The power of walking and talking

Six months into our life in Portugal, my husband and I were out walking, chatting as we strode up and down the steep hill in our corner of Lisbon – we paused to reflect on how things are going.  It’s been a rollercoaster ride so far, as one would expect with a change of country. … Continue reading The power of walking and talking

Five physical signs of poor service delivery

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the misfortune of having to deal with cancelled flights, incorrect orders delivered, poor service in a restaurant and mobile operators as I port my number from one network to another.  Of course, my regular readers will realise, this creates much fuel for my weekly posts!   Rather than commentary… Continue reading Five physical signs of poor service delivery

Have we forgotten our manners at work?

I was recently sat next to someone in an office and I inadvertently observed a conference call they were hosting.  It made me cringe – clearly some people were late, or didn’t even arrive on the call, others seemed to be talking over their colleagues, and from my line of sight, it was clear that… Continue reading Have we forgotten our manners at work?

Employer’s responsibility for mental health at work

I recently read yet another excellent post from the fabulous folks over at Userlike.  Whilst they are often focused on the customer, this time they focused on the team serving the customer.  You can read their post here, but in essence, it’s some sound advice on avoiding burn out within your customer facing teams. And… Continue reading Employer’s responsibility for mental health at work

A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

As we head into summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) and the pace eases slightly, hopefully giving us a little time to reflect, develop and plan, I wanted to share two posts that relate to HOW we achieve our goals and WHAT we can and should expect from those around us in the process. Both… Continue reading A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

Telltale signs of genuine team spirit

One of the most important aspects of work culture that any line manager or leader needs to nurture is a strong sense of team spirit.  Open and honest communication, a collective set of goals, a great work environment and the right mix of skills and personality will help you create the ultimate team.  So once… Continue reading Telltale signs of genuine team spirit

Winning over your newbies, hook, line and sinker!

So you’ve spent time and money, not to mention effort and precious resource to find the perfect candidate. It’s cost you a pretty penny to get this far, and you’re so eager to have them on-boarded, you’ve already started assigning tasks to them. Fast forward a few months, and the newbie you worked so hard to find… Continue reading Winning over your newbies, hook, line and sinker!