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Put that way, flexible working is nonsense

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 14th August 2018.5 min read

Working Flexibly

Why would any manager grant his or her workforce flexibility in when and where they worked? Just think about it. Flexibility suggests that the manager doesn't know when or where the worker is working. Put that way, flexible working is nonsense. But analysis of what the manager gets back suggests huge returns for the firm. It just takes a bit of trust.

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Getting Commitment from Generation Y

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 21st June 2017.6 min read

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Managers often lament the attitudes and commitment given by those born in the 80s and 90s. Getting commitment from generation Y is difficult. They say that staff from this generation are self-opinionated, lazy and have little respect for authority. But many of these opinions are formed because Generation Y are simply different – different from their Generation X managers and Baby-Boomer parents. Commitment can be had from Generation Y if managers work at it. Here's how.

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Skills shortages amid full employment

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th January 2019.6 min read

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It’s bizarre. We’ve a record 32.54 million people in work in the UK. But the number of job vacancies jumped to a record high of 853,000. Despite record employment today, companies are suffering skills shortages. Managers have three options - accept the lack of skills and invest in technology to sustain capability - or invest in the people they do have to improve productivity. Here's the rationale.

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So which psychometric?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017.10 min read

Psychometric Testing

There's such an argument in practitioner circles about which psychometric test to use. Some say 'simpler the better' whilst others say 'accuracy first'. Others focus on the moral and ethical issues in providing any unfiltered information to test respondents. So how to make sense of this debate?

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Are Leaders Born or Bred?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017.3 min read


Are leaders born or bred? It’s a persistent question. Some senior managers and policy makers believe absolutely that leaders are bred, that a leader must come from the right background. Others argue strongly that anyone can be made into a leader given the right training. So who’s right?

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What Title Should I Give My Sales Manager?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017.3 min read


Job titles should show three things: position in the profession, knowledge about the domain and where the job fits internally. Using Sales Manager as an example find out why it is important to get the title right.

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