It’s surprising how accurate a description of your workforce can be given through an analogy with horses, by separating them into these 4 categories.
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One of the challenges of employing people is keeping on top of all the paperwork - contracts of employment; holiday request forms; training records; sickness documents; bank details; appraisal
We occasionally come across a client who seems unable or unwilling to give us all the information we need to advise them correctly.
Some years ago, I had a client in manufacturing who operated an extremely stringent sickness absence policy. There was no company sick pay and the sickness absence policy provided for just 4 incidences of sickness absence before an employee would lose their job for unacceptable attendance.
I read an article in HR Magazine last week where Lenovo's head of talent development, Maxim Strashun had been speaking at the HR Directors Business Summit about the most demotivating business behaviours and ‘what not to do around employee engagement’.
I stood on the gravel, nervously surveying the scene and clutching tightly on to the tray of canapes with which I had been entrusted.
The past month has seen us say goodbye to 2 Rock icons, with the passing of that master of excess Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of Motörhead and the enigmatic genius David Bowi
A popular view of a politician is a person who promises the voters what they want prior to performing a convenient U-turn once elected.
Sales staff, by their very nature are competitive animals. In many businesses there are external and internal sales teams, with the sales force on the road complemented by the team in the office who follow up leads and expedite the orders.
We had a conversation in the office last week, the subject of which we think probably crops up fairly regularly amongst people of a certain age who were young(ish) and impressionable in the early 1990’s. The conversation concerned the fundamental question: “What exactly was the point of Bez from the Happy Mondays?”
For those unfamiliar with this 90’s character, Bez was famous for doing nothing other than dancing backwards and forwards and shaking some maracas. He didn't sing a note. He didn't play an instrument. He would bob around on the Happy Mondays' videos with a wild look in his eyes making faces at the camera.
Disciplinary investigations come in all shapes and sizes....
We recently assisted an employer with a disciplinary hearing, in which the deciding factor was the manner in which 3 sheets of A4 paper had been folded. Honestly.