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Skills shortages amid full employment

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th January 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

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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Making the business case for investment in people: Trimester 2, Webinar 2

Audio VisualWritten by Sue Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

  • Interdependency of technology and people
  • Strategies supporting investment in technology over people
  • Key drivers in favour of developing people
  • Consequences of not developing staff and alternative strategies
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What Are OD and HR?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.3 min read

Organisational development (OD) is different from human resource management (HRM). Organisational development involves exploring options that will permit strategies to be achieved. OD techniques such as modelling permit outcomes to be predicted and the right plan to be selected. People are of course the lifeblood of any firm. They join, they leave, and in between they have to be managed. Everyone who manages or supervises people has to double as an HR generalist. Here's the scope of HR and OD.

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Inaction is costly! Return to Work Plans Are Free

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.8 min read

It’s not always easy to know what to do when someone goes off sick. How long do you wait until you speak to them? Can you make decisions when they are off sick? Can you contact them? So many questions!

One thing that is certain – the longer you wait to deal with sickness absence , the harder it becomes. Find out what you should do, and when.

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The manager's role in managing employee mental health

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 13th June 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.8 min read

There’s been a plethora of articles in the management press and in management-oriented social media recently declaring that mental health is a big issue in firms. Here we temper this alarmism and give a practical three point plan comprising knowledge, awareness and sensing and intervention.

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A Practical Approach to Managing Work Based Stress

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 5th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.11 min read

This article proposes a practical approach to managing of work based stress. It suggests use of the HSE Management Standards to describe six forces that need to be balanced. It then elaborates this to include these forces in a feedback model to suggest a method by which managers can actually manage reduction in stress through control of stressors and increase in coping.

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