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Assessment centres as methods of personnel selection

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 26th March 2020.6 min read

An assessment centre is where a number of candidates participate together, undertaking exercises as selection tests while being observed and rated by multiple assessors. The candidates are effectively in competition. Assessment centres can replace interviews and a host of other tools as methods of employee selection but they are misunderstood and controversial. Here's why.

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Good, Bad and Ugly Job Adverts

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 26th March 2020.5 min read

Writing a job advert is a test of communications brilliance - or communications stupidity. Yet, many managers believe that by asking for passion or enthusiasm or by describing the boredom of a job, great candidates are going to apply. So just what is the role of the job advert and what should a job advert contain.

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Energy and process – two keys to successful staff development

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th October 2017. Revised 26th March 2020.4 min read

Staff development is the act of persuading a member of staff to change – to change their skills, knowledge or behaviours – towards that wanted. That persuasion comes by way of training, mentoring or coaching. Staff have existing competencies and behaviours. The difference between what’s needed and what’s available today is what any development must focus on.

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Why some people are developable and others not

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st December 2017. Revised 26th March 2020.6 min read

If everyone would strive, achievements would drive outcomes. If managers could get everyone striving for growth, their organisations would grow. Achievement and growth are key to sustainable business so it’s in everyone’s interest to strive. Here's how to achieve it.

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Opportunity favours the prepared manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th June 2018. Revised 26th March 2020.6 min read

Realising strategy is not planning exactly what to do – because beyond a few short sprints, you don’t know. It’s about developing a purpose, a broad strategy, a trajectory, and from this, a plan of the capability to be realised. Then you’re ready for almost anything.

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Making Staff Redundant: top tips

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Determine a redundancy process and follow the process completely. A sensitive and fair approach will avoid the need for your employees to ask ‘why me?’ and then ‘am I being treated fairly?' followed swiftly by ‘can I take a case to Employment Tribunal?’ Here are some top tips for managers when making staff redundant.

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