Many people have suddenly found themselves working from home amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. When this started I like many others thought this was great for homeworking, perhaps the start of better things to come with regards to inclusive workplaces and homeworking. Continue reading “Homeworking – But not as we know it…”
Having worked from home for over 10 years with two national companies before I started Silk Helix, I’m strongly in favour of working from home. I’ve been there, got the t-shirt and I’m still wearing it! That said, some effort is needed to make it work as it didn’t work equally in the companies I previously worked for. Continue reading “Making Homeworking Work”
Slack is just one but no doubt a popular tool for workplaces, both internally and with clients. But is it a useful tool or ruining work? Continue reading “Is Slack really ruining work?”
You’ve heard the line “People join a company but leave a manager”, right?
Well, It’s absolutely true! Continue reading “People Join a Company but Leave a Manager”
Paul Hollywood, judge on Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off made a joke which referred to a plate of Chelsea buns being “Diabetes on a plate”. Given he made the remark on TV, Twitter instantly came to life with people pointing out the inappropriateness of the comment. Continue reading “#Diabetesonaplate – When employees get it wrong”
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?”
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”