate. Once you have started a project – see it through to the end. Although it may seem obvious, the more productive time you spend on it, the sooner it will be
completed.

We all have the same 24 hours in each day, yet some seem to utilise their time better than others because the chances are they are organised and self-disciplined.
What about you?

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Apr 262013
 

‘As soon as I clear my inbox, a new batch arrives – consequently I spend my time
reacting to every new message but not being proactive’.

Does this sound familiar? Our lives are circumscribed around the Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android, or any device where one can get online: consequently we spend our waking hours reading, replying, copying and deleting. Is any real work ever done and is this plethora of email really necessary?

However, email is here to stay: so here are my 5 top tips to help you manage it.

1.Bin it!
Utilise your inbox for actions that you need to take: then get rid of the rest. Old
emails just take up space.

2.Get sorted!
After actioning your emails, put them in named folders for quick access. Tidy email folders are a lot easier to handle when you open your in-box.

3.Flag it!
Flag important emails so you can see at a glance exactly what needs to be tackled
immediately.

4.Go off-line!
When you’re trying to concentrate, go off-line. Curiosity may well get the better of
you if you can still hear that ‘ping’ telling you an email has arrived – and
then it is hard to remember what you were doing before it arrived!

5.Less is more!
Keep your emails short and to the point. The less you write, the more likely you’ll get a reply. Write in bullet points and the chances are your answer will be in the same format. However, if you’re just after a chat, then use the phone!

Email is a phenomenal tool for efficient communication. It can take us
from one side of the world to the other in an instant but it needs to be
managed effectively. So, enjoy being in control of your inbox rather than your in-box being in control of you!

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** NEW ONE DAY MASTERCLASS PROGRAMMES: DUBAI **

1st June “Mastering the Art of Public Speaking”

Designed for women who are nervous about standing up in front of an audience and would like to deliver motivational and persuasive presentations. http://bit.ly/SgkgfM

3rd June: “Show Stress Who’s Boss!

Designed for people who want to beat stress and manage non-stop demands. http://bit.ly/17zNQBE

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Need a Motivational Speaker or Awards Host for your NextConference or
Boardroom briefing? Work Stress Expert, Carole Spiers will deliver a charismatic, high-impact keynote presentation, Show Stress Who’s Boss! based on her new book, at your next conference. Contact us info@carolespiersgroup.co.uk
or call + 44 (0) 20 8954 1593

Apr 042013
 

This new research from MIND is very interesting reading.  Find out more here. http://bit.ly/omAeFu

 

Aug 262012
 

STRESS TIP OF THE DAY:

Know how many hours sleep you need per night and ensure you get it. If you have to get up early in the morning then get an early night. You can’t store up all your sleep at the weekend and think that it will keep you going during the week – you have to sleep properly on a daily basis.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss!. She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.

Book Carole for a high impact motivational presentation at your next Seminar or conference. See her live at www.carolespiers.com

Aug 242012
 
Park your Email!

Turn off your email alerts as they interrupt what you are doing. Set time aside daily to do your correspondence. Interruptions break your concentration and make you less effective.

Carole Spiers is an acknowledged work stress expert, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of a new book Show Stress Who’s Boss! She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly business newspaper columnist and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment on work stress and related topics.

Book Carole for a high impact motivational presentation at your next Seminar or conference. See her live at www.carolespiers.com

 

Jul 172012
 

People often say “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and that’s actually quite true—which is why it’s so important to be aware of the image that you portray to those you meet.

So, knowing that, how do you make the best first impression possible? Everyone’s different, and while you don’t want to be too structured in your manner, there are definitely some elements you’ll want to keep in mind to help you show yourself in the best possible light.

It is said that we take less than five seconds to evaluate someone new that we meet.  And in that time, the other person formulates an opinion about you, your dress, your body language, your warmth, your posture, your smile and your speech.  Making a good first impression is really very important, because very often that image is the one that is retained.

So here are a few ways in which you can ensure that people’s first impression of you is a good one. Continue reading »

Jul 012012
 

Laughter has many health benefits that we’re apparently failing to take advantage of.  Laughter is, for example, a healthy form of exercise for our heart, and as an aerobic exercise is good for our lungs as well. It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream; helps to reduce tension and lower blood pressure; and reduces the levels of certain stress hormones that tend to weaken our immune system. And numerous medical studies have proven its links with both pain reduction and the acceleration of the healing process. Continue reading »

May 282012
 

We all know that we work harder when we feel involved in a particular role or task and when we feel appreciated for our efforts, so you can imagine I wasn’t surprised to read the following statistics about employee engagement.

  • Disengaged workers are costing the UK £44 billion in lost productivity every year [Institute of Employment Studies]
  • Engaged employees take only 2.7 sick days per year compared to the 6.2 days taken by disengaged staff [Gallup]

Good communication, in particular the ability to listen carefully to employees, is undoubtedly the essence of successful employee engagement.  Employees want, and need, to feel part of the organisation if they are to make a 100% commitment to it. Understanding company goals and aspirations and contributing to the culture of the organisation gives a new meaning to employee engagement. Continue reading »

May 042012
 

Top 10 Business Tips from Stress Expert Carole  Spiers

1. Keep your business running – the roads and public transport will be busy. As an employer, the Games may impact on your business logistics, so plan routes in advance for orders, employees, deliveries, customers and visitors.

2. Forward planning – as an employee, get ahead of the Games and plan how you can vary your commuting routes in advance of the events – find out where the travel hot-spots are.

3. Work overload – if individual workloads are increased owing to traffic disruption or absenteeism, plan for this proactively, in advance.

4. Working remotely – it may be a good idea for some employees to work remotely from home during the actual Games. Continue reading »