Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 28th April 2020.
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Bank Holiday dates for England, Wales and Scotland
Written by John Berry on 29th May 2018. Revised 26th March 2020.
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Many managers follow the economists' teaching to claim that people are rational and will strive to maximise their financial gain. But people are irrational. There are some maxims in designing performance-related pay. First, money is not a motivator. But fair reward encourages commitment. Second, offering a financial incentive will encourage isolationist behaviour. Be careful what behaviour you reward!
Written by Sue Berry on 28th August 2018. Revised 26th March 2020.
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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.
Written by John Berry on 25th October 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.
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Hiring an apprentice can be more daunting that hiring an experienced worker. Get it wrong and you’ve the management costs and hassle to correct your mistake. But get it right and you’ve have engaged a future high performer. But on what basis do you select your apprentice? The career decisiveness of a young person predicts how well he or she will perform in a job after apprenticeship.
Written by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.
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This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers management and coaching.
Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.
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UK firms cannot employ workers in other countries under UK law. Employment law and regulations are very different abroad. Firms wanting to employ staff abroad need to get specialist help. Here are some of the issues.