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Staff career development: what approach for managers?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 22nd September 2017.6 min read

Train and they'll leave

The nature of work and careers have changed. Despite myth, the average employee tenure is still over eight years. And in that time staff must grow. When it comes to employee career development, you, as manager, have a clear decision to make and that decision depends on the relationship your firm has with the worker. You'd best take a contingency approach: develop your knowledge workers, give opportunity to your foot-soldiers, make alliances with your specialists and hire your contractors when needed.

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Are some psychometric assessments discriminatory?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017.4 min read

Multiple cogs

In May, a job applicant with Asperger Syndrome had her case upheld by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Her treatment by the Government Legal Services amounted to indirect discrimination. She had been required to take a multi-choice situational-judgement test – a form of psychometric test - as the first part of the recruitment process. So does this mean that psychometric tests are discriminatory? Simply, no. But it does require that they are administered, managed and analysed correctly. Here's how.

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Bringing gamification to recruitment

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 23rd August 2017.4 min read

Psychometric Testing

Online gaming can be used as part of a selection process. If you play the game well, you get to make a job application. It’s a way of testing the applicant whilst promoting the organisation and informing the applicant about the job. TimelessTime's web-delivered customised assessment delivers quality in selection. It’s not America’s Army but it’s pretty close to CanYouCrackIt. Ultimately it is for that manager to validate what the automated systems are saying. What can gamification offer your firm?

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How will the Supreme Court ruling on tribunals affect employers?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017.4 min read

Two climbers

Employment tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland deal with disputes between employer and employee. Fees are no longer payable. Just because there are no fees does not mean access to informal and speedy justice. Employment tribunals are neither informal, nor are they speedy. In principle, all grievance could move from tribunal to company procedures. This needs high trust by employees on management. There’s significant benefit for management striving to be a high trust firm. Here's how..

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The ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of training in change management

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 22nd August 2017.5 min read

Fireworks

Some use the term ‘entertrainment’ to describe how trainers deliver an enjoyable event without actually imparting knowledge. It's often that way in the training of change management as trainers make the mistake of assuming that change is led by a great leader rather than managed by a great manager with leadership skills. Here's how to avoid training being nothing but a distant memory - and a plastic folder full of slides.

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Strategic HRM: People, Culture and the Bottom Line

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 5th May 2017.12 min read

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Strategic HRM (Human Resource Management) is about changing people to align them with your business strategy. The managers of the firm create an ecosystem, an environment, in which their people work. All firms employ people, therefore all firms have a people ecosystem. This paper considers how the people ecosystem can be managed to the best advantage of the firm and how optimising the people ecosystem leads to improved bottom line result.

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