Aug 14

All about ethical dilemmas – what they are and how to avoid them

Have you ever called in sick to stay home and binge watch your favourite series?? Have you ever heard a colleague address another colleague inappropriately and not commented? Have you ever “borrowed” supplies from the stationary cupboard and not gotten around to returning them? Have you ever been asked by your organisation to act unethically […]

Jul 31

Eight suggestions for a successful workplace retreat

The objective of any workplace retreat is to take time out from the daily hurly-burly: an ideal way to refresh, reflect and plan…with colleagues. Sometimes, those last two words “with colleagues” do not seem to be factored into the actual preparation or roll-out of a retreat. I suspect that a fair proportion of readers of […]

Jul 17

How KPIs can create a toxic culture at work

At first glance, you may wonder how setting up KPIs to hold staff accountable for their work might in any way be problematic. After all, isn’t that considered the absolutely normal, bog standard approach. The issue, however, is not about KPIs, per se. KPIs certainly can, if used in the context of a consultative and balanced conversation between […]

Jun 26

CEOs behaving badly

CEOs and senior managers behaving badly have hit the news again and again over the last two years. In the most recent CEO Success Study produced by PWC, an analysis of CEO turnover in the top 2500 global listed companies, found that 39% of the top executives dismissed left under a cloud of being accused […]

Jun 19

The Power of Positivity

What difference does positivity make in the workplace? Research demonstrates that it makes a significant difference, thank-you very much! ‘Mind-Sets Matter’ research showed that a positive mindset has clear, positive consequences for goal achievement. Employees who know the meaning and positive impact of their work are happier and vastly more productive, as demonstrated in the […]

Jun 12

Preventing Workplace Burn-out: three simple tips

The World Health Organisation announced recently, that “burn-out” is to now be included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon. At its heart, it is a syndrome brought on from unsuccessfully managed workplace stress. Whilst not to be mistaken or classified as a medical condition, the ICD-11 […]

Jun 05

Taking a systematic approach to conflict in your workplace

Conflict Management Systems Design (CMSD) is gaining attention amongst human resources, risk and legal professionals. Originating in the USA (like much conflict resolution expertise), it is a way that organisations can proactively review the way conflict arises and improve how it is handled in the workplace. Consider this analogy. Rather than simply recommend paracetamol for a persistent headache, […]

Mar 27

Case Study: Why contradictory evidence is important in a workplace investigation

When conducting a workplace investigation, there is often pressure on an investigator to move quickly from allegation to findings. Some of these factors are entirely appropriate: a well-run, timely investigation without unexplained delays is key to minimising any potential harmful impacts on the participants in the investigation and the organisation as a whole. Sometimes though, […]