Alicia Walker's Blog (75)

Why Successful Leadership Starts with Listening

Leadership should be a two-way street, but managers in US organizations are falling behind. According to a 2019 study, 83 percent of workers would like their managers to ask for their opinions more often.

You’re in a management role for a reason. But that doesn’t mean that your teams can’t contribute effective ideas. Equally, a key part of your role is to listen to and address their concerns.

Here, we…

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Added by Alicia Walker on January 18, 2022 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why You Should Apply a Scandinavian Approach to Your Business

We can learn a lot from other cultures, from sustainable living to business etiquette. Successful business leaders never stop learning, growing, and trying new things. This includes looking outwards and taking inspiration from different successful models. The Scandinavian model is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring. Danish workers are among the happiest in the world, and…

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Added by Alicia Walker on January 18, 2022 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why Female Empowerment is the Solution to a Shortage of STEM Workers

We’re rapidly approaching 2022, and yet female workers are still dramatically underrepresented in STEM careers.

While the percentage of women in STEM jobs is increasing, it’s still lower than we’d like. In engineering, women make up only 10% of the workforce and only 16% of IT professionals.

While increasing the number of women in STEM is important for equality, it will…

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Added by Alicia Walker on January 18, 2022 at 11:00am — No Comments

National Career Development Month: Why Apprenticeships Could Be Your Career Starter

If you’re getting ready to leave school and head into the world of work, the chances are that your teacher has discussed two major life routes with you: jumping straight into the world of work or continuing with further education in order to get into university. But if you know what career you want, and university isn’t calling to you, there is another path that is backed with incredible results for your career.

This article will show you the inner workings of an apprenticeship, what…

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Added by Alicia Walker on January 12, 2022 at 8:43am — No Comments

The 4 Key Points for You to Follow to Be a Leader, Not a Manager

Managing a team of people comes with a new level of responsibilities. But have you ever considered the vast difference between being a manager and a leader? Harvard Business Review reports that 30 is the average age of a first-time manager while 40 is the age where people first embark on leadership training. This is a decade of lost years of building…

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Added by Alicia Walker on January 11, 2022 at 10:44am — No Comments

The importance of building a sustainable brand

The last few decades have seen the shopping experience revolutionize. With technology and independent stores drawing customers’ attention away from the high street, there’s now a better sense of community between customers and businesses. With the ability to have direct communication with stores as well as the digital world providing customers…

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Added by Alicia Walker on December 17, 2021 at 4:00am — No Comments

How Can Hauliers Cope With an Even Higher Demand This Christmas?

The Christmas rush is something hauliers anticipate every year. But it’s going to be felt more acutely this year with the additional pressures of a driver shortage and Brexit affecting the supply of some goods.

The haulage sector is set to experience its busiest Christmas period on record. On top of the usual increase in demands,…

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Added by Alicia Walker on December 15, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

The True Impact of Digital Technology on Your Workforce Efficiency

We know technology has had an impact on every area of our lives. We can manage almost our entire lives through our smartphones, from arranging appointments to paying bills. Technological innovations have also found a way into the workplace, completely revolutionizing the way we work.

As technology is embedded into workplaces, it can…

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Added by Alicia Walker on December 14, 2021 at 6:00am — No Comments

4 Tips on Using WFH to Become More Employable

Covid-19 had brought a series of unfortunate impacts on our lives, right down to some of us sadly losing our jobs as the economy suffered.

In June 2020, it was reported that over…

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Added by Alicia Walker on December 14, 2021 at 4:30am — No Comments

How Can the Government Provide Support to the Engineering Sector?

The engineering sector has had a torrid time in the past 18 months. From project cancellations to a growing skills gap, the industry is in need of government support.

The Autumn Budget came with mixed news for the sector, with some skills funding announced, but critical R&D spending postponed.

Here, piston rings supplier FPE Seals will explore how the government can support engineering…

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Added by Alicia Walker on November 16, 2021 at 4:41am — No Comments

The Impact of COVID-19 on Waiting Times: How To Help Your Staff If They Are Affected

COVID-19 has had a huge and far-reaching impact on our NHS. Frontline staff worked tirelessly to support COVID-19 patients, as well as delivering as many critical services as possible.

Some key services are experiencing a backlog, with over 5 million people waiting to start treatment – a record number. This number could even reach 13 million in the coming months.

Here, we take a look at the impact of COVID-19 on NHS waiting…

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Added by Alicia Walker on November 10, 2021 at 10:38am — No Comments

A Guide to Keeping Your Cool in a Tense Office Environment

In an ideal world, our offices would be stress-free environments, and we’d get along well with all of our co-workers.

We know that this is rarely the case in reality, though.

After almost two years of homeworking for some, the return to the office can see us come back to a tense environment as we have face-to-face disagreements for the first time in a long time. But there are ways to manage this and make the office environment comfortable for yourself and your…

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Added by Alicia Walker on November 9, 2021 at 3:20am — No Comments

How new management systems are innovating the hospitality industry

Technology has certainly become an intrinsic part of our day-to-day lives, from the retail industry, to food and beverage outlets, and even within the health and fitness industry. It’s all around us, in varying formats, making processes more efficient.

It has refined some of our older approaches, and in the hospitality industry this is certainly true. Technological advances are leading the way forward for the future of hotels, and with the sector now free from COVID-19 restrictions,…

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Added by Alicia Walker on November 9, 2021 at 3:19am — No Comments

The Importance of Pregnancy Loss Policies and Why Every Business Should Adopt One

With many high-profile figures speaking out about their experiences of miscarriage, we’re talking more and more about the reality of losing a baby. However, pregnancy loss is still a subject that falls under the radar, especially when it comes to workplace policies. With the release of the new documentary this October, Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me, there’s no better time to talk about the importance of pregnancy loss policies.

 

With that in mind, let’s find out…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 29, 2021 at 9:36am — No Comments

Reducing Working at Height Incidents in the Renewables Industry with Bolting

Working at height incidents remain one of the most common causes of fatalities and major injuries to workers on-site. Within the renewables industry, many projects involve the need to work at height on large wind structures. Controlled Bolting suppliers are starting to acknowledge that safely working at height is one of the key challenges faced by the wind industry. More and more, wind operators are demanding practical tools with built-in safety features to be included as…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 28, 2021 at 11:43am — No Comments

3 Critical Skills the Architects of the Future Will Need

The architecture and built environment sector is one of the fastest evolving industries in the UK. Not only are technical innovations being implemented rapidly, but there are more regulations than ever to consider, not to mention forthcoming sustainability and fire safety goals.

This means that architects’ skills must constantly evolve, and the architects of tomorrow will require a broader set of skills.

Here, we explore the skills that future architects will need in order to…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 28, 2021 at 5:36am — No Comments

How to make ‘working from home’ more environmentally friendly

More people than ever are now working from home, and remote working could well become the norm for many employees.  But with people also more aware of personal sustainability issues, how can remote employees tailor their work life to improve their own carbon footprint……

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 28, 2021 at 4:55am — No Comments

Ableism in the Workplace: We Need to Stop Limiting Talent

Racism and sexism are terms we are all very familiar with and encompass discrimination against someone based on their skin colour or gender. But have you ever heard of ableism? Ableism is discrimination against people with disabilities or those who are perceived to be disabled. Unfortunately, it is rife in the workplace.

Ableism in the workplace

A new report from May this year by the International Longevity Centre UK…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 27, 2021 at 6:03am — No Comments

How to Effectively Use Direct Mail at Each Stage of Your Customers’ Journey

Direct mail is quickly becoming a rejuvenated form of targeted marketing, as one of the most effective ways to communicate with your customers and prospects today. A recent survey showed that 84 per cent of professional marketers believe that direct mail improves advertising campaign performance.

Like online marketing…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 27, 2021 at 5:04am — No Comments

How Can We Create More Leadership Opportunities for Women?

Female representation on company boards is improving, but there is still a way to go before equal representation is achieved.

According to Catalyst, the global non-profit dedicated to creating workplaces that support women, only 26.1% of US companies had a female directorship. Meanwhile, most companies had at least some female representation on their boards, but over half of the companies only had 1–2% of their…

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Added by Alicia Walker on October 26, 2021 at 9:27am — No Comments

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