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Employing Foreign Workers Abroad

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 11th November 2019.32 min read

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In many cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. But that won't suit many firms, particularly where they have constraining upstream contracts. They must employ workers locally. Here are all the issues for firms wanting to gain worker services in both EU and non-EU countries.

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New roles in product-based software solutions

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 25th October 2019.5 min read

Many software development firms pride themselves in being able to tackle almost any software task. They elicit requirements, or build prototypes, and code databases, business logic, algorithms and user interfaces without any particular market or industry focus. Others productise. Over time they standardise and focus. But what new jobs are needed to make this happen?

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Managing business after Brexit

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 23rd October 2019.06 min read

This blog builds on our previous discussion on the EU Settlement Scheme. It highlights action managers need to take to enable staff to make short-duration visits to EU countries for academic, sales or technical activities. We point out that business trips will need to be planned in the future. It won't just be a case of booking a flight and putting equipment in a suitcase.

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Achieving the four-day working week

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 20th November 2018. Revised 27th September 2019.6 min read

The issue is not if a four-day week would be beneficial to the nation and to its people. That argument’s been made and there are plenty of examples of how well it works. The issue is that our firms are incapable of reducing the working week because shareholders aren’t in it for the long term. And our employees aren’t prepared to earn less or invest in themselves either. It's impasse - but here's an action plan.

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Management lessons from the NHS

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 26th September 2019.07 min read

We hear bad things about the NHS. We are led to believe that all staff are stressed to blazes and unable to function properly in a broken system. But far from it. My conclusions from my brief period as voyeur are that these guys know how to make a system work. I think industry can learn a lot from the way that hospital staff interact. Here's the story that illustrates how.

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Employment contracts, capability dismissal, redundancy … and all that jazz!

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 30th August 2019.04 min read

TimelessTime has been providing support to clients for almost 10 years on the themes of human resource management and organisational development. In that time, we have advised thousands of managers on a wide variety of subjects – some straightforward and some very complex. Find out how we can support you, using our expert knowledge in law, psychology, economics and evidence-based management practices.

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