Avoid getting walloped by gender pay gap reporting

Although fundamentally well intentioned, the Government’s requirement for employers of more than 250 employees to start reporting staff pay in 2017 could have an unfair impact on the reputation of many employers. Read more ›

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Do strong leaders make good decisions?

We all admire a strong leader. They help people feel they can move mountains when faced with the impossible. As with all personality types though, great strengths are always combined with a downside. So are those with the big personalities best placed as the figurehead of your organisation or someone to avoid placing at the decision making board table? Read more ›

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Do you have a ‘corporate psychopath’ in your midst?

Like 100 other people, I attended a talk yesterday evening by Prof Clive Boddy from Middlesex University.  He shared his research into who can be considered a ‘corporate psychopath’ (CP) and why they can do serious damage to an organisation – destroying customer, employee and community relations – whilst senior managers may be none-the-wiser about the impact they are having.  At the same time, they can appear charming, results driven and have seemingly successful careers.

As Prof Boddy was talking, I couldn’t get the character Catbert (from the Dilbert cartoon strips) out of my head.  These individuals account for around 3.5% of senior managers, 2% of other managers and 1% of the general population. So what can you do to spot them? And is it possible to bring out their good qualities at work and limit the risk of damage? Read more ›

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Are you a tiger or meerkat? How the changing economy has affected your career prospects

Career animalsThe changing economy has created winners and losers when it comes to current career prospects.  Some workers have had access to great opportunities emerging from organisational change. Others have faced a very different world with unstable career prospects.

Over the last 15 years, we’ve been conducting employee surveys for our clients and we’re seeing a change in attitudes.  The curious change in the profile of worker attitudes isn’t about their intention to stay with an employer, but their sense of resilience to face whatever happens.

When we ask people about their intention to stay with their employer, many have looked to hold on to their current job. Some have reported a ‘bumper’ time for their career growth – finding new opportunities that may not be available in a more stable workplace. However, others have had a very different experience and have a very different attitude to employers – with lower levels of trust and sense of  job insecurity.

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The value of plants in your office

Image courtesy of Cambridge Plant Interiors

Our recent research around workplace wellbeing looked at a variety of factors that influence whether people feel they can maintain their wellbeing.  These included individual, job, environmental and cultural factors.  One aspect of our study looked at the impact of plants in the work environment on wellbeing. Our research found that a third of people (31%) feel their wellbeing is affected if there is a lack of plants in their work environment.  We found this affected productivity and worker resilience. So how are plants actually contributing to people’s health? We talked with local expert – Lizzie Duckworth from Cambridge Plant Interiors – to unpack the science. Read more ›

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Wellbeing creates 40% improvement in engagement

Workers who feel they can maintain their wellbeing at work are a whooping 40% more likely to feel engaged than other workers.  Our recent workplace wellbeing research found that 66% of people who felt they could maintain their wellbeing were engaged with their employer. This compares to just 27% of workers who feel engaged but are struggling to maintain their wellbeing.

There are clear implications here for the effort and investment that organisations make around maintaining the wellbeing of their workers. Read more ›

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Does your work environment affect your wellbeing?

Wellbeing team Kelly (l) Richard and Lizzie (r)

For anyone tasked with improving wellbeing at their workplace, it can be difficult to know where to invest time and money. They can find themselves looking at a wide range of issues from mental health support, ergonomic desks, employee safety policies or the tax implications of the cycle to work scheme.

Yet, some Cambridge employers are certainly getting things right around workforce wellbeing and performance. The city ranks amongst the top locations in the UK for business in terms of its leading edge innovations (‘patents per head’) and high employment numbers. At the same time, our city is also ticking boxes around people’s ‘quality of life’ and we are the most likely to cycle to work. So what are employers here doing so well? Read more ›

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Genius new way of offering careers advice

Perhaps this will change the way we attract children into different careers – Kidzania above the Westfield Centre in London’s Shepherds Bush.

In a mini-world, children up to 14 years old get the chance to pretend they are working in all sorts of jobs and have to deal with a really tough audience – other kids. Parents are seeing this as a great way to encourage their children to explore what they really enjoy doing.  At the age when they start to make choices around what subjects/qualifications they might study at later stages of school, children are getting the chance to trial the job.  Schools careers advisers please take note. Read more ›

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To attract the best candidates – try employee referrals?

From his seat as a founder at at and, Tony Restell tells me he has seen first hand the impact of social technology on the changing hire market for companies trying to hire as well as the recruitment industry. To keep pace with these changes, research is showing that employers should take an active look at how they manage employee referral schemes (the ‘phone a friend’ about the job vacancy). Read more ›

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Google voted best for worklife balance

New research by Indeed has found that Google is the best employer for worklife balance in the UK.  The top ten list provided by Indeed is as follows:

1) Google
2) SAP
3) British Heart Foundation
4) Vale
5) Johnson & Johnson
6) British Red Cross
7) Oxfam
8) Volvo
9) Roche
10) Sony Electronics Read more ›

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