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manage work related stress

How to manage work related stress

April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’, which has been promoted by the Stress Management Society since 1992. In that time, wellbeing movements have become more visible, and mental health awareness has increased. The discussion is moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go to improve our relationship with stress, and reduce […]

improve employee engagement

The Four Stages of Employee Engagement

You’ve hired a great team with the right skills and experience; your products and services proposition is focused and effective; but how do you maintain and guide the level of energy and commitment required from your employees to achieve your business goals? To do this, you need your workforce to be prepared to deliver the […]

Coaching

How coaching benefits employees and your organisation

Coaching is the lever that drives ‘step-change’ performance improvement. There isn’t a single top-level sports person or team that doesn’t have a coach, so why isn’t this the case for business professionals? All industries can benefit from coaching in order to improve performance. Where experience and direction play a greater role, generally this is referred […]

The Apprenticeship Levy: Frequently Asked Questions

In April 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced. This means that employers with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year are liable to pay the levy. The aim of the initiative is to raise money to meet the cost of apprenticeship schemes across the UK. We have provided answers to a number […]

Organising an effective employee induction

What is induction and why do we need it? Induction is all about enabling an employee to acclimatise to their new job and working environment.  It’s an important period in which the new starter has the opportunity to: Get to grips with the requirements and expectations of their new role. Learn more about the organisation […]

Social cohesion leads to great results at work

In this recent TED Talk business leader Margaret Heffernan looks at what drives high-achieving teams, arguing that ‘the superchicken model’, in which the value is placed on star employees who outperform others, doesn’t work but social cohesion does.

Solve skills shortages by developing in-house talent

An HR Magazine article is urging organisations to win the war on talent by developing the talent they already have. Talent management strategies must ensure that the right people are doing the right jobs in the right place if they are to ensure business success. The first stage in creating a talent management strategy is […]

Funding injection to improve UK engineering skills base

The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development reports that the government is to make available almost £49 million to address the shortfall of skilled engineers in the UK. Employers will be able to bid for some of the funding next year so long as it’s aimed at increasing skills within their current workforce and training […]

Gamification as a management tool

The development of technology such as the internet, smartphones and online gaming has significantly changed our lives. Now it seems that the generation who grew up with powerful consoles and sophisticated, multi-player, role-playing games is having an impact upon how businesses manage and develop their employees through gamification. If you think that’s a bit far-fetched, […]

How neuroscience helps with employee management

Neuroscience and management are not obvious bed-fellows. However, a recent CIPD article has examined how a better understanding of how our brains work could influence staff development strategies in the workplace of the future. Advances in brain scanning are revealing more to neuroscientists by the day and the CIPD has listed five key ways in […]