Kathryn Kendall

Up Close and Personnel

Category: Culture (Page 1 of 2)

Home Is Where The Heart Is – A Sense of Belonging

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.

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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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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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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

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 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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Defining Your Culture: Making It Real

In my next blog in my series on Culture, Engagement and Business Objectives, I want to look at how we really start to define our culture.

The HR press have done culture no favours. It is all too frequently described as this almost ethereal concept, impossible to pin down and to objectively define. Consequently, there is a very real risk that it becomes perceived as some fluffy whim which should sit firmly – and solely – within HR’s domain.

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Culture, Engagement and Business Objectives: A Model

In the last blog post in this series I talked about my personal experiences of the impact culture can have on engagement, and therefore the delivery of business objectives. Following on from this, I want to now look at how these fit together in a model, and how the relationship between them is driven.

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Removing The Parenting Taboo

If we want to avoid the human race dying out, it is a requirement that we continuously repopulate. Each generation takes on the responsibility for bringing up and raising the generation that follows. In very simple terms: if our generation don’t have children, then there will be no generations to come, and mankind will eventually die out.

With this as the backdrop, I confess to being absolutely baffled as to why still, in the year 2017, there is a majority viewpoint that business and family life should be mutually exclusive.

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