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Giving more to those facing redundancy…

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Last week we discovered in the latest Northern Ireland unemployment figures that in 2013, there were a total of 2,011 confirmed redundancies.

This was somewhat positive- as much as it can be- as the number was down 40% on the previous year (3,353 in 2012.)

In Northern Ireland, some businesses seem unwilling to put such departing employees through a career transition programme (outplacement), whereby support and advice is given to staff to prepare them for the next steps outside of your company.

This may help them to secure employment within the same industry, a career change, start (more…)

“I’ve always hated James Bond” – are exit interviews a good thing?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Last week Sean Connery topped the poll of the most popular British actors in the USA.

The American ‘Q score’ charts released their first ever ‘Brit Q’ rankings in which the 83-year-old actor triumphed.

Still recognised for “Bond, James Bond”, you would think that Sean Connery would relish in his 007 fame. But that’s not the case.

He (infamously) said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”

So, how important is it to tell your former employees that the job really wasn’t for you?

One way is the “exit interview” which tends to get overlooked by companies here, but they are an effective tactic in understanding why people are leaving and how to most successfully enhance retention.
Important questions any employer should ask are: (more…)

Stressed out? Surviving the High performance Job.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

I read a newspaper article last week that suggested people in the U.K are, on average, stressed out a massive 234 times a year.

For some, it can be as often as twenty times every single week.

There is no doubt that stress at work is a major issue, with even greater pressures over the last few years as the recession hit companies hard and the threat of redundancies loomed.

I often hear suggestions for overcoming stress such as doing more exercise or taking up a hobby.

While this may be advantageous, I have a number of other ideas on how managers might cope with the demands of high performance jobs:

  • Try to streamline administrative/bureaucratic processes: You may be surprised how this can reduce stress and accelerate production and productivity.
  • (more…)