How to be a better manager

Stephen is a very busy manager in the corporate world.  He cares about his team and his family and friends.  But he’s feeling frustrated at the moment because all he really wants to do is deliver on his KPIs and do a good job.  But he’s constantly held back by a shortage of time, workload and not getting what he needs from his team in terms of productivity and autonomy. He feels like he’s … [Read more...]

Should Managers shift for Millennials?

I was speaking to a Manager the other day who is having issues with some of his younger staff.  The Millennials, Generation Ys, call them what you will.  He was telling me that he feels he has to ‘mollycoddle’ them to get them to engage with work and really, he thinks they should be just getting on with it. After all, he had to just knuckle down and fit in.  No-one pandered to his every whim just … [Read more...]

Going back to work after stress?

Is this you? Nearly three-quarters of people return to work early when suffering with workplace stress and 16% stay in work after being formally diagnosed with stress.   If you’ve been absent due to stress, did you feel pressured to go back to work because of what your colleagues or your boss might think?  Or were you worried that your work was piling up and the longer you were off the worse it … [Read more...]

How do you build your dream Generation Y employee?

What are Your Skills and Passions - Venn Diagram

 What is a dream employee? Obviously, this will vary from company to company and even amongst individuals in the same company but, if you are like most Managers, you are strung out, frazzled, overworked and stressed. So, often, what you want, above all else, is someone who is genuinely interested in the job you’ve given them. Someone who feels passionate about the company, wants to learn, … [Read more...]

What’s all this about Generation Ys?

There has been an awful lot of debate lately about Generation Y as if they are an alien species, recently landed from another planet or a group of homogenous clones out to disrupt and destroy the old order and lay waste organisations and institutions.  Who are these so-called Generation Ys? They are the group of people under 30 years old who have grown up in a very different environment to … [Read more...]