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 […]
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. […]
Too much admin getting in the way of the strategic stuff is one of the most frequent complaints heard in HR circles. Employees are becoming increasingly demanding and expect instant answers to everything from how much annual leave they have […]
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 […]
Research has shown that a growing number of businesses are switching on to the role flexible working can play in helping to reduce staff absence levels – ‘How flexible working can help your business reduce absence‘. Flexible working is, however, […]
There’s been mixed news on the flexible working front in the pages of the HR press this week. The ‘bad’ news is that yet another major organisation has given the thumbs down to the concept of working from home. Hewlett […]
‘Tis the season to be sniffly – if the number of people who’ve been ‘off sick’ when I’ve tried to contact them this week is anything to go by. Now of course it’s not uncommon for employees to succumb to […]
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 […]
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.
In a small business, having a ‘happy ship’ is vital. There simply isn’t time for the minor spats, grudges and resentment that can so easily arise simply because someone has been misunderstood or hasn’t got their message across clearly.
Indeed research has shown that a negative interaction with someone has a real impact on productivity – it can take someone several hours to recover not just their good spirits but also their concentration after a difficult or unpleasant exchange with a colleague or their manager.