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Get Your Staff Out of The Office

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Your bookkeeper calls in one morning to say her son is sick and can’t go to school. She will have to stay home and look after him.

In some businesses that would mean writing off the productivity of that employee for the day with possible knock-on effects for meetings, projects or appointments. What if the employee could still contribute at least half a day to get crucial work completed? Or they might want to avoid using up a day of leave? Read More

Time to Clock On

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

A hallmark of the industrial revolution was the punch card system. Factory workers clocked on and off by getting their cards stamped by a clerk or later by machine. The manager knew exactly how much time each of their staff had spent on the job by looking at their stamped times.

Some modern workplaces feel like they are operating under a similar framework. The boss sits there watching the clock in the morning and noting down when every employee dawdles in. Read More

The Best Way to Hire

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Imagine you had a choice of hiring one of two candidates for your business. The first had years of experience, was highly qualified and boasted a strong track record. The second was a junior player, ambitious yet untested.

Many businesses wouldn’t hesitate in choosing the former. But what if the older candidate was so sure of himself that he refused to listen to his superiors, mocked the mistakes of others and proved to be otherwise prickly and uncooperative? Read More

Should You Ban Facebook?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Facebook has become the most popular online destination in the world - more people read updates on Facebook every day than search on Google. Naturally, employees accessing Facebook during work time is an issue for most businesses. Employers fear losing hours of productivity to mindless banter between employees and their friends, looking at videos and photos of the night before. An obvious answer is to ban employees from reading Facebook at work.  But is banning the right answer?  Read More

Co-Owned Businesses – Giving Employees A Stake In The Company

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The connection between productivity and morale is a demonstrated fact in the business world. Lack of commitment directly impacts a whole raft of productivity inputs such as number of work hours lost, workshop safety and wastage rates. Lack of commitment dries up a major source of money saving ideas - those that committed employees make.  Read More

How To Conduct Fair And Effective Employee Appraisals

Friday, September 10, 2010

Most organisations review the performance of their employees on a regular basis (usually annually), for the purposes of determining pay adjustments, promotions, terminations and training requirements. Unfortunately, the very idea of being “appraised”, of having some superior pass judgement on them, is resented by many employees – unfortunate because, in fact, a structured Performance Appraisal is the most objective method their employer can use to reliably evaluate their standard of performance and reward them according to their real merit. Even the most technically sound Performance Appraisal structure can be sabotaged by non-cooperation, usually arising from some idea that it is “unfair”. To operate effectively, you must build a Performance Appraisal system that demonstrates fairness through every aspect of its operation. Read More