It is difficult to imagine that a World Champion in the rich sport of Formula 1 racing needs anything much from the outside world to keep him motivated.

Lewis Hamilton, recently crowned F1 Champion for the second time in his career, appears, at the age of 29, to have had an incredible life of talent, focus and success. From the age of 7 he has been racing motor vehicles, starting with go-karts and progressing through the different forms of racing to reach the pinnacle of sport.

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In January 2014, Sharp Visual published a survey of office workers in six European countries about the way that presentations are conducted at meetings. The survey revealed that 43% of attendees think that content is boring and 40% of presenters do not enjoy it because "they find it hard to keep an audience interested". One in ten people admitted to having fallen asleep during presentations.

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I have yet to hear anybody call themselves a Human Resource so why should an HR Department think of them in this way? Each of us is a person, which means that the term “personnel” has much more relevance than “HR”.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “Human Resources” was first used in a business context in 1961, although some business commentators believe that HR could be traced back to the earlier part of the twentieth century.

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Almost everybody that you meet will say something like “there aren’t enough hours in the day”. Even high-achievers that get through an amazing amount of work are hungry to achieve more.

For the majority of people, there is a constant battle to remain organised. Interestingly, the increased availability of technology which enables us to get more done, more quickly and wherever we want to work, has done little to stem the feeling that there is too much to do because this technology has raised expectations about how much we should pack into a day.

There is nothing new in time management and getting organised. Everybody knows what to do; they merely lack the discipline to do it.

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Too many businesses make managing people too complex. The process of so-called “HR” is full of jargon confusion, which often puts a barrier between people that work in the business and those responsible for managing them.

Even the name of the department HR – Human Resources – is wrong. Nobody ever refers to themselves as a human resource; they are people! It is well to keep this simple thought in mind when you are involved in the day to day management of a business.

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An employer-employee relationship is both a financial and a social contract. All employers rely on the skills and endeavour of their employees, who are prepared to give up their time and energy in order that they can earn a living. Effective employer/employee relationships are those which are based upon both the spirit as well as the letter of the employment contract.

Successful businesses understand that being a good employer does not cost any money, which means that you can be a good employer during difficult economic times as well as in a boom. In fact, being a good employer saves money because it reduces ‘churn’ and avoids the need to replace people, which wastes time and money.

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