4 role-plays mistakes to avoid when recruiting

When recruiting for customer-facing roles, I long ago fell in love with role-playing as a means to measure certain skills.  Maybe it’s the inner drama queen in me, but allowing a potential new recruit to demonstrate their customer centric soft skills before I offered them the job was a good thing.  And it certainly served… Continue reading 4 role-plays mistakes to avoid when recruiting

Why managing expectations matters more than ever

I love my newly adopted home country, Portugal.  The people, culture, food and wine and climate are all parts of why this is becoming a more popular business for business as well as leisure.  A friendly and accommodating workforce with high technical skills and low (comparative) salaries make for a perfect destination for oversees businesses… Continue reading Why managing expectations matters more than ever

4 reasons bosses are struggling to accept remote working

In this week’s post, I wanted to address a topic that our cousins across the Atlantic have pretty well put to bed, but in Europe and Asia, remains a tricky and sensitive subject: remote working.  Wherever you chose to work right now, at some point in the near future, ALL roles and tasks delivered by… Continue reading 4 reasons bosses are struggling to accept remote working

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 case study in how not to deliver service disruption

I generally try and avoid negative mentions of any specific businesses or brands in my weekly posts – we all have ups and downs and making changes for the better is always a challenge. But recent events in a large UK business have warranted a case study in how not to treat your customers. When… Continue reading A case study in how not to deliver service disruption

Three people (dis)engagement behaviours to watch out for

As we head into summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) and the pace adjusts 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. … Continue reading Three people (dis)engagement behaviours to watch out for