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Should employees have a voice?

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 […]

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How to make it OK to speak out

If you saw someone behaving unethically or inappropriately at work, would you do anything about it? If the honest answer is no, you’re not alone. Recent research from Roffey Park suggests that although nearly half of managers have seen misconduct at work, only two-thirds have spoken up. Junior managers – not surprisingly – were the […]

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Five ways to encourage digital collaboration in your business

What is your business doing to give employees the freedom to connect with each other, create new ideas and challenge conventional thinking? This was the question posed last week by management guru Gary Hamel as he launched his ‘digital freedom challenge’ – a rallying cry to encourage companies to break away from bureaucracy and control […]

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Five ways to create a happy team

How happy are your people at work today?  Are you surrounded by a team of smiling faces or is there a bit of a black cloud hanging overhead? A recent article in BizNews lists the ‘happiest companies’ in Silicon Valley and provides some clues as to what creates the most cheer in the corporate environment.  […]

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How to stop your best staff heading for the door

Hands up if you’ve had a sneaky look at a recruitment website or the jobs section of your professional press this week? If you have, you certainly weren’t alone. The first Monday in January is widely known as ‘national job hunt day’, with recruitment firm The Bounty Network estimating that more than 11 million people started the […]

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How to bridge the generation gap

New research this week which shows that the generational divide is well and truly alive and kicking in the workplace. According to a report from Ashridge Business School, there is an alarming mismatch between what managers and their younger ‘Gen Y’ employees expect of each other in the workplace.

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How to take the pressure off and improve performance

Uncomfortable reading for employers this week in the shape of research suggesting a third of workers are in danger of ‘burning out’ due to longer hours and excessive pressure. The findings of the Towers Watson study are perhaps not that surprising. In an uncertain economic climate, employees are concerned for their jobs and keen to […]

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What’s Going Wrong with Performance Management?

If the latest research is to be believed, companies are still struggling with two of the most fundamental people management issues – keeping employee absence under control and getting the best from their teams. A report from consultants PwC shows that productivity levels within business have hit a five year low. This is backed up […]

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Time for a fresh start?

There’s a definite whiff of sharpened pencil in the air as the summer holidays draw to a close and the children head back to school. September is often a time for new beginnings in the workplace too, as people return refreshed from their annual leave and get back into the swing of things at work. […]

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