Today’s blog post was inspired by a fantastic article I read recently. The article in question contained insight from a number of HR professionals who had progressed to become CEOs, and the things they learnt along the way.
Throughout my HR career, arguably the skill I’ve been asked to provide most training in is the art of people management. So, here’s a possibly controversial view. I don’t actually believe you can teach the ability to manage people. Essentially, you either have it, or you don’t.
A question I have been asked on a number of occasions during my career in HR is “whose side are you on?” The implication being that HR, by the nature of its function, must be biased towards supporting the employer or employee during its many day to day transactions and activities.
Chances are, you’ve already heard about this morning’s landmark at the Supreme Court, where it was ruled that the fees which have been imposed upon employees in order to take a case to tribunal are unlawful. Not only will such fees be prohibited going forwards, all fees already paid are to be reimbursed.
Time for a bit of theory. Let’s pull up some Maslow, shall we? If we’re honest, for most of us, it’s probably one of the only theoretical models which has really stuck in our head. This is likely for a couple of reasons. One, it’s pretty darn straightforward, compared to a lot of the models out there which you need a PhD in to even begin to be able to get your head around them. And two, it’s directly relevant to every single one of us.
Chances are, regardless of the sector, industry or size of business that you work within, email is probably your most prevalent communication tool. Since it burst into widespread use in the late 1990s it has transformed the way most organisations communicate. And, with that, it has brought both benefits and pitfalls.
I suspect I’m unlikely to be alone with my confession that I have, on more than one occasion, found myself stuck inside a meeting which was serving almost no productive purpose. Meetings are both the saviour and the curse of the modern workplace. Saviours because, when run effectively, they can move decision making forward at a velocity which endless email trails with the world copied in could never hope to emulate. And curse because, as you will no doubt have experienced, the number of meetings which are actually run in such an efficient and productive manner can be few and far between.
I’m working from home today. This is not an especially unusual occurrence – I work from home for part of most days, though it’s more unusual for me to block out a full day to be at home.
Working from home, in my view, is a little like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. And we’ll explore some of the rationale behind that in this blog post. But regardless of whether you’re a “WFH” fan or not, the fact remains that, with the rise of technology and the associated change it has brought to our working conditions, working from home is here to stay.
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