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Determining Personality Using Mr Men

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017.5 min read

Mr Happy

Timpson’s interviewers seek to determine which Mr Men character the candidate most closely resembles. Using personality as a criterion is valid but the Timpson method is likely far from accurate. Here's why.

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Employee Engagement is Good For Business

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 5th May 2017.7 min read

Group of employees

Employee engagement occurs when an employee feels proud, is involved and feel empowered to make decisions. Employee Engagement is Good For Business. This blog first defines employee engagement. It then investigates how a manager sets about creating an engaged workforce.

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On competence

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 5th May 2017.6 min read

Band Marching

This blog takes five HRM tools and links them through one key idea – competence. Competence theory is a way of looking at how management can measure staff contribution to the business. And once measured, management can use the five tools to optimise engagement.

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Calculating Total Reward

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017.5 min read


Firms do a great deal for staff. Of course they pay for work done, and give statutory holidays. But it goes a lot further than that. Keeping a good work-life balance and giving recognition and career builds employee commitment. Thinking about total reward helps managers add elements of great benefit to employee and firm without huge cost.

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Bad cyber security assumption threatens firms

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 5th May 2017.7 min read

Hacker at work Cyper Security

A cyber-security practitioner ended a presentation by giving five very practical recommendations. All were technical. They covered authentication, pass-phrases and other features that assumed that the threat was from outside the system. This assumption is dominating current information technology thinking. This bad cyber security assumption threatens firms. Here's why.

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A Practical Approach to Managing Work Based Stress

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 5th May 2017.10 min read

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This article proposes a practical approach to managing of work based stress. It suggests use of the HSE Management Standards to describe six forces that need to be balanced. It then elaborates this to include these forces in a feedback model to suggest a method by which managers can actually manage reduction in stress through control of stressors and increase in coping.

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