There’s a real sense of optimism in the air as the economy continues to pick up and survey after survey tells us business confidence is on the rise. It looks like small and mid-sized businesses will be driving much of the predicted growth in recruitment over the next few months. Research released yesterday by the […]
Interesting food for thought in the shape of a recent debate between academics and HR practitioners on the need to give employees a ‘voice’ in the workplace. The Voice and Value Conference (organised jointly by the CIPD and London School of Economics (LSE) heard that “a catastrophic imbalance of power” had arisen in UK businesses […]
If a recent report from HayGroup is to be believed, HR is on the cusp of a revolution. Social, technological, demographic and environmental trends are radically transforming both the way organisations are structured and the way people are managed. HR, suggests Hay, is in a prime position to help organisations predict and navigate the changes […]
‘Why leaders eat last ….’ was the intriguing theme of a presentation given by ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek at the Vistage 25th anniversary conference. The event, sponsored by Cezanne HR, brought MDs and senior managers together to challenge their thinking about leadership and in particular why some teams pull together and others don’t. In […]
“If money were no object and success was guaranteed, where would you be in five years time?” This was the question posed by Olympic athlete and motivational speaker Kriss Akabusi at a recent gathering I attended of HR professionals. It was an inspiring and energetic evening, during which Kriss challenged people to step out of […]
As 2013 draws to a close it looks like the business community has some cause for optimism in the year ahead. There are clear signs the economy is picking up and commentators are suggesting that prospects are looking much brighter for small and medium-sized businesses with ambitions to grow. Despite the brighter outlook, however, a […]
What would your dream workplace look like? What environment would your employees be working in? What would the culture be like? What kind of attributes and values would be prized – and what would not be tolerated? We will all have a slightly different view of our personal workplace utopia, but according to HR gurus […]
Story-telling is probably not a technique that immediately springs to mind when it comes to managing a growing SME. But it was the ability to capture compelling stories that helped propel Fittleworth Medical to success in the recent People Management awards. The business (a home delivery company for wound care products) scooped the award for […]
It’s the ambition of most SMEs to grow …. but according to a recent report from Goldman Sachs, only a small minority (one per cent) are likely to demonstrate the high growth that will create new jobs and drive economic growth. There’s hard evidence to back up this claim. Figures show that this small number […]
The important role that SMEs have to play in driving economic growth is increasingly being recognised – and as a result there’s been a noticeable rise in HR circles of efforts to help small businesses manage their people more effectively.
As the employers of over 14 million people in the UK, it is important that SMEs get their HR management right.