19 10, 2012

Rethinking HR for a Changing World

By | 2012-10-19T09:08:23+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Categories: Change Management, Human Resources, People Management, Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Solo’s governance lead Matt Simkin reflects on this week’s debate on the future of HR and how it must add value to the business in the future KPMG has recently published Rethinking Human Resources in a Changing World.  The report reminds us of how it feels day-to-day in organisations; the attention on reducing and optimising cost.  HR [...]

12 10, 2012

The ethos of self discipline: lessons to learn from the FA

By | 2012-10-12T09:10:29+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Categories: News, Note Worthy, People Management, Solo Consultancy Ltd|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How should we react when a team member suddenly steps out of line?  Should we issue guidelines; or hold a team meeting; see the individual; or wait for an apology  and an explanation?  Last week Ashley Cole sent an angry tweet after he believed he had been unfairly criticised by the FA in their report of [...]

24 09, 2012

The Games Maker Experience: a Lesson in Motivation.

By | 2012-09-24T09:22:11+00:00 September 24th, 2012|Categories: News, Note Worthy, Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

We are just emerging from a unique experience as a nation of lovers of all things sporting and heritage. For me it was always going to be the greatest experience of my life, and an opportunity I would not miss at any price. I mean this literally. On 6th July 2005 we (and I do mean [...]

12 06, 2012

No-Fault Dismissals: Arguments for and against the Beecroft Proposal

By | 2012-06-12T09:26:37+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Categories: Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Beecroft Report which was published last month has aroused a lot of comment from HR professionals and business people alike – with fervent advocates on both sides of the debate. The argument has polarised between supporters of the proposal who feel that the pendulum has swung too far in favour of the employee, and those [...]

2 05, 2012

Taking the temperature of businesses in Kent.

By | 2012-05-02T09:29:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I visited the Kent 20/20 business exhibition at the Kent County Showground on April 19th, and spent an interesting few hours touring the stands, talking to a number of exhibitors and getting a feel for the confidence levels for the future. Overall, I would describe the mood as one of cautious optimism; there were plenty of [...]

27 03, 2012

Building resilience in a time of turbulence written by Fiona Endersby

By | 2012-03-27T09:31:35+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Categories: Change Management, Human Resources, Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom. Dean Becker, Harvard Business Review, May 2002. Ten years on from this article, the world seems more turbulent [...]

5 03, 2012

How effective are your managers?

By | 2012-03-05T09:35:41+00:00 March 5th, 2012|Categories: Human Resources, People Management, Uncategorized|2 Comments

The CIPD reported last week that 43% of managers surveyed for a recent report felt that their managers were ineffective. The research was undertaken by the Chartered Institute of Management and Penna together with Henley Business School and discovered a wide discrepancy between the responses from high performing organisations who felt that 80% of managers were [...]

27 01, 2012

Employment Law Update

By | 2012-01-27T09:39:31+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Categories: Human Resources, News, Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|0 Comments

There are a number of recent changes to employment law that all employers will need to be aware of. Make sure that you have included all the changes in your policies, procedures and information that you share with staff, clients and customers and other stakeholders, and if you would like any assistance in ensuring that you [...]

27 01, 2012

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

By | 2012-01-27T09:37:54+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Categories: Human Resources, People Management, Solo Consultancy Ltd, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We spend a lot of time at Solo, talking to clients and colleagues about how they can grow and improve their business; how they can stay abreast of current developments and ensure that their organisations remains current and effective and how they can develop themselves and their staff to be as effective and productive as possible. [...]

28 11, 2011

Employment Changes Ahead

By | 2011-11-28T09:40:58+00:00 November 28th, 2011|Categories: Human Resources, News, People Management, Solo Consultancy Ltd|0 Comments

After considerable debate on the subject, a far-reaching set of proposals aimed at changing key elements of employment legislation was revealed by Business Secretary Vince Cable during a speech to the EEF on November 23rd. The reforms are designed to help businesses to grow and flourish, by improving the way employers take people on, manage disputes [...]

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