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Paul Fitzgerald

I write about business and the landscape of the modern office.

Paul Fitzgerald
Paul Fitzgerald
By Paul Fitzgerald/ August 5, 2019

How Intrinsic Motivation Can Keep Us Engaged

We all recognise the importance of employee engagement. We know that keeping our people engaged in their work is a huge part of keeping them happy, loyal and of course, productive. In the super competitive world of business, it could be said that engagement is more important, and more worthy of our attention than it ever was before. The revolving door of retention keeps turning, with recruitment and on boarding being expensive processes.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ July 30, 2019

It Pays To Praise

We’re all familiar with the norm of reciprocity, right? We know all about it, don’t we? Every single one of us has experienced the norm of reciprocity, haven’t we? Haven’t we?

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ December 18, 2018

Music in work, turn it up or turn it off?

I was sat drinking coffee in the co-working space the other day, staring out of the window, idly watching the reflection of the sunlight on the river outside. Miles away. At least, I wish I was. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of someone coming in carrying a bag from a record store. He’d been on a vinyl shopping trip on his way in. The sight of this distracted my from my distraction, stirring and spiking my interest. I can’t help myself. I had to ask what he’d bought.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ December 11, 2018

Changing your management style

How do we react when our people aren’t performing as well as they should, or as well as they could? Other than stamping our feet, screaming and shouting - which, let’s be honest, is never a good look - what can we do? Or more specifically, what should we do?

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ December 4, 2018

The trouble with Slack

When Slack launched in 2009, co-founder and CEO, Stewart Butterfield proudly announced that “The mission is to make people’s lives simpler, more pleasant, more productive”. Well Stewart old friend, we’re not quite sure you managed that. We need to talk.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ November 27, 2018

In praise of the small team

No matter what role we have in our work lives, we’re usually - but not always - better at it because we’re part of a team. Collaboration, connection and co-operation mean that we can work together towards common goals, supporting and encouraging each other to get over the line. Getting there. Getting the job done.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ November 20, 2018

Building creativity into your team

Teamwork. Some think its a thing. An end point. They’d define it as a position, a place, where everything is as it should be. A target. In reality, teamwork is none of these things. It is, or at least it should be, a process, ongoing and developing.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ November 13, 2018

Who's the right hire for your remote team?

Hiring people for business has always been a demanding task. Finding the right people, the best people, and at the right time is crucial. In the ever-changing modern world of work, the landscape is being reshaped with new themes, new ideas and new technology. And new opportunities.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ November 6, 2018

We all live to the rhythm of work

So, you made the move. You took the chance to bring change to your life, to improve your work-life balance and to work more flexibly. You’ve walked away from the tedious office politics, the unhappy faces of the daily commute, the constant battle for a parking space, and that really annoying person in Accounts, whose name you can never remember. Let’s call him Dan. Every large company has a ‘Dan from Accounts’.

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By Paul Fitzgerald/ October 30, 2018

Surviving the toxic workplace

We talk often of good management, of ensuring a safe and pleasant workplace for our people. Of finding better ways to enthuse and engage the workforce. We talk about supporting our people, investing in them and in their development.