I have to admit – I’m one of those workers who you’ll find tucking into a cheese and pickle sandwich at my desk at lunchtime. It’s a chance to have five minutes to myself and a cheeky peek at BuzzFeed before I crack on with my work. Not a great habit I know.
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The thought of running your first webinar with webinar software can be quite overwhelming. You want to make sure that everything runs smoothly and nothing goes wrong. In case there’s any doubt, it doesn’t look great when a phone starts ringing and your presenter decides to take the call. Yes, this actually happened to me!
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of using the new GoToMeeting, you have to take a peek at the stunning new design.
Oh yes. GoToMeeting has had a makeover – making it even simpler and faster to use than ever before.
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.
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?
The theme for this week’s round-up is tips for small business leaders – a selection of articles covering the various aspects of running a small business, with tips for leaders and for their employees to change their habits and their workplace to improve productivity and collaboration. Read on for a selection of stories.
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.
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?
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:
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.
As you would imagine, working for an online meeting provider means that we attend a fair few meetings. We’ve had a lot of practice over the years and I’d say we’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes a brilliant (and painful) meeting.
Following a ton of research and a survey to meeting users, we’ve put together the ultimate everything-you-need-to-know-about-meetings eBook. In that eBook, we look at the essential steps a meeting organiser should take before, during and after a meeting to make it simply awesome. Here’s an overview of those tips:
How do you announce redundancies, discuss negative customer feedback, manage poor performance or resolve conflict with teams and individuals who work remotely?
Watch this webinar recording with Lynne Copp, Founder of the Worklife Company, as she explores this tender strand of communication and shares four tips for communicating effectively during difficult conversations with remote workers.
The theme for this week is freelancing. While many of us enjoy the variety working from home, working from unfamiliar offices or even occasionally from our favourite local café, for some of us that comes as standard. The UK’s freelancers have been making a few headlines this week; here are some of the stories.
Most of the country has been issued with a snow warning in anticipation of the arrival of the “Beast from the East” – a stretch of cold air heading our way from Siberia. How lovely.
Back in 2013, 77% of organisations were affected by severe weather. Yet despite it being acknowledged as one of the biggest threats to UK businesses, few are often prepared for the disruption it causes.
The theme for this week’s round-up is creativity. In the colder winter months it’s more important than ever to get your team galvanised and the opportunity to think creatively might be just the thing. We’ve compiled some great tips and suggestions from across the web to get your business thinking more creatively.
With last week marking 100 days until the 2015 General Election on 7 May, the leaders of the major political parties are likely to make a renewed commitment to showing they are in touch with the issues facing Britain’s army of small-and-medium-business employees (who numbered over 15 million last year according to the FSB). So what are the big focus areas that our potential future leaders need to concentrate on to win these votes?
Whether you’re running an online meeting, conducting an online training programme, or presenting a webinar, you want your audience to take action after your event. But it’s not enough to simply state the facts and hope they take action. To be truly influential, you have to persuade them to change their current thinking and take the action you want.
LinkedIn launched back in 2003, and since then has grown to become the world’s largest professional network, with a staggering 332 million users.
With so many of us using it to network, check out potential employees and establish relationships with future business partners, it really is important to make sure that your profile is looking its absolute best.
The theme for this week’s round-up is small businesses. The UK is a thriving hub of some of the world’s most innovative businesses and home to thousands of small business owners (and their teams). This week we’re sharing a series of small business-related stories that have been in the news and look ahead to the rest of 2015.
Are you thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? This week’s round-up might be a good place to start; here are some recent stories about good and bad workplace habits to adopt to help make your day more productive and your work mindset better.
We’re getting closer to finding out who will be named this year’s winner of the prestigious partnership with Lord Sugar himself, and we think this might just have been the best season of The Apprentice yet. There’ve been the usual personality clashes, the hilarious soundbites and the fist-bitingly awful gaffes, but that’s precisely what makes the programme such an addictive watch.
For many of us, the humble desk is where we spend the majority of our days. So isn’t it time we made it a happier place to spend our time?
We’ve conducted a little research to help you make your little corner of the office (home or otherwise) a more pleasant place to be, and think that the perfect desk comprises the following things: