This month, university students across the country are being tested on their chosen field of study. As if the exam season weren’t stressful enough, final-year students also have to deal with acute cases of so-called employability anxiety. This generation is already described as the “most anxious in history”, so adding extra stress makes for a potent cocktail. It isn’t difficult to see why so many soon-to-be-graduates are lying awake at night, worrying about the future. Read more: Employers to boost graduate jobs by record nine per cent in 2019 The headlines paint a picture of an employment wasteland and an economy in free-fall, to say nothing of the thick cloud of uncertainty that swirls around Brexit. Then there’s the drumbeat of stories that relate all the ways in which millennials have something wrong with them. Despite this atmosphere of gloom, the tech sector – consistently reported as one of the most desirable among graduates – is in rude … [Read more...] about The future looks bright for university graduates
Demetra Moore is the founder and CEO of Moore Out of Life based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a certified professional coach and energy leadership master practitioner, she trains and consults organizations across the nation. When collaborating with organizations, Moore emphasizes how important it is for leaders to master their soft skills in order to keep their employees engaged and connected. “It’s important for employees to have effective communication, leadership, confidence, a positive attitude, relatability, emotional awareness, problem-solving skills, and time management,” she told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “We call these key success skills, also known as soft skills.” According to Moore, when company leaders lack soft skills, this can have a negative trickle-down effect on the company’s employees, culture, and bottom line. When employees don’t have good leadership to motivate them to meet expectations and deliver a great … [Read more...] about 7 Ways Soft Skills Keep Employees Engaged and Connected
Fitness is big business. There are over 7,000 gyms in the UK, and the market is worth almost £5bn, with around one in seven people paying gym membership fees. The sector has swelled thanks to the health and wellbeing trend which has grown in importance over the last decade, but also because of the huge range of choice and competition. At the premium end are chains like Fitness First and David Lloyd Leisure for dedicated fitness fanatics, while more budget conscious gym-goers might look at Pure Gym, with a range of boutique establishments in between. One name at the forefront of the evolving fitness scene is Frame, a London chain of studio gyms, which first launched in Shoreditch in 2009. Read more: Wrapping up for success – the story of burrito chain Chilango Now with six sites across the capital, Frame specialises in offering exercise classes across a range of disciplines, from yoga and pilates, to dance, barre and boxing. During a standard week, it runs around 1,500 … [Read more...] about London gym chain Frame talks fitness, health, wellbeing, and babies
Does Alibaba boss Jack Ma deserve the criticism for backing the ‘996’ working week? Becci Gould, associate director at Kin&Co, says YES. I would challenge Jack Ma’s backing of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week, not just from a mental health standpoint, but also from a business performance perspective. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 14.7 per cent of people in the UK experience mental health issues at work. Research shows that working a straight-through five-day week – let alone a six-day one – just isn’t good for the human brain. We’re much more productive, creative and happy with a shorter week. From a productivity and financial perspective, shorter working weeks are good for business too. That’s why we recently launched a campaign calling on organisations to trial Wednesday Off-ternoon – an evidence-based alternative to the five-day week – which has had a positive impact on both productivity and … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Does Alibaba boss Jack Ma deserve the criticism for backing the ‘996’ working week?
The problems in leadership won’t have escaped you. They’re all around – from Oxfam and the Catholic Church in the not-for-profit world, to Bernie Madoff, Libor-rigging, and Volkswagen in the private sector. What do all these have in common? Was it a lack of information? No – in the age of data, all these organisations knew of the problems. The evidence abounded. Was it a lack of experience? No – these were all experienced, trusted players. Rather, these leadership failures are down to a lack of imagination on two counts. First, on behalf of us. We could not – did not want to – believe that someone like a priest, in charge of the spiritual wellbeing of others, could stoop to this level; that a charity worker would ever dream of exchanging aid for sex; that the people’s car company would ever deceive the people about how much pollution its vehicles caused. Second, the perpetrators knew what they were doing was wrong. They continued, … [Read more...] about Leadership needs a rethink to keep up with the modern world