The Trust Factor: Key to a Healthy Workplace Culture

Creating Healthy workplace culture - team in the outdoors attached to harnesses, working together to lift a  colleagueAs Mental Health Awareness Week approaches, it’s crucial to reflect on how we can foster a healthy workplace culture that prioritises the mental well-being of employees. In the UK, research consistently highlights the importance of creating a culture of trust within organisations to effectively address mental health concerns.

Cultivating Cohesion: The Strategic Role of Team Building Structured Learning Experiences

Team Building Structured Learning Experiences: Team working together to complete a structured learning taskStructured team building learning experiences serve as the cornerstone of cohesive team development, offering a strategic approach to fostering collaboration, enhancing skill sets, and fortifying interpersonal relationships within the organisational framework. Prepare to delve into an enriching discourse that blends insight with practicality, all while maintaining a professional demeanour.

How People Find Themselves in Leadership Positions

Directors Mark Soanes and Geraint Lewis in suits with a laptop with a scenic background of the Brecon BeaconsAfter recent sessions with clients, I’ve been reflecting on why people find themselves in leadership positions. I’ve related to this our own experience here at Call of the Wild. I think our experience is common to many others in that a business idea was discussed and a new business born. This became a start up micro-business where the focus was on sales, marketing, pricing and honing the service offer to ensure the business is sustainable beyond its first year, sustainable and scalable thereafter. You start with 1 employee (you) and much goodwill on the part of others.

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Introducing Big Empowerment

Big Empowerment: Mental Health Support in the workplaceAs we step into the second quarter of the year, marked by April’s recognition as Stress Awareness Month, we are thrilled to introduce our new theme: Big Empowerment. At its core, this theme embodies the profound impact of mental health support in the workplace, not only for individual employees but for leaders and the entire workforce.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today

Wales Week in London, Hosted In Partnership With PwC and FAW

Developing tomorrow's leaders, todayIt’s now been a few weeks since we hosted our panel discussion at PwC’s epic More Place offices with PwC and the Football Association of Wales, “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today” during Wales Week in London 2024. Set against the stunning views across Tower Bridge and London Tower, our panel of experts shared invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of leadership development, particularly in the context of post-pandemic, AI-impacted, hybrid work environments. Let’s delve into some key takeaways from the enlightening conversation and explore how organisations can navigate these challenges to nurture future leaders effectively.

Team Building Training: Building Stronger Teams

Team Building TrainingThe importance of effective teamwork cannot be overstated. Whether you’re part of a small startup, a large corporation, or even a world famous sport team, the success of any organisation hinges on the collective efforts of its team members. That’s where team building training comes into play—a vital component in fostering collaboration, communication, and cohesion among employees. We’ll explore the significance of team building and how investing in team building training courses can lead to tangible benefits for your organisation’s bottom line.

Empowering Tomorrow: Advocating for Women in Leadership and Inspire Inclusion

Lynda Campbell on Women in LeadershipIn the pursuit of progress and equality, inspiring inclusion and advocating for women in leadership roles has become a crucial component of the broader societal conversation. While significant strides have been made in recent years, there is still much work to be done to break down the barriers that inhibit women from reaching their full potential in leadership positions. We aim to shed light on the importance of advocating for women in leadership and the benefits it brings to organisations and society as a whole.

Conquering Fears and Building Bonds: The Power of Fun Team Building Activities

The Power of Fun Team Building ActivitiesTeam building activities are often met with mixed emotions – some team members eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bond with colleagues, while others feel a wave of fear and apprehension. However, we believe that the very fear that people experience is the catalyst for creating stronger, more connected teams. In this blog, we’ll explore the transformative impact of fear and fun team building activities, shedding light on how overcoming these initial reservations can lead to improved communication, enhanced teamwork, and increased productivity.

Navigating the Return to the Office and Mastering Remote Leadership

Mastering Remote LeadershipThis year again the business landscape has witnessed a shift with companies like L’Oreal and EY recalling home-based workers back to the office. The legal arena has also played a role for the first time, with a UK court ruling requiring a home worker at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to comply with the company’s request to return to the office. As we all grapple with this transition, it’s crucial to not only weigh the pros and cons of a home-based workforce but also understand the essential skills required to master remote leadership.

Big Futures: Time to Invest in Apprenticeships

Time to Invest in Apprenticeships - Mark SoanesIn the dynamic landscape of today’s workforce, the importance of apprenticeships cannot be overstated. As the Director of Apprenticeship provider, Call of the Wild, I am passionate about the transformative power of apprenticeships, not just for the young workforce but for individuals of all ages and at various stages in their careers. Apprenticeships are not just an entry point into the professional world; they are a pathway to continuous development, making them one of the best investments for both employees and employers alike. The time to invest in apprenticeships is now.

Embracing Big Futures: A Strategic Approach to Workforce Development

Workforce DevelopmentWelcome to 2024 with Call of the Wild, where we are thrilled to kick off the first quarter of the year with a workforce development theme that encapsulates our vision for growth, sustainability, and success – ‘Big Futures’. In a world that’s constantly evolving, planning for the future has never been more crucial, and at the heart of that planning lies an investment in the backbone of any successful organisation – its workforce.

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Today, emotional intelligence has emerged as a crucial factor in the effectiveness of leaders, managers and the wider workforce. Understanding and managing emotions in oneself and others is becoming increasingly vital for fostering a productive work environment, building strong teams, and achieving sustainable organisational success. We’re exploring the significance of emotional intelligence in leaders and managers and how it can be harnessed to drive positive outcomes.

Change and the Leadership Challenge in Social Housing: Navigating the Future

Navigating the FutureThe social housing sector faces unprecedented challenges, including the need for new and innovative approaches to address the changing and diverse needs of different communities. Never has the need for strong leadership been greater. Successfully navigating change requires leaders to adapt to the evolving landscape and be proactive in driving change from within. This article will examine key challenges facing the housing sector, the capability gap, the impact of hybrid working, and strategies to improve communication, morale, and performance. We will also discuss the importance of people-focused leadership, the development of strong organisational cultures, and the long-term benefits of investment in learning and development to help navigate the future.

Are We Failing Managers?

are we failing managers?It’s well known that the success of an organisation is closely linked to the strength of its workplace culture. A positive workplace culture not only boosts employee morale but also enhances productivity, innovation, and overall business performance. The foundation of this culture begins at the top, with management playing a crucial role in shaping the work environment, but are we failing managers? A recent CMI study, conducted in partnership with YouGov, emphasises the pressing need to improve management performance and provide support for managers. We will delve into the importance of enhancing workplace culture from the top down, with a focus on managerial performance and support.