Kathryn Kendall

Up Close and Personnel

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Two Little Words

It’s been an exciting few weeks at Benefex, with the launch of our new Recognition app, which this week we rolled out internally for all of our employees to use. We’ve been huge fans of peer to peer recognition for a number of years now, and having the opportunity to now deliver this via our own software was a pretty landmark moment for us.

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It’s Not When You Do It, Or Where You Do It… It’s What You Do That Matters

For some time now, there’s been a concerning trend which has been emerging. It’s apparent whenever you scroll through LinkedIn, read industry articles which talk about how the brightest and the best got to where they are today, or even have a conversation with friends about how their organisations work.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

The current inclement weather may have been a pertinent reminder too late for some organisations that they perhaps haven’t planned for such an eventuality. With the typically mild climate we enjoy, weather which has the potential to impact on business operations is generally few and far between.

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A Very Human Resource

It’s an exciting time to work in business. Technology is advancing like never before. We have the increased automation of jobs, and the prospect of widespread AI on the horizon. We are able to work faster, smarter, and in more remote locations than ever before, in an increasingly diverse spectrum of roles designed to support the growth of technology.

With all of this going on, it is important that we don’t forget the very human side of our workforces.

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Efficiency and Effectiveness: Making The Most Of Your Day

 I have a personal view that few, if any of us, work as effectively and efficiently as we could. I don’t think the way the world of work is typically structured helps with this. The vast majority of us will have contracts of employment which will dictate the hours and the location we must be at each day, as opposed to containing wording which states specific deliverables.

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Delivering Success: The Process of Goal Setting

We seem to talk a lot about goal setting. Short term goals, long term goals, team goals, individual goals. It appears that as organisations and senior leaders, we’ve finally cottoned on to the fact that the way to enable people to succeed is to give them something to aim at.

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Kindness: An Underrated Trait

 When we think of the traits of successful business leaders, what first comes to mind? Assertiveness? Decisiveness? The ability to command a room and take control?

While there are undoubted merits in all of the above, there is a danger that we start to value these more than the attribute which can perhaps provide us with one of the greatest competitive advantages of all.

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The Gender Pay Gap: Time’s Up

The gender pay gap is going to be a hot topic in 2018. With the mandatory reporting deadline for companies with over 250 employees fast approaching, organisations everywhere will find themselves with it at the top of their strategic agenda… whether they’re comfortable with that or not.

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People Management, and Getting It Right

I’ve written previously about the reasons why I believe you can’t teach someone to be a great people manager. You can improve someone’s people management skills, but my personal belief, borne out by my years of working with people and their line managers, is that people management, and inherently understanding how you inspire, develop and get the best out of people, in itself is not something which can be taught.

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Time’s Up

Time’s up. And it’s time we properly talked about the problem. And not simply talked, either. It’s time to act.

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