How to deal with a difficult performance review

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No-one likes having to give an employee difficult feedback, but there are times when issues just can’t be ignored. If performance has dipped, serious mistakes are being made or there are problems around attitude and behaviour, its important to tackle it head on. If people don’t get feedback nothing will change – and it could […]

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How to deal with underperforming employees

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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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Looking for growth in your business?

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 […]

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Why are we paying too much for HR software?

There’s been much talk about the potential of The Cloud to bring down the cost of HR solutions.  So it was perhaps surprising to see a story in the latest edition of Computer Weekly reporting that Grant Thornton is spending no less than £3m to move to cloud-based HR systems. Admittedly, the accountancy practice is […]

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How to handle a difficult performance conversation

Difficult conversations about poor performance are right up there on the list of tasks managers dread the most.  It’s easy to sweep the problem under the carpet and hope it will go away.  But if you don’t tell people where they are going wrong, they will never get any better. It’s important not just to […]

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New insights on leadership: Why Leaders Eat Last

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‘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 […]

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How to dream big – for yourself and your business

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“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 […]

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It’s official – HR technology boosts performance

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Good news for HR technology users in the shape of a survey from CedarCrestone. Not only is HR software good for you (in terms of efficiency and cost-savings) – it also appears to have a direct impact on productivity and performance. The CedarCrestone 2012-2013 HR systems survey made a clear link between high-performing companies and use of […]

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