Agile Newsletter July 2023
What Makes a Team Work?
Ask any business owner/ coach/ leadership guru the key to a successful business and I bet within the top 3 will be a great functioning team. In 2023, often members of the team will work remotely, part time, with different role priorities.
So lots of challenges – but how are these successfully overcome? How do you create a strong functioning team that work effectively to drive forward your business but also their careers? What does good look like? Ultimately the team feeling fulfilled by coming to work.
The How? Your go-to guide as leader
- Setting a goal & clear roles within the Team
- Effective communication
- Actually listening to each other
- Reflecting/ lessons learnt
- Making connections/ network building internally
- Solving problems together
- Sharing and giving honest feedback
- Being organised
- Tackling conflict
And the bits to leave behind – and tackle if emerging
Mindfulness in the Workplace
In today’s fast-paced world, the workplace can often become a source of stress and anxiety, leaving employees feeling overwhlemed. However, a growing trend in recent years has emerged as a powerful antidote to these challenges: mindfulness.
Incorporating mindfulness practices into the workplace not only benefits individual employees but also cultivates a more productive, positive, and collaborative work environment.
What does it involve?
Mindfulness involves the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. By incorporating mindfulness techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises into the work routine, employees can improve their focus and concentration. This heightened sense of awareness
allows individuals to stay fully engaged in their tasks, leading
to increased productivity and quality of work.
How to Combat Stress in the Workplace
Work-related stress is a common issue that can affect performance and overall well-being of employees. Mindfulness offers a valuable tool for managing stress and promoting a healthier work-life balance. By practising mindfulness techniques, employees can develop a greater capacity to handle stressful situations, regulate their emotions, and experience increased resilience. This ultimately leads to improved mental well-being and job satisfaction.
How Can Employees Practise Mindfulness in the Workplace
How can employees practise mindfulness in the workplace?
- Self Awareness – recognising your current emotional and mental state;
- Set Clear Intentions – such as enhancing focus, reducing stress or enhancing working relationships;
- Engage in mindful breaks – such as stretching, practise deep breathing or sitting quietly and observing your surroundings;
- Practise Gratitude – taking a moment each day to reflect on what you are grateful for.
The Benefits of an HR System
Some of the key benefits to using an HR System are as follows:
Central HR Data and Document Management
HR systems provide a secure centralised platform for managing your employees’ data (personal information, emergency contacts, holiday, sickness, performance records etc) and the supporting documents.
All HR systems provide accurate reporting and analytics, providing the HR team with easy to access metrics on holiday, salary, benefits, sickness, turnover, diversity and attendance. These reports can provide valuable insights into your workforce and can also be useful for audit purposes, providing a quick and accurate snapshot of employee data.
Increased Employee Self-Service
Many HR systems offer a self-service portal or app where employees can view and update their own information and can perform tasks such as update personal information/ emergency contacts and request holiday. Employers can decide what information is available for employees to access and can share company documents such as the Employee Handbook/ company policies, thus empowering the employees with the capability to seek answers to their HR queries via the shared information.
In addition to the above, HR systems can also support:
Training & training records
Disciplinary & Grievance procedures