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Power play in performance appraisals

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 13th July 2019.7 min read

Performance appraisals are worthwhile. Manager and subordinate sitting down together to review performance over the past year provides huge benefit. But for many it’s a time of dread. Unless controlled, both parties will use their power to distort the performance appraisal outcomes in their favour.

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SMP, SAP, SPP, SSP and other rates

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 13th July 2019.4 min read

Ensure you pay the correct rate for Statutory Sick Pay and Family Friendly Benefits with this current statutory rates checker.

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Redundancy: Get It Right!

White PaperWritten by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 13th July 2019.32 min read

All firms make jobs (and those employed in them) redundant. Redundancy is normal. It’s the manager adjusting the firm to match the new environment in which it trades and operates. But redundancy is complex. It can kill the firm if badly run. Tap our experience to run safe. This white paper shows managers how to implement a fair and robust redundancy process that dismisses the right people. Call us for more.

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How does society affect career development of young people?

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 13th July 2019.16 min read

This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers management and coaching.

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Effective recruitment tools

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 28th November 2018. Revised 10th July 2019.5 min read

All managers will interview candidates for jobs with their firm. Each interview, as the single selection instrument, must be designed to give evidence against all decision criteria. Interview alone is unable to be that good. Indeed, no single selection instrument is that good. We recommend the use of a number of ‘tools’ to support the interview. Read about those tools here.

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So now you’re a manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 8th June 2017. Revised 26th June 2019.9 min read

The article notes that before promotion, the engineer was an ordinary employee. He or she achieved great things through their own efforts. Now their success comes from causing others to perform. They're still an engineer. But they've added a whole new part to their identity. Now they're a manager of engineers. They're a boss, a leader of men and women. It's the same whatever the discipline.

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