Amazon Kindle, trainers and a virtual library Technology is changing all the time, but one thing that has moved (historically) least is display technology. Is the Kindle e-book reader from Amazon a valuable tool for professionals? Is it worth the money and more importantly the weight and space in our already busy lives? The launch of "virtual paper" (e-Ink) displays is one of the 'newer' technologies, and being in a household that devours books I thought it was time to explore these, both for … [Read more...] about Amazon Kindle, trainers and a Virtual Library
Performance Management - why do we do it? The term performance management has been with us for some time, developed out of "appraisals", Performance Management remains one of the consistently used phrases in the human resources and management field. Recently the CIPD has conducted some research into performance management recently and the responses from 507 people are interesting. This short article looks at three of the outputs from that research and explores the potential meaning for HR, … [Read more...] about What is Performance Management? CIPD Research
Are our managers leaking talent, or retaining it? While responding to a question on a network group I belong to about employee motivation and engagement, I recalled some research about the fact that people left bosses not their jobs. Then I came across a recently published piece of research carried out by a the Florida State University that clearly suggests employees leave their bosses not their jobs. Matching employees to managers is an element of recruitment which is rarely done (except at … [Read more...] about Employees leave their boss not their job!
The Cost of Stress Did you know that in 2011, sickness absence due to stress cost organisations an average of £673 per employee per year? Indirect costs have been estimated as twice the amount of direct costs, so the total business cost per employee is nearer £2,000 per year. The 2011 CIPD/Simply Health Annual Absence Management Report shows Stress as the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for the first time. Workplace stress affects over 400,000 people a year, which can be … [Read more...] about The Cost of Stress
Do Athletes Excel At Everyday Tasks? A coaching opportunity Published earlier this month is a fascinating article on some research looking at the perception skills of those people good at athletic compared with other academics. (View the article ) Who can cross a busy road more effectively, a footballer or a psychology student? The experiment: In a virtual reality environment standing on a treadmill, students found themselves parachuted into an alleyway between two buildings. … [Read more...] about What change & business leaders can learn from athletes
Coaching is everywhere, in this piece we explore the history of coaching through academia, sport, business and beyond. It [Coaching] is the hot topic of management, leadership and people development. This article explores the history of coaching through the ages. There are as many forms of coaching methodologies are there are coaches, so is there a “right” way? Or is the term “coaching” a generic word for one-to-one guidance, help or support? A True Insight into Coaching The origination of … [Read more...] about History of Coaching – A True Insight into Coaching
Lack of Clarity Misleads Others Earlier this week Tesco Mobile (a division of the UKs largest retailer published a "Top 100 Inventions In History". The survey asked 4,000 people to compile a list of the 100 most important inventions in history. The results are a not too surprising collection of both inventions, innovations and adaptations. A shame as this will only lead to further "educate" the public into believing that innovation and invention are the same. In the research,,The Telephone … [Read more...] about Innovation and Invention… get confused again