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Correctly Managing Disciplinary Action

White PaperWritten by Sue Berry on 6th May 2017.40 min read

red and yellow card

Disciplining staff is one of the key rights, and one of the key methods a manager has of effecting control of unacceptable behaviour. This right must however be used only when other management systems have failed.

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Just Reasonable Belief

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 2nd May 2017.4 min read

Stealing at work

The onus on a manager is not as burdensome as that required of a police officer. The manager’s right to act, to sanction or dismiss, is dependent on the manager having grounds for reasonable belief that the situation occurred. There is no need for proof beyond reasonable doubt or proof on balance of probabilities, just reasonable belief.

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Work sample tests in recruitment and selection

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 2nd May 2017.4 min read

Designer and colour

Many recruitment consultants and recruiting managers conduct interviews. But few optimise the selection process. This blog sets out the role of a very special selection instrument – the work sample or skills test. 'Work samples' is one of four tools, which when used together provide the highest predictive validity of all staff selection methods.

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Discretionary Behaviours

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017.2 min read


Discretionary behaviour contributes positively to overall organisational effectiveness, contributing to operational and organisational outcomes. We explain what discretionary behaviour is. Behaviour sits between motivation and performance. If we are motivated, we behave in a particular way. That behaviour causes performance.

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Annualised Hours Yields Flexibility

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017.5 min read

Working Flexibly

The press is full of stories about flexible working. Normally, flexible working is considered as moving to part-time hours, working from home or perhaps converting to job share. But there is one tool that gets overlooked. It’s one that can really benefit both employee and employer – the introduction of annualised hours. Annualised hours contracts have been around for a long time. This blog gives the pros and cons.

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SME Career Management

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017.4 min read

Career Management

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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