I think it’s fair to say that I spend a significant amount of time talking about what I think managers should do more of or differently when it comes to management skills (for example ‘Helping your stars to sparkle’ or ‘How to share performance feedback’’) But what about what you, as managers, are already doing […]

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The quick, easy and (very) cost effective way of learning new management skills Do you want to learn some new management skills? How about learning how to delegate? Or how to take your performance appraisal meetings from mundane to motivational? What about learning some new management skills for improving employee job satisfaction (without using money!)? […]

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  We all want to help our employee’s improve their job satisfaction, don’t we? Not only is it much more of a pleasure to manage happy employees, but improved job satisfaction most often results in improved job performance. So, here are my 5 quick tips for improving employee job satisfaction (with links to additional resources, […]

Still not decided what to gift to get your employees for Christmas? Did you see my Clarity, Honesty and Respect ideas in part one of my Christmas blog series? Or how about the Inspiring Appraisals, Some Management Confidence and Time ideas from part two? OK, now we’re on to the ‘M, A & S’ with […]

What do your employees want for Christmas? What will make their working lives in year ahead more satisfying and happier?  In part one of this short series of articles looking at what your employees want for Christmas I covered the ‘C, H and R’ of Christmas – Clarity, Honesty and Respect (with some less than […]

Much as I enjoy the ‘wham, bam, instant gratification’ type of gifts that I seem to get more than my fair share of at Christmas (champagne, chocolates, champagne flavoured chocolate, chocolate flavoured bath foam – is someone trying to tell me something?) the gifts I really appreciate are those that are, in some way, going […]

I guess it’s always been true that employees ‘sell their labour but volunteer their commitment’ and I’m sure it’s never been truer than with those highly talented, highly sought after ‘Gen Y’ employees.  Peter Drucker says that we have to ‘accept the fact that we need to treat almost everybody as a volunteer’. Whilst I’m […]

Employee Job Satisfaction – The Conversation Challenge! Having a conversation with our employees about how to maintain or improve their job satisfaction is one of the most effective ways of achieving higher levels of employee motivation and performance. Some business owners and managers though are afraid to hold these conversations in case they result in […]

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