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04
Nov
2008
Delivering bad news well

Continuing the theme of dealing with the people implications of the credit crunch, here are a few tips for conveying the redundancy message well.

 
09
Mar
2008
Gone AWOL

An article in the Ascent – potential beyond boundaries (a supplement of the Times of India) entitled ‘Hide and Seek’ provides advice on how to deal fairly with those employees doing ‘the disappearing act’ who ‘have become a nuisance in several organisations. It gets even worse when these absconding employees come back much later to claim unfair dismissal’.

 
09
Mar
2008
Employee engagement

I was really impressed by the range of articles on management and leadership topics covered in Ascent, a supplement of the Times of India.

 
03
Mar
2008
Sacked for sporting a ‘Maharaja’ moustache

I have just returned from a trip to India and can share with you some of the interesting things I noticed whilst I was there about employment-related matters. The first relates to a claim of discrimination… for having a ‘Maharaja’ moustache.

 
19
Feb
2008
Public Sector Pay

I have a lot of sympathy for employees in the public sector like nurses, Police and teachers about the current situation they find themselves in with regard to their pay increase.

 
17
Feb
2008
Hard or soft - which skills are best?
A recent report ‘Which CEO characteristics and abilities matter’ conducted by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, says that ‘hard’ skills predict performance. ‘Soft’ skills such as listening, flexibility and treating people with respect are not valued as highly – though it is fair to say that this report looked at only one sector of business – private equity firms in the US.
 
10
Jan
2008
Show your appreciation

I still cherish a note from the managing director of the company I worked for 20 years ago.

 
08
Jan
2008
Ten Signs of Incompetent Managers

Fast Company, an American business magazine, has interesting and thought provoking articles and often takes a very challenging approach to aspects of people management.

 
06
Jan
2008
Motivational posters

Have you seen those ‘motivational’ pictures that organisations display in reception areas or training rooms? You know, the ones with a symbolic picture – eagles soaring over the Andes, for example – and a quote about attitude or excellence. Do they work?

 
01
Dec
2007
What makes people tick?

One of the trickiest areas for managers can be how to motivate your staff. Here are a few do's and don'ts on the subject of motivation.

 


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