Gender Pay Differences – fact or fiction?

Audrey says: It’s true that, many years ago, women did encounter the typical `glass ceiling’, where male colleagues doing exactly the same job were being paid more than we were. But is this still the case?  Have a look at the latest CIDP Report, reviewing the government’s research. Gender pay gap reporting proposals ignore real …


Are we failing Young UK Workers ….?

Audrey says: How sad that we are still failing our young people by not preparing them adequately to meet the demands of business life. As responsible employers and providers of training and development, should we be better at helping them to develop and grow? CIMA survey finds 75 per cent of young hires require significant training …


No S.M.A.R.T goals? Poor performance?

Audrey says:  Having trained managers all over the world, if never ceases to amaze me how surprised they are when their staff under-perform  –  and then they admit that no proper SMART goals had been set!   Read on for the latest from CIPD:  Employees still let down by poor performance management, finds CIPD Latest Employee Outlook …


`Make your own’, or buy in talent?

Audrey says: If only some employers would pause and consider just how much it costs them – not only directly – through recruiting costs, but also indirectly – through the time they have to spend on such an exercise, they might think more about developing `their own’. Often, I hear the mantra: “It’s not worth spending …


Women over 55 best suited to lead transformational change, finds PwC

Audrey says: “Music to my `old’ ears!” HR encouraged to expand traditional definition of talent Employers are being urged to look beyond traditional talent pools as businesses face a stark shortfall of strategic leaders able to deliver successful transformation. According to research from PwC’s consulting business, just 8 per cent of senior managers have strategist …


Management Quality – are we suffering?

At The Way Ahead, our team’s experiences of training and developing people, spread over the past 30 years, endorses the trends we now see in the reduction in quality of many managers today. What do you think of this article, and more importantly, does it apply to your business? If it does, then please let us …


Sexism lives! – BOOK REVIEW

(From Audrey): During my banking career, I saw a lot of `glass ceiling’ situation. But that was years ago! Who would have thought that – for today’s emancipated females – the problem is alive and kicking. Have a look at this book review from CIPD: “The girl will be off in six months to have babies and we will …


Show me the money!

HR urged to consider behavioural factors when shaping pay and benefits A better understanding of behavioural psychology is vital if HR and reward professionals are to improve their pay and benefits strategies. This is the finding of a new report – Show me the money – the behavioural science of reward – published by the CIPD. According …


Training dates – January – February 2017

Forthcoming dates for your diary- January-February 2017: Bite–size:  Breakfast learning sessions 08:30-10:30 These highly-popular morning sessions run at the conveniently-located hotel: The Village, Bournemouth (opposite Bournemouth Hospital). Topic Month Date Time management & `Harry’ January Monday 16th Teamwork & `Harry’ January Wednesday 25h Customer Care & `Harry’ January Monday 30th Setting Objectives & `Harry’ February Friday 3rd Motivating …


Protective practices for working with LinkedIn

How do you stop staff leaving your employment, with your customer database under their arm…? Some of our business clients at The Way Ahead have suffered the consequences of losing income as a result. We have helped them to write IT policies about the use of social media. So, this CIPD article is a timely reminder: …

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