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Recruit like a punter: rationalise

Opinion Written by John Berry on 6th March 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

There are three approaches that humans take to make decisions - automatic, neuralistic and rational. Only one - rational - has any place in recruitment and selection. Automatic helps us survive. Neuralistic is fine for incident commanders. But only rational works for hiring decisions. here's why.

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Six ways to avoid hiring square pegs for round holes

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 7th February 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Perhaps you employed someone and you later found that they don't quite meet the role requirements; they somehow don't fit. Or, you moved someone into a new role and they just didn't perform as well as they used to. Here's how to avoid such mismatch between the person and the job.

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Accidental managers heighten stress

Opinion Written by John Berry on 4th February 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

In the UK, we get the idea that our staff need to be technically trained, but we have little or no understanding that the job of 'manager' is neither innate nor obvious. It can't just be learned by trial and error. Simply, we don't train our managers and, as a nation, this lack of management training is killing us. Here's what to do.

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So, what jobs to recruit to next?

Opinion 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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