Category CIPD


Dismissing employees – Fair treatment for all?

Applying alternative sanctions to employees may not make a dismissal unfair In the case MBNA v Jones, the EAT had to decide whether treating employees guilty of gross misconduct inconsistently could result in a dismissal being unfair. Dismissals for gross misconduct will only be fair if the employer: believes the employee is guilty of gross …


Stress at work can reduce life expectancy by up to three years, finds study

Audrey says: When you read this article, it might occur to you that some of your own people are suffering from stress. If so, do please call me. We have specialist help at The Way Ahead. Impact varies depending on race, gender and education Harmful workplace practices could be directly impacting employees’ life spans, according to …


Dates for your Training – Oct-Dec 2015

Now’s the time to update your people skills!


Why don’t managers `engage’?

Audrey says: Sadly, this extract from a recent study of 1,500 employees of large Western European businesses shows that managers still aren’t learning how to get the best out of their staff – simply by communicating better with them. UK stats show: 56 % said their line managers were average, poor or very poor at …


Unclear goals and expectations contribute to wasted time at work, say employees

Audrey says:  It’s not just ME saying that leaders need to be SMARTER: Study shows leaders need to define what efficiency means for their organisation Inefficient processes (44 per cent), an overload of paperwork (43 per cent) and constant meetings (41 per cent) are contributing to dwindling productivity levels across the world, according to research. And despite …


Opinion: Are line managers really that bad?

Audrey says: Do you agree with this article? If so, lets’ do something about it, eh? Our negative view of managers might be the last ‘acceptable’ prejudice at work, but that must change, argues Octavius Black In popular culture managers are either: buffoons, think ‘The Office’; or beasts, as in ‘Horrible Bosses’. The latter created …


Benchmark for excellence!

Audrey says: Following my post about getting a reputation as a `quality’ employer, how about this new benchmark standard: Quality assurance experts BSI launch benchmark for excellence BSI, the UK National Standards body, has published its new standard for people management. The catchily named ‘BS 76000 Human resource – Valuing people – Management system – Requirements’ is …


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 …

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