Employee Engagement

Self-Service: How to prepare for employee roll-out

self-service

There is a huge percentage of adults who are already using self-service functionality in their regular life: online shopping, social media, ordering dinner, booking flights, etc. So, why not bring these same concepts into their work life? Self-service can be valuable for everyone in the organisation. It allows HR to focus on more than just […]

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HR can help improve productivity across the business

Worrying news this week in the shape of a survey from Unit4 which suggests employees in the UK are wasting almost a third of the working year on repetitive, administrative tasks. This kind of unproductive working is costing companies dearly – with the research suggesting the lost time adds up to a cost of £411.4 […]

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Key questions to ask when a manager is failing

HR are often the first to notice when a manager is struggling with their role. There’s an unusually high turnover of staff in their team. Absence levels in the department are going through the roof. Project deadlines are slipping and performance is on a downward spiral. In these scenarios, it’s easy to assume that the […]

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How to up the ‘happiness factor’ at work

employee engagement

Look up from your desk for a moment and survey the people and the atmosphere around you. Are employees happy and smiling? Getting on with their work, but finding time to exchange pleasantries or enjoy the odd joke with colleagues? Or is the atmosphere a bit grim? Everyone with their heads down, looking miserable and […]

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Baby (Boomers) still in the corner at work

baby boomers work

A new survey out this week from Canada Life has added to the weight of research showing that older employees face a lack of support and ingrained negative attitudes at work. According to a report in HR Magazine, of the 1,000 plus people surveyed, only 12% felt older workers were appreciated and respected, while just […]

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Five ways to improve workplace relationships

workplace relationships

Dealing with employees who don’t get along or who have outright fallen out with each other is one of the most irritating and time-consuming tasks managers have to deal with. Strained relationships in the office don’t just cause a bad atmosphere, they can have a real impact on productivity and performance. Employees don’t have the […]

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How to build teams that really work

build teams

HR have long recognised the value of effective team work but identifying the elements that knit disparate people together to form an effective unit has often proved elusive. A landmark study by Partners in Leadership suggests that the key issue is accountability, but that the business world is in the midst of an accountability crisis, which is hampering its ability to raise performance and drive through change. The multi-country Workplace Accountability Study survey […]

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How to deal with underperforming employees

Dealing with an employee whose performance isn’t up to scratch is a challenge most managers will have to face at some point in their career. Thankfully, very few resort to the rather extreme action taken by one boss in East China’s Jiangsu Province, who doused his employee with a five-litre bottle of water, in front […]

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