Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

Resolve conflict by concentrating on the interests, not the personalities

Very few people enjoy dealing with workplace conflict. But very few workplaces are entirely conflict free. Even in the best of organisations, people can disagree, fall out, or take a dislike to someone or something. So how do you, faced by two opposing views, stop people from locking horns? Whatever you may think about the… Continue reading Resolve conflict by concentrating on the interests, not the personalities

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Civil Society, Employment Relations

One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

Working for a charity can be very rewarding, but don’t expect to be well paid. OK, so some of the larger charities will pay their most senior post holders an attractive salary, but for most working in the sector, I doubt the prospect of a healthy wage cheque was the primary attraction. This is illustrated… Continue reading One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

I realised creating a sense of belonging and value was the key to good teamwork

How does the inexperienced, newly appointed manager, motivate a team? In my first managerial role, I was clueless. I’d seen and experienced the result of poor management practices with previous employers. What was I to do? Back then my first goal was to get to know my team. So I spoke to them regularly, I… Continue reading I realised creating a sense of belonging and value was the key to good teamwork

Employment Relations

Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple

In my twenty years or so dealing with employment issues there has been one issue above all others that causes confusion. I’m talking of Constructive dismissal, that unusual employment concept where a resignation can be considered as a dismissal on account of the employer’s conduct. But if only it were that simple… Take the case of… Continue reading Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple