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National Minimum Wage Rates

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Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 16th May 2022.

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National minimum wage figures for UK employers. This data is updated whenever legislation changes.

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Bank Holidays - England, Wales and Scotland

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Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 20th April 2022.

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Bank Holiday dates for England, Wales and Scotland

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TEPID OIL makes desired capability a reality

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Written by John Berry on 25th March 2022.0

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Management is not about the manager – it’s about the people working for the manager and the technology they use. It’s about creating a capability that meets the required goal. The mnemonic TEPID-OIL helps managers consider necessary lines of development. In organisations where capability is released for use when ready, any omission in the TEPIDOIL elements must necessarily stop release while corrective action is taken. The manager’s job is therefore to develop, test and attempt release - and then maintain.

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Director of Happiness is a sham of a job

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Written by John Berry on 1st March 2022. Revised 5th March 2022.

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A Director of Happiness does not have the executive authority to make what’s needed happen every day. They can't build the trust needed in the relationship between manager and employee. Such a job is a sham. It’s an invention to avoid the hard work of learning and getting good at management. Here we discuss why.

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Making the shift to home working – practical steps for the firm

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Written by John Berry on 7th December 2021. Revised 1st March 2022.

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A firm that’s oriented around a central headquarters and offices is a very different beast from one that embraces flexible working and working from home. There are some practical things that all firms must do when moving to home working. Here we discuss some of the changes needed to the terms and conditions of contract and employee handbook.

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The role of training in culture change

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Written by John Berry on 18th December 2017. Revised 14th February 2022.

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Whilst training interventions can indeed change the whole organisation, the culture change scenario differs from ‘normal’ training. ‘Normal’ training is in pursuit of change in competencies in individuals. Change in culture involves change in the way things are done in the organisation – the normative behaviour of all. Here's how they differ.

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