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Assessment centres as methods of personnel selection

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.6 min read

An assessment centre is where a number of candidates participate together, undertaking exercises as selection tests while being observed and rated by multiple assessors. The candidates are effectively in competition. Assessment centres can replace interviews and a host of other tools as methods of employee selection but they are misunderstood and controversial. Here's why.

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Good, Bad and Ugly Job Adverts

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.5 min read

Writing a job advert is a test of communications brilliance - or communications stupidity. Yet, many managers believe that by asking for passion or enthusiasm or by describing the boredom of a job, great candidates are going to apply. So just what is the role of the job advert and what should a job advert contain.

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Closing the Risk Assessment Circle

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 16th September 2020. Revised 23rd September 2020.4 min read

It’s imperative that managers implement a COVID-19-guidelines-compliant plan. This will involve the now-familiar controls such as limited numbers, distancing, screens, face-coverings and contact details for track and trace. But how can senior managers be sure that the plan is adhered to? We argue that the answer is though audit.

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Employing Foreign Workers in the UK

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 28th August 2020.11 min read

The UK is suffering a massive skills and labour shortage. Whilst we hear a lot about the NHS, any manager in a technology-centric business will tell a similar story – we simply have too few engineers and scientists. Employing overseas workers can help. This article discusses how you apply for a visa sponsorship licence and go on to have a foreign worker apply for a visa. This article is up to date at 20th August 2020 and will be kept up to date as the UK Government explains its future visa policy.

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About payments when making furloughed staff redundant

Blog PostWritten by John Berry & Sue Berry on 28th June 2020. Revised 27th August 2020.4 min read

Pay as present leading up to the notice of redundancy, and pay both notice and redundancy pay based on normal wages. The firm is liable under statute for both notice and redundancy payments. We believe it wrong to use Government payments intended to keep the firm afloat to meet the firm’s redundancy payment obligations. Here's our rationale.

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Power play in performance appraisals

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 18th August 2020.7 min read

Performance appraisals are worthwhile. Manager and subordinate sitting down together to review performance over the past year provides huge benefit. But for many it’s a time of dread. Unless controlled, both parties will use their power to distort the performance appraisal outcomes in their favour.

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