Ask more questions – Why?
30 November 2018
Children are incredibly curious and ask so many questions, often with each question ending in “why?” In fact some of the questions they ask are astonishing and it makes you wonder how they came up with it. Apparently they average one question every two minutes. One of my favourites is from a little boy who asked why, if flies fly the right way up, they land upside down. That is a question I still don’t know the answer to.
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Christmas Catastrophes and How to Avoid Them
26 November 2018
Every year, despite my clearest and timeliest guidance, I’m approached by at least one client (usually a bit red-faced) who hasn’t taken my advice and they need me to sort out a Christmas party morning after the night before grievance or discipline.
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How Can You Avoid Loneliness When You Work From Home?
07 November 2018
Many employees love the idea of working from home. There are definitely some positives. You can wear what clothes you like because no one will see you. You can do the work when you like so long as you deliver it on time, on budget and to the right standard. You can avoid the discomfort of travelling in the rush hour. Homeworking saves you time and money.
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Employee Accountability
22 October 2018
Do your employees take responsibility for their actions? The ability for employees to take responsibility for their work and conduct is essential to their success and that of your organisation. If employees are not accountable, it sends a message to the rest of your staff that lower standards are OK. Other members of the team will start to resent the low-performing employee (and you) because they have to take on more work to make up for their teammate’s deficiencies.
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Being the “Reasonable Employer”
27 September 2018
2018 has generated more astonishingly unreasonable, greedy and generally toxic employees than I have encountered at any time in my previous 30 year HR career. In the year since the tribunal fees were repealed, numbers of applications to tribunal have exploded. Massively. Applications are up 165% on last year’s figures. The bad, mad, cynical and frivolous claims are back with a bang.
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