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SMEs waste up to 17 work days a year managing holiday bookings for...

SMEs waste up to 17 work days a year managing holiday bookings for... | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Cloud based HR software company breatheHR, has calculated the impact that managing staff holiday bookings has on small businesses which still use outmoded...

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Late payment remains a concern for SMEs despite improving economy says Forum - Design Solutions

Late payment remains a concern for SMEs despite improving economy says Forum - Design Solutions | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Despite positive news on the UK economy, the continuing culture of late payment remains a concern for many small businesses according to the latest research from the national small business (Late payment remains a concern for SMEs despite improving...
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Real Business - 7 tech habits of a successful entrepreneur

Real Business - 7 tech habits of a successful entrepreneur | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
While time is money might be an old cliché it’s one which still rings true today, as any entrepreneur and business owner will testify. With products to sell, problems to solve and ideas to develop, alongside the everyday challenges of running a business is there ever enough hours in the day?
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What are your favourite apps? What would you add to this list?

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HR Magazine - 2014: Why employers must be more sophisticated

HR Magazine - 2014: Why employers must be more sophisticated | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
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Employers need to be more sophisticated in managing people but employees must 'lean in' and use initiative....

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breatheHR :: Review the Performance of Your Performance Management

breatheHR :: Review the Performance of Your Performance Management | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
How scheduled performance management can improve your working environment and boost employee morale.
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It's coming up to that time of year again - get prepared for your end of year performance review!

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Sick day absenteeism

Sick day absenteeism | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by online HR software provider breatheHR, has lifted the lid on sick day absenteeism in the workplace, by examining exactly when, why and how often employees in small to media sized businesses call in sick.
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Future finance leaders ‘to come from super hub cities’ - FT.com

Future finance leaders ‘to come from super hub cities’ - FT.com | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
● Finance ‘super hubs’ The next generation of finance leaders are likely to come from a small number of “super hub” cities, which will attract the world’s best emerging financial and accounting talent.
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Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don't worry there are ways to change how our brains work.

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Les Howard's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:05 AM

This article had many interesting implications for how to think better and live better. I found the section on creativity very interesting and not what I expected. I came away thinking how important it is to "go with the flow" more.

Anthea Willey 's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:31 AM

A lot to think about in this article.

Pagina Uno's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:21 AM

"Sono sempre stato abbastanza certo del fatto che siamo in grado di essere 'multitasking'. Ebbene, secondo gli ultimi studi di ricerca, è letteralmente impossibile per il nostro cervello di gestire due attività contemporaneamente." (?)

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Why Great Ideas Are Usually Worthless

Why Great Ideas Are Usually Worthless | News for SMEs | Scoop.it

Most people believe that success results from having great ideas.  I beg to differ.  In the real world of business, great ideas are almost irrelevant. What's important is the ability to to implement and execute. Allow me to explain.


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Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert? What It Means For Your Career

Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert? What It Means For Your Career | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Extroverts are outgoing and introverts are shy right Not exactly. Truly understanding each personality type--and which one you are--can help you...

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Steve Browne's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:02 PM

Great piece to look at both sides of the personality scale !!

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 20, 2013 8:38 AM

Interesante artículo, vale la pena!! 

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£70 million boost to small business lending - Press releases - Inside Government - GOV.UK

£70 million boost to small business lending - Press releases - Inside Government - GOV.UK | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Watch out for how you can access this new SME financing opportunity http://t.co/zNtc4TtWHQ #HarwellOxford

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The 'X' model of employee engagement - BlessingWhite © 2012

Employee Engagement can be a vague term. In this model, BlessingWhite details a specific and compelling model for articulating what Employee Engagement is - ...
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Remote control: keeping your team together

Remote control: keeping your team together | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
With more people than ever now working from home, managing communication with in-house staff has become critical, as has the task of keeping the company culture alive, writes Guy Clapperton
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Real Business - Dragons' Den: The anti-entrepreneur TV show

Real Business - Dragons' Den: The anti-entrepreneur TV show | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
The way that Dragons' Den portrays pitching to angels is harming British entrepreneurialism, argues Jonathan Richards.
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7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders

7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders | News for SMEs | Scoop.it

As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the  many hallmarks of his leadership was trust.  The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mr. Mandela because he was genuinely trustworthy and his purpose was to support peace, prosperity and unity not only in South Africa – but throughout the world. Mandela was able to lead people in ways that many find impossible to do. As he famously said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

 

Unfortunately, trust is in rare supply these days.  People are having trouble trusting each other, according to an AP-GfK poll conducted in November 2013, which found that Americans are suspicious of each other in their everyday encounters.


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Hayden Brown's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:56 PM

Trust is the foundation on which every accomplishment is built.

Richard Lock's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:23 AM

The quality of leadership and management has a great deal to do with low levels of employee engagement. Here are some ideas to consider that make a difference.

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Developing Resilience

Developing Resilience | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Do you bounce back from setbacks, or let them derail your goals? Learn how to develop resilience, so that you can keep moving forwards.

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Susan Ziller Brazell's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:58 PM

Admit it. Prospecting for new clients is on your list of goals or resolutions for 2014. And prospecting is always under attack. " No spam please, not today, I'm not interested. " 

 

Let's start a discussion on how to find new clients and keep your attitude smiling all the way.

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Lowdown on the lurgy

Lowdown on the lurgy | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
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Have you seen our latest research on employee sickness? Mondays and Tuesdays don't seem to agree with us....

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Blue Tuesday? Second day of the week worst for sickies

Blue Tuesday? Second day of the week worst for sickies | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Read Blue Tuesday? Second day of the week worst for sickies - Management Today
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Is this true in your company? How do you deal with sickness?

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Learning and Development - what works for you?

Learning and Development - what works for you? | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Learning and development styles- are you visual, auditory or kinaesthetic?
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Avoiding the Carrot and Stick!

Avoiding the Carrot and Stick! | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
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Autumn is upon us and it’s a time of transition. Many people come back from their summer holidays refreshed and raring to go.  The trouble is that ‘go’ may mean a change of job, which isn’t great news for us business owners.

So it’s also a great time to be thinking about how we approach motivating our teams.  I would argue that the ability to motivate employees is one of the greatest skills an entrepreneur can possess.  

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Education vs Training

Education vs Training | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
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Here's our latest blog post on the benefits of education over training. What are your views on this?

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Creating a 21st Century Green Office

Creating a 21st Century Green Office | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
How to make your office greener
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How environmentally friendly is your office? Would love to hear what you do to make a difference.

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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
If you've ever worked for a bad boss, you've probably uttered these famous words .... "I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 18, 2013 4:52 PM

Totally agree with John Michel's insight. 

 

I highly recommend feedback that serves, as  a tool that may help.  There are some bad bosses who may be unaware of how they are negatively affecting others. 

 

Some, not all, but some. 

 

 

Richard Lock's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:52 AM

Sadly this is still a more common employee experience than you might expect.

Martina Preece's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:29 AM

a blue print how NOT to be a boss able to encourage and inspire your team!!!!

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Want to Motivate Your Employees? Tell Them Why Their Work Matters

Want to Motivate Your Employees? Tell Them Why Their Work Matters | News for SMEs | Scoop.it

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Keith Meyer's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:43 PM

As a boss, employer or manager, the art of delegation of work is best achieved through proper communication, understanding of a persons capabilities, and the imparting of all relevant facts associated with the task. 

Jeffrey Ross's comment, September 17, 2013 4:16 PM
I am a real believer of "Management by Objective".
Jeffrey Ross's comment, September 17, 2013 4:17 PM
By developing clear gaols and the objectives to get there you will create a motivated group pf employees.
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Who Are My Best Innovators?

Who Are My Best Innovators? | News for SMEs | Scoop.it
Is it possible to identify the best innovators in an organization? Most companies know who their best performers are and this is true for almost every critical initiative except innovation.

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