Kathryn Kendall

Up Close and Personnel

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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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Ten Things I’m Going To Do More of In 2018

When we set our New Year resolutions, they’re often about achieving particular goals. Whether it’s nailing that particular promotion, or just shifting a few pounds, we tend to think about the end result rather than the behaviours we exhibit in order to get there.

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Mind The Gap: The Culture Gap

Culture has been a buzz word in the HR industry for as long as I’ve been a part of it. We’re all familiar with the quote attributed to Peter Drucker: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The truth of course is that great organisations need both a clear and well defined strategy, and the organisational culture which enables delivery of that strategy.

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Showing Our Human Sides: The Rise of Social Media

My attention was caught this morning by a fascinating discussion on BBC Breakfast regarding personal social media profiles. It was off the back of a number of high profile cases where celebrities have been required to apologise after a series of historical comments on social media came to light which contained discriminatory language.

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Mince Pies and Money Worries: The Festive Financial Season

It might still only be the second week of November, but for most employees there is just one more pay day before Christmas. While talking about the festive season this early might be seen as overkill, we all need to be aware that, for a number of employees within our organisations, Christmas will already be very much playing on their minds… and not for the reasons you might think, either.

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Self-Employment – The Lessons We Can Learn

It can’t just be me who seems to have a spate of friends suddenly deciding to leave their nice, safe, stable jobs and branch out on their own. Self-employment is becoming more and more popular, and this is borne out by the statistics we see. In 2008, there were 3.8 million self employed people, according to the Office for National Statistics. By 2015 there were 4.6 million, an increase of more than 20% over just 7 years. With the rise of the gig economy, it seems the trend of “going it alone” is one that is here to stay.

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Life As A Working Parent

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I make things work as a working parent. More specifically, a working mother. This is partly because I am still a significant minority. Despite the many advances we have made in our approaches to work, we are all familiar with the statistics showing just how few women – and especially those women with young children – progress to Board level. The New York Times published a report sharing studies which show that, while having children penalises women, it actually benefits men. We still have a very long way to go to find true gender equality at work.

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Happy Benefex-ary To Me!

Exactly three years ago today I had classic “new girl” nerves. After almost nine years in a job that I absolutely loved, I was moving to head up the HR function here at Benefex. It was a role that I desperately wanted, but that doesn’t stop the first day in any new job being mildly terrifying. However great the recruitment process, waiting to find out if the reality matches your expectations is always nerve-wracking.

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The Mental Health Taboo

We live in an increasingly enlightened age. The world of work is almost unrecognisable to how it was fifty years ago. We have remote working. Flexible hours. The gig economy is thriving and employment mobility is higher than it has ever been.

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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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