We're experts on all things Management & HR

Looking for something specific? Search our Knowledgebase.

The case for using psychometrics

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2017. Revised 14th September 2018.7 min read

This article makes the argument that since engineers are quick to adopt models of systems, engineering managers should be happy to adopt models of personal behaviour and with that the method of characterising personal traits and attributes within the science of psychometrics.
[Published February 2014]

Read the full Opinion

Is it right for employees to attend to work emails outside of work time?

Audio VisualWritten by John Berry on 14th September 2018.01 min read

Many people work on emails when commuting. Are employees right to do this? Are managers right to expect it? John Berry recently appeared on BBC Radio Sussex, on the Neil Pringle show, to give comment and add to the debate. Listen again to the various respondent comments and John’s discussion on this complex topic.

Read the full Audio Visual

Difficulties in sub-contracting to suppliers under an Agile approach

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 23rd August 2018. Revised 28th August 2018.6 min read

Many software firms now use the Agile approach. But, arguably, it’s use is inappropriate when working with suppliers. In principle, there’s no actual reason why suppliers should not be engaged to do the work of employees under Agile, but care is needed to properly manage the work packaging and the supplier contract.

Read the full Opinion

Implementing truly flexible benefits

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 28th August 2018.08 min read

The argument in favour of granting employees 'benefits' over and above salary is sound. But employee attitudes to benefits change with age - with life stages. As a result what's really needed is flexibility in granting those benefits. But traditionally, management overheads have determined that flexible benefits has been the preserve of the large firm. In fact, designing a flexible benefits systems is simply done by all.

Read the full Opinion

Just what benefits should you offer?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 17th August 2018.06 min read

Broadly, most UK SME managers grant employees the bare minimum of additional benefits over and above salary. In many cases, they’ll award staff the statutory minimum. Yet a few SMEs do give their employees generous high-value benefits. So why the difference, and does it make any sense to offer more than you must? Here we discuss the origins of this minimalist thinking and explore what other options there are for beneficial benefits.

Read the full Opinion

What to do when your staff are moving home to Europe

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th July 2018. Revised 17th August 2018.5 min read

Employees from EU countries, now working in the UK, are letting their managers know that they intend to return home. Somehow, the UK’s not such a nice place today. And the problem nation they left all those years ago looks quite attractive now with significant economic growth and jobs. So, when your employees say “We intend moving back to our home”, here are your options.

Read the full Opinion