14 Ways to Help Teams Communicate Better

Good communication is the mainstay of any relationship. Teams are no exception. In his book “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Bill Gates compared communication between the individuals and teams that compose a business with the nervous system of the human body. It’s a good analogy. The nervous system allows us to see, hear, feel,...

Work From Home? We Need Your Help!

Hello, fellow workshifters! As a Ph.D. student at Loughborough University in England, I’m accustomed to working from home, libraries, cafés and trains. But workshifting — specifically how telework impacts people and organisations — is also the focus of my studies. In fact, I’m working with Donald Hislop and Raymond Randall in the School of Business...

How One CEO Transformed His Business to Embrace Workshifting

Much of the conversation about workshifting traditionally focuses on the shifter — i.e., the individual worker who is creating her own transition, or whose employer or job situation allows for remote or flexible working. However, unless the company itself embraces and effectively manages workshifting, problems can result. This was clearly proven in 2013 when Yahoo...

16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here

Technology and globalization are affecting us more than we think they are, especially at work. How we work, when we work and even whom we work with are changing. Below are 16 clues that prove that the future of our work world has been changing steadily and ways you can be ready for what’s next...

All employees could soon benefit from flexible working

On 30th June 2014 the right to request flexible working will be extended to any employee who has worked for their employer for 26 continuous weeks. The previous laws Before this date, only certain employees had the legal right to request flexible working hours. These were: Employees with children under the age of seventeen Employees with...

The Argument for Napping: Why You Should Nap When You Like!

Many of us admit that we don’t get as much sleep as we should at night. And it’s not always our fault. We’re thinking about the events of the day, worrying about the events of tomorrow, remembering things we need to do, struggling with being too hot or too cold, tossing and turning … it...

WORKshifting: What’s Your Story?

I recently attended Toronto’s Mesh Conference, where I shared a meal with the co-author of Storyscaping, Darren “Daz” McColl. It got me thinking a lot about how the role of storytelling helps us transform behaviour. At the end of the day, I’m in the business of cultural and behavioural transformation. WORKshift improves employee engagement, optimizes...

How to deal with an Acas conciliation request

If an employee or ex-employee has a potential Employment Tribunal claim, from May 2014 they are required to contact Acas first, who will then contact their employer. There have been a lot of changes to the Employment Tribunal system in the last 2 years and this is the latest one, which may be significant for employers...

5 Ways to Avoid Work Stress and Burnout

Whatever field you work in, you’re bound to feel frustrated with your job at some point. These stresses and trials can progress to such a degree that you begin to burn out. And when you do, it is much more than just a bad day or even the occasional tough week at work. You are...

Your office job is killing you

We are in the midst of an epidemic. We can no longer sit idly by and ignore the silent killer harming so many employees around the world. It started in America, travelled through Europe, and has even reached Asia. Now, the so-called ‘sitting disease’ is here to stay, and it’s time something was done about it. The Mirror...

How to check a person’s legal right to work in the UK

There has been a lot of recent activity by the Government to prevent illegal working. In our guide for small business owners - What documents you need when employing staff - we look in detail at all the points you need to consider and the documents you need when employing staff, casual workers and freelancers / contractors...

How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space

More and more people are choosing to work from home, with the trend growing 73 percent in the last six years. That can be attributed, in part, to the more relaxed attitude of bosses and, more heavily, to the growth of technology, making it much easier than it’s ever been. Whether working for a startup...

The 9 Worst Workshifting Habits Told Using GIFs

Working from anywhere certainly has its benefits. It’s hard to resist the siren song of a better work-life balance, no more early morning commutes and flexibility in your schedule. Sounds ideal, right? Many people think so – flexible work arrangements actually grew 118 percent from 2012 to 2013! But nobody ever talks about the side...

Social Networking and Work – can they go together?

Smart phones, internet, social media sites, e-mails, tweeting, blogging – we have accepted all of these innovations as part of our working and daily lives – they help us to work more flexibly, stay in touch for longer and respond to each other more quickly. But several surveys and employment tribunal cases, from varying perspectives in...

Latest Employment Tribunal News

Several changes have been made to the Employment Tribunal proceedings in England, Wales and Scotland over the past two years. Further changes will also come into effect in the near future. Changes to date: Since 29th July 2013 claimants have needed to pay to lodge a claim at a tribunal and pay another fee to...

What happens if I’m injured at a client’s premises?

While the latest figures from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) show that the total numbers of accidents at work fell compared to the previous year, serious incidents, injuries and accidents unfortunately still happen and the rate of fatalities at work hovers between 0.5 to 0.6 per 100,000 workers. The HSE oversee the implementation and...

How to Be Productive from Anywhere: A Work-on-the-Go Checklist

In a recent blog, I looked at the challenges of working on the move. So often, workshifting seems like the perfect solution. You can work around dropping the kids off at school, get to an event in a different city, save money on a long-term office space or just cut out the dreaded commute. It...

The Challenges of Workshifting

Working in an office from 9 to 5 (in the words of Dolly Parton) has been a regular and regimented tradition in working life for what seems like forever. Maybe the reason why it has been such a mainstay is the extra element of trust staff get by sitting together. Or maybe it’s that traditionally,...

Keep your staff happy, they cost £30,000 to replace

A recent study by economics consultancy Oxford Economics found that the average cost of replacing a member of staff when they leave is more than £30,000. The survey was carried out in the legal, retail, accountancy, media, advertising, IT and technology sectors and found that the overall financial impact of staff turnover amounts to £4.13bn...