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Paul Avis
   

Brexit, Borders, and Group Insurance

Much has been made of borders in the speculation around Brexit. While focus has been on the Irish border, there is a generalised desire to limit the imposition of so-called “hard” borders after the UK leaves the European Union. These discussions focus on trade barriers, and what remains very much in the air is how people movement will be affected. While limiting free movement is in essence a political problem, it does have very practical repercussions.

Article by 15 November 2018

Abu Md. Abdullah
   

Grouping in the workplace – The multifarious side effects

What makes them come to the office and enjoy this life? What makes them stay happy for years in their work life? Yes, the primary reasons could be the need to make a livelihood and independence. But that’s not all. A bond or closeness is like a feeling of comfort, of being attached to a group of colleagues all sharing the same thoughts which is also a key that keeps people active, which keep employees happy and rooted to their organisations. Now, does this bond lead only to the happy vibe for employees? Does it have any negative effects? Let’s find out:

Article by 13 November 2018

John Varney
   

Through a glass darkly

We all have the challenge of matching what we know (in our heads) with the reality of the world (outside our heads).  We begin to tackle this task as soon as we are born and it should never stop. We get to an approximation that is generally borne out by colleagues and media. Unfortunately gaps can open up and we can struggle to maintain our touch. For instance, a senior police officer was surprised to realise that the attitude of the commissioner showed up in the behaviour of front line officers. Similarly, managers often struggle to see that the quality of their thinking is reflected in the quality of their organisation’s service delivery.

Article by 8 November 2018

Chris Furnell
   

We’re serious: the end of dating

“We’re serious: this is the end of dating” As I sat calculating my route on the London Underground, an advert caught my eye. eHarmony were making a statement more of us need to consider. And I’m serious. Imagine it really was the end? What would eHarmony become? With this context in mind, I’ll pose a question. It’s a sensitive one, particularly in an age where few people seem to know what’s next, but stick with me for a few minutes:

Article by 6 November 2018

   

Organisational Effectiveness for the 21st Century

An Integrative Model for Achieving Sustainable Business Excellence and Progressive Business Growth. Professional fields are often strewn with terminologies that confound the uninitiated and rally the peers/colleagues around a common language.  However, this can also lead to multiple interpretations and ... View Article

Article by 1 November 2018

Alison Hallett
   

Don’t get left behind – diversity and inclusion in the workplace

It’s no secret that diversity and inclusion are popular buzz words in today’s business world. It’s also well known that businesses with a healthy balance of gender, race and age are more likely to outperform their competitors. But how can they deliver effective diversity and inclusion schemes?

Article by 23 October 2018

Christine Husbands
   

The case for early intervention in employee mental health conditions

Employees are becoming increasingly aware that some employers go that extra mile to build in added-value services such as mental health support, within their employer-sponsored insurance policies (including Group Income Protection, Group Critical Illness and Group Life Assurance). There is clear evidence to show that early intervention, particularly for mental health conditions is crucial, so employers who do not currently offer this type of support should be asking themselves ‘why not?’

Article by 18 October 2018

Louisa Weinstein
   

From Manager to Resolution Agent: The management superpower

In the book “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki, one of the main protagonists, a centenarian female Buddhist Priest says that everyone has a superpower.  When faced with seemingly intractable workplace conflict, leaders of organisations and HR can feel like they need managers with superpowers. What we don’t always see is that, with some core conflict resolution tools and infrastructure, they can find that they do.

Article by 16 October 2018