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Are some psychometric assessments discriminatory?

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Written by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017. Revised 25th August 2017.

4 min read


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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Determining Personality Using Mr Men

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Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 27th July 2017.

5 min read


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

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Written by John Berry on 5th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 2017.

7 min read


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

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Written by Sue Berry on 5th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 2017.

5 min read


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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Bad cyber security assumption threatens firms

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Written by John Berry on 5th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 2017.

7 min read


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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Why Are Restrictive Covenants Needed?

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Written by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 2017.

3 min read


Restrictive covenants (clauses) are used in employment contracts as a means of protecting the employer when an employee leaves. In order to be valid they must only protect assets that are key to the firm.

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