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Exercise can help your work-life balance

Brian Amble | 13 January 2014

The role that exercise can play in helping to reduce stress is well-known. But new research has found that exercise also helps us 'detach' from work and can empower us to feel that we have better work-life balance.

Spot a narcissist by how much they tweet

Brian Amble | 13 January 2014

With narcissism a growing problem in the workplace, new research has revealed some tell-tale signs of this toxic behavior. Narcissists, it seems, like to tweet and are keen to make their mark Facebook.

People power the top priority for CEOs in 2014

Brian Amble | 10 January 2014

Developing and engaging talent and encouraging employees to providing a good customer experience are the most pressing challenges facing CEOs in the year ahead, a new report from the Conference Board suggests.

The myth of the social-savvy job seeker

Brian Amble | 23 December 2013

Despite all the stereotypes about Gen Y's technological savvy, a new study has found that many of these 'digital natives' are ignorant or even sceptical about the usefulness and desirability of using social media to enhance their job search experience.

Hot jobs for 2014

Brian Amble | 16 December 2013

What are the hot jobs that are likely to be in demand in 2014 and beyond? If one thing is certain, its that executives with skills in big data and analytics are among those who will find employers queuing up for their services.

Americans driven crazy by poor customer service

Brian Amble | 05 December 2013

Despite the endless platitudes about the importance of customer service and the big-money efforts companies are making to improve it, American consumers are more dissatisfied than ever with the products and services they buy.

Faith-friendly workplaces benefit employees

Brian Amble | 02 December 2013

Employees working in environments that support their spirituality have better relationships with their colleagues and are more likely to be engaged in their work, recent research has found. But don't confuse "faith-friendly" with "faith-based".

Screening social media alienates job candidates

Brian Amble | 27 November 2013

Companies that invade the privacy of job applicants by prying into their social media activities risk alienating and driving away the very top job candidates they hope to attract , new research has shown.

Google more useful than the HR department

Brian Amble | 26 November 2013

The gulf between HR and line managers seems to be as wide as ever, with a new survey revealing that four out of 10 managers in the UK find Google to be a better source of information than their HR team.

Organisations neglecting their employee value propositions

Brian Amble | 22 November 2013

Every employment relationship is built on a psychological contract or employee value proposition (EVP) that defines what the employer expects from its employees and what it provides in return. But according to a new survey, fewer than half of companies have any long-term plan for getting the most from their EVP.

It's who you are, not who you know

Brian Amble | 18 November 2013

LinkedIn addicts look away now. Because a new study has found that personality is a consistently stronger predictor of performance and career success than having a large and influential social network.

The CEO experience trap

Brian Amble | 14 November 2013

Microsoft take note. Hiring a CEO with previous experience in the role is not always a wise move. In fact according to new research, prior CEOs perform worse than their peers without experience in the top job.

IT has delivered a five-fold increase in office productivity

Brian Amble | 12 November 2013

Remember when a fax machine was considered high-tech, documents were produced in typing pools and Led Zepplin hadn't sold out to stadium rock? Well since the 1970s, our office-based productivity has risen five-fold. And its all thanks to technology.

A simple apology increases trust

Brian Amble | 11 November 2013

Does your boss ever apologise if he or she has made a mistake? According to a new survey, half of employees feel that their boss never or rarely does, something that is affecting levels of trust in leaders and undermining employee engagement.

Workaholism: hard but not smart

Brian Amble | 07 November 2013

Workaholics may work hard, but they don't work smart. In fact according to a new Italian study, thanks to the mental and physical strain they put themselves under, workaholics tend to have poor job performance.

Me first! Why we're challenged by teamwork

Brian Amble | 29 October 2013

A dog-eat-dog culture and the cult of the individual appears to be undermining the ability of Americans to work with one another, with a new survey revealing that eight out of 10 adults find working with other people a challenge.

Employee wellbeing, corporate reputation and social media

Brian Amble | 17 October 2013

Companies concerned about their online reputation need to look at how they treat their own employees, new research argues, because these employees are active reputation builders and brand ambassadors in social media – irrespective of whether or not the company has any official social media presence.

Hiding who you really are damages productivity

Brian Amble | 09 October 2013

Hiding fundamental truths about yourself at work – such as your sexual orientation – also affects the basic mental, physical and interpersonal skills you need to do your job, new research suggests.

No talking – we'd rather send an email

Brian Amble | 07 October 2013

A survey of British office workers has found that more than nine out of 10 prefer to communicate using email rather than the telephone while one in twenty 18-24 year-olds claim that telephone communication 'terrifies' them.

Strong leadership undermines performance

Brian Amble | 03 October 2013

Far from pushing their organizations to greater levels of achievement, strong leaders who equate leadership with power actively undermine performance, new research has found.

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