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


Is your leadership transformational?

As a business, you can look at improvements to your products, services, customer dealings, sales & marketing, but sooner or later, if you want the best possible return, you need to take a look inside; at the people and culture who are delivering all this for you. If the organisation isn’t set up to perform at maximum efficiency then no matter how sharp the rest of it is, you’re holding yourself back. So, how do you lead and manage your people in a way that transforms both your team and organisation? What is “Transformational Leadership”? In short, it’s the difference

Transformational HR – the basics

Transformational leadership is all about improving your business and not only taking the people with you as you do so, but seeing employees as active partners in that improvement. The human resources function (whether you have a dedicated HR manager or your people processes and policies are managed by one or more people in the business) can be an essential driver in the process of transforming your organisation, putting significant time into future-focused activities such as talent management (ensuring the right people with the right skills will be available at the right time) and using tools

Under the influence

Most business have a ‘no drinking at work’ policy (except maybe the occasional Christmas party). Whether your employees driving, operating heavy machinery, or just piloting an internet browser, part of the employment contract is that your people do their job clear-headed, not after a few gins. And yet, social drinking, after hours, outside of work, and with colleagues is still often seen as an ideal ‘teambuilding’ exercise – a way for everyone to get to know each other better, build connections, friendships even, and work together better as a result. The benefits of a ‘swift pint’ are

Choosing the right appraisal for your business

The process of appraising the performance of employees (however complicated it might be) has a simple purpose: assessing the performance of employees performance to help the business achieve its goals. First, you ensure each individual understands what is expected of them in their jobs and that they have the skills and knowledge to do that job. The appraisal bit is when you sit down and discuss how they’re doing. Assuming you’ve decided that there’s some benefit to carrying out appraisals, the next question