By 2025, it’s predicted that Gen Y will make up 75% of the workforce.
This reality is enough to fill many managers with fear and trepidation. Perhaps this is no surprise, with all the hype that surrounds Gen Y in the workforce: from self-centered and entitled to optimists with a genuine desire to help others, this generation has been branded with a staggering number of stereotypes.
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll know that at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, an enchanted ‘sorting hat’ is used to decide which house each pupil should be in. If only us muggles had such an easy way of judging personality! But with the absence of a sorting hat in the business world, companies have for years relied on psychometric testing. It’s big business, and in the US alone more than 2,500 personality tests exist on the market.
Futurologists are forever trying to anticipate how today’s technologies will shape tomorrow’s working practices. Granted, we’re not at the point where our jobs have been taken over by robots with artificial intelligence, allowing us to enjoy a life of leisure, but communications platforms do allow us to interact and connect in ways we never thought possible. However, for many, the communications revolution hasn’t yet materialised into utopia.
“Business is way more successful when you do your thing and you have a good time. Throw out the old business plan and write a bucket list, and just use business as your vehicle to get you there”.
Are you getting to attend enough meetings? If you’re like most of our clients, you’re attending more than you think you should. When we ask our clients what gets in the way of being more productive, too many meetings is always at or near the top of the list.
In business – as in life – we rely on the value of hindsight to inform many future decisions for our jobs, companies and careers. We look back in order to move forward; we’re constantly learning from past mistakes and successes in order to grow our careers.
When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.
A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.
Human resources departments have been getting a lot of hate recently. There are hundreds of articles written every week questioning if HR departments will become extinct in the coming years, and even top-level management are losing faith in HR.
Though I may agree with some of the points they make in these articles, I don’t necessarily see a reason to eliminate a vital part of a company.
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.
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 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.
You’ve heard this before: Your people are your business. While it might be a bit overused, it’s nevertheless absolutely true. Without the right people, no company can hope to thrive.
So why is it that so many companies still struggle to get the hiring and retention aspects of their business right? Maybe they need to be reminded of these truths:
We’ve been hunting. At GoToMeeting we’re always on the lookout for the latest tools for small businesses – companies designed to grow and support other companies. We wanted to discover the rising stars in the start-up world and shine our own spotlight on them.
The theme for this week’s round-up is The May 2015 General Election.
As the political parties begin campaigning in earnest, more and more is being written about the role of small businesses in this election and what party leaders can do to appeal to them. Below are some recent posts on the topic.
In 1995, I started my first job with the BBC.
I was the traffic reporter, and after hanging around the studios long enough, became programme assistant on The Mid-Morning Show, but only when the real PA Richard Bacon couldn’t make it.
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?
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.
The media paints a fairly negative picture of the workplace. Wages are too low. There’s gender inequality. Work-life balance is a problem. Productivity or skills are poor. There are scandals of every variety and mistakes in mergers, outsourcing and financial trades. Today’s workers are frustrated, unproductive and miserable – or so you would think from the coverage.
The future of work is high tech and – perhaps even more important – mobile. Mobile technology allows for on-the-go access to information, increased productivity, flexibility for where and how work gets done, and improved customer support. Here are four reasons why the future of sales depends on mobile technology.
The CBI is calling for businesses to take flexible working more seriously, following the publishing of a YouGov poll yesterday which showed that around 42% of workers would feel uncomfortable asking their employer if they could work more flexibly.
I recently returned from New York having participated in Go Global, a 67-strong small business trade mission led by Enterprise Nation to explore the opportunities and potential of the US market for small business owners in the UK.
Your company’s reputation is its most valuable non-tangible asset.
We work to make sure that in business we have a ‘good name’. Yet, like a character out of ‘Downton Abbey’ we know that society will shun us for the slightest misdemeanour… I don’t mean getting a house-maid pregnant or shooting a footman… that’s taking the whole ‘Downton’ thing a bit far… But if you have a reputation for poor customer service, or shoddy goods, or not delivering what you promise, whether B2B or B2C you will get, what the Dowager Countess would call (with a raised eyebrow and a slight tilt of the head) a ‘reputation’.