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The Planks Management Challenge 3 | 2015-09-30

The first group (Cohort 1a) of the Leadership Programme at Barnsley MBC undertook the ioda planks challenge as part of their continuous improvement module. With ten participants, they may have started the challenge at a disadvantage but quickly overcame this through their enthusiasm and competitiveness. It is always great to ...

The Planks Management Challenge 4 | 2015-09-30

As the second cohort from the Barnsley Council Leadership Programme to attend their continuous improvement module, the 11 delegates were always going to ‘go after’ the time set by the first group (Cohort 1a) in their ioda planks challenge. Although off to a slow start, the group demonstrated all the ...

The Planks Management Challenge 5 | 2015-09-30

Carlisle City Council A group of senior leaders and managers, including Chief Executive Jason Gooding, attended Module 4 of the Councils Leadership and Management Competency programme. Part of this module was the ioda team challenge around continuous improvement and realising personal potential. With 14 delegates and enough competitiveness in the ...

Older workers could solve productivity puzzle | 2015-09-24

Chris Ball from the Shaw Trust is aspecialist adviser on the ageing workforce.  Increasing productivity is a puzzle that everyone is talking about.  However, few people are discussing the role of the older.worker in solving this critical issue. In his article on the CIPD website, he says ...

Why an employee on permanent sick leave may not transfer under Tupe | 2015-09-23

In the recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal recently had to consider whether an employee absent from work on long-term sick leave, and regarded as permanently incapacitated, should transfer under Tupe with the rest of his colleagues when the service they were assigned to transferred to a new contractor.   ...

How to motivate ambitious staff | 2015-09-21

Flat structured firms are becoming more common. Climbing the greasy pole to bag a desk in the corner office is no longer a realistic goal for many of today’s employees as companies become flatter, with fewer middle management positions to use as career stepping-stones. Brian Kropp, from CEB, explains what ...

Half of whistleblowers ‘dismissed or forced to resign’ | 2015-09-18

According to research from the charity Public Concern at Work (PCAW), people who raise concerns at work are commonly victimised.  Eighty per cent of ‘whistleblowers’ suffer reprisals at work, with 50 per cent saying they were either forced to resign or dismissed following their claims. ...

Flexible Working | 2015-09-18

Why employers should approve more requests Research from specialist jobs website Workingmums.co.uk, shows that one in five mothers are forced to quit their job after their request for flexible working is rejected.  ...

The end of annual performance appraisals? But what next? | 2015-09-17

As three multi-national organisations announce that formal appraisals are no longer part of their perfoamnce management process, the CIPD look at what will replace them. But just because the once-a-year sit down with the boss has been cancelled, doesn’t mean these companies have abandoned performance management entirely. ...

Appraisals are finished. What next? | 2015-09-17

Read about how Accenture have removed annual appraisals from their performance review process ...

Appraisal re-think | 2015-09-17

According to new research by PwC, two-thirds of large companies are considering revamping their appraisals process.  Of these, one in 20 are looking to scrap formal evaluations entirely ...

Upcoming films | 2015-09-16

Two upcoming films tackle the topic of ignorance and prejudice towards trans people.  Eddie Redamayne's film, The Danish Girl, is set at the turn of the 20th centuary whilst Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning star in About Ray, based in modern-day New York.   The film The Danish Girl ...

What factors are causing decreased productivity in the workplace | 2015-09-16

In recent research commissioned by Planview and carried out by Loudhouse, an independent research agency in London, 515 business leaders were surveyed across the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and the Nordic countries.  It showed that individual approaches to productivity depend on role and experience, and geographic region. For further ...

Current research backs-up ioda's long held belief on performance management | 2015-09-16

Interesting research published by PwC appears to support ioda’s long-held view that managing performance is not a once-yearly event, marked by a form filling exercise, but a continuous process that could take many routes. Appraisal of work performance should take a “done-with” approach and not feel like done to process ...

Gross misconduct dismissal unfair for employee with long-standing clean record | 2015-09-16

Recently, the Court of Appeal, looked at whether an employee, who had his employment terminated for gross misconduct after a serious breach of health and safety rules, had been unfairly dismissed.  Newbound v Thames Water Utilities, The Court of Appeal upheld the original Employment Tribunal decision that had been ...

Nursery assistants over-long jilbab presented a tripping hazard | 2015-09-15

In a recent case, Begum v Pedagogy Auras, the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to decide whether requiring a Muslim woman to wear a shorter jilbab was indirectly discriminatory. Indirect discrimination occurs where: a ‘provision, criterion or practice’ (PCP) is applied equally across a workforce the PCP puts those with a ...

The Planks Management Challenge 2 | 2015-08-18

With only 9 in Cohort 3’s team on the 4th Tier Management Development Programme at Central Bedfordshire Council, they were always going to find it hard. But this group had great determination as well as a great sense of humour. It didn’t take long for them to get into their stride ...

Team Challenge – Can you do it? | 2015-08-07

At ioda we use a highly interactive team challenge to bring out the best in our learners, enabling them to realise their true potential and experience the feeling of real success. The challenge requires creativity, tenacity, team synergy and continuous improvement; all with great humour. It works for staff at ...

The Planks Management Challenge 1 | 2015-08-07

The Cohort 2 group from the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA) Management Development Programme recently undertook the ioda ‘planks’ team challenge as part of their continuous improvement module and achieved an outstanding time of 9.8 seconds. Well done for a team of only eight participants, your creative thinking, ...

Managing the HR aspects of gender reassignment | 2015-07-17

Guidelines and policy checklist to support a smooth transition Last month’s front cover of Vanity Fair magazine featured Caitlyn Jenner (previously Bruce of the Jenner/Kardashian dynasty) and her recent gender transition. This and the news of boxing promoter Kellie (previously Frank) Maloney’s transition last year has brought gender transition to ...

Appeal court gives guidance on indirect race and age discrimination claim | 2015-07-13

Claimants have to show personal disadvantage from a detrimental policy. In the case of Home Office v Essop, the Court of Appeal has held that in indirect discrimination claims, claimants must show that the application of a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) not only causes disadvantage to a group of ...

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