Monthly Archives April 2015

“But he started it…”

“But he started it…” The grown-up guide to handling conflict in business 1.    Understand individual styles It may not prevent disruption completely, but arming managers with the knowledge of how different people work together can help them nip disagreements in the bud. Psychometric tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be useful here, marking out where the friction points might be. Can there be some compromise between people who prefer structure and those who like flexibility? 2.    Get them Talking When you observe that two or more employees may be experiencing issues with one another, don’t assume they’ll
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A first time half marathon runners story

Lee Freeman one of our associate partners is raising money below is why in his own word As many of you will know, I’m a bit running obsessed. I’ve told some of you why, but for those I haven’t, two of my best friends from school died of heart attacks within 2 months of each other in Jan and Feb 2014. Since my eldest was born in 2008, I’d basically done nothing other than sit on my backside and I was 17 stone (and a little bit) on the night I heard about the second friend.  I got out of
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TPR’s decision not to publish auto-enrolment list of pension schemes for small employers ‘a serious blow’

TPR’s decision not to publish auto-enrolment list of pension schemes for small employers ‘a serious blow’ A pension provider has said a decision by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) not to publish a list of pension schemes for small employers to comply with auto-enrolment is a “major disappointment”. Morten Nilsson, CEO of NOW: Pensions, said: “Taking action now to help channel these firms to the right places is critical otherwise we run the risk of a pensions train crash which would seriously derail confidence in auto-enrolment.” TPR decided not to publish a list despite the majority of respondents in a consultation
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Nipping conflict in the bud

Nipping conflict in the bud Picture the scene. You manage a team in a call centre. An employee has stolen a computer game from a colleague’s car and held his keys to ransom. Others are changing the language on each other’s computers or disrupting the working day with excessive noise. Someone defaces an ID card with a permanent marker. Some might be tempted to dismiss it as boisterousness or ‘banter’. But the atmosphere soon spirals out of control, someone ‘flips’ and an employee is attacked at his desk and kicked unconscious. It might sound far-fetched, but the incident was all
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Six tips for effective probationary periods

Six tips for effective probationary periods While there is nothing in law that requires employers to use probationary periods, they are commonly used when an employee joins the organisation and are useful way of assessing performance in a given timeframe. Below are six tips for implementing them effectively. 1. Probationary periods can help avoid performance issues later There is no statutory framework for probationary periods – it is down to the employer to decide whether or not to use them and how long they should last. A probationary period can focus the minds of the employer and the employee to make
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