Kathryn Kendall

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Working From Home, And Making Home Work For You

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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‘Flexibility To Travel’. Unintentional Discrimination?

Some of you may have read a blog post I wrote for Benefex last week, in which I talked about the desperate need for us to relook at the way we treat parents and parental responsibilities within the workplace.

The need to provide increased flexibility doesn’t just apply to parents, either. When CV Library undertook a piece of research to understand what employees would cite as their most desired workplace benefit, flexible working came out on top with a massive 47% of respondents listing it. Like it or not, a demand for increased flexibility within the workplace is here to stay. The very best organisations out there have already woken up to this, and are making workplace flexibility a key component of their EVP.

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Summer in the City: The Dress Code Dilemma

In this current heatwave that we’re enjoying/enduring (dependent on your view on warm weather!), my thoughts have turned once again to the subject of dress codes.

I’ve blogged previously on such a topic, and my personal reasons why I believe office dress codes are both archaic and actually counteractive to productivity. However, today I’d like to explore our obsession with dress codes not only within the office, but also outside of it.

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Cast No Shadow: The Benefits of Work Shadowing

work shadowing

You have no doubt heard of work shadowing. It’s something which is typically used as part of an induction, or training process. The idea being that an employee goes and sits with another employee, to observe them working. Why? Well, the benefits are multiple. It’s a chance to observe working practises first hand. An opportunity to absorb knowledge and to learn new skills via direct observation. For new joiners to the business, it also provides time to get to know colleagues and start to build those all-important working relationships.

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Delivering Value: A Roll Out Programme

Following on from my recent blog on the Value of Values, I wanted to write a series of blog posts talking about the roll out of our new values here at Benefex.

The first and most obvious question you might ask is, why the change? If you already have a set of values in place, why look to change them?

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Keeping It Real: Being Human In The Workplace

When I first started out in the world of work, managers and directors were a distant and remote set of individuals. The less I saw of them, the more mythological features they took on. In my mind, they became strangely robotic creatures, who were able to manage teams of people and make difficult decisions without ever showing the slightest flicker of emotion. Don’t get me wrong: I had good managers, who took plenty of time to guide me and spend time on my development. But it never felt like they were truly human.

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Workplace Perils: The Curse of Busy

busyness

It’s a phrase which, as you read this post, is being uttered in tens of thousands of offices the world over:

“I’m busy.”

Or, perhaps:

“I’m too busy.”

Or, if we really want to make the point:

“I’m really busy.”

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The Value of Values

values

 Here at Benefex we are currently in the process of relaunching our Company values. Our new set of values have been revamped, realigned to our business direction, and are designed to give everyone who works for us the best possible chance of succeeding in what they do.

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“It’s Not Fair!” – And Why It Needs To Be

fairness

Having just spent the weekend with my children, I have been left in no uncertain doubt as to their views on the fairness (or otherwise) of the way that I treat them. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday I have been subject to a continuous stream of “It’s not fair.” Whether it’s the amount of cornflakes in their bowl of cereal, or the level of water they have left in their glass, or the fact that one of them has the exact piece of Lego the other one wanted at that moment in time.

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Recruitment Choices: Why It Never Pays To Settle For Second Best

I’ve blogged before about my frustrations with recruitment. Recruitment, at times, can seem like something of a dark art. You post a job advert which elicits a huge response and end up finding your perfect candidate. You post the same advert just one month later, get merely a handful of responses and are left with the Hobson’s choice of recruiting a seriously sub-standard candidate, or recruiting no one at all.

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