The Office Life

Holacracy – an interesting look at workplace hierarchy

Interesting Radio 4 show yesterday (17th March, 2021) about a young entrepreneur who builds the ‘happiest company in the world’, an online shoe retailer so profitable that Amazon snaps it up for over a billion dollars. But what if the company’s profits and happiness could be boosted by a radical reimagining of the workplace? No more bosses, no more job titles, just creativity, equality and pure joy. Matthew Syed tells the extraordinary story of Tony…

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Zoom – Don’t Interrupt!

Interesting article by Nancy Kline about not interrupting! All the zoom meetings in our lives has meant that the usual visual clues about wanting to speak or noticing someone else wants to speak have gone! So at the end of the meeting you either feel you’ve done too much talking or been the frustrated bystander unable to get their point across!More important (in these times) was her point about polarisation which she said wasn’t a…

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The Importance of Having a Work-Place Sponsor

Interesting TED Business talk – the importance of finding a sponsor within the workplace, someone who can be your advocate and speak up for you, which is especially important in lockdown when we’re working from home and have no visibility at all.Carla Harris, vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, explains the crucial importance of identifying a person who will speak on your behalf in the top-level, closed-door meetings you’re not invited to (yet).Have a listen and…

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Office Romances: Swipe up for HR?

With the news a few months ago that the head of McDonalds has been sacked for having a relationship with an employee, I thought it would be a good time to re-release this article!! There was an interesting edition of The Bottom Line on Radio 4 recently on ‘Managing Workplace Relationships’. It discussed the complexities of handling romance and dealing with inappropriate behaviour in the workplace which can cause a real headache for both HR…

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Sophie Peterson