Thoughts

Work-life balance is driven by company culture

The whole concept of a work-life balance has shifted with recent evolutions of working culture. Some reckon the phrase shouldn't exist at all, and we should just have a life which occasionally includes work.…

Michael Metcalf

Building a conflict-free workplace

You want a team with a variety of ideas to keep things vibrant and productive, but you don't want disagreements and conflict to damage the team's dynamic.…

Michael Metcalf

Our top ten books on company culture

Business leaders, academics and commentators all have lots to say about how we should be doing things at work. So here are the best company culture books from the past year or two that’ll help you see things in a different light, and set a new course for your business.…

Michael Metcalf

What would the ideal workplace look like?

A well-designed space needs to offer many functions: a mix of focus and productivity, collaboration and discussion, rest and recuperation.…

Michael Metcalf

What burnout is, and how to avoid it

We’re all capable of burning the candle at both ends without always realising it. So it’s important to prevent burnout happening rather than try to cure it.…

Michael Metcalf

Should you use your annual leave to travel?

Travel is like putting a new lens in our camera. It allows us to see things from a different perspective, and witness and feel things we don’t ordinarily have access to.…

Michael Metcalf

How to build a creative company culture

Whether you’re a FTSE-listed behemoth or a 2-person startup, you can implement creativity as a process throughout your business. The end result? Better products and services, a healthier workforce, and a better bottom line.…

Michael Metcalf

The importance of doing absolutely nothing

It turns out that doing nothing is good for us. Here’s why (and how) you should dedicate more time to doing absolutely nothing.…

Michael Metcalf

You don’t need to take your phone on holiday with you

You survived for years without a smartphone before they were invented, didn’t you? What's another week or two? Using up those precious annual leave days to go on holiday is one of the rare times you get to escape real life.…

Michael Metcalf