The do’s and dont’s of workplace humour

We spend a lot of time at work. For many people they spend more time with their colleagues than they do with their family and friends. In these circumstances, it is only natural that as the working relationship evolves, the environment develops in such a way that people can find opportunities to let off steam by laughing and joking with each other.

Many employers actively encourage employees to find ways to make their work fun because, lets face it, a happy employee is more productive and none of us want to spend the day with a lot of miserable people.

SpinVox CEO & co-founder Christina Domecq named as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’

The Award was presented at a gala reception in London by CNBC, in partnership with the Financial Times, to honour those CEOs who are making a difference through leadership and innovation in their industry sectors.

Initial nominations where made by CEOs from European companies in the FT Global 500, whilst the final winners were decided by a panel that consisted of EBLA 2008 winners from companies such as Arcelor Mittal, Autonomy, Fiat and GE, plus representatives from CNBC, the Financial Times and IMD business school.

Green today gone tomorrow

It’s a special occasion and you’ve decided to spend your hard-earned cash on a hot air balloon ride for you and your true love. As you float through the sky without a care in the world, you feel calm, entirely protected by the glorified wicker basket which holds you aloft. It’s a picture of romantic bliss, complete with chocolates, strawberries and a bottle of Dom Pérignon chilling in a bucket for later. But whatever you do, don’t look down!

Happy New Year…?

To say that the markets have been turbulent in 2008 would be a complete understatement and the prospects for 2009 seem much the same. My prognosis is that while the markets may drop further, though providing a three to five year horizon is anticipated, this will look a good time to invest in hindsight.

Do Customer’s Respond the way you would Like?

What happens when you ask for directions? You interrupt someone, stopping them from going about their business, yet people are rarely rude. This is because of the way we ask. We will normally say, ‘Excuse Me’ in a slightly deferential way. We continue, ‘I wonder if you can help me? Could you tell me where Bromley Place is?’

25 common characteristics of successful home working entrepreneurs

Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a tick beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these characteristics, don’t fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to reach those goals in incremental and measurable stages.

The Apprentices 2009 unveiled

The identities of the fifteen contestants taking part in this year’s Apprentice have been revealed.

Eight females and seven males will compete for a job working with multi-millionaire Sir Alan Sugar in the business-based reality show. The series kicks off on March 25 on BBC One.

This year’s hopefuls include a city stockbroker, a teacher, an award-winning restaurant owner and an ex-professional footballer.

working from home

Make working from home…work

Working from home has been a growing trend over the past five years. Now, with people taking redundancy payments and turning their backs on corporate life, it’s set to become even bigger. But before you take the plunge, consider the pros and cons in order to avoid the pitfalls.

“Don’t you watch TV all the time? Or sleep in?” are the two most frequent questions IT entrepreneur Katherine Mellon* gets asked when she reveals she works from home. They’re also the most common misconceptions about this increasingly popular way of working.

Family businesses in strong position to survive downturn

Low-risk approach, long-term view and lower borrowing advantageous in today’s business environment –
UK businesses can learn from adopting elements of the family business model

A new report entitled ‘Family Business: In Safe Hands?’ published today (2nd March) by Barclays Wealth and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), suggests that family businesses have leadership values and particular characteristics which may position them well to ride out the economic downturn.