Accuracy Asides

News, errors and accuracy gossip

Distracted, Disrupted, Forgetful and Fraught…

Posted: Aug. 1, 2020, midnight

Being forgetful is part of being human. In this 4-minute article we look at how distractions and disruptions lead us to forget those items on our ‘To Do’ list.


Finding it hard to focus? Here's how to concentrate

Posted: May 1, 2020, 12:31 p.m.

What barriers to concentration are you facing right now? Whether you’re working remotely from home, or a keyworker busy keeping things going elsewhere, the Covid-19 pandemic presents us with new challenges to our concentration skills. We’re being distracted by the abnormality, not to mention the worry, of it all. This new 4-minute read article gives you 8 tips for staying focused in these unprecedented times.


How to work accurately in abnormal times

Posted: April 16, 2020, 2:56 p.m.

Paying attention to detail is difficult at the best of times. Now we all have the added mental distractions of uncertainty and worry, plus the physical distractions of either working from home or in abnormal workplaces. This article sets out to share some practical tips to help you concentrate and to pay attention to detail, even in difficult circumstances.


Working in Uncertain Times: Maintaining a Sense of Purpose and Wellbeing

Posted: April 1, 2020, 6 a.m.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents us with change and uncertainty on an unprecedented scale. In this short article, Catherine de Salvo relates the messages of the Scott Bradbury video 'Working in Uncertain Times' to the challenges we all face in the current coronavirus emergency.


Tell me, what mistakes did you make today?

Posted: March 1, 2020, 10:38 a.m.

If you’re human, you sometimes make mistakes. That’s OK if you learn from them. And it’s even better if you talk about them. If errors are embraced as learning opportunities, everyone benefits. Errors which feed into a process of continuous improvement are invaluable - and when organisational cultures make that clear, people will want to own up when things go wrong.


11 Ways To Stop Your People Making Mistakes And Improve Their Accuracy

Posted: Feb. 18, 2020, 4:12 p.m.

If you want to increase efficiency, boost productivity and save your organisation money, look no further than this short article. I share genuinely useful tips and ideas with you to help your people get it right first time, every time.


Preventing Mistakes in Your Emails

Posted: Jan. 31, 2020, 4:13 p.m.

At Scott Bradbury we’re fascinated by accuracy. And error. On my computer, I have a folder where I store examples of the mistakes I encounter as I go about my work. Each week, without fail, my email in-box is a little treasure trove of them. And I dutifully add them to my ‘hoard’. In this month’s featured short article, Catherine de Salvo explores tips for writing accurate and effective email messages.


Accuracy headlines for 2020

Posted: Jan. 9, 2020, 10:24 a.m.

Welcome to 2020! We have been looking ahead to what the new year might mean from a global perspective and thinking about our accuracy skills workshops and what might be in store for our participants this year… And we’ve found some similarities…


It pays to be accurate when you're a payroll professional!

Posted: Sept. 20, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Imagine the scene: a group of people from different organisations, brought together to discuss ways of reducing data error. In the group are three or four payroll professionals. If you were one of them, what examples would you have of things that have gone wrong with your payroll? How about, continuing to pay someone long after they’ve left? Starting a new employee on the wrong salary? Paying part-time staff full-time rates? You undoubtedly have your own horror stories of things that have gone wrong, despite your clever payroll software, which promised to eliminate mistakes!


How the modern world affects your ability to concentrate and what you can do about it

Posted: Aug. 23, 2019, 11:10 a.m.

I’m ashamed to say the first thing I did this morning, and do every morning, is look at my mobile phone. Sound familiar? Research from this time last year by the UK’s regulator, Ofcom, reported that 40% of people check their phone within five minutes of waking up. Something tells me this figure is unlikely to have changed.

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You get to hear about our latest accuracy course results, the real-life 'bloomers' which come to our attention and all the latest news and juicy gossip about errors! We share accuracy tips and advice too.