I’m often asked, “what benefits should we be offering?” I think there’s a more important question “What’s the point in offering benefits?” Continue reading “Stop! Rethink Employee Benefits!”
According to a TUC poll, one in three requests for flexible working are being turned down and this rises to nearly two thirds for those in “working class” occupations. Continue reading “Is rejecting flexible working harming your business?”
I confess I still like SMART* objectives despite the groans of “yes we know that” when I present it in training. I’ll agree, it is massively over used and often misused. It’s also overly relied upon as something that can be used on it’s own. Continue reading “Is SMART still Relevant?”
What employers want and what candidates want are increasingly two very different things. If you’re keeping an eye on the job market, you’ll notice the same role with the same advert reappearing as an employer struggles to recruit. Whilst candidates keep looking for that perfect role. Continue reading “Employers overlooking great people?”
I was asked by a client recently whether it’s OK to ban mobile phones. Their plan was to establish a box in to which mobile phones would be placed on arrival and collected at the end of the day.
Notice periods, however long, are an interesting time for employees and managers alike, attitudes are changing, often the employee mentally left before they even handed in their notice, so why do we use them and how do we manage an employee in their notice period?
When communication fails we’re quick to blame those who didn’t talk.
If we want people to talk we need to be prepared to listen, having an “open door” policy isn’t enough. Being present in the same office isn’t enough. Working from home isn’t the reason for poor communication. Continue reading “When the talking stops”
“If you wouldn’t say it or do it in front of your parents, partner or a close friend of the same or opposite sex, don’t say it, don’t do it;”
This is a line from an Employee Handbook, a line I’ve seen not just once in my career. With recent focus on sexual harassment, this may seem like well meant advice to potential perpetrators. Continue reading “Underestimating Harassment, Power and Control”
Goldman Sachs have updated their dress code and it’s made the national press. In itself it only matters to those who now need to decide what to wear to work, but it got me thinking in terms of recruitment and how they had already relaxed the dress code in their tech division to attract top talent. Continue reading “Dressed to Recruit”
Working nine to five, commuting to an office where everyone else works the same hours, is a working pattern that’s familiar to most and useful to few.
Increasingly we’re seeing recognition that nine to five doesn’t suit parents. I’m not convinced working mums are as new a phenomenon as we’re lead to believe, however we have seen women’s role in the workplace change. This is also men’s role in the home and therefore their role in the workplace as well. Continue reading “Businesses are starving themselves of skills by insisting on the Nine to Five”