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So, what jobs to recruit to next?

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 10th January 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

So what jobs to recruit to next? Increasing staff numbers is a scary prospect. No manager wants to get it wrong. You can't guess. You've no precedent. You can't ask a friend because all firms are different. You must model the company and evaluate each option for its effect on the company and it's KPIs. And it becomes all the more difficult when considering indirect roles like sales people, marketers and other support staff. They could drive the firm to light speed. It's always a tough call.

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Deconstructing software roles: understanding the jobs of an industry

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th December 2017. Reading time: 5 minutes.

The job that a software professional does is linked to where on the lifecycle they work and how much of that lifecycle they embrace. It also depends on how much of the technology they cover – user interface or full-stack. And salaries go with those definitions. Here's the structure of the industry.

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The role of training in culture change

Opinion Written by John Berry on 18th December 2017. 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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What to do when hearing about possible harassment

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 23rd November 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

There's been a flurry of high profile cases with celebrities and MPs being accused of sexual harassment. In the workplace, the employer should deal with allegations of harassment. For harassment to be deemed to have taken place the alleged behaviour must have had either purpose or effect. Suspension is normal in any case where investigation would be hampered. The investigator then develops a report, setting out all the evidence. A decision is made based on ‘reasonable belief’. Here's more on the process.

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Performance appraisals: essential whatever you call them

Opinion Written by John Berry on 20th November 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Performance appraisals have come in for some serious criticism recently. And yet the books and articles written which criticise simply advocate performance appraisal by another name – or rather a collection of names. Here's an analysis of the issues.

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Winning employee commitment by granting idiosyncratic employment deals

White Paper Written by John Berry on 21st October 2017. Reading time: 23 minutes.

Commitment matters. If managers can get all staff to be committed, other management and leadership activities become possible. Without committed staff, there’s little the manager can do to achieve goals and the firm will just drift. This paper describes commitment and outlines research that shows what managers can do to achieve commitment. The research shows that there is correlation between the idiosyncratic granting of developmental opportunities and affective commitment in those benefitting.

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A calling or just a job: finding staff with more than an interest

Opinion Written by John Berry on 11th October 2017. Reading time: 4 minutes.

We’ve all heard the phrase “Called to the ministry” describing how someone became a priest or vicar. But it extends further. Many say that they knew from a young age just what job they wanted to do. Once in work, many people comment that they feel so motivated by the job they do that they’d do it even if they weren’t paid. Calling extends to many careers. So how does a calling come about and how do hiring managers attract those with a calling?

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