Check-in for coaching and feedback

Check-in for coaching and feedback
news/recent posts on 5 Feb , 2018
Check-in Check-in for coaching and feedback? A recent article said that annual performance reviews were traditional and old news. Is this a new approach to coaching and feedback? This weekend’s Guardian (3 February) included a supplement on smart employers and workplace wellbeing that included an article by Tina Nielsen about companies that have stopped using annual performance reviews. The artic...
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Football Managers, competences & competencies

Football Managers, competences & competencies
news/recent posts on 29 Nov , 2017
Can we learn anything from football about competencies? What is all the interest in football managers? This week’s news reports that Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are about to move to new clubs. What it is that managers offer? Pundits have a distasteful obsession the waxing and waning of football managers’ careers. Sports writers speculate about who will be next to be sacked and who is being...
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Update on worker & self employed status – Uber appeal

Update on worker & self employed status – Uber appeal
news/recent posts on 10 Nov , 2017
Worker or Self-Employed Decision Today, the BBC are reporting that Uber, the taxi firm has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. Last October, an employment tribunal (Aslam and others v Uber BV and others) ruled that drivers were working for Uber and were entitled to workers benefits such as the minimum wage, rest breaks and ho...
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from irritation to dispute & grievance

from irritation to dispute & grievance
news/recent posts on 1 Nov , 2017
Culture The news frequently reports organisations that need to ‘change their culture’. In the last few days this has included a call for new HR process to investigate allegations about the behaviour of MPs. Parliament is said to have a confusing number of procedures for people to use. The common theme described by people has been the abuse of power. A junior is pressured by someone who is more se...
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The Impact of Technology, scrolling, liking and distraction

The Impact of Technology, scrolling, liking and distraction
news/recent posts on 13 Oct , 2017
A recent article in the Guardian written by Paul Lewis (Guardian 7 October 2017) provides valuable insight into the impact of technology. The  article talks about the addictive nature of technology. How scrolling and liking hook us into what we do with our mobiles and apps. This article is a reminder about how we use our time, and the need to keep away from distractions. Distraction means we lo...
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Autumn Equinox, time for compromise & balance?

Autumn Equinox, time for compromise & balance?
news/recent posts on 22 Sep , 2017
Compromise & Balance Today, the 22nd September is the autumn equinox. An event that is a good time to think about balance and compromise. The explanation of the equinox benefits from a visual explanation and I leave that to Matt Taylor and this link will take you to the BBC Weather's site. Matt Taylor shows how today is the date when the Earth reaches the point in its orbit where neither the ...
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Taking home to work

Taking home to work
news/recent posts on 7 Sep , 2017
Taking work home Taking work home used to be viewed as ‘a bad thing’. Characters under pressure in dramas are shown lit by an anglepoise working late into the night. Articles are saying that the connected world has changed the nature of work. For some work has become increasing portable. Devices such as the mobile phone, tablet and laptop have meant that work based around keyboards can follow us ...
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Skimming stones, get the picture?

Skimming stones, get the picture?
news/recent posts on 7 Jul , 2017
Get the picture The words skimming stones may give you an image. The circular ripples made by a stone skipping across the water. Are you tuning up your communication skills?  Recent political events have prompted thoughts about why the party leaders appeal or don't appeal to our own views. TV and social media show how influential sound bites are. Photo stills can be unflattering whether it is ...
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Shared Parental Leave win for fathers

Shared Parental Leave win for fathers
news/recent posts on 13 Jun , 2017
A recent employment tribunal (ET) case has implications for shared parental leave policies. Limiting a father’s shared parental pay to 2 full weeks rather than 14 weeks enhanced maternity pay was direct sex discrimination. This is the first case of this kind. Shared parental leave has been in place now since April 2015. Case Details The case Ali v Capita Customer Management was about operation o...
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Stress, what can be done and what should we do?

Stress, what can be done and what should we do?
news/recent posts on 4 May , 2017
Stress is the third most common reason for short-term absence (after minor illness & musculoskeletal). Significantly it is identified as the most common reason for long-term absence according to the 2016 CIPD report on sick absence. It is of course, one part of the current focus on mental health. It is helpful to understand that stress is a symptom rather than a mental health condition in itse...
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