Housing Associations No Longer Able To Borrow To Provide New Homes

Housing AssociationA move which could limit new affordable homes being built by Housing Associations in Wales will be opposed by the Welsh Government.

In September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced housing associations should be considered part of the public, not private, sector.

But the Welsh Government promised to take “whatever steps are necessary” to reverse the change, following concerns reports BBC News.

5 Ways To Motivate Your Staff in 2017

Staff motivationEveryone knows motivation is important, but how do you ensure staff have it?

We previously wrote about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how good leaders recognise people are motivated by different things (you can read it here). Here are a few examples of the many ways you can give your employees the boost they need:

Scale of Fines With Health & Safety Prosecutions Increase

hseDo Not ‘Turn A Blind Eye’ To The New Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines

On a daily basis we are seeing a clear shift in punishment apportioned for breaches of health and safety legislation as a direct result of the new sentencing guidelines.

On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines were launched in the United Kingdom for those who commit health and safety offences. They direct the courts to follow a structured approach, examining culpability, the seriousness of harm imposed and the likelihood of harm. There are various levels which reflect the scale within each category.

Of great significance to employers is that the process thereafter matches the results against turnover.

The Chimp Paradox by Dr.Steve Peters

chimp paradoxThe Chimp Paradox  is a theory put forward by Dr.Steve Peters and sets out a  powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person

Apprenticeships – School Pupils Not Given Any Information Says New Survey

Career guidance including apprenticeshipsAn article in HR Magazine draws attention to the results of a recent survey carried out by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the EY Foundation . It identified that just one in four (24%) believe an apprenticeship offers a better chance of getting a good job than a university degree

Less than half (48%) of 16- to 21-year-olds received information on apprenticeships from their schools, according to research.

Sue Snowball Elected as Board Member of South Wales HR Forum

South Wales HR ForumWe are delighted to announce that Call of the Wild’s Business Development Manager, Sue Snowball, has been elected as a Board Member on the new South Wales HR Forum. The purpose of the newly formed  Forum is to provide a voice for the HR Community in South Wales. It is an inclusive network of HR practitioners, students, academics and spectators.

Managing V’s Leading – Understanding the Difference

An introduction to coaching courseThere is some confusion between the two so here are some top tips on distinguishing between a manager and a leader:-

Managing is about:-

  • Making plans and sorting out details
  • Setting up a structure so the plans can be met
  • Monitoring progress against those plan
  • Producing the results others are expecting

The Difference Between Team Building and Team Working

NVQ in Advice and GuidanceTeam Building As Oppose to Team Development

We get many enquiries asking us for team building programmes and events. However after questioning  and gaining an understanding of what they exactly require it becomes clear that often people are not after a team building programme at all. What they need is  team development  with the outcome of improved team working and productivity.

Free iPad Mini When Booking a Team Build Event

book-now-get-ipadIf you book a team building event whether it be a reward for the staff or a  means of improving the performance of your staff then we’ll give you an iPad Mini free of charge! A great team building gift to you for booking with us. So if you had in mind booking something very soon then this may be the catalyst you need whether it be a fun event or a developmental team building course  give us a call!

Coaching – Why Coach Your Team?

CoachingThere are so many different interpretations of coaching – some think of it in relation to sports, others think it is another management fad and some think it is just another form of training. Different interpretations create confusion and this can and has led to a degree of misperception. Also, some organisations will have their own view of what coaching means to them and this can just add to the confusion.

Learners Appreciate Our Different Approach to Training

IOSH managing safelyIt’s always pleasing when you receive good feedback from learners who’ve attended our courses but even more so when every learner is of the same opinion. In addition it’s rewarding when those learners have actually ‘bought into’ our unique approach to training, been receptive to our approach, seen the benefit and can apply that learning in the workplace. The following feedback was received from those who attended our recent IOSH Managing Safely Course

2015 UK Corporate Excellence Awards Winners

Call of the Wild AwardCall of the Wild are pleased to announce we have have been named one of the best companies in the UK for leadership and management courses in the ‘Corporate Vision‘ 2015 UK Corporate Excellence Awards.

Corporate Vision is dedicated to working around the clock to shine a spotlight on the brightest, best performing and most deserving companies and individuals from around the business world.

Mindfulness is Transforming Leadership

Reflective WalkingIn 2007 Chade-Meng Tan – Google employee #107 — launched Google’s meditation programme. The programme currently teaches 2,000 Googlers per year to meditate in order to become better leaders. Today, leading companies like Blackrock, Aetna, Ford Motor and Goldman Sachs conduct mindfulness classes for thousands of their leaders.

What is causing this shift to mindful leadership? In the stress-filled 24/7 world in which we live, leaders of all organizations need the opportunity for a “time out” period. It is their opportunity to relax, breathe deeply, de-stress and gain clarity about their work and the decisions they are facing.

Implications for Health & Safety Regulations If We Vote to Leave the EU

European UnionUnited Kingdom EU referendum 2017 – What if the United Kingdom exits the EU as a result of a majority vote in favour of departure? Surely a fundamental topic for debate regarding health and safety over the next few years will be the consequences if the United Kingdom votes in favour of departure from the European Union.
Who will benefit, who will suffer or may it be that there will be no impact at all?

Darren Rodrigues Joins Call of the Wild

Darren Rodrigues Health and Safety Training Manager Call of the WildWe are pleased to announce that we  have health and safety expert Darren Rodrigues joining our team. Darren brings a wealth of practical experience, knowledge and skills in both the private and public  health and safety sector which adds to our growing portfolio of services we can offer our clients.

With Darren’s practical expertise and knowledge, combined with our background in performance improvement, we believe we can make a real difference to the health and safety culture within organisations thereby  having a real impact on the bottom line.

What’s the Most Overlooked Leadership Trait? Emotional Intelligence!

Emotional Intelligence – Common Sense but Sense isn’t Common!

Emotional IntelligenceOne gets the feeling that many terms in management are little more than advertising gimmicks – words or phrases that dress up common sense or known facts as a way of selling consultancy projects. (In their defence, one has to say that common sense is not that common!) At first sight, the term “emotional intelligence” is one of these – and indeed much of what is encompassed in the term is not new. Calling it “EI” rather adds to the suspicion.

However, it does seem to be a very useful concept. Many people work with a distinction between logic and emotion. Logic is good. Emotion is bad. Business is supposed to run on logic and emotions (especially in others) should be ignored, allowed to pass or patiently endured.

But why is it so important for leaders to understand…

C&IT Magazine State of the Events Industry Report 2015

C&IT magazine Industry ReportConference and Incentive Travel Magazine have this month published their state of the Events Industry Survey for 2015. This gives an excellent insight into the state of the industry. The message is the vast majority of events industry professionals expect growth in 2015.

The UK events industry may not be collectively popping Champagne corks just yet but the bubbly is on ice. Confidence is at its highest for years, and personal leanings aside, most agree the newly elected Tory Government is a positive result from a  business perspective.’

Business was good for the majority of event agencies in 2014, and that growth curve looks set to continue its slow but steady upward trajectory in 2015 and into 2016

Successful Renewal of Investors in People Accreditation

Investors in people logoWe are pleased to confirm that we have successfully renewed our accreditation as an Investors in People organisation. This demonstrates that we have further embedded the principles of Investors in People within our organisation. Maintaining the standard demonstrates a true commitment to our staff and ensuring a quality service to our clients.

Teresa Phillips Joins Call of the Wild

Teresa Phillips Call of the WildWe are pleased to announce that Tersea Phillips has joined the Call of the Wild team as a Business Development Executive. Teresa, who has a wealth of experience in the work based learning sector, will be responsible for developing our new  vocational training business. This includes funded management apprenticeships, VRQ and NVQ qualifications.

A number of clients have already met Teresa and have signed up to our vocational training qualifications. If she knocks on your door please be polite and offer her a cup of tea!