Looking to switch from cow’s milk to plant based and not sure where to start? Here are some tips for anyone thinking about taking the plunge to try a different m*lk in your next coffee.
In my previous blog ‘HUMAN RESOURCES: Why archaic stereotypes are stunting business potential…’ I argued that AI is humanising HR, rather than diminishing its…
Recently someone said to me at an event: ‘You are in Human Resources? You’re definitely not an HR person. The HR team in our company is just about admin; they’re really unfriendly and I would never trust them with anything’.
This summer was the first break in ages that I actually managed to switch off from work. This is not me on holiday in…
How many of us know that we should move away from our desks and switch off from technology when we eat our lunch? Yet, how many days a week do you just sit in front of your computer checking your phone whilst quickly eating your lunch ‘al desko’? Fika encourages you to change these habits and actually have a chat to colleagues.
How many times have you felt afraid to raise an issue, a failing, or a concern? What if, instead, you felt supported to raise any concern? And imagine how much more effective and perhaps satisfied you would feel – and your team. And if you’re a boss, envisage an environment of openness, courage and curiosity and how motivating that can be for those you lead.
A senior exec once said to me: ‘I can see how agile working is a benefit, but only for experienced staff members who already know what they’re doing’. Well, some might say learning happens during watercooler conversations or ear-wigging more senior people in meetings or on the phone. But, let’s say a ‘junior’ member of the team is on research duty, why is the office a more productive environment than, say, a home or a library? For me, this comment emphasised a lack of trust in their team as a whole and smacked of closed mindedness.
Three-day weekend anyone? I’ll happily be first in line…
There has been an explosion of public chatter about flexible working recently. Widely reported in print and social media, Timewise has awarded its Power 50 2019, recognising people in senior roles who work part-time. What’s more, Peter Cheese, Head of CIPD is leading the charge, alongside other public figures, calling for more organisations to use the strapline ‘Happy to talk flexible working’ and specifically advertise for flexible options when recruiting. He says, “Providing more flexible opportunities for how, when and where people work should be part of every organisation’s strategy to attract and retain the talent and skills they need”. And I couldn’t agree more.
As Steve Jobs once said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do”. Brilliant leaders, therefore, are respectful and empowering – they trust others around them to do a good (sometimes better) job. And finally, they are also mindful, purposeful and visionary. They’re in it for the long haul, come rain or shine.