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What do points mean?

Employers' attitudes to personnel in tough times can be a key factor in influencing a successful outcome, as businesses that neglect staff during difficult trading conditions run the risk of de-motivated staff. But most personnel will feel motivated and satisfied if they believe their efforts are being rewarded, and will be better prepared when a recovery happens.

Article by: | Published: 10 February 2009

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Obama’s lessons on leading change

Careful study of President Obama's inauguration address reveals his masterly approach to inspiring people to pursue change rather than remaining comfortably in the status quo.

Article by: | Published: 9 February 2009

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Compromise early to avoid redundancy headaches

As some employers have learned the hard way, botched redundancies can wipe out any payroll savings they had hoped to make, through the cost of going to tribunal and eventual payouts to wronged workers. Therefore, when financial certainty is the watchword of the day, it is perhaps understandable that many businesses are turning to “compromise agreements” as a means of settling disputes early, for example, over pay or redundancy terms.

Article by: | Published: 6 January 2009

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Arrested development?

The coming year is going to be a difficult one for many large and small businesses alike. Central to every business is the HR team, and staff and senior management will be looking to HR to hold things together when the going gets really tough.

Article by: | Published: 6 January 2009

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Safe haven for dangerous times

Where in the rule book does it say that government’s can bail out the banker? How can the winning tactics that rewarded our most celebrated business players yesterday suddenly be labelled short-sighted and critically flawed today? What is the new objective in the business environment now rising from the chaos and how can the coolest players in enterprise learn to win with confidence in a new world order where the basic rules of commerce seem to be changing by the day?

Article by: | Published: 4 December 2008

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Is the time right for Graduates?

With official figures showing unemployment at 1.79 million, the highest since March, these are worrying time for many people with regards to their jobs. Unemployment is rising, companies have to make redundancies, food prices are increasing and in general times are tough.

Article by: | Published: 3 December 2008

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The Jewel in the Crown

The prestigious list of honours says it all. For five consecutive years the jeweller has been voted The Sunday Times Best Retailer to Work for. In 2007, it was crowned as the Financial Times Best UK Workplace – cementing its place this year as the number one retailer.

Article by: | Published: 1 December 2008

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The impact of change

A core strategic driver for the Partnership is the radical transformation of Council services as part of central government's modernisation agenda, through re-engineered processes, updated systems and better skilled staff.

Article by: | Published: 5 November 2008

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Support value through effective communications

It’s a scenario that’s happening time and time again. The phone rings and it’s a journalist from the local evening paper asking for details on the number of redundancies planned for a local business. This is the first time the PR team has heard of the issue and therefore has to call the client for more information. The call confirms the worst – there will be job losses and a buyer is being sought for the firm.

Article by: | Published: 3 November 2008