Category Archives: Workplace practises

unfair dismissal

Unfair dismissal: 7 ways to create a workplace safety net

There have never many guarantees in life as a corporate employee. But now, despite employment protection legislation, there seem to be even fewer. We live in turbulent and changing times and no one is immune. So it’s not just necessary to be strategic about career advancement, but to always have a safety net in place in case of an unexpected fall. Even minor changes which at one time might have produced a little stumble, might send you crashing to your knees

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A great divide: planned parenthood and corporate planning

Planned parenthood is commonplace for professional men and women today. Yet organisations seem to have contingency plans in place for anthing from a terroist threat to natural disasters, but not maternity leave. Why is that?

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The Guru Factor: Where are the women?

Something’s got to give Earlier this year, somewhat bewildered by our leaders and their actions (or lack thereof) over the previous few years, I wrote a post “Playing without the Queens“. In it I expressed surprise at the notable lack of public reaction as bankers and financial service leaders decimatad our global economies, while the…

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candidate power

Are we seeing a resurgence of candidate power?

After a period of huge workplace change, despite predictions we are seeing and uptick in the job market. Going hand in hand with this trend is a resurgence of candidate power, with employers very much playing catch up leading to huge numbers of unfilled vacancies. Top candidates making greater demands As the worst of the…

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What is your career sine? New take on career strategy

Career ladder or lattice? Our society is evolving at a phenomenal pace. Technology has brought about changes that even 15 years ago we could only have dreamed about. New trends Think tanks are predicting labour shortages in key sectors, pension plans and a default retirement age are likely to be pipedreams for the next generation.…

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How fast is too fast? Speed interviewing.

Would you move in with someone you’d only just met? I was recently asked by a local journalist for a soundbite on speed interviewing. This is apparently one of the latest job hiring strategies to hit the job market and is seemingly being adopted by an increasing number of companies. The process, pretty much like…

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Age 70 for retirement? Bring forward workplace changes

Why wait until 2040 to implement workplace changes for older workers who are opting for a later retirement? I seem to be receiving lots of invitations to retirement parties recently. A number of my friends and associates are heading off into the sun or sunset with a variety of fabulous plans: sailing around the Mediterranean…

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grown up gap years

Grown up gap years: avoiding burn out

Mid career gap years. How to stay sane and avoid burn out Just before Christmas I had an email from Thailand from an ex-business associate. He was in between jobs and had negotiated a six month career gap. At 45 he had been working his socks and body parts off for over 20 years and needed…

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