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SME Career Management

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 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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Select apprentices for their career decisiveness

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 25th October 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

Hiring an apprentice can be more daunting that hiring an experienced worker. Get it wrong and you’ve the management costs and hassle to correct your mistake. But get it right and you’ve have engaged a future high performer. But on what basis do you select your apprentice? The career decisiveness of a young person predicts how well he or she will perform in a job after apprenticeship.

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How does society affect career development of young people?

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.16 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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What does gender pay gap tell us about society?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 25th April 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.10 min read

We know that men and women must be paid equally for jobs of equal value so we can assume that pay discrimination is not the explanation for the recently reported gender pay gaps in most organisations. Our analysis suggests that the cause is something much, much deeper. Deep in society. And no amount of castigating employers will fix it. As a society, universally, women are paid less than men. And we have to fix the attitudes that cause this - in the family, schools and society as a whole.

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Employed under whose jurisdiction?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

UK firms cannot employ workers in other countries under UK law. Employment law and regulations are very different abroad. Firms wanting to employ staff abroad need to get specialist help. Here are some of the issues.

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Every Person Under Contract

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Every person associated with a firm should be under some contract or other. Employees will have employment contracts. Sub-contractors will have sub-contract contracts. And self-employed must be under contract too. Even those working through agencies must have a relationship with the principal. Here's why and how.

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