titleA new year a new beginning, this seems to be on the mind of a lot of people. The results of a survey from the institute of leadership and management shows that 37 % of workers are planning to try their luck in another organization. What is it that these people hope to find in a new job? A big group (59 % of the people that want to move) hope that a move will lead to career progression, others hope for better pay (56%), a more interesting job (50%), better management (30%), more opportunity for training/development more opportunity for flexible working (18%).

Start when the year is still fresh. Make time and plan time in your diary to think strategically on how to work your business. What is going on in the business that needs to be changed? How can you use your own staff to come up with fresh ideas, which in turn can be a motivational tool in itself. Are your business objectives needing further development or just needing to be brushed off and shared with everyone so that every employee in the company feels an integral part of the organisation. Every employee’s efforts count towards the business goals. Are your staff aligned in the proper way to be as effective as possible? Do you need more staff or need to let go some staff now the craziness of Christmas has passed.

Whatever your situation, having someone to bounce ideas off of and look at things from a fresh perspective can be very helpful. Are you on the hunt for new talent, do you finally want to run that training programme that has been on the wish list or do you want some help with facilitating a workshop on finalising your business objectives.

For an initial exploratory chat please contact Donna Bryson on 0141-582-1474 or email her in the first instance on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Being aware of diversity is not only necessary during work hours but also during those company events. The Christmas Night out is in the diary and who is not looking forward to some quality time with colleagues, delicious food and some fun. People are more relaxed, wine is perhaps flowing and before you know it barriers can be crossed. It is important as an employer to be vigilant in these social situations. Over fuelled emotions can lead to situations whereby employees can be attacked verbally or physically for being different.

Whilst the Royal Mail case did not happen during a Christmas night out the lessons gleaned from this could illustrate the behaviours that could lead to a discrimination case.Abdul Musa an employee of Royal Mail reported racist behaviour incidents to his manager. Following this one member of staff was sacked and a number of others were disciplined. However, following this episode Mr Musa was victimised from colleagues and little support was given by management to eradicate this behaviour. Ultimately Mr Musa was ‘let go’. Mr Musa then claimed for race discrimination and unfair dismissal. The result of this was that Musa won the employment tribunal and it is believed won £100,000 in compensation.

Whilst we all may be aware of what diversity means, by doing nothing we are showing our acceptance of the behaviours exhibited. On closer inspection it was felt that facts that later came out had not been reported during Mr Musa’s employment.

Diversity is having a representation of the wider society within and throughout your organization. Not only is it important to make sure to have a representation of the wider society but to also create a safe and inclusive environment where employees can feel valued.

It could be that you now come to the conclusion that diversity at your organization might be an overlooked concept, or might just need new input and energy. Make this one of your New Year resolutions for 2015! Need more information or a free consultation contact Donna Bryson on 0141-582 -1474 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

altThe facts and figures about work related stress are baffling. With an average of 23 lost work days a year per stress related case in companies the numbers add up to £11.3 million for the UK in the year 2013/2014. All of these numbers add to the total sum of nearly £ 6.5 billion on costs related to this problem. Shocking numbers all together. Investigating this stress absolutely can affect the bottom line of your business. Managers promoted into positions with no management development training put in place to support this transition, too few staff, high competition from the marketplace are just some of the reasons. How can you differentiate your business from the rest and be seen as an employer of choice?

Taking some time to review the health and wellbeing of your workforce and what can be done as a company is crucial. What behaviours can you see? What do your attendance and retention figures tell you? You don’t want to be unconsciously creating the script for the next Horrible Boss Movie.

Are you wondering if any of your employees might be suffering from stress? No need to stress about that as we have created a list of signs and symptoms that could indicate that an employee is suffering from stress. Do you see any of these signs in your department or organisation?
  • Loss of motivation and or commitment
  • Poor time keeping
  • Reduction in output/increased error rate
  • Poor decision making
  • Poor relations with clients
  • Tensions or conflict with colleagues
  • Increased short term absence/ sickness absence
  • Increase in staff leaving the company

Perhaps as we roll into 2015 you may have some time to reflect on what you can do to enhance your business. Why not give us a call to discuss different options and seek some advice on your next steps. To arrange a free consultation contact Donna Bryson on 0141-582 -1474 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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