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How does society affect career development of young people?

White Paper Written by John Berry on 11th March 2013. Revised 9th January 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 development.

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Is £20k difference discrimination or just reasonable?

Opinion Written by John Berry on 9th January 2019. Reading time: 7 minutes.

The crux of an article in The Guardian is that the woman author, a journalist, has found out that a man who reports to her and whose work she manages, is paid £20k a year more than her. She feels that she has been treated unfairly and that she should have held out for more when she negotiated her salary. And she describes how her emotional response has transitioned through the five stages of grief. Here we discuss the issues and ask, "Is £20k difference discrimination of just reasonable?"

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Free Level 7 Manager Development Programme

Article Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 14th March 2018. Revised 4th January 2019. Reading time: 8 minutes.

Around 80% of UK managers are untrained in people-management. Just think about the improvement in your organisation's lot if it were the other way. We offer a nine-month programme covering hiring, managing and developing people in 18 webinars and 3 workshops. It's for managers who want the Level 7 knowledge and skills without the assessment from formal courses. And it's completely free of charge. Can you think of managers in your own firm who don’t have the skills and knowledge to effectively manage people?

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Just Reasonable Belief and its Application in Employment Law

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 21st January 2014. Revised 4th January 2019. Reading time: 2 minutes.

The onus on a manager is not as burdensome as that required of a police officer. The manager’s right to act, to sanction or dismiss, is dependent on the manager having grounds for reasonable belief that the situation occurred. There is no need for proof beyond reasonable doubt or proof on balance of probabilities, just reasonable belief.

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Work sample tests in recruitment and selection

Opinion Written by John Berry on 17th July 2012. Revised 4th January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Many recruitment consultants and recruiting managers conduct interviews. But few optimise the selection process. This blog sets out the role of a very special selection instrument – the work sample or skills test. 'Work samples' is one of four tools, which when used together provide the highest predictive validity of all staff selection methods.

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Discretionary Behaviours

Article Written by John Berry on 30th November 2015. Revised 4th January 2019.

Discretionary behaviour contributes positively to overall organisational effectiveness, contributing to operational and organisational outcomes. We explain what discretionary behaviour is. Behaviour sits between motivation and performance. If we are motivated, we behave in a particular way. That behaviour causes performance.

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Annualised Hours Yields Flexibility

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 21st June 2016. Revised 3rd January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

The press is full of stories about flexible working. Normally, flexible working is considered as moving to part-time hours, working from home or perhaps converting to job share. But there is one tool that gets overlooked. It’s one that can really benefit both employee and employer – the introduction of annualised hours. Annualised hours contracts have been around for a long time. This blog gives the pros and cons.

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