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    Performance: Why ‘rank and yank’ fell out of favour

    Plotting employees along a performance curve can have a negative impact on engagement. All images: Shutterstock One of the more surprising details of consulting firm KPMG’s recent woes was that it had been using a ‘set distribution’ or ranking approach to assessing employees’ performance. Like annual appraisals, this is a performance management strategy that has […] More

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    Why building resilience should be a priority in 2021

    Listening to employees’ stories can help build empathy and resilienceShutterstock Facing a landscape of coronavirus restrictions until spring at the earliest means building resilience among employees should be top of the agenda for business leaders. Francoise Woolley looks at coping strategies for managers and how showing vulnerability can help us all feel better.  The impact […] More

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    How to influence emotions to get the best from employees

    Shutterstock There are many strategies employees and managers can use to influence the emotions of the people around them – and this can have a significant impact in the workplace, writes Karen Niven. The ability to forge effective working relationships is more important than ever, with remote working now normal for many as a result […] More

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    Will Covid spell the end of hierarchy? 

    Visual Generation/Shutterstock The adjustment to home-working and the need for greater agility in decision-making may have encouraged the growth of flatter organisations. In sectors steeped in the value of hierarchy, will we see a more fluid approach? Peter Crush investigates.   As a former CIO at the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Jon Faulkner knows a thing […] More

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    Building skills the top priority for HR leaders in 2021

    HR leaders were asked to list their priorities. Photo: Shutterstock HR leaders’ top priority for 2021 is to add critical skills, once the immediate threat of the Covid-19 crisis recedes, a prominent study has found, while questions emerge over trust in and quality of senior management. According to global business analyst and consultancy Gartner in […] More

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    The future is hybrid: so where will we work?

    Office spaces will better serve distributed teams and workers will have access to ‘third spaces’ outside their homesShutterstock Recent surveys suggest that most organisations will face at least some degree of hybrid home and office working for months and years to come. What will the role of workspaces be in this emerging culture? Nick LiVigne […] More

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    ReimagineHR: Expect a new employment deal post-Covid, says Gartner

    Boundaries between work and life have blurred, and employers must find new ways to engageShutterstock Employees’ capacity to deal with change is around half what it was in 2019 as they deal with increased worries around the economy, job security and the health of their loved ones, according to analyst firm Gartner. Discussing how the […] More