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How to find a good work-life balance

8 months ago by Claire Brandon

Most people will have periods at work when they struggle to get out of the office on time. Sometimes it’s also difficult to avoid taking work home with you. But when not being able to switch off from the office becomes the norm, rather than something that just comes around now and again, you may feel as if your life outside work is passing you by. Working in the financial sector can be quite a ...

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How to improve your communication skills

8 months ago by Claire Brandon

When it comes to your career, communication is key. Your productivity levels, workplace relationships, and job satisfaction rely on your ability to influence and motivate others, express your values and goals clearly and give or receive feedback. If you can't communicate effectively with team members, productivity and growth will stagnate across the business. Communication skills is an importan...

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How to improve your productivity

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

Stay on top of your to-do list and improve your effectiveness, efficiency and wellbeing with these simple, productivity-boosting tips. 1. Find your flow Have you ever been so immersed in a task that you’ve lost track of time and everything going on around you? You might call it 'being in the zone' but it’s what Positive Psychologists call being in a state of flow. In this state, you feel energi...

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Develop your career plan

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

With a personal career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. By working through the steps below you’ll end up with an effective plan for having the career you really want—one rooted in your key strengths and personal values, giving you a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Step 1: Set the scene Start by asking yourself the following questions: What motivates you? What ar...

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Returning to work after a career break

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

Whether you’ve been away for 6 months or 16 years, it’s normal to experience a range of feelings as you prepare to return to work. You may feel nervous, eager, daunted and excited. How you tackle the negative emotions will determine how smooth your transition back into the workplace is. Confidence A lack of confidence is one of the biggest issues affecting people returning to work. It might be ...

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