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Emily Lavin

When you think of people skills, the ability to socialise with others is probably what comes to mind. But the ability to communicate with others isn’t the main ingredient to effective people skills. In fact, many elements contribute to good people skills; having patience with others, showing empathy, strong listening skills and good manners are all traits that a person should have to be an effective leader.

To put it bluntly; good leaders need good people skills. The risks of poor communication from leaders should be avoided at all costs. If you have good people skills, your employees will more…


Your company intranet is the most trusted source of information for your employees and with internal communications being at the centre of digital transformations, companies are adopting more and more tools to communicate and engage with their employees. If your goal is to improve employee engagement, collaboration and communication, you need to carefully choose the right features and structure of your company’s intranet.

No two intranets are the same. When it comes to software there are many functionalities and choices out there. So, how do you choose the best intranet solution for you and your company?

Know your company needs

Firstly, your company and…


Work anxiety is something that affects many people and unfortunately, it is on the rise. A staggering 828,000 people were reported to have suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2020. Although this number isn’t surprising; the workplace has seen drastic changes throughout 2020 and following into 2021. From having to work from home to the stress of furlough and job losses, 2020 was not the best year for workers.

The effects of work anxiety can be incredibly damaging; it not only impacts your performance and productivity in your job but it can also take a toll on your…


The Importance of Employee Satisfaction

Employee satisfaction surveys should be at the heart of every workplace. It’s widely known that when employees are satisfied with their jobs, they are much more likely to be happy, engaged and productive in their role.

Since many successful companies are built on the backs of satisfied and motivated employees, it would seem like a no-brainer for organizations to care deeply about employee satisfaction or employee engagement surveys and the valuable insights that they provide. This however, is not the case.

Not only do many companies neglect to use employee satisfaction surveys but less than two thirds (64%) of employees…


Employee appreciation in the workplace

Employee Appreciation in The Workplace

Employee appreciation should be a regular occurrence in all workplaces. It’s not just something that leaders should do every once in a while — recognition should be part of your company culture. According to Forbes, recognised employees are more satisfied, perform better in their roles and get on better with their colleagues. It’s like a domino effect. A little bit of appreciation goes a long way. Show an employee appreciation, and in return, they’ll be more engaged and motivated.

Whether you offer an employee a tangible reward or even just a simple thank you, providing acknowledgement can do wonders for…


If you’re from an organisation that cares about keeping employees engaged and up to date with important internal information, you’ve probably implemented an employee intranet. In short, an intranet is a computer network for sharing information, encouraging collaboration and increasing employee engagement.

Your staff intranet should be at the beating heart of your organisation, it’s the place where employees should go to find out key information, interact with colleagues and collaborate on key projects. The possibilities of what an employee intranet can do for your business are far-reaching. But, like most big projects, it’s not a case of distributing your…


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Preparing for a performance appraisal can be a nerve-wracking time for an employee. There’s the fear of disappointing your leader and the added pressure of showcasing your work to justify all the decisions you’ve made over the last year. However, many performance appraisals may be a little more daunting for some employees, considering they haven’t physically been in work for over a year.

A key challenge that many remote workers are facing is proving productivity; because we’re not physically in the office or workplace to show leaders what we’re doing with our time, it can lead employees to question their…


Great point, a lot of workplaces definitely need to realise how difficult it is to maintain high productivity. We're all human and staying focused throughout the full working day is unachievable for most! Thanks for the great article.


Are you struggling to see the benefits of employee productivity? Right now, promoting productivity in the workplace can be challenging; the workplace has undergone some drastic changes over the past year, some that may change the way in which we work forever. For many employees, getting used to this way of working can be difficult.

To improve employee productivity, you need to have a system in place that drives motivation within your team and inspires them to put 100% into everything they do, this being your intranet. …


In order for a business to grow and be successful, it must value the opportunity for better collaboration. Business collaboration enables businesses to work together to solve problems and achieve their goals to grow. If you’re from a larger organisation, it’s crucial for improving workplace relationships and eliminating any departmental divides.

Business collaboration has been proven to increase productivity and ROI, and a whole host of other benefits including improved business communication and connectivity. Right now, having a business collaboration platform in place is essential for businesses to be more agile in their working and to help overcome problems.

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Emily Lavin

Social & Content Executive at Oak Engage. Please follow for content about employee engagement, internal communication and workplace wellbeing.

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