Leadership & Management

Moving into management can be a lonely process without proper support

Being good at your job is rewarding; and it is certainly something that employers welcome. So much so in fact that it isn’t unusual for the good worker to become a new manager. After all, the good worker knows the ropes, is clearly capable; and always get results. So surely management material? But moving into… Continue reading Moving into management can be a lonely process without proper support

Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

But how do I know if this is really workplace bullying?

So you were asked to investigate an allegation of workplace bullying. You’ve interviewed the parties concerned and spoken to a reluctant witness. But how do you decide whether or not - on the balance of probability – that the allegation amounts to bullying? Making a decision can be difficult. Bullies are often clever manipulative individuals.… Continue reading But how do I know if this is really workplace bullying?

Leadership & Management

How not to communicate: a lesson from my managers

You can learn a lot from your own mistakes; and also, so I found, from the mistakes of others. Having worked in the distant past for two somewhat “direct” managers, I became very aware of how not to deal with staff. Don’t get me wrong, both of these managers were clever, knowledgable and got things… Continue reading How not to communicate: a lesson from my managers

Health & Safety, Leadership & Management

To prevent work stress, look at how your organisation is managed

Imagine feeling light headed, having difficulty sleeping and constantly feeling run-down. Imagine regular anxiety attacks and frequent indigestion. Now imagine arriving at your workplace, looking at the building, and being filled with dread. I’m not talking about some infectious disease or accident, but a condition called work-related stress. Nor am I exaggerating. What I’ve described… Continue reading To prevent work stress, look at how your organisation is managed