Category Archives: Culture

Illustration of a head showing music productivity

Put your records on from 9 to 5

Original illustration by Haylam Tang There are 30 song titles in this post; how many can you find? Disclaimer: this article was written with the aid of a soundtrack because I’m a believer in music’s positive influence on concentration, creativity […]

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The Greatest Ads Tell a Story: A Slogan for Every Sentence

Illustration by Mark Winter Modern advertising was born in the 1920s, and it seems that the industry’s financial expansion just keeps going and going and going. It is now probably the most influential tool in the world, and it’s rare for […]

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Office dogs: an unnecessary distraction or just straight-up labradorable?

Original illustration by Mark Winter Beware: terrible puns are ‘littered’ throughout this article. Winter is here. It’s wet and cold and staring at the same four walls from dark until dark can lead to an atmosphere of borderline melancollie in […]

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Winter is coming…

The shortest day (December 21st) and the colder, darker months are associated with a range of undesirable outcomes including fatigue, negative moods and depressive feelings. But more broadly, the reduction in exposure to sunlight and colder weather can induce seasonal […]

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The challenges of feedback

I remember the first time I got feedback on a piece of writing at work – there was so much red ink on that sheet of A4 my initial thought was: ‘oh no, there’s so much wrong with it.’ At […]

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Time, please: has the moment come for a four-day working week?

Illustration by Mark Winter We were promised lots of things when we downed tools in the fields and made the trek indoors to take up increasingly industrialised jobs. Fewer working hours. Fewer working days, even. Robot servants. Jetpacks. Some of […]

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Bring your Whole Self to work day

On any given day, you’ll find some – if not all – of these thoughts chittering away in my mind: Hey, what if I’d taken the job on that cruise ship that time? Why won’t the kid go the f*ck […]

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Good Time Management? The curious history of daylight saving, and how it affects our lives at home and work

At this time every year there’s the annual debate between those who agree with the shift to British Summer Time – or Daylight Saving Time, if you like – and those who don’t. The rest of us are probably a […]

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Why leaders need coaches

Leaders can cast long shadows. Here at K&B we often see a strong correlation between how engaged employees are and their relationship with their line managers and senior leaders. Where trust in leaders is low, lower engagement scores tend to […]

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Six things that coaching isn’t

Freighted with “Hey, make like an ice unicorn, be horny for life but be chilled,” self-help baggage, the business coach can meet with a lot of scepticism. Vast crowds of unqualified practitioners simply slapping a ‘coach’ tag on their blog […]

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Change and Transformation in the workplace – new thinkBites issue

Change and transformation in the new thinkBites Autumn 2017 issue Our latest thinkBites looks at change and transformation in the workplace. How are businesses rethinking the relationship between internal and external comms. How do you use the power of the […]

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thinkBites July 2017 issue is out – Build on it

thinkBites July 2017 issue – How to make conference theory a concrete reality Our latest thinkBites is concerned with how you make those back-of-the-napkin moments of inspiration actually work. We revisit many of the ideas and conversations from the HR […]

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Tech is the future but its culture is stuck in the past

Recent events at Uber suggest that the gender equality debate is still ongoing In case you haven’t noticed, Uber has been in the news lately – and not because it’s developed anything radically new in terms of tech, but because […]

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Do you have a ‘Silver Strategy’? Planning for an older workforce

Retirement used to be a time to put your feet up, to bow out of the labour force, perhaps to enjoy hobbies that you no longer need to fit around work. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the boundary between […]

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Does waking early and productivity equal success?

Waking up Early + Productivity = Success?

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” The concept of productivity and this underlying need to be productive throughout the day is not a new phenomenon – hello Calvinist work ethic. There has […]

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Show me an infographic – life at Karian and Box

We live in a world that demands information quickly. Our daily routine has got busier and we have a flood of information at our fingertips on our smartphones, computers and tablets. It’s hardly surprising then that we take a lot […]

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The politics of presenteeism

UK employees are taking fewer sick days than ever before. Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) broke the news that an estimated 137m working days were lost in 2016 – equivalent to 4.3 days per worker. In 1993, […]

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Is fake grass always greener? Astroturfing and ethical internal communications

Now more than ever, social media is an essential source of news for people around the world – as is evident in Twitter’s rebrand as a news platform earlier this year. Absolutely anyone can set up a twitter account and […]

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The sense of an ending

The business world loves a launch. Every freshly appointed CEO wants to get started by starting something. And many leaders have a sophisticated understanding of how to begin their reign with a crafted, credible, down-to-earth organisational narrative that draws employees […]

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Goodwill is not just for Christmas: it’s time to stand up to hate

This is a year that will undoubtedly go down in the history books. A little over a week ago, a man who preaches hate – hate for women, hate for Mexicans, hate for Muslims, hate for ‘the other’ – was […]

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