People Management

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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Five ways to encourage people to speak out

As an HR person, how confident are you that people are telling you the things you really need to hear? If there was a problem with bullying or discrimination in a particular department, would employees speak up or would they remain silent? If an employee suspected their manager of some serious wrong-doing, would they feel […]

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What should HR be responsible for?

HR is all things to all people, and it is rare to find the HR function in two different organisations sharing a common purpose. Due to a lot of ambiguity about the role, and its resulting low esteem posture, HR has historically – almost willingly – assumed charge of a lot of activities that are […]

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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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Stop your employees from getting stuck in a rut

stagnating in their roles

With employment in the UK at a record high, employers are having to work harder than ever to attract and hold on to the best people. There are many reasons why staff may decide to quit their role and look for pastures new: a bigger salary, a shorter commute, more flexible working arrangements… But perhaps […]

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Helping line managers get the best out of their teams

line managers

Poor, old line managers. Yet another survey, this time from the CIPD, slamming their ability to manage and get the best out of their people. While we’ve all had bosses whose soft skills leave something to be desired, it’s hard not to feel a certain amount of sympathy for these frequently lambasted folk on the […]

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How to get your team energised for 2017

energised

The festivities are finished and reluctantly back to work we go, having scraped the early-morning ice off our cars and battled our way through the daily commute. The first few days back after the holidays are often pretty unproductive. It takes time for people to slowly grind their brain back into gear and remember what on earth […]

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