How to Make Outsourcing Work

Moving non-core activities performed in-house to specialists outside the company helping the entrepreneur or business to focus on the core competencies and improve performance standards is the main premis of outsourcing. The growth and rewards of this practice can be quite high but the downsides are daunting.

How to manage remote staff – tips and guidelines

Remote/virtual staff must clearly understand why they exist and be able to translate their purpose into actions. Research suggests greatest problem for staff and managers is still communication. Managers must become results oriented, shift from being a controller to a leader or coach. Need to develop specialised communication and planning skills, including the ability to communicate well electronically.

The best practice of managing diversity at work

This article discusses what is meant by diversity, outlines the business case for taking a positive approach to diversity at work, and discusses the psychological underpinnings of related concepts such as stereotyping, prejudice and group membership. Most importantly it will highlight best practice for training and diversity awareness sessions, as recent research highlights that if not done correctly diversity training can actually make things worse.

Hiring Consultants – an ebook on selecting and contracting consultants

This is one of the short chapters from an ebook published by BizFace – its subject is hiring consultants. In the ebook you will be taken through a step-by-step guide into identifying the need, deciding what consultant is best for the job and selcting a suitable candidate. Comes complete with templates for the contract, problem are definition as well as a consulting person spec and seclection record. The full ebook is to purchase on the BizFace world forum.

What is the relationship between leadership and Motivation?

Research on motivation and leadership continued for many years with little interaction between the two areas, although more recently motivational concepts have been drawn upon to understand leadership processes. Many motivational theories were posited to have direct implications for leader behaviour, however the evidence for motivational impact is unclear.

Main Content for a Training and Development Policy

This post covers the essential elements of a training and development policy

Getting ready for change carrying out a readiness assessment

Many organizations find that change programmes, even apparently straightforward changes, fail to achieve their objectives. In many cases this is due to unclear aims, uncertain plans and a low awareness of what is required of the people involved.

Put managers and employees to work on the change to reduce resistance

Many Change Managers assume that if the rationale for change is made clear to the organisation then they will go along with it. In the process of demonstrating the need to change and an understanding of the impact (on themselves and their group) employees will buy- in and thereafter work actively to realise it. There is an assumption behind all this that ‘Change’ is negotiated and develops over time and that the change agent’s task is merely to make clear the imperatives and the people will fall into place.

Change Management Practice: Just do it – sometimes you have to act

I was giving a lecture on change management the other day and the class and I were deep in discussion about involvement and ethical behaviour when one of the students asked ‘but what if we don’t have time for all this pink and fluffy stuff?’

How to Sack an Employee – good practice in firing a person ethically

Sometimes we have to act and let go an underperforming employee here is a simple process to manage this task properly.