#mondaymotivation Who doesn't love a month when you get gifted with not just one but two bank holiday Mondays? May, you absolute legend, you're my favourite month. Enjoy your extra day of chill everybody. #4dayworkweek#bankholiday#longweekends#relax 📷 Photo credit shout out to @exubrancy for capturing my bank holiday vibe.
#culturefit This is who you want to hire! It's one kind of brave to scale a ladder and venture into the creepy unknown of your loft but an entirely different challenge altogether to dare to climb Everest. That has to be one of the ultimate goals you could set yourself; something that drives you to push yourself to your outer limits, to the point where you're prepared to put your life on the line for it. In my mind, that's the ultimate definition of finding your 'flow'. To be so passionate and determined to set this as a goal in the first place and then, invest the phenomenal amount of effort that goes into the preparation and acclimatisation to make an attempt on the summit. That kind of grit and determination is a mindset that your business should be crying out for. If you can get these personality types to connect to your company mission and apply the same purpose, you'll have the makings of a culture that can overcome any change in market conditions. #dowhatyoulove#purpose#passion#onelife#recruitment#hiring#everest#adventurers 📷 Photo credit shout out to @gritandrock for their pic and pushing themselves to their limits. You have my upmost respect for your achievements.
#tgif Sun's out, it's shaping up to be a pretty perfect Friday. Nobody likes being told what to do but maybe in this case you'll make an exception? #icecreamfridays#summer#sunshine#auntmabelhr#icecream#treatyourself#lovefridays 📷 Photo credit shout out to @mikejchou @dominiqueansel and @icecream for the share and the not so subtle subliminal messaging of what we should put on our Friday to do list immediately. Incase you missed it... 🍦🍦🍦
This is so crazy. In cultures where it's safe to talk about mistakes, people are more likely to report errors and less likely to make them. Not only do we learn more from failure than success, we learn more from bigger failures because we scrutinize them more closely. To be resilient after failures, we have to learn from them. When companies fail, it's usually for reasons that almost everyone knows but almost no one has voiced. Building resilient teams and organisations takes open and honest communication. Sheryl Sandberg is on point with the above excerpts from her new book Option B. Such a good read! #inspirationalwomen#booksworthreading#companyculture
Yes it can. Sentiments are infectious, whether they are good or bad. An experiment @vvanedwards (founder of scienceofpeople.com) shared on an episode of the @foundr podcast got me thinking how that could relate to the work environment. In the experiment, individuals were put into two very different sweat inducing environments. For the first task, they were asked to run on a treadmill and in the second they were asked to jump out of an airplane. The sweat captured in the first test was generated through working hard on the treadmill and in the second, largely generated through the fear associated with throwing yourself out of an airplane. For the final stage, volunteers were put into a brain scanner where the sweat was released and their reaction to that was monitored. The test proved that in the case of the fear-soaked sweat, the individuals own fear responses triggered. Just the mere proximity to the emotion and having no cognitive awareness of it, triggered the same response. I'll leave you to check out the podcast for Vanessa to explain the science behind it but it does put forward a strong case for companies to be more in tune with the happiness levels amongst their team. It just takes one person to be filled with dread at the thought of coming to work every day for it to start to influence the wider team. To pivot away from a dysfunctional culture you have to act on your gut instincts. If you're feeling that all is not well with a member of your team you can be sure your team are picking up on the same vibe. Come and talk to us if you'd like to know how we can help you with culture initiatives. #companyculture#happiness#employeeengagement
Ad agencies are notoriously known for long work days as the norm. Wieden & Kennedy (@weidenkennedy) is a London based agency who dared to change the way they work and made some changes to their culture to put team wellbeing first. If we all look ahead to our meeting schedule in any given week I’m sure we’d all question the relevancy of a good chunk of those. At W+K, meetings were capped to the hours of 10-4 to stop employees coming into work too early and leaving too late. A 40 hour work week is actively encouraged and they've also put a ban on sending work emails after 7pm. Hats off to Helen Foulder for instigating the culture change initiatives and trying to put an end to unnecessarily long work weeks. #makechangehappen#wellbeing#productivity#companyculture
One of the problems with remote working can be the propensity to overwork. The reality couldn't be further from the lazy and unproductive stereotype. When you work outside the confines of the traditional 9-5 it's really easy to work more and more hours in the day. @basecamp are known for their great culture and ways of working to effectively manage remote teams. One of their policies proactively manages the issue of overwork. From May to October, they give everyone an additional weekday off. The thinking behind the extra day is the team can spend more time outside when the weather is nice and it's also a great way to decompress from working flat out the rest of the year. It's a great way to counter against burnout. Such a great idea. #companyculture#4dayworkweek#wellbeing#remoteteams#recharge
Who wants to spend every day repeating Groundhog Day where there are no surprises? This is one of those stats where your goal should be to aim to as near to 100% as you can. If you don't know what you're doing it means that you are saying yes to the unfamiliar and giving things a go. If your day is predictable and comfortable, you're not challenging yourself enough. #meaningfullife#faceyourfears#goals#purpose#happiness 📷 Photo credit shout out to @adamjk
#yesplease Who hasn't dreamt of working from one of these mews houses on a leisurely weekend stroll through London? I've just stumbled across Vrumi and they've got a brilliant concept for adding more variety to the flexible workspace options for entrepreneurs, mobile workers and forward thinking business owners who appreciate the influence that workspace has on productivity. Think Airbnb but instead of hiring your home out for the weekend you're hiring out your space while you're out at work and it's sitting empty. To date they've only launched in the UK but more countries are coming. They have over 800 spaces across the UK to choose from so there's bound to be a space that fits your brief for what you need to do on any given day. Whether you're looking for a space for a client meeting, a quiet space to write a proposal or a cool space for a team strategy or brainstorming day, there's bound to be something in their portfolio of spaces to suit. If you like the flexibility of working from different spaces it will give you affordable options as alternatives. #flexibleworking#workhardanywhere#workspace#locationindependent#digitalnomad#creativespace#freelancer 📷 Photo credit shout out to @vrumihq and the owners of this available space in Russell Square above.
#mondaymotivation It's hard to imagine putting this into practice when you're facing the Monday morning commute but, what a week it could be if we erred on the side of 'constructive' rather than 'criticism' with our feedback. Compliments make you feel like a rockstar, we should stop being stingy with them and spread them around in abundance. #goodvibes#positivity#mindset#perspective#feedback#compliments#benice 📷 Photo credit shout out to the fabulous @veronicadearly