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Put that way, flexible working is nonsense

Opinion Written by John Berry on 14th August 2018. Revised 12th March 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Why would any manager grant his or her workforce flexibility in when and where they worked? Just think about it. Flexibility suggests that the manager doesn't know when or where the worker is working. Put that way, flexible working is nonsense. But analysis of what the manager gets back suggests huge returns for the firm. It just takes a bit of trust.

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Assessment centres as methods of personnel selection

Opinion Written by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 12th March 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

An assessment centre is where a number of candidates participate together, undertaking exercises as selection tests while being observed and rated by multiple assessors. The candidates are effectively in competition. Assessment centres can replace interviews and a host of other tools as methods of employee selection but they are misunderstood and controversial. Here's why.

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In search of an optimum reporting structure

Opinion Written by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 12th March 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

There’s no rule about how many people one manager should have reporting to them. For effective leadership the leader must build the dyadic relationship with every follower. If the manager has too many direct reports his or her leadership will weaken while too reports with too much time on each few stifles. So what's the ideal reporting structure?

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How to Employ Foreign Workers Abroad

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th August 2014. Revised 8th March 2019. Reading time: 21 minutes.

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.

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Developing an exit plan

Opinion Written by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Revised 1st March 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

At some stage it will be right for those who start the firm to stop, close it or transfer it to someone else. It will be time to Turn! Turn! Turn! But how should this be done and over what timescale? The answer to this conundrum is to develop an exit plan, and the sooner the better after start-up. At least if a plan exists, it can be revised year by year.

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Good, Bad and Ugly Job Adverts

Opinion Written by John Berry on 28th February 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Writing a job advert is a test of communications brilliance - or communications stupidity. Yet, many managers believe that by asking for passion or enthusiasm or by describing the boredom of a job, great candidates are going to apply. So just what is the role of the job advert and what should a job advert contain.

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How does society affect career development of young people?

White Paper Written by John Berry on 11th March 2013. Revised 27th February 2019. Reading time: 16 minutes.

This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers management and coaching.

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