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Employing Foreign Workers Abroad

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Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 15th September 2021.

36 min read


Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In many cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. But that won't suit many firms, particularly where they have constraining upstream contracts. They must employ workers locally. Here are all the issues for firms wanting to gain worker services in both EU and non-EU countries.

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Building a positive staff world view under hybrid working

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Written by John Berry on 21st August 2021. Revised 24th August 2021.

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The creation of the right staff world view is critical to a firm's operations. World view requires that managers set up the right formal and informal communications for staff. A positive world view within the firm heightens staff commitment and enables high performance. Here's how to think about world view and how to set about managing the world view for positive outcomes.

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Just what is mental health?

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Written by John Berry on 2nd August 2021. Revised 3rd August 2021.

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Every day we read that athletes, managers, workers, celebrities and even politicians are leaving their roles to ‘focus on their mental health’. So, what’s it all about? Like a physical malady, A psychological (thought-related) impairment can also cause debilitation. Physical health is where the body can do what the brain wants. Mental health is where the brain can keep up and support the body.

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Stress in the Workplace

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Written by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 2nd August 2021.

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Stress seems to be the one word that reduces otherwise competent managers to gibbering wrecks. It's every manager's nightmare. There is a direct link between stress and long term sickness absence. And often stress issues become long term sickness absence. Act now. Here's how.

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Mixing internal and external candidates devastates staff commitment

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Written by John Berry on 25th September 2017. Revised 29th July 2021.

7 min read


Many managers deliberately mix internal and external recruitment in the hope of selecting the best person for the job from as large a pool as possible. Simply, consider internals first, in isolation. If any internal can do the job – judged by a fixed bar - they go forward with an internals-only contest. Because any one has the ability to excel, a variable bar selection can be used to rank them. Anything else is just wrong, damaging and here’s why.

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Writing Responsibility Statements in Job Descriptions

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Written by John Berry on 25th June 2021. Revised 22nd July 2021.

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The vast majority of job descriptions on Earth contain a list of tasks or duties. The job holder can do these, year on year, and yet fail miserably in contributing to the business. Tasks and duties are useless. Sadly, that means that most job descriptions are useless. What’s needed is stated responsibilities or accountabilities embodying required achievement. Here's how to build such statements.

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