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What does gender pay gap tell us about society?

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 25th April 2018. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 7 minutes.

We know that men and women must be paid equally for jobs of equal value so we can assume that pay discrimination is not the explanation for the recently reported gender pay gaps in most organisations. Our analysis suggests that the cause is something much, much deeper. Deep in society. And no amount of castigating employers will fix it. As a society, universally, women are paid less than men. And we have to fix the attitudes that cause this - in the family, schools and society as a whole.

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Wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal – what’s the difference?

Article Written by John Berry on 12th December 2012. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 2 minutes.

Some managers are aware of the difference between the various types of dismissal that may be executed on an employee. There is an assumption that tribunal claims can only be made where a person has service at least longer than some qualifying period. This is not actually true; there are instances where employee can take an employer to tribunal without any qualifying period of service.

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Dismissing an employee with under two year’s service

Article Written by Sue Berry on 26th October 2016. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Technically, you can tell an employee that you no longer require them to work for you. You can pay them their notice and invite them to leave. Provided that you have no contractual obligation to use a protracted procedure, you might get away with this course of action. Fair dismissal is narrow and well-defined and hence so too is unfair dismissal.

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Practical Use of the HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool

Opinion Written by John Berry on 7th February 2014. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

The Health and Safety Executive has published a framework covering six areas that might result in an employee or employees suffering stress at work (the HSE Management Standards). These are things like lack of control over work and lack of management support. As we note in articles on our site, this framework is a good way of thinking about stress.

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Performance Appraisal: A key tool in management success

White Paper Written by John Berry on 25th April 2012. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 27 minutes.

In the 1980s, a fairly standard form of appraisal emerged that aimed to assess current performance, improve the individual's performance in the immediate future, set and review performance objectives and assess training and development needs. This paper considers development since then considering applicable research and theory. It concludes that despite methods allowing performance appraisal to become more complex, the themes from the 80s persist today.

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The key role of the user in computer system specification

Article Written by John Berry on 2nd October 2013. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 8 minutes.

Computer systems comprising hardware and software form significant elements in many people’s working lives. In any new system implementation, users are not passive, compliant beings. They have choices. They can react in one of four ways: adoption, compliant acceptance, reluctant acceptance or rejection.

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Power play in performance appraisals

Opinion Written by John Berry on 14th February 2015. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 5 minutes.

Performance appraisals are worthwhile. Manager and subordinate sitting down together to review performance over the past year provides huge benefit. But for many it’s a time of dread. Unless controlled, both parties will use their power to distort the performance appraisal outcomes in their favour.

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