Performance Archives - Optimum Consulting

We have a great culture, but….

We do all know that a work place culture is important. We spend around 50% of our working lives at work and there are a plethora of quotes and recommendations around the importance of a great workplace culture.

The Comfort Zone: Why should I get out of it?

We have all heard this phrase: “You have to get out of your Comfort Zone – you have to push yourself to the next level” But do we actually know what the Comfort Zone is and what are the pros (and cons) for pushing people out of it? What is The Comfort Zone? The comfort

Insights and advice on Employee Engagement: Tip #1: Give them Jimi!

When I was a teenager I taught myself how to play the guitar, my father was a huge music fan having been brought up in 1960’s UK experiencing the global cultural change of that era. Music was a great influencer and political tool: bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who all engaged their

My experience as a FTM (First Time Manager)

Over the last 12-months I have moved into a leadership position within our company, Optimum Consulting. Managing/Leading a team is something that I have wanted to do since I entered the workforce and a goal that I have spoken to my manager about for the last few years. I think it was even something that

Memory and Team Performance

Is relying on memory damaging the experience and performance of your team? Many years ago I found myself moving into a Senior Leadership position in a fast-growing global company.  At the time I was horribly unprepared for the experience and essentially had to make things up as I was going along.  It seems learning on

Tips to Mould your Path in HR – From a Recent Graduate.

We all have dreams of careers as kids. Going through high school, the biggest question posed at me was: “What will you be studying at university?” My dreams for a career started with wanting to be a Doctor or a Lawyer. Yes, far-fetched, bold and typical, I know. However, in those days, not so long

7 Hot Tips for Career Reflection

This is a bit of a personal reflection moment but the theme of career reflection is common at certain milestones, it is human nature! My personal situation is that I have just rolled over the 3 years of employment mark in my current company and I find myself reflecting on my current role; the last

Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy and Motivated at Work

Happy employees are more productive, creative and are motivated to go to work early every day. They are valuable team players. But how do we keep employees happy? How do we keep them motivated despite the deadlines and pressure that day to day work brings. According to Gretchen Rubin, a New York Times bestselling author

The Wake Up Call We Need

I use an alarm to get out of bed midweek. I set it early enough for me to get up, shower and get ready for work and have breakfast before heading off for work. Usually, I don’t get up straight away and put the alarm back on sleep; not really sure why this habit has