Category Archives: Insight

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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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More than just a number: thinking differently about employee survey results

Illustration by Mark Winter Numbers have had a powerful hold over our thinking for millennia and across cultures – before we were able to write we were using numerical symbols to help make sense of the world around us. It’s […]

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Boomers, X-ers, Millennials and now Gen Z: how the next generation is shaking up the workplace

As someone who was born in 1992, doesn’t have Instagram, and who regularly abandons their phone in coffee shops, I am, categorically, not a Gen Z.  But then, after being bombarded with endless societal criticism about my ‘lack of work […]

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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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Why leaders need coaches

Leaders can cast long shadows. Here at K&B we often see a strong correlation between how engaged employees are and their relationship with their line managers and senior leaders. Where trust in leaders is low, lower engagement scores tend to […]

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Six things that coaching isn’t

Freighted with “Hey, make like an ice unicorn, be horny for life but be chilled,” self-help baggage, the business coach can meet with a lot of scepticism. Vast crowds of unqualified practitioners simply slapping a ‘coach’ tag on their blog […]

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Change and Transformation in the workplace – new thinkBites issue

Change and transformation in the new thinkBites Autumn 2017 issue Our latest thinkBites looks at change and transformation in the workplace. How are businesses rethinking the relationship between internal and external comms. How do you use the power of the […]

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thinkBites July 2017 issue is out – Build on it

thinkBites July 2017 issue – How to make conference theory a concrete reality Our latest thinkBites is concerned with how you make those back-of-the-napkin moments of inspiration actually work. We revisit many of the ideas and conversations from the HR […]

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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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Equal Pay Day and why 50% of your colleagues might not be in tomorrow

Today is the day when all of us women can pop on our coats, grab our bags and face the cold, horrible commute home for the last time this year.  And let’s face it, this year has been pretty terrible. […]

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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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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 financial services can learn from the culture of voluntary transparency in professional athletics

“I work so hard for what I do. It has taken me half of my life to achieve what I achieved and for people to think I am taking a shortcut is not fair. I am 100 percent clean. This […]

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What the hell is ‘quad play’?

If you’ve not heard the term ‘quad play’ before, first put all thoughts of dangerous team games on small motorised utility vehicles out of your mind. We’re not talking about polo for petrolheads. Quad play is the newest strategy in […]

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Engaging millennials

Michael is driven. Michael is connected. He has 492 friends on Facebook, a third of whom he’s ever met. He went to university. He works a part-time job as a barista. He has an unpaid internship at an exciting start-up tech company. He lives with his parents. He’s […]

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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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Has the shortage of flexible jobs created a talent bottleneck?

A severe shortage of flexible working arrangements may weaken employee engagement and new talent acquisition, a recent survey by TalentWise suggests. Although nearly half of UK employees want well-paying flexible jobs, only a fraction of jobs advertised offer any real […]

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