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A manager’s guide to homeworking

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 28th April 2020. Revised 26th November 2020.12 min read

Home working is where the firm extends its business activities from its premises to an employee’s home. A small part of the employee’s home is taken over by the firm for its benefit and the employer must acknowledge this. That simple paragraph needs careful consideration, case by case, home worker by home worker, to ensure that the scenario is lawful, controlled and beneficial to both parties.

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Why your volunteers are leaving

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 12th November 2020. Revised 18th November 2020.8 min read

There has been some indication that youth workers are now quitting their volunteer posts in significant numbers. As the pandemic evolves and new periods of lockdown are implemented, it is imperative that all managers of volunteers increase their level of supportive management. Many managers will not be capable of doing this and will themselves need help.

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SME Career Management

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.4 min read

Career management in the SME has huge benefits in engendering commitment to the firm and engagement with the job. But top management must first commit to the concept. There are many approaches. Here's how.

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There really is no need for dead man's shoes

White PaperNew!Written by John Berry on 14th November 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.6 min read

There’s a very basic problem in SMEs concerning staff succession and promotion. It’s that there’s apparently nowhere to go – everyone is in a job and no one is about to move over to allow ‘promotion’ of those below. It’s ‘dead man’s shoes’. But it doesn't have to be so. Here's why not.

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A calling or just a job: finding staff with more than an interest

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 11th October 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.6 min read

We’ve all heard the phrase “Called to the ministry” describing how someone became a priest or vicar. But it extends further. Many say that they knew from a young age just what job they wanted to do. Once in work, many people comment that they feel so motivated by the job they do that they’d do it even if they weren’t paid. Calling extends to many careers. So how does a calling come about and how do hiring managers attract those with a calling?

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Develop or dismiss: balancing costs and benefits

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 6th October 2017. Revised 16th November 2020.5 min read

Whilst the argument in favour of developing staff is strong, it’s not universally accepted. As this article shows, the argument rests on the various costs and benefits and ultimately on the ability of staff to ‘make the grade’. Both sides of the argument must be considered. To understand what’s needed in your own firm, you need to be able to determine market need for skills and knowledge in each job and jobholder and from the need, determine the capability you’ll put in place. Then plan and execute.

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