Leadership

How to Motivate Your Staff and Boost Productivity

How to Motivate Your Staff and Boost Productivity

The success of your business lies with your workforce. If staff feel unmotivated and are lacking job satisfaction, the performance of your business will suffer. Employees help project your company’s image and are fundamental to its reputation and overall profitability. Motivated staff are also likely to work harder and for longer, and to contribute their ideas, which may help your business innovate and grow. Ways to motivate your business’ employees Different things motivate different people, but the most effective way of motivating staff is to recognise their achievements and reward them accordingly. This reward doesn’t need to be financial – a trophy, some time off or even a round of applause can all go a long way in making employees feel valued. Other common motivators include good trai... »

Leadership & Management Under Fire

Leadership? What leadership? Lack of management communication is holding back UK Plc, claims European Leaders 68% of respondents can’t relate to their company’s overall plan 64% of respondents would work much more efficiently if they were motivated Just 36% of the UK working to its full potential Lack of communication between senior management and the wider business is responsible for the low motivation in the British workforce according to a recent survey by people development company, European Leaders. Over two thirds (68%) of respondents fail to understand their company’s vision, leading to a lack of motivation and reduced productivity. Sixty four per cent of those questioned claimed they could and would work much more efficiently with better motivation. These findings give context to a... »

Management, Leadership and Tech Skills Shortage Shackles Firms

In its latest skills survey, the Institute of Directors (IoD) reveals that the growth of nearly 60% of businesses is being held back by a lack of skills in the wider workforce and among existing employees. The IoD calls on the Government to improve the overall business environment by scaling back business taxes and employment regulations, including the misguided Time to Train policy, so that firms have more resources to invest in training. Commenting on the survey results (full details below), Miles Templeman, Director-General of the IoD, said: “It is disturbing that at a time of economic weakness, the growth of the private sector is being held back by skills shortages. Businesses want to invest in training and are doing so on a large scale already, but they would invest even more if... »

A Business Guide to Good Leadership

A Business Guide to Good Leadership

Whether you own a company or are simply a manager in one, good leadership skills are crucial. An excellent leader does not just ensure his team are running efficiently, but can shape an organisation as a whole and take it to new heights. Often, entrepreneurs will start a business with a great idea and impeccable business plan, and are thrust into the role of leader when that business takes off and starts taking on staff. Not everyone is born with these leadership skills, but they can be learnt. You might think that ‘leadership’ is a business buzzword covering innate qualities that are difficult to quantify or pin down. Whilst this is true to an extent, all of us can become better leaders by understanding the common traits great leaders share and trying to emulate them in our own actions. T... »

A Small Business Guide to Leadership

A Small Business Guide to Leadership

Achieving best practice in your small business is a key theme within any approach to business support solutions, providing ideas and insights into how you can improve performance across your business. Seeing what works in other businesses can help you see what can help you, and then support you in implementation. This small business guide focuses on these solutions. An inspired and motivated workforce is essential for any small business that hopes to stay ahead of the competition. But just how do you motivate people? What kind of leadership do people respond to? And how can you improve the quality of leadership in your business? This small business advice article looks at examples of best practice in leadership and how businesses can apply the lessons to their own organisations. What makes... »