Kathryn Kendall

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People Managers – Born, Not Made

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.

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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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Meetings, Meetings, Everywhere

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.

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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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