Entries by Steve Preston

Encouraging your staff to take holidays

Shocking statistics highlighted by the Stress Management Society have reported that a recent study suggests that over one million Brits will fail to take their remaining annual leave this year. Another recent survey found that only half of the population took all their leave last year. So what is going on, as employers don’t appear […]

SMP Solutions has re-branded!

Since May 2014, SMP Solutions HQ has been buzzing from the sound and mind power of collaborative planning, thinking, culminating in the creation of a new brand and website. Yes you heard it right, SMP Solutions has rebranded! So, why did we rebrand? Cast your mind back to when you last visited the former SMP […]

SELF EMPLOYMENT – STARTING OVER AGAIN

Self-Starting Again According to Barclays Bank 81% of entrepreneurs said they are happier now in self employment than when they were employed.  The same survey reveals that 71% were more optimistic, 63% were busier, 54% were more relaxed but that only 30% were better off than when employed.  The remaining 70% were obviously feeling the […]

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A VIDEO INTERVIEW

The Rise of the Video Interview In recent years two-way video chat job interviews have grown in popularity and it is clear why. Modern computerised devices whether stationary or handheld come with built-in or support webcam functionality. Using video, the interviewer is able to pick up on important clues such as body posture, physical gestures […]

The Cost of Doing Nothing!

The Cost of Doing Nothing! If you have ever been involved with projects and assessing the options proposed, you will be well aware that there are usually 3 options: Option a – is likely to be the most radical and biggest change, possibly quite scary Option b – is usually a middle ground that will […]

Discomfort is a Positive Thing

Today we’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Gail Gibson: Coach, Trainer, Speaker and Author, who enables people and businesses to define themselves to become remarkable.  One of Gail’s passions is to challenge people to move into their ‘magic’ zone, so read on to discover how she makes this happen! Do you realise that the only way […]

Winning Through – Your Route to a Brighter Future!

Winning is a powerful word whether you see, read or hear it. Winning conjures up a vision of success, of victory, of accomplishment. Winning is a word on a pedestal of its own, linked to feelings and emotions associated with the highest levels of personal achievement. Winning delivers an end result. You run in a […]

Why Retire from Work? Simply Re-Tire your Life & Work Instead!

‘Does retirement make you ill?’ was the topic of conversation on a recent Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2. During the lunchtime discussion, listeners were asked to share their thoughts about the impact retirement can have on your life. Mark Littlewood from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) commented on one of their latest […]

Discover your Favourite Blend of Portfolio Work and Lifestyle

How many times have you heard this cliché -‘work/life balance’? It seems that all manner of professionals use this term to describe what you can aspire to achieve in your life. However, in today’s fast-paced world, do you actually reach your goal, as you attempt to balance your work and lifestyle? Do you struggle with […]