Traditional management is costly and time consuming. Is self-management an alternative?

Middle management executes the company’s business plan. Its main function is to ensure: • the Key Performance Indicators for the department are met; • company’s expectations in terms of people skills and behaviours are met; • people in the team feel they are being treated well and given opportunities to learn and progress. This is not in the interest of increasing manager’s popularity amongst staff but in order to prevent talent from getting a job with a competitor or disengaging. However, it has been increasingly difficult for middle managers to fulfil all of these expectations. They have...

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Are the days of office based 9:00 to 5:00 over?

In the YouGov survey of almost 1200 working adults, 27 per cent of those aged between 45 and 54 complained that their employers gave staff with family responsibilities preferential treatment when it comes to flexible working requests. Goes to show that quite a few of us would appreciate a few less hours in the office in exchange for less pay or an option to work remotely. Why don’t employers offer flexible working to all staff then? My experience shows that a great deal of employers are afraid they would not be able to meet customer demands and work as efficiently should work patterns differ...

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