FINE TUNING: BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES IN RECRUITMENT

Photo by Armand Khoury on Unsplash This week’s blog  explores the value in fine tuning behavioural competencies in the workplace for STEM businesses. Could a company specific competency framework improve the recruitment and selection process or, is it more effective for SMEs to use a generic framework to build their teams? We may be familiar with the terms competence and competency, but what do we really mean when…

ENGAGING LEADERSHIP

Photo by Lost Co on Unsplash Our changing workplace landscape has brought about a need for inspirational, engaging leadership which is both authentic and measurably effective. However, the relationship we have with our role fundamentally defines how engaged we are in our work.  This week’s blog explores the evidence for maintaining and improving employee engagement through a combination of transformational and self leadership styles. Engagement is the coupling…

THE RECOVERY POSITION: SURVIVING A BREACH OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT

Photo by Alvaro Pinot on Unsplash Surviving the plummet of organisational commitment after a breach of the psychological contract can be one of the most complex challenges leaders, managers and employees have to navigate in the course of their careers. This week’s blog dives into what the psychological contract is, how a breach can take place and why a rapid response with some carefully selected approaches could help…

THAT’S GRATITUDE FOR YOU

Photo by gabrielle cole on Unsplash The role of gratitude in the process of raising positive emotional states has been mooted and challenged in positive psychology, a domain which principally seeks to understand and cultivate the factors which help individuals and groups to flourish. As findings surrounding the emotional basis for positive behaviours and productivity emerge, this week’s blog looks at gratitude in the workplace and whether applying…

FIVE WAYS TO TAKE CONTROL OF BURNOUT…

Photo by Uillian Vargas on Unsplash When it comes to taking control of burnout, we can take an organisational or individual approach. In this week’s blog, we look at the theories surrounding burnout, what it means for employees in practice and the research evidence, which points to practical ways we can all stay healthy whilst managing professional challenge. What is “burnout”? Burnout is the meeting of high job…

TRUE NORTH: THE CASE FOR AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash Finding true north, for leaders of any organisation, can help to form a solid basis for building a culture of authentic leadership. This week’s blog looks at what authentic leadership means and how this strategy can become one of the most powerful and positive forms of influence in any business. Definitions surrounding leadership can border on the complex, as the criteria surrounding…

REDUCING VOLUNTARY EMPLOYEE TURNOVER

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Voluntary employee turnover can cause costly periods of disruption for organisations. In this week’s blog, we get right into some theory and practice which gives practical insights into the underlying triggers behind voluntary employee turnover and how a well thought through retention plan can help you retain your talent. Whilst voluntary turnover can be thought of in general terms as employee initiated…

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?

Photo by Federica Campanaro on Unsplash Are you sitting comfortably? This week’s blog explores how workplace interventions can help to improve employee activity levels, breaking up sedentary working patterns in favour of an altogether more active workplace culture. But, what are the factors which contribute to making interventions successful and why should businesses take part in supporting greater levels of activity? In 2011, the Department of Health published…

THE W.R.A.P ON MENTAL HEALTH

Photo by Studio Ease on Unsplash This week’s blog honours the work of Dr Mary Ellen Copeland, originator of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10th. The WRAP has brought hope to individuals with mental health conditions by promoting self advocacy, personal responsibility, education and the development of supportive strategies. The WRAP has not only been demonstrated to be an…

SLEEP, STRAIN & MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS

Photo by Fabian Oelkers on Unsplash Psychosocial factors play a key role in musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) and the way in which work is designed can directly influence the capacity for employees to sleep well and recover between work cycles. In this article, we take a closer look at how MSD’s affect the UK workplace and, how well scoped and formulated workplace research can help to deliver efficiently designed…

HEARTFELT: EMOTIONAL LABOUR IN THE WORKPLACE

Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash For generations, the word “labour” has been synonymous with physical workloads, but as we settle into what Danny Quah (1999) termed the “weightless economy”, employee labour is now more commonly a matter of emotional exertion. Arlie Hochschild, author of The Managed Heart coined the term “emotional labour” in 1983, arguing that organisations commericalise their employees’ feelings through the display of their emotions…

THE SURPRISING EFFECT OF THE LABOUR ILLUSION

Photo by Charles Etoroma on Unsplash In this week’s blog, we examine the surprising effect of a psychological phenomenon, known as the labour illusion, on consumer valuations of automated product and service transactions. It would appear that the integration of technology into business processes and customer experience has created an unprecedented capacity for production, delivery and consumption of goods at competitive prices for modern consumers. Certainly, Operations Management…

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