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What HR data should I gather?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 13th July 2019. Revised 25th July 2019.6 min read

When it comes to HR data, there is a wealth of it to be collected and analysed. Indeed, the saying “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” arguably holds true - how can you decide what to do to improve absence levels, and therefore sickness-related costs, for example, if you have no clue what those absence levels are? And yet, just because you can measure it, does not mean you should. This blog (the first of two) sets out what data you might gather and how you might interpret what you do.

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Just how many firms use workers abroad

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 25th July 2019.04 min read

A research consultant called. She needed to estimate the number of firms engaging workers abroad. Our own view at TimelessTime is that the number of foreign workers contracted is huge – though embraced more by some sectors than others. Here's our estimate. But paying people abroad is easy. Managing them to compliance, let alone excellence, is another ball game.

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Is £20k difference discrimination or just reasonable?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 9th January 2019. Revised 15th July 2019.10 min read

The crux of an article in The Guardian is that the woman author, a journalist, has found out that a man who reports to her and whose work she manages, is paid £20k a year more than her. She feels that she has been treated unfairly and that she should have held out for more when she negotiated her salary. And she describes how her emotional response has transitioned through the five stages of grief. Here we discuss the issues and ask, "Is £20k difference discrimination or just reasonable?"

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Developing an exit plan

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 13th July 2019.6 min read

At some stage it will be right for those who start the firm to stop, close it or transfer it to someone else. It will be time to Turn! Turn! Turn! But how should this be done and over what timescale? The answer to this conundrum is to develop an exit plan, and the sooner the better after start-up. At least if a plan exists, it can be revised year by year.

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In search of an optimum reporting structure

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 13th July 2019.4 min read

There’s no rule about how many people one manager should have reporting to them. For effective leadership the leader must build the dyadic relationship with every follower. If the manager has too many direct reports his or her leadership will weaken while too reports with too much time on each few stifles. So what's the ideal reporting structure?

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The Role of Competency in Staff Development

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 1st November 2017. Revised 13th July 2019.8 min read

This article explores effective staff development showcasing a simple but effective competency framework model that can be used by any firm of any size and complexity to explore their competence gap. To understand competence gap you need to know what competencies you have now, what you need for the future, and how you are going to develop your people to bridge the gap.

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