Have you ever thought about becoming a digital nomad? Hmmm, digital nomads, you say, how annoying are those people? Surely they’ve all got a secret stash of cash somewhere? If you find yourself reading digital nomad blogs, wishing it was you travelling the world, doing what you love instead of revisiting occupational groundhog day, this is for you. If working for yourself and travelling the world sounds like liberation from the rat race but feels like an impossible dream – you’re in the right place. If you’re wondering “What if I could live or work anywhere in the world?” on your commute, we’ve got you covered. We take a look at how to be a digital nomad, what being location independent really means and how you can take the first tentative steps to your fledgling nomadic dreams.
Unplug? If the mere suggestion of being tech free fills you with horror this blog is for you. A rather conservative piece of research from Microsoft suggests we check our emails on average 274 times a day and that doesn’t include those social media notifications that are constantly distracting you. We take a look at the benefits of unplugging from technology and entering a digital diet.
The fifth in our series of July blogs live from New York examines the latest US research and takes a deep dive into the work we’re doing here with our clients. Here we look at how to choose the right mindfulness app.
Confused by the deluge of mindfulness apps currently on the market?
The number of mindfulness apps on the market has increased considerably over the past few years resulting in a plethora of choice. There’s a veritable cornucopia of choice when it comes to new apps. But when your mindfulness app cup runneth over, how do you know which ones to choose and which ones to avoid? Maybe you’re asking yourself if they could even do more harm than good (and we think that’s a sensible question). Here’s our handy tool that will help you to make an informed choice.
Deep learning, artificial intelligence and machine learning, what’s the difference? All three terms are increasingly used in business, sometimes (albeit incorrectly) interchangeably. Business, technology and the effective use of data are big news with an explosion of interest in all things AI over the past few years. So how can you cover the basics and have an intelligent conversation about it? We give you the skinny.
However much you love what you do, if your job involves working with people, you’ll understand the concept of emotional labour. Perhaps you’re a figurehead and it’s important to build rapport and maintain your cool even in difficult circumstances that would send the rest of us running? Maybe your role involves managing other people’s emotions and it’s not always pretty? Or if you’re the first point of contact for a business, it’s possible you’ll be on the receiving end of frustration, disappointment and rancour.
Are you able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions;
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AI? Technology? We love it! But, on 1st January French law introduced the ‘right to disconnect’ for employees. A result of negotiations by French union SYNTEC in 2014 the new law means that French companies must negotiate with staff regarding the use of devices outside of working hours.
Open all hours
The Act aims to address the impact of technology, of being constantly connected (and available) on the agenda for HR and L and D professionals. We know from an ever expanding body of research that being connected 24 hours a day has an enormously negative impact on wellbeing. And yet we still do it.
If you are able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions you’re probably working in a culture that would benefit from disconnecting;
Unleashing the creativity genie
The elusive muse. Creativity. How to unlock it, nurture it and keep it generating innovative ideas time after time. It’s the holy grail of the creative process. Mindfulness may be the answer to developing and sustaining your inner creative genius. Let’s take a look at how to apply it. [Read more…]
Artificial Intelligence (AI), once the domain of low budget futuristic sci-fi movies and TV shows with farcical special effects (think “I, Robot” or Dr Who circa 1970s “I am a Dalek” and don’t laugh) is now a reality. AI has arrived. Take a look around you. Self scan tills in the supermarkets, voice activated gadgets, Apple’s Siri, driverless cars, AI assisted surgical procedures and Google’s increased focus on machine learning. AI is pervading our every day humdrum almost by stealth.