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  • Staying Healthy and Productive in Remote Work

    Staying Healthy and Productive in Remote Work

    Everyone has experienced the shift to remote work differently, depending on their personal situation and preferences. Although people will weigh up the pros and cons differently, there are certain challenges that come with remote work, namely reduced in-person social contact and a lack of physical distinction between home and work. Now, with remote work continuing for many, it is important to maintain behaviours and practices that support good mental and physical health […]

  • Emotional Intelligence: Why it is Vital for Successful Leaders

    Emotional Intelligence: Why it is Vital for Successful Leaders

    Emotional intelligence (EQ) was named by LinkedIn as one of the Top 5 Soft Skills in 2020, defined in this study as “the ability to perceive, evaluate, and respond to your own emotions and the emotions of others.”  In recent years EQ has become increasingly recognised as a trait integral to excellent and desirable leadership. The stress and hardships inflicted by the Covid-19 crisis are also highlighting its importance, with leaders having to show more empathy for the unique struggles that employees are facing. Today, employees want to work […]

  • How to Plan for Long-Term Hybrid Work

    How to Plan for Long-Term Hybrid Work

    Since the pandemic-driven transition to remote work, studies on remote work are in consensus that workforces can be productive and efficient without being co-located.   A hybrid working model – where teams comprise of employees working remotely and on-site – means less office space is needed and offers employees the possibility for flexible working, among other benefits. And although remote work can bring certain downsides, the home working ‘experiment’ has driven companies to consider alternatives to the traditional model of centralised work.   Indeed, […]

  • Encouraging Candid Employee Feedback

    Encouraging Candid Employee Feedback

    Obtaining candid feedback from employees is not always an easy task. Employees may be reticent to give negative feedback, and leaders may be disinclined to expose themselves to criticism and put themselves in a position of potential vulnerability.  However, feedback can be hugely valuable to organisations. Gallup’s study of 469 business units, found that units with managers who received strengths feedback exhibited a higher profitability of 8.9% following intervention. Additionally, encouraging feedback could strengthen the employee voice, which research has linked with greater organisational employee engagement. So, how can organisations build impactful feedback processes […]

  • How to Achieve More Inclusive Remote Meetings

    How to Achieve More Inclusive Remote Meetings

    Meetings help shape company culture and are thus an important component in building inclusive organisational cultures. However, according to a Harvard Business Review study at a global bank, only 35% of employees felt able to make a contribution at all times during meetings.  As many meetings are now taking place virtually, a new set of tools unique to the digital medium are available. It is a good idea for organisations to consider the functionalities available for […]

  • The Rise of Telehealth: Implications for Pharma

    The Rise of Telehealth: Implications for Pharma

    Last year, largely driven by Covid-19, the use of telehealth services surged. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the term telehealth denotes “a broad collection of electronic and telecommunications technologies and services that support at-a-distance healthcare delivery and services.” Including virtual consultations, reminders, and mobile health, among other services, the rise of telehealth and its future evolution has important implications for pharmaceutical companies.  One growing service in telehealth is digital pharmacies and the market […]

  • Strategies to Succeed Under Pressure

    Strategies to Succeed Under Pressure

    Managing pressure effectively is an important element of success at work. Indeed, high-pressure situations can be sites of learning, growth and professional development, as we feel pressure when the outcome is important to us, such as a critical mission or a public speaking event. In “Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most,” Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry argue that pressure itself in fact has a negative impact on performance; what helps us perform in high-pressure situations is […]

  • How Technology Could Support Workplace Wellbeing

    How Technology Could Support Workplace Wellbeing

    Mental health and wellbeing constitute a major challenge for organisations across the globe. According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety cost the worldwide economy US$ 1 trillion per year due to lost productivity.   In recent years, technology–enabled mental health solutions have been on the rise in society more widely, and research suggests that this trend has reached the workplace. According to an Accenture study, 83% of employees want their organisation to provide mental health supporting technology.   Organisations […]

  • Building Personal Resilience at Work

    Building Personal Resilience at Work

    In the workplace as in life more widely, experiencing hurdles and difficulties are inevitable. Challenges can come in many forms, from organisational change to high–stakes projects or missions. Most obviously in current times, the global health crisis has introduced professional challenges and personal hardships for people in different ways and to varying degrees, along with the challenge of adapting to a remote mode of work faced by many. However, to achieve our career aspirations and ensure that adversity does not stop or derail us, it […]

  • How Technology Can Improve Onboarding

    How Technology Can Improve Onboarding

    While onboarding occurs right at the beginning of the employee journey, it has long-lasting effects, setting the foundation for the relationship between the company and the employee. Moreover, research suggests that 20% of turnover happens in the first 45 days, rendering the start of work a vital period in retaining employees.  Indeed, the onboarding process is a crucially important stage in developing employees, designed to integrate new recruits into the working environment and culture and provide them with the […]

  • Skills for Effective Virtual Leadership

    Skills for Effective Virtual Leadership

    Managing remote teams inevitably introduces a different set of challenges for leaders, and given that many companies intend to continue with virtual work for the foreseeable future, it is important that remote leaders are confident in effective techniques for managing distributed teams, so they can motivate them and maximise their potential.   To start, while strong communication skills are a vital component of effective leadership in all settings, the […]

  • Improving Communication in Conflict-Averse Teams

    Improving Communication in Conflict-Averse Teams

    According to the CPP Global Human Capital Report, more than half of employees (57%) have experienced negative feelings following a conflict, including demotivation, anger, or frustration. Given the undesirable consequences that conflictual encounters can have in personal or professional settings, it is not surprising that many people can be inclined to avoid conflict.   However, this is not necessarily a good thing for employees or organisations. When conflict is handled correctly and expressed in a healthy and constructive way, […]