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    The power of having purpose at work

    It’s up to managers to harness employees’ biological and neurochemical hunt for personal meaning, says Susanne Jacobs I listened to Desert Island Discs recently, one of my favourite programmes because it allows...

    We need to talk about pensions

    Auto-enrolment and the end of annuities have changed the landscape for workplace savers, says Robert Jeffery. And HR needs to be part of a new conversation If you’ve kept reading this far, congratulations. After...

    Is your workplace as progressive as Parliament?

    It’s time for more organisations to share the Commons’ family-friendly attitude, says Cathryn Newbery The House of Commons wouldn’t be the first organisation I’d name as having a forward-thinking...

    The issue with people ratings

    They're integral to the performance management process, says Jan Hills, but how reliable are the people doing the measuring? There is an enormous amount of debate about performance management and the whole question...

    Exec pay is too high. And everyone agrees, apparently

    But consensus does not extend to how it should be tackled, says Duncan Brown Another week, another call for executive pay restraint. The Financial Times reported recently that business minister Vince Cable will be calling...

    Know the value of a first job, however lowly

    Lessons learned over 40 years ago have stood Iain Mackinnon’s career in good stead It’s 40 years ago this week that I did my first paid work. I was a temporary clerk in Surrey County Council’s motor tax...

    How creative reward can drive innovation

    If you want pioneering staff you need to rethink the way you incentivise them, says Duncan Brown Innovation certainly does lurk beyond the c-suite, as Grace Lewis pointed out in her recent PM opinion piece . And in...

    Are you busy or are you thinking?

    With busyness declared the enemy of success, Jan Hills asks: could unconscious thinking be the next business trend? Most people I know wear their busyness as a badge of honour. But in 2014 a number of high profile people...

    Connecting with everyone – the ultimate faux pas?

    Accidentally sending out hundreds of LinkedIn requests could be the push you need to boost your networking skills It’s the ultimate social networking horror story. She claims she doesn’t know how she did it...

    Innovation lurks beyond the C-suite

    It’s time to stop merely surviving and start uncovering those million pound ideas, says Grace Lewis Weighed down by economic crises, and skills shortages, it seems many businesses have been so busy simply trying...