Monthly Archives: March 2015

You know what motivates your employees, don’t you?

Motivated employees

When a company values its employees and the staff are engaged and motivated, it creates a pretty special working environment that people want to be a part of.

The benefits of a motivated workforce are substantial and include increased productivity, better collaboration with colleagues, a higher quality of service to customers and lower levels of absenteeism and staff turnover.

Become a note-taking pro: Tips for taking better meeting notes

Taking meeting notes

Ever sat down at your desk following a long, complicated meeting and looked at either a messy, incomprehensible scrawl of notes or a worryingly blank page where today’s meeting notes should have been? Fear not – many of us struggle for ways to take accurate notes in meetings that both enable us to follow up on our actions afterwards and make sure we and our team are up to speed before the next meeting. So what are some ways we can make sure our note-taking skills get better?

Peek inside 7 of the coolest offices on earth

Citrix Rayleigh Office

Google
There is only one place to begin a round-up of the coolest offices in the world: Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California. People find Google’s HQ so comfortable, that a number of employees decided to make the ‘Googleplex’ campus their permanent address for more than a year. With perks like free meals, nap chairs, haircuts and a laundrette, it’s easy to see why they thought they’d save on rent and other personal costs for a while.

Leadership: The key to inspiring others

Business leader inspiring others

When you type the phrase ‘inspiring leaders’ into Google, the results are most likely what you’d expect — images of Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. But have you ever stopped to consider why these usual suspects show up time and time again in conversations about inspiring leadership, and what they might have in common, in terms of the way they think, act and communicate?

The weekly round-up: Public speaking tips

Public speaking tips

Welcome to the Citrix Weekly Round-up. Every week we’ll be bringing you a round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week, grouped into key themes that affect our day-to-day working lives.

The theme for this week is public speaking. Read on for a selection of stories, tips and advice articles.

The five types of people you always encounter in meetings

Types you encounter in meetings

Love them or hate them, obsessively organise them or desperately avoid them, meetings are a massive part of working culture. From a quick team catch-up to a full blown brainstorm to the nervousness of a management meeting or client review, taking a group of people into a room often results in a series of personalities rising to the surface. How many of these have you encountered? (Clue: if you haven’t met one, you quite possibly are one!) And how do you use them to your advantage to make the most of the time?

7 simple tips for creating memorable presentations

Create memorable presentations

Despite the fast-paced online nature of business these days, presentations are still a cornerstone of communication — be it for an internal meeting, industry conference or pitching to a potential client or investor.

But so often, audiences remember very little from presentations, since they’re commonly seen as a chore and thrown together in a slapdash kind of way with the main consideration being “get everything in!”

The weekly round-up: Working families

Working families Shared Parental Leave

The theme for this week’s round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week is working families. What with the introduction of new shared parental leave legislation and a pledge from the Lib Dems to improve childcare provision for working families, these two stories have featured prominently in the news and sparked new discussion in recent days. Read on for a snapshot:

Shared Parental Leave: Everything you need to know [Infographic]

Shared Parental Leave

On 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) legislation will come into force in the UK. This new policy will give eligible parents, partners and adopters the flexibility to decide who will care for their child in the first year of its life. And it looks pretty popular so far, with 4 out of 5 future parents saying that they ‘d consider taking SPL.

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