“We are a small company – we don’t need to make more money”

By Aggy Cybulska   Occasionally I come across the owners of small businesses who say to me “we only have 40 (insert whatever number you can think of) people, we don’t need HR”. Are you one of these business owners? It always surprises me when I hear that phrase because what they say can’t possibly be what these business owners really mean. Over the decades HR evolved from a purely administrative function to a value adding approach specialising in achieving desired impacts on people and organisations. So you can get the picture of what HR gets involved in, let’s look at six examples of...

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Can flexible benefits help SMEs improve their “employee proposition” in a war for talent?

The recent article on People Management website (08/08/12) stipulated that flexible benefits are becoming a norm. Although a norm in larger organisations smaller businesses have also begun to recognise the merits of so called “flex”. I remember trying to source a suitable online flex portal and a flex administrator about 4 years ago when I was implementing a new benefits scheme at a successful small business. When speaking to suppliers I was told time after time: our solutions do not fit SMEs. We were a bit ahead of the time on that occasion but a year later we managed to find a provider who...

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Global job market: the old new thing

The global job market is not a new idea. Globalisation brought with it a new category of employee: a highly skilled professional, with an excellent command of English (possibly other languages as well) and a willingness to work in any location needed. Bigger cities all over the world have thriving expat communities (actually a great portion of them being British nationals). People move around the world freely for business or leisure purposes and it is not a problem nowadays to easily transit the globe. But, have you ever thought of a global job market, which does not involve any travel at...

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Let’s help the economy recover: six alternatives to compulsory job losses

The past few years have seen unprecedented job losses. News about job cuts has become a regular feature in the media. Nearly everyone has been affected by redundancies in one way or another. Born of the recession, job losses have the unfortunate propensity of making the recession worse. Less disposable income of the unemployed means less money in the system for business – a self-perpetuating circle of a slagging recovery. Despite the first signs of spring, the economic climate remains uncertain and some businesses may still be considering redundancies. The purpose of this blog post is...

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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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