How Effective Project Planning Can Save Christmas

Posted by Stephen Darnell on Apr 21, 2017 11:50:44 AM

A few years ago, I was working for a large company and we were in a very competitive tender situation. Despite having a great product there were some key modifications that we had promised to demonstrate to our prospective customer in early January and our plans showed that we'd finish in late December. Plenty of time, we thought. The reality of the situation was that it was going to be incredibly tight to get things done in time.

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Topics: business, planner, work management, Planning, burn up

Why All Small Companies Should Articulate Their Culture

Posted by Simon on Feb 17, 2017 7:54:49 AM

Your personality is the sum of your psychological characteristics that discern you as an individual from others. It is influenced heavily by your core values - your fundamental beliefs that you build up over time - that dictate how you live your life, the decisions you make, the actions you take, and what you consider as "right" and "wrong".

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Topics: Employee Engagement

6 Skills Your Managers Must Possess to Drive Employee Engagement

Posted by Simon on Jan 30, 2017 6:06:24 AM

Retaining top talent is the number one priority for the majority of HR professionals and the recognised way to achieve that is by focusing on increasing employee engagement. An engaged employee is 60% less likely to look for another job in the next 12 months. There are many other benefits to increased employee engagement including reduced absence, higher performance and greater customer loyalty.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

"The Apprentice" - How Not To Interview Candidates

Posted by Simon on Dec 16, 2016 9:02:45 AM

Last night was the semi-final of "The Apprentice" in the UK, where the contestants' business plans are put under the microscope and each contestant undergoes a series of intense interviews with Alan Sugar's henchmen and henchwomen. It's the round that has viewers cringing as each contestant is routinely pulled apart and generally humiliated.

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Topics: Talent Management, Apprentice, Interviewing, The Apprentice

Why Growing Employee Engagement Can Boost Company Profits By 200%?

Posted by Simon on Dec 7, 2016 5:11:32 PM

80% of HR professionals say that Employee Engagement is an important area of focus for their organizations and most leaders today are fixated on measuring and growing it. But why? Why is it so critical for leaders to increase the engagement of their employees? How does it benefit their organizations?

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Topics: business, Employee Engagement

Why Poorly Communicated Employee Time Off is Costing Businesses Billions

Posted by Simon on Dec 6, 2016 10:23:09 AM

I've worked at a number of different companies during my working life and I've noticed a theme that must be affecting team productivity worldwide. I've realised that, despite all the technology we have for communicating and collaborating and regardless of how much we interact with each other in the workplace, there is very little awareness of when our colleagues have planned time off.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

How Leaders Can Influence Team Productivity

Posted by Simon on Dec 6, 2016 8:52:46 AM

A team of skilled professionals can be likened to a highly tuned performance car. Just one or two things wrong can cause the output to drop dramatically. I have seen a team of ten perfectly capable people be less productive than a single person, and I have also seen larger teams come together and create truly amazing things. So what makes a highly productive team and what can cause the productivity of a team to fall like a lead balloon? Here are my top five tips for leaders who want to ensure that their teams are firing on all cylinders:

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Why Unfair Performance Ranking could be Disengaging 25% of Your Employees

Posted by Simon on Nov 30, 2016 10:05:22 AM

Last week, I watched an episode of Black Mirror, the fictional television series that features satirical themes, which examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. The episode "Nosedive" explored what might happen if social media was allowed to become so engrained in our lives that it dictated everything about us: the friends we make, the jobs we do, the rewards we get and the biases that we hold.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, employee rating

3 Reasons Why the Annual Performance Appraisal is a Dying Art

Posted by Simon on Nov 29, 2016 12:33:02 PM

As a manager of a high performing team, comprising both junior and senior team members, I am acutely aware of the differing needs and motivations at both ends of the seniority spectrum.

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Topics: business, performance review, Employee Engagement

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