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, […]

Mar 20

Workplace Staff Training: Terrific or Torturous?

We’ve all been there. Stuck in tedious, mandatory staff training sessions on appropriate workplace behaviour or organisational values, where everyone (including the trainer) is just going through the motions in order to tick off policy compliance. If you are the well-intentioned organiser of this type of training and have had your program roundly disparaged across […]

Mar 06

How to Navigate a New Landscape for Workplace Complaints

Healthy organisations always want to hear from employees with a problem. Whether the problem is an ongoing personal gripe, an incidence of bullying or a case of suspected fraud, sensible management would much prefer to have the opportunity to address the issue in its earliest stages rather than let it fester and grow in potentially […]

Feb 27

The use, abuse and under-use of power in the workplace

In theory at least, power is a neutral concept. It can be used for good or ill. The word however tends to be associated with aggressive misuse such as: over powering or standing over those lower down the heirarchy , taking up more space, physical or verbal, than fair sharing would dictate, seeking or accepting […]

Feb 13

The top 3 problems that keep managers awake at night – and how to fix them

Current studies suggest that most adults, ideally, should get between 7 and 9 hours of solid sleep per night. The cost of bad sleep has a real impact on the community, so much so that, the federal government recently launched a parliamentary enquiry into sleep health awareness. In today’s post, Grevis Beard shares his insights […]