Payslips to Show Hours Worked

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Employees must be able to check whether they have been paid the correct amount which means that all employees and workers now have the right to see the hours they have worked and been paid for on their pay slips. Employers are required to show the number of hours worked, as well as the earnings, if an individual’s pay varies depending on the number of hours the individual works. This new right applies from the first pay period occurring on […]

Older Employees – Organisational Asset or Liability?

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Shortage of People and Skills Ahead In recent years the focus has been on apprenticeships and job opportunities for young people, which are both important.  However, that has distracted managers from another pressing issue – the skills and ‘corporate glue’ provided by older workers.  The number of young people coming into the workforce is shrinking.  By 2022, 14.5 million more jobs will be created, but only 7 million younger workers will enter the workforce – a gap of 7.5 million. […]

Sports Direct – the Dilemma of Organisational Flexibility

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[Text amended August 2018] Many organisations need flexibility in staffing to accommodate seasonal and other variations in workload, product launches, staff holidays and illness etc. To meet such needs, senior managers should be able to introduce a range of contracts such as variable hours, zero hours, temporary and/or fixed term contracts and/or use agency workers. The issue is not whether such contracts should exist but whether they are used in a responsible manner. This is not a new dilemma nor […]

Are We Switching Off Creativity and Satisfaction at Work?

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[Text amended 01/09/2018] Making Organisations Fit for Purpose Organisational capability, agile organisations, responsive organisations are phrases we encounter in the search for an organisational structure that will prove fit for purpose.   The pace of technology and the growth of knowledge workers has cast doubt on whether the traditional hierarchical organisation structure is appropriate to harness the creativity, experience and goodwill that exists in many organisations.  Reducing layers within a company will help to save costs but will not provide […]

Exposure v Experience – the better way to identify capable, adaptable staff

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[Editor’s note – text edited 30/08/2018] Can We Improve Our Success Rate in Recruiting or Promoting Individuals? How often do we find ourselves writing phrases such as, “the successful applicant will possess 4 – 5 years experience in the leisure industry …”.   Quite a few individuals will have such experience but for many it will have been passive i.e. things were happening around them or to them but they were not an active driver of or participant in the situation.  […]

Harnessing the Living Entity in your Organisation *

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In companies and public service organisations, senior managers face similar challenges to raise performance and provide added value.  Their technology, markets, resources and context will differ but they will assert that their people are their most important asset but still struggle to optimize innovation and performance of their people.  In the turbulent months ahead, it is even more important to harness the living entities in your organisation not just to survive but to discover new ways of growing and adapting […]