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Nick Hobden
   

Covert cameras and fingers in the till

Surveillance at work is a tricky issue. Employers need to protect their business and property, including against the risk of unscrupulous employees.  The difficulty arises where this practical necessity comes up against data protection law and human rights.

Article by 18 May 2018

   

Building An Effective Wellbeing Programme

Having delivered wellbeing programmes for both SME’s and International Organisations it’s always interesting to see how each company takes a different approach to implementing a wellbeing programme.  Some are executed perfectly while others completely miss the mark.   Having made my own fair share of mistakes I have learnt a lot about wellbeing and how to really make it work.  In this blog I want to provide you with some insights and my top tips one creating an engaging and inspiring wellbeing programme.

Article by 16 May 2018

Carl Fitzsimons
   

Gone Fishing

This story has particular poignancy for me – not least as the guy who once busily lived a life, regularly between two countries with his family in one. Learning that no matter how incredible your career might be, or how amazing the people you share your working life with is, ultimately sharing the balance of your time with the people who inspire you to work, for me, my family, is about finding my own box on the jetty.

Article by 14 May 2018

Andy Gooday
   

What role should psychometrics play in the recruitment process?

Over the last five years, psychometric testing has become a core part of the hiring process at all levels of recruitment. In fact, over three quarters of employers use psychometric testing alongside CVs, application forms and interviews. The technique is used to assess an individual’s specific aptitude and skill in areas such as potential, leadership, behavioural traits and more. They can also give a gauge of personality to ensure that the candidate would be the right “fit” for the organisation they are being recruited for.

Article by 11 May 2018

   

The smallest performance improvements can lead to business ‘Gold’

It is shocking to realise how far the UK is behind its European counterparts regarding productivity, with output during the past decade being its lowest since the 1820s. Recent findings from the Office for National Statistics got me thinking about the potential causes of this slowdown, which are still not entirely understood and could be caused by any one of a number of complex issues – the working environment, culture, training and the technology tools businesses have available, for example. 

Article by 9 May 2018

   

There is such a thing as a free lunch and it makes you happier

It seems pretty clear to us that their success proves that supporting employees’ wellbeing can lead to a serious competitive advantage. Of course we know that not every business can provide nap pods and on-site hairdressers. But offering nutritious meals and snacks is a powerful - and affordable! - way to have a happy and healthy team.

Article by 27 April 2018

Sarah Dennis
   

Stop overseas assignments failing

Employers need to think about the greater range of needs of this more diverse workforce during each stage of moving away, adapting to a new country and returning home, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age or life stage, are properly supported.

Article by 25 April 2018

   

THE DILEMMA OF HIRING WORTHY INTERNAL SUCCESSORS FOR TOP LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHIN ‘TOO BIG TO FAIL’ ORGANIZATIONS (CRAVING FOR AN ENDANGERED SPECIES)

The atmosphere in the boardroom is tense and laden with an overwhelming burden of uncertainty.  Silence reigns with impunity across the assembled group of impassive faces.  Wearily, the Chairman’s voice takes the courageous route to an evocative conversation, ‘Time to take the vote.  Let’s see a show of hands’.  The decision is taken with an inevitable sense of forlorn resignation.  It’s time to find a new CEO…

Article by 24 April 2018

Christine Husbands
   

Practical solutions to manage mental health in the workplace

Mental health is clearly high on the agenda for employers, not surprising due to awareness campaigns by people such as the royal family, high profile reports of recommendation such as the recent independent review into workplace mental health; Thriving at work report[1] and the government’s response (Improving Lives).

Article by 23 April 2018