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Inaction is costly! Return to Work Plans Are Free

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 13th December 2018.8 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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Opportunity favours the prepared manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th June 2018. Revised 13th December 2018.6 min read

Realising strategy is not planning exactly what to do – because beyond a few short sprints, you don’t know. It’s about developing a purpose, a broad strategy, a trajectory, and from this, a plan of the capability to be realised. Then you’re ready for almost anything.

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Do I need to provide a reference for an ex-employee

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 12th December 2018.3 min read

There is no statutory or moral requirement upon an employer to provide a reference for a former employee. The exceptions are where the former employer has expressly agreed with the employee that a reference will be given as part of their negotiated exit conditions. Sometimes also there can be an implied contractual term that a reference will be given. The principles also apply where the manager is receiving a reference.

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Sustaining enterprise and asset value during company sale

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th November 2018.06 min read

Some owners think of selling ahead of time and set dates and plans. Some get to a point where they’ve had enough. Others unexpectedly realise that the firm has huge value and decide to cash in while they can. And when owners elect to sell, everything happens quickly – and often without thought for the employees. This blog highlights actions to secure enterprise and asset value when selling a firm or its assets.

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Psychometric testing: a focus on personality testing

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 27th November 2018.4 min read

There are four primary instruments that should be used to conduct a robust selection process during recruitment - the aptitude test, the personality profile, work sample tests and a structured interview. This blog focuses on the personality profile, which is one tool in a suite of psychometric tests.

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About mercenaries and contractors

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 19th November 2018. Revised 21st November 2018.3 min read

Machiavelli talks captivatingly about mercenaries: as soldiers paid a stipend, they lack loyalty. He argues that the prince's own army progresses better. Arguments in favour of your own employees over those contracting for you transport well through time. Contractors enter an economic contract. Employees engage emotionally, commit for the long term and will add value.

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