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The role of training in culture change

Opinion Written by John Berry on 18th December 2017. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Whilst training interventions can indeed change the whole organisation, the culture change scenario differs from ‘normal’ training. ‘Normal’ training is in pursuit of change in competencies in individuals. Change in culture involves change in the way things are done in the organisation – the normative behaviour of all. Here's how they differ.

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Stealing at work: a one way street?

Article Written by Sue Berry on 1st December 2012. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

For some managers stealing in the workplace is black and white. This article suggests it isn't. It depends which viewpoint you take - employee or employer. Is using a company pen for personal use theft of company assets or just part of the give-and-take of employment? It all depends on your viewpoint and where you draw the line.

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How do I Write a Modern Slavery Statement?

Article Written by Sue Berry on 6th February 2017. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 2 minutes.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with over £36m global turnover to make an anti-slavery and human trafficking statement. Check out how this act might impact your own business. And find out what you need to include in your statement.

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Technology as a force for change

Article Written by John Berry on 5th December 2016. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 7 minutes.

Technology provides a force for change in all businesses. Technologists innovate and develop new technological knowledge and technological artefacts. That technological knowledge helps us do things differently and to innovate within our businesses. The technological artefacts help us do things, but they also do things for us and replace us in things we did previously.

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The SME Human Resource Maturity Model: Taking HR seriously

White Paper Written by Sue Berry on 27th December 2010. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

People are the most important asset of any organisation. Research has shown that effective management of employees can lead to increased bottom line performance and a growth in shareholder value. All small companies and many medium sized organisations tend to work without HR professionals but they still engage, train, promote, pay and generally manage their staff. Research shows however that there is more to be had for such organisations.

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Training Effectiveness: ensuring successful skills acquisition

White Paper Written by John Berry on 12th December 2016. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 21 minutes.

Training is an intervention in the employee’s working life, hopefully to the benefit of both employer and employee. This paper asks what activities are needed to ensure that the training is a success and that learning results. This learning, moderated by the trainee’s motivation on the job, will then generate the desired behaviour change.This paper identifies three phases in training: pre-training, training and post-training, and explains why all three are equally important.

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11 reasons why job descriptions are key to your business

Opinion Written by John Berry on 5th August 2017. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 2 minutes.

It’s only when managers come to rely on a job description at some point of impending opportunity or catastrophe that the importance of that simple document becomes apparent. Coupled with that, most JDs are just a list of duties and measuring performance against them is impossible. Here's guidance on fixing that.

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