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Long-term absence dismissal not always unfair

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017.3 min read

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A Court of Appeal ruling this month has given clarity to the question regarding dismissal of an employee who is on long-term sickness absence. Here's more on how to manage long-term sickness absence.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 24th May 2017.5 min read


CSR is not a ‘bolt on’ to a firm but should be ‘part of the fabric’. This means that it should be embedded and viewed by all in the firm as part of day-to-day activities. Check out what your CSR statement might look like.

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How to get started in innovation

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 18th May 2017.6 min read

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We all get the idea that innovation’s important. If we can just improve, develop and discover more than our competitors, we can find and attract more customers and make more profits. But it’s how to do it that foxes all but a few. Here are some guidelines for how to get started in innovation. If you’re a manager of firm that wants to get innovation going, we can help you.

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Recruiting outside the box thinkers

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2017.5 min read

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The proverbial ‘box’ is an idea suggesting that some of us are constrained (in a metaphorical box) while others can conceptualise ideas beyond our normal jobs. Those latter ‘outside the box thinkers’ can conjure up ideas that others might find a bit whacky. And yet outside-the-box thinking is considered hugely valuable by managers, because without it, firms won’t progress. Here's how to recruit such individuals. [Published April 2016]

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Recruitment, Search and Selection: get it right

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2017.6 min read

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When assessing job candidates, a manager is trying to predict which candidate will perform best in a specific role. It makes sense therefore to use a selection process that will give an optimum prediction and it should come as no surprise that a thirty minute friendly chat and other ‘light’ selection methods come well down on the effective prediction league table. Here's a comprehensive discussion on how to get recruitment right.

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Recruitment Game: The route to achieving the right employee/employer match

White PaperWritten by Sue Berry on 31st May 2017.35 min read

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Recruitment is a game. In this game a firm tries to hire someone to do a job. On the other side is a person who wants to find an employer who will exchange money for labour in order to achieve their life’s ambitions or just simply to make ends meet and feed their families. The firm aims to exploit the person and the person aims to get as much as possible in return. In recruitment there is a meeting of two minds, the future employer and would-be employee. [Published December 2010]

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