Reflections of an Investors in People Practitioner during Covid-19

Investors in People practitioners are expert consultants with a passion for driving positive business outcomes through effective people management. When we work with an organisation to gain or maintain their accreditation, it’s the practitioner that analyses the outputs of the survey and spends time talking to people across the organisation, to produce an action plan […]

Good leaders are master carpenters. How are your woodwork skills?

Good leaders are master carpenters. How are your woodwork skills? We’re trying to create the next generation of leaders. So why do so many lack self-confidence? Well, we tell them to fit in boxes. To be a servant leader. A transformational leader. An inclusive leader. We aren’t teaching them to develop their own identity. We’re […]

Nanny Employer: is there a risk of going too far?

Nanny Employer: is there a risk of going too far? Employers are more involved in people’s lives than ever before and the line between home life and professional life has blurred. Technology blurs this even further. Is there a risk that organisations can go too far? First things first. What actually is a ‘nanny employer? […]

Flexible working theory: what drawbacks should employers be aware of?

Flexible working theory: what drawbacks should employers be aware of? Flexible working is here to stay. Even back in 1997, we  found that in every EU country the use of flexible working in all its forms was increasing, and that there was no sign this had peaked. It is clear that there is value of […]

What not to do: how to encourage staff focus to increase productivity

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What not to do: how to encourage staff focus to drive productivity Organisations are moving away from telling people what to do and focusing on combining clear purpose with autonomy to increase productivity. This seems like a great recipe for success and it is, but there’s a challenge with autonomy. How to stop people using […]

Leaders, do you strike a good balance on inclusivity?

Leaders, do you strike a good balance on inclusivity? Inclusive workplaces are fantastic. When people feel valued and included, they bring their best selves to work. Their wellbeing improves, which improves productivity, which then improves wellbeing. It’s a virtuous circle: one of those ideas that delivers oodles of upside. And most importantly, it’s the right […]

Are we pushing innovation too far?

Are we pushing innovation too far? Organisations must transform themselves to thrive. This is where innovation comes in. It’s a powerful process where abstract thinking, creativity and technology meet existing problems. But as with all powerful processes, it comes with great responsibility. Why? Because it’s possible to push innovation too far. And it all comes […]

Job security: the importance of comfort messaging

Job security: the importance of comfort messaging In our Job Exodus survey, job security emerged as a key concern for employees and one that will encourage job-seeking in 2019. Want to help retain staff? We look at what causes employees to feel insecure about their jobs and offers a way for organisations to better support staff […]

4 leadership behaviours that improve wellbeing for the whole team

4 leadership behaviours that improve wellbeing for the whole team Why should we focus on improving wellbeing at work? Leaders that focus on improving the wellbeing of their people tend to enjoy better relationships with them, which in turn leads to higher job-related wellbeing and satisfaction.  Let’s look at key leadership behaviours that increase wellbeing. […]

Agile working: why teams need to love it

Agile working: why teams need to love it Agile working has become the norm for loads of teams across the world. Originally a method used by software developers to create laser-focused and productive teams, it’s spread far and wide to a whole host of industries and organisations. If you want people to work well together, […]