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Lessons learned from 20 years of managing flexible workers

So many times in the early days of flex I had felt that, as a kind manager, empathetic to employees’ lives outside work, I had to say yes. But colleagues could always tell when I was reluctant, and as the suboptimal flex continued, performance and relationships were affected.

Article by 21 July 2021

   

Balanced working must be a priority in the ‘new normal’

The UK has been celebrating National Work Life Week for over ten years now; while the US designates the whole of October as work-family month. It’s fair to say that for most people work-life balance has taken an enormous hit this year. Which is why employers must make it a key priority as we figure out ‘new normal’ ways of working.

Article by 14 October 2020

   

Managing a diverse workforce:
Driving creativity through diversity in your workplace

The promotion of equality and the fight against discrimination is rightly one of the top agenda items with regards to businesses’ approach to their employees, their customers and wider societal impact. It is increasingly necessary for employers to actively encourage equality, and businesses are recognising that workplace diversity can be highly beneficial in making for a more creative, consistent, and productive workforce.

Article by 3 September 2020

   

What critical attributes are required for the future of remote work?

The number of organisations moving towards a remote workforce has increased at a steady pace over the years leading up to 2020 and this trend is certainly showing no signs of slowing down, with working from home rising rapidly as a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak. What was deemed a temporary solution for many organisations is now looking to be a more permanent reality for large segments of the workforce who realise they do not need to be on-site to perform their daily work tasks.

Article by 19 August 2020

   

How HR Directors can help managers of dispersed teams deal with matters of control and trust.

Uncertainty can make managers do strange things. In a recent interview for Philosophy at Work’s Virtues of Virtual report, Bruce Daisley (ex Twitter VP, author and host of the leading business podcast ‘Eat Sleep Work Repeat), told me the story of a manager who asked a member of their team to WhatsApp him in advance of restroom breaks. It would seem that the uncertainty involved in managing a dispersed, remote team caused that team leader to do something, let’s assume, they would not have done if they could see their colleagues working diligently in the office.

Article by 13 August 2020

   

Bridging the gap: Meeting the expectations of a hybrid workforce

We have entered a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. While it still feels too soon to say we’re emerging from it, some organisations are taking tentative steps in that direction. This is evident in the rising proportion of people gradually returning to their places of work. Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data indicating that 44% of adults had travelled to work in the past seven days, compared with 41% in the previous week.

Article by 10 July 2020

   

How to prepare for people coming back into the workplace

As the lockdown restrictions begin to be eased across the UK, more workers are being asked to return to the workplace and many of us are thinking beyond the immediate crisis and looking to the long term impact on our people and operations.

This is a unique time for employers to really affect change, build resilience in your work force, enhance your organisation’s competitive edge and ensure future proofing to meet the changing nature of the business world, here are my thoughts;

Article by 22 June 2020