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The dark side of goal-setting

Imagine you’re sitting down for a planning meeting with your team, and your manager is setting goals for each person to achieve by the end of the month. What goes through your mind? As soon as the clock starts ticking, […]

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If it’s fixed, break it: the advantages of having a growth mindset

Original illustration by Mark Winter Developing a growth mindset is an emerging trend in learning and development. Although the concept is often applied in schools, it’s becoming increasingly popular in organisations too. And with good reason: having a growth mindset […]

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What is the gender pay gap, and how can we bridge it?

By midnight tonight, all companies with 250+ employees must declare their gender pay gap or face investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. However, it’s one thing to legislate for transparency, but another to delve into the resulting data […]

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Take a hike! The benefits of a lunchtime walk

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” – Nietzsche How often do you eat lunch in the office, moving only a few paces between the office kitchen and your desk? Although the days are getting longer and spring is […]

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Do you have a ‘Silver Strategy’? Planning for an older workforce

Retirement used to be a time to put your feet up, to bow out of the labour force, perhaps to enjoy hobbies that you no longer need to fit around work. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the boundary between […]

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The characteristics of great leadership

In our work across a range of businesses, we’ve seen the powerful effect of great leadership. When leaders create a positive culture of trust and empowerment, employees are more likely to be invested in the organisation’s strategy, future and values. […]

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The politics of presenteeism

UK employees are taking fewer sick days than ever before. Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) broke the news that an estimated 137m working days were lost in 2016 – equivalent to 4.3 days per worker. In 1993, […]

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Fintech: the changing face of banking

In the financial services sector, there is an indisputable need to adapt to the fast pace of the rapidly changing fintech environment – and banks are rising to approach this as a challenge. The danger, otherwise, is being overtaken by […]

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Prediction or projection? How bias skews data

Many of us will usher 2016 out of the door with a sigh of relief. The year has been a tumultuous one, and the two biggest predictions that were forecast didn’t come to pass. In June, the UK shocked the […]

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The EU Referendum: what are the implications for workers’ rights?

A cornerstone of the argument for voting to Remain in the European Union today is the belief that UK membership of the EU guarantees and protects workers’ rights. The counterclaim, from the Leave campaign, contends the exact reverse – that […]

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The Plague of Business Clickbait

In the Karian and Box office, we may occasionally be guilty of an enjoyable lunch break scroll through the clickbait rabbit warren that is Buzzfeed. Sure, we’ll click on “The Top 10 Cutest Pictures of Dogs Wearing Socks” or “28 […]

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Wearable tech in the workplace

We know that physical and mental wellbeing is important for employee engagement and productivity. There is a clear feedback loop between employee health and engagement with an organisation. Managers who show that they sincerely care about employee wellbeing act as […]

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The Flip Side of Freedom: when unlimited vacation time backfires

Indulgent employee benefits such as unlimited time off policies may sound like they were dreamed up by a bored worker on a slow Tuesday. However, offering unrestricted holiday is becoming more widespread among companies, especially in the US. Virgin, Twitter […]

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Work-life integration: can it deliver the best of both worlds?

“Workaholic culture” is a common refrain in our busy, modern lives as we strive to achieve work-life balance – perfect equilibrium between our work and our personal lives. So it’s not hard to imagine why any suggestion of work-life integration […]

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Can workaholism ever be a good thing?

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Do you answer your work emails at the weekend / in the evening / on holiday? Do you think about your work constantly? Are you a workaholic? Addictions are, by nature, […]

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What’s the problem with ‘Thank God it’s Friday’ culture?

The debate about Amazon’s punishing work culture, alleged by the recent New York Times article and ex-Amazon employees, illustrates an issue that seems to affect many employees. TGIF culture. The relief that the last day of the working week has […]

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How do perceptions of the gender pay gap compare to the facts?

The gender pay gap report published last week by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has created a flurry of media reaction and response. It controversially shows a consistent gender gap in reward that increases with age. While younger workers (age […]

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The ‘Truth About Dishonesty’ shows value of culture talk

Almost everyone agrees dishonesty is wrong. From the bedroom to the boardroom, partners in life and in business effusively assure each other that they will always be faithful. But if dishonesty is universally recognised as sinful, how come so many […]

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Cracking the glass ceiling – what part does language play?

“When I did have a female boss they do tend to be a bit more emotional than men you know… Some women can play the fact they are a woman …in general I just find [men in the workplace] to […]

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Why flexible working is no silver bullet against stress

The health watchdog NICE has weighed in on the flexible working debate and issued guidance that companies should be doing more to ‘make employees feel appreciated’, arguing that this could have a considerable impact on public health. According to NICE, […]

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