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Are some psychometric assessments discriminatory?

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

In May, a job applicant with Asperger Syndrome had her case upheld by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Her treatment by the Government Legal Services amounted to indirect discrimination. She had been required to take a multi-choice situational-judgement test – a form of psychometric test - as the first part of the recruitment process. So does this mean that psychometric tests are discriminatory? Simply, no. But it does require that they are administered, managed and analysed correctly. Here's how.

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How will the Supreme Court ruling on tribunals affect employers?

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Employment tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland deal with disputes between employer and employee. Fees are no longer payable. Just because there are no fees does not mean access to informal and speedy justice. Employment tribunals are neither informal, nor are they speedy. In principle, all grievance could move from tribunal to company procedures. This needs high trust by employees on management. There’s significant benefit for management striving to be a high trust firm. Here's how..

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Bringing gamification to recruitment

Opinion Written by John Berry on 23rd August 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Online gaming can be used as part of a selection process. If you play the game well, you get to make a job application. It’s a way of testing the applicant whilst promoting the organisation and informing the applicant about the job. TimelessTime's web-delivered customised assessment delivers quality in selection. It’s not America’s Army but it’s pretty close to CanYouCrackIt. Ultimately it is for that manager to validate what the automated systems are saying. What can gamification offer your firm?

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Conducting high quality grievance and disciplinary investigations

Opinion Written by John Berry on 23rd August 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Investigations are an essential part of company procedures. Investigations start with a broad investigation question and end with a report to management about events. Good investigation centres on high quality information-gathering and highly effective methods of reducing this information to a few pages of A4 for the chair to digest. It’s a simple concept but a task requiring high skill and knowledge. Here's how.

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The ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of training in change management

Opinion Written by John Berry on 22nd August 2017. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Some use the term ‘entertrainment’ to describe how trainers deliver an enjoyable event without actually imparting knowledge. It's often that way in the training of change management as trainers make the mistake of assuming that change is led by a great leader rather than managed by a great manager with leadership skills. Here's how to avoid training being nothing but a distant memory - and a plastic folder full of slides.

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11 reasons why job descriptions are key to your business

Opinion Written by John Berry on 5th August 2017. Reading time: 2 minutes.

It’s only when managers come to rely on a job description at some point of impending opportunity or catastrophe that the importance of that simple document becomes apparent. Coupled with that, most JDs are just a list of duties and measuring performance against them is impossible. Here's guidance on fixing that.

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'Employing' contractors and agency workers

Opinion Written by John Berry on 6th July 2017. Reading time: 7 minutes.

Companies exist because they are the most efficient way of an entrepreneur gaining the services of others. And yet many gain the services of those working in their own firms, as sole-traders (or self-employed) and via agencies. This blog aims to elaborate on the simple case of workers employed by a firm to provide a complete understanding of the possible relationships between entrepreneurs and their companies and workers.

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