Leadership skills tend to be grabbing the spotlight at the moment with high profile ‘TED talk’ style videos seemingly everywhere on the internet, and large sums of money being exchanged to attend leadership seminars. However, managers are just as necessary for success because, without them, the spotlight would probably not work in the first place. [Read more…] about Build a Better Mousetrap or Catch the Mouse? – The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager.
There are many reasons why people take a career break. The one that probably immediately springs to mind is a period of child care, but this is far from the only reason. Extended health issues, returning to education, caring for a sick relative or just taking time out to travel or follow other interests are all regular motivators for people to take a break from their current work path. [Read more…] about ‘Actually, yes, I do still remember how the printer works’ – How to approach returning to work after a career break.
How often do we see ‘must be a team player’ in job specifications? Indeed, by the same token, it is probably one of the most common items on the list of strengths candidates put on their CV. Being able to be part of a team is something that we almost universally accept as being desirable. Collaboration in the workplace is a very different concept, however, because it is very possible to be part of the team, and indeed for that team to run quite well, and not have everyone collaborating effectively. [Read more…] about Friction to fulfilment – Does workplace collaboration automatically promote success?
For most people, health and wellbeing at work will initially mean health and safety. The physical safety of the workforce is quite naturally very much to the fore when it comes to considering wellbeing. Good training, the right protective clothing and a safe working environment amongst other things are a reasonable expectation of any work environment. In fact, this is so much the case that they are enshrined in law to protect workers. The question is, are there benefits to extending the principles of wellbeing at work into initiatives beyond those required by a safe environment? [Read more…] about Health and wellbeing in the workplace – Helpful, hype or important?
Have you heard of the Duchenne smile? It is named after a French Physician, Guillaume Duchenne, who proposed the theory that a real smile and a fake smile produce very different facial expressions. It’s all in the eyes, apparently, and it is very difficult to approximate a ‘real smile’. [Read more…] about Saying What You Mean – Is Your Body Language Telling a Different Story to Your Words?
While out shopping in a supermarket the other day, I happened to overhear what I assumed was the team leader complaining about a someone being lazy to her co-worker. She ended her little rant by calling them a ‘typical Millennial’. Yes, if you matured around the turn of the century, sorry, but you have a bit of a bad reputation. [Read more…] about Move over Millennials, Gen Z are coming – But what skills do they bring to the workplace?
Employer branding has probably seen as much, if not more, focus in the last couple of years than any other aspect of the recruitment world. When it comes to recruiting the right team for your business, everyone understands that key people are the lifeblood of success. However, many industries are dealing with a skills shortage, and overall there is very low unemployment. [Read more…] about Employer branding – The importance of being ‘you’ to passive candidates
There has been a lot of sometimes very loud discussion of the recent requirement that UK businesses produce a report on their gender pay gap statistics. One of the interesting things about the whole furore surrounding it was the automatic assumption that women would be on the wrong side of the gap. Obviously, this is generally true, as the initial data and the press coverage surrounding the run up to reporting showed. [Read more…] about Compliance Through to Practice – Understanding Gender Pay Gap Reporting
With any business, there is bound to be a certain level of turnover of staff. No matter the size of the business, once you reach a stage where the work is being performed by employees, not the core ownership team, you will inevitably have some of them leave. [Read more…] about Closing the revolving door – Reducing the cost of employee turnover
Low unemployment and a clear skills gap mean that the need for the right people on the team is paramount for business at the moment. In fairness, this has always been the case, but it has particular importance in the current employment market. It is no wonder then that the notion of employer brand is frequently the subject of conversation in the boardrooms and recruitment exhibitions around the UK. [Read more…] about Tea, coffee and ethos – How to sell your company to prospective employees