Death of Appraisal: True or False?

As the New Year begins many organisations aim to complete their yearly Appraisals or Performance Reviews. It is a time to calibrate results, check the distribution curve and hand out any bonuses before the end of the financial year. However, in the past few years much has been written about the demise of this tried and trusted method of performance management. But is the death of the appraisal myth or reality?

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The Perfect Christmas – Somebody stop me!

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose ….” The tree is glistening with fairy lights and beautiful baubles, carol singers at the door, the wine is flowing and the assembled company are all in good cheer – the perfect Christmas! Sadly, in my house this is a fantasy Christmas, one that I aspire to but never quite attain and like many perfectionists I put too much pressure on myself during the holiday season to achieve this vision. Read More

Supermoon or Super Moan

I hope you have been lucky enough to catch sight of the Supermoon that has graced our night skies this week. Social media has been awash with images both real and fake of this once in every seven decade phenomena. What caught my eye as I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed though, was the number of people seeing a link between the Super Moon and a feeling of malaise and discontentment with their lot in life – in short there are a lot of super moaners out there!

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Once Upon A Time…..

We all love a good story, don’t we? Whether it is in the form of a movie, TV programme, book, poem or even a Facebook post; stories are a central part of how we communicate and make sense of our world.

Stories have been in existence long before recorded history. In 1940, a group of French children discovered a series of cave paintings in the Lascaux Caves in the Pyrenees Mountains, dating back to sometime between 15,000 and 13,000 B.C. which depict a variety of animals and one image of a human being along with rituals and hunting practices. Quite simply the paintings tell a story.

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Does the corporate dress code still count for anything?

Having recently helped facilitate an induction programme for over fifty Apprentices for one of our clients, I was struck by how well turned out these young people were.  Were they given a specific dress code for the event or did they intuitively know that smart would be better than casual?  I wasn’t sure … but not one of them was wearing denim.  The business itself does not lay down the law when it comes to what to wear to work; having said that there is an expectation that employees will dress appropriately for their work.

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