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 […]

Management Bonuses – what should they reinforce?

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Once more the issue of rewards and links to long term success of the company have been raised.  The Financial Reporting Council will be advocating stronger links and also clauses to enable bonuses to be clawed back [1].  However, focusing on the payment formula alone will not produce a sound scheme.  Like an iceberg, the danger […]

Termination of Employment Agreements – simplification

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Rather than simplify the process for holding discussions about a termination situation, the law has become more complicated. From 29th July, compromise agreements will be renamed as settlement agreements and a new process for holding pre-termination discussions will be introduced. The latter is to enable discussions to take place about a potential termination situation but […]

Do Your HR Professionals Add Value to or Detract from the Senior Management Team?

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Posted on 31/05/2013 by HR Professional Organisations are living entities and need to adapt constantly to their changing environment.  However, many human resources managers seem to confine themselves to becoming processors of hr systems rather than enable senior managers to tackle the issues they face in surviving and growing their companies/services. In any profession, getting […]

Develop Young People for their Working Life

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Are young people ill equipped for life at work?   We blame schools for not giving youngsters the skills to be effective when entering the workforce. However, it is not just school leavers, graduates also lack the necessary skills.  So is it just our education system or is it a failure by managers to work with […]

Performance Appraisal – A Time Expired Process

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Why Do You Appraise Staff?  Do you experience tangible benefits for the time invested?  Appraisal is one of the practices that we seem afraid to terminate in case we are branded as backward managers.   We could rename our process as performance management which may sound more effective but that will not solve the underlying tiredness […]