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Business Continuity: keeping organisations working come what may

White Paper

Written by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 27th October 2020.

11 min read


Staff are key to any business. Whilst they are the biggest asset, they also potentially represent the greatest risk to business continuity. By developing a plan that centres on the key risks it is possible to be prepared for circumstances which may disrupt the business. Includes an analysis of BCP during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Integrating international operations

Blog Post

Written by John Berry on 30th July 2020. Revised 27th October 2020.

8 min read


Many managers think that it’s simple to build an international concern. They believe that it’s simply a matter of offer, acceptance and a place to work. But great thought is needed to make it work. It's not coincidence that Mulberry, Hornby and Raspberry Pi are bringing it all back as they realise the real cost of managing operations abroad.

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Recruiting during lockdown

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Written by Sue Berry on 30th July 2020. Revised 27th October 2020.

10 min read


Covid has changed the way that many work practices are conducted. Interviews have gone online. But we argue that the recruitment process can still be as robust as it was before lockdown. Managers must still take an evidence-based approach, seeking proof that favoured candidates will indeed perform as well. In this much, nothing has changed.

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Performance Appraisal: A key tool in management success

White Paper

Written by John Berry on 6th May 2017. Revised 27th October 2020.

34 min read


In the 1980s, a fairly standard form of appraisal emerged that aimed to assess current performance, improve the individual's performance in the immediate future, set and review performance objectives and assess training and development needs. This paper considers development since then considering applicable research and theory. It concludes that despite methods allowing performance appraisal to become more complex, the themes from the 80s persist today.

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A Practical Approach to Managing Work Based Stress

Article

Written by John Berry on 5th May 2017. Revised 27th October 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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Practical Use of the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool

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Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 27th October 2020.

6 min read


The Health and Safety Executive has published a framework covering six areas that might result in an employee or employees suffering stress at work (the HSE Management Standards). These are things like lack of control over work and lack of management support. As we note in articles on our site, this framework is a good way of thinking about stress.

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