Tags: advice

Jean Gamester: The Shackleton Spirit – how to lead our teams through change

One hundred years ago, in early 1916, Ernest Shackleton’s plans lay in tatters.  Having set off two years earlier to be the first to journey across the Antarctic, this Anglo-Irish explorer and his men had lost their ship to crushing ice.  They were stranded on an ice floe in the Weddell Sea facing a bleak and uncertain future.

Paul Russell: So you want to be…an engaging presenter?

You’ve delivered the presentation, your attendees are busy scribbling away at the evaluation cards, what do you think they are writing? ‘Dynamic speaker, kept me interested, learnt a lot’, or perhaps a rather less encouraging ‘the biscuits were good’. Making presentations to external organisations, delivering workshops to new starters, conducting seminars during company training days; presentation skills are particularly relevant for the HR professional. However, not all of us are naturals at bringing others on board for the journey and keeping them interested along the way. At the heart of being effective at imparting information that others retain is engagement, here are our top tips to engage your audience.

The employment landscape is changing – how to recruit the best talent

Employers are facing a conflict between the employee skills and changing workforce needs. Research among over 20,000 employees from member-based advisory company, CEB, suggests that managers need 20 per cent more productivity from their employees at a time when the instability of the current economy is impacting the corporate bottom line. Moreover, CEB suggest that…

SMEs get equality advice

Small businesses in the West Midlands gathered for the first in a series of regional events about workplace equality. The SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) roadshow, organised by the British Chambers of Commerce and the Government Equalities Office, aims to promote a better understanding of what equality legislation requires. The first of the 10 breakfast…

Radical revamp for workplace safety and health advice

A radical revamp of the way small businesses access official advice about health and safety online has been launched. The new Health and Safety Toolbox is the latest in a package of online guidance, bringing together in one place everything a small, low-risk business could need to manage health and safety. Written with busy firms…

ACAS releases new guidance for ‘tellers’ of bad news

ACAS has released new guidance for employers, trade unions and employee representatives on how best to deal with redundancies. Downsizing or restructuring can be a challenge at all levels of an organisation, and Redundancy handling, a new advice booklet from ACAS, gives wide-ranging guidance for the ‘tellers’ of bad news. One section highlights the crucial,…

Bad Habits in the boardroom

Almost half of UK Non Executive Directors feel underused and undervalued Nearly half of Non Executive Directors (46%) do not feel that their experience and knowledge is leveraged to full effect often enough by the Boards they sit on according to a new study(1) by Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann and KPMG. The research was conducted on…