Can your managers manage … a virtual team?


Virtual teams have been around a while but with more and more businesses operating from multiple locations, using field or mobile workers, and encouraging employees to work from home, they’re definitely on the rise. Of the respondents to a 2016 survey titled “Trends in Global Virtual Teams” from RW3, 85% said that virtual team work is to some extent critical to their job, and 41% even said that their teams never meet in person. The advantages – for both employer and employees –
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It’s a dog’s (working) life


The concept of work-life balance has never really been about keeping the two separate. More about managing the way they interact so that we don’t become overly engaged in one or the other (though, to be fair, it’s usually ‘work’ that is seen as needing balance). Usually, the focus is on supporting employees at an individual level but organisation-wide events and activities are also common. For example, open days, in which non-employees can go behind the scenes to better understand what goes on. A more explicitly family-focused event is the ‘bring your child to work day’ enabling them
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When is a bonus not an incentive?


Teamwork, high performance, productivity… it’s all about motivation, right? And no matter how many fancy theories we dress it up in, motivation comes in two basic flavours: carrot and stick. Offering some kind of bonus, large or small, is one of the most common carrots and there’s an endless variety, from annual cash bonuses for specific achievements to bonuses that reward consistent attendance. But does a bonus scheme really always lead to the performance results you want? A few bonus thoughts Firstly, be aware of why you’re using the bonus in the first
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Are you an ethical business?


In the past, this blog has examined ethical decision-making and how managers might embed appropriate business ethics in their approach to work. But that’s just the beginning… Assuming you see the business benefits in being an ethical organisation – for example, an enhanced reputation with clients and customers, a stronger employer brand with the workforce, and according to the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), outperforming ‘less ethical’ peers and competitors – then really you want your whole workforce to be thinking
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Are you a purposeful leader?


Not long ago, we included a potted history of leadership styles on this blog. A style that could be added to the list, and one that’s enjoying some recent attention, is the idea of Purposeful Leadership. The concept of a ‘purposeful organisation’ has been around for a few years, indicating the kind of business that takes its values and ethics, and social responsibilities seriously. In fact, it’s possible to see the idea of purposeful organisations/leadership as the latest iteration
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How safe is your HR information?


Cyber-attacks are in the news lately, from the NHS system shutdown to countless news stories about foreign influence on Western politics (fake news or not, there’s certainly a lot of smoke that suggests a fire!). But what about businesses? It’s a rare company that doesn’t find itself the custodian of large amounts of customer and employee data, stored electronically. How safe is it? Leaving aside customer information, your employee data is certainly sensitive and worth protecting: names, addresses, national insurance and other identifying numbers, and of course, bank account and payroll
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The Logical Approach to Non-Performance


Not so long ago, this blog featured a post entitled, 10 Reasons for Non-Performance, looking at why employees sometimes don’t do something and what a good manager or supervisor can do about that. To continue the theme… this post looks at the manager’s decision-making process when faced with an under-performing employee – how exactly do you decide what the best course of action is? Choose your approach Naturally, there are many ways to analyse a situation
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