The HR Headmistress' blog

The Works Christmas “Do” (and Don’ts!)

13th November 2019

There’s a distinctly un-festive atmosphere this year, but setting aside Brexit, election and economy worries (incidentally if you check the figures you’ll find that the UK economy has grown faster than Germany, France and the eurozone...

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The Only Way is Up

6th November 2019

Being promoted from the shop floor to a management role has its challenges, especially if you must now manage your former peers.

While some people will be genuinely happy for you, and ready to follow you, there may be at least one person who...

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A Gentler Route to Approaching a Poor Performance Conversation

30th October 2019

One of the tasks that many managers dread is telling a team member that they’re under-performing. They don’t want to upset the under-performing team member, other team members and don’t want to be seen as the bad guy. They hate...

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Offering Sabbaticals

23rd October 2019

Time off from work is a precious benefit and highly valued by employees. Some organisations go a step further and offer extra time off from the working life – a sort of mid-life gap year - and these have come to be known as sabbaticals.

The...

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How to Stimulate Intellectual Curiosity in Yourself and Your Team

16th October 2019

Most children are insatiably curious about their world. When they start talking and sticking their fingers into everything they can, they ask streams of questions about everything and anything. As a child my youngest brother was fished out of...

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