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                  May 2020 Your business How to make better decisions C– the RADA way ommunicating in front of a other people are saying with greater some time and space to think about screen has become a daily skill, whilst 31 per cent say they can how you might respond to a chal- norm, as the Covid-19 pan- adapt better to people and situations. lenging situation, or new requests 27     demic is forcing many of us online. We tend to assume that work and productivity stops when workers take time to relax when working from home, or at their desk, how- ever those who are able to take mi- cro-breaks and relax are actually better prepared and more effective workers – according to new re- search. A study of 1,000 workplaces pub- lished in Thinking on Your Feet, a report by the commercial arm of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, RADA Business, has found that 42 per cent of workers are able to think more quickly when they feel relaxed. Nearly the same number say that they feel more confident following relaxation time, while 34 per cent say they feel better understood by others. One in three admit that when they are relaxed, they can listen to what Equipped The research shows that taking time to centre or move can help workers to refocus and make better decisions. Some techniques, which respondents say help them to be better equipped for thinking on the spot include getting some fresh air or taking a walk. The study also found that one in five workers manage feelings of ten- sion in work situations by having a hot drink. Kate Walker Miles (pictured), tutor and client manager at RADA Business, comments on the find- ings: “Many people at this time are having their first introduction to working from home, day-in, day- out. Some are finding it hard to feel and be effective. It’s important take breaks to relax, to give yourself from colleagues or superiors, as they arise. Flexibility “If you are a leader, try to create a positive culture for your employ- ees who are working from home. It’s good to let them know that they have some time and flexibility during the day to centre themselves, stretch, and take some time to refocus. This will help them to be productive and will better prepare them for situa- tions where they’re in the spotlight, such as delivering presentations and leading video conference calls.’’ “Relaxation time can help work- ers to be more relaxed and adaptable when under pressure. This is a sim- ple yet effective technique to help workers through what is a difficult time, allowing businesses to suc- ceed and overcome the challenges of working remotely. Flexibility is key.” us/research          Waltham International College offers Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes which can benefit businesses of any size or sector Now recruiting in the following areas: • Legal, Accounting and Finance • Business Administration • Sales and Marketing Team • Operational and Departmental Managers • Leaders and Co-ordinators • Hair and Beauty • Leadership and Management • Information Technology P: +44 207 0180 430 Website: Email: Apply now for: Degree Programmes with Foudation Year in the following areas: • BA (Hons) in Business • BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Admissions open for Sep 2020 and Jan 2021 intakes Email:        

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