One of the top events on the CIPS calendar, the graduation ceremony took place on Saturday at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Nearly 200 graduates attended to celebrate their achievements.
Speeches from CIPS President Paula Gildert and guest speaker Richard Masser, who is a CIPS Fellow and member of the board of CIPS Trustees, told those attending they should be proud of their efforts as the CIPS qualification is becoming more recognised across the business world. (more…)
We have all had those days when we are not feeling on top form. We struggle into work, as we realise taking time off would mean double the workload for the following day. Or perhaps, in these unsettling economic times, we feel under pressure to be there. By showing our faces, even when ill, we are demonstrating our commitment to the job.
This ‘Dunkirk spirit’ could be sapping productivity. According to research carried out by Robertson Cooper, productivity levels for employees who feel ill drops from 75 per cent on a normal day, to just 55 per cent on these ‘sick days’. (more…)
While six-figure bonuses and bottles of Bollinger appear to hold the key to motivating those on the trading floors of investment banks and hedge funds, those in more modest areas of work require slightly lower key incentives.
A survey of 2,000 managers by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) found that injecting a bit of sunshine into their day doesn’t require such audacious gifts as a 1990 VV Francaise. (more…)
After attending the Procurement Talent conference a couple of weeks ago, one of the key themes that emerged was how companies lack a recruitment succession plan.
This is becoming a significant problem in procurement, where businesses are struggling to recruit people with the right skills. It also appears to be an issue that affects football. (more…)
Over recent weeks the world has gone crazy for the Harlem Shake. The craze has seen many thousands of people upload their own version of themselves and their friends, colleagues or random strangers dancing along to DJ Baauer’s track, and it has received so much attention that you’d have to have been down a mine not to have noticed.
But, as the BBC reports, even miners (now ex-miners) have caught the bug. And while it looks like they’re having fun in the video, their expressions will have certainly soured since. In the eyes of the company their antics were a clear breach of health and safety, so up to 15 staff have had their employment terminated. (more…)
I learned two valuable things yesterday as I watched yesterday’s football match between West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur from the comfort of my sofa.
First of all, never turn down the opportunity of a ticket. Second – and more pertinent to procurement professionals – never underestimate just how valuable a single individual can be. (more…)
We all know the importance of building a strong business brand and the benefits that will bring, but many people do not understand the value of their own personal brand.
Here is a quick test. If you asked 10 people in your organisation to anonymously write three words to describe you and your management style what do you think
would be the most common words you would get back? (more…)
According to a survey by the University of Phoenix, 70 per cent of people have worked within a team they would describe as ‘dysfunctional’.
The research, which was based on the responses of 1,019 Americans over the age of 18, suggests the majority of people will encounter an unhappy or counterproductive working environment at some point in their careers. (more…)
Advent calendars are being opened and snow is on the ground in parts of the UK, so it’s time for a bit of musing about A Christmas Carol. Specifically, Ebenezer Scrooge and his place in the modern world.
I’d like to think that he doesn’t have one, but sadly that just isn’t the case. This has come to my mind as a result of two conversations with friends. Both of them work at companies with very well-known and wealthy owners, although the way they are each viewed by their staff couldn’t be more different. (more…)
It seems the stereotypical yelling and order-barking drill sergeants in the army are no more. A study released yesterday showed the armed forces have the best leaders in the UK when it comes to managing change.
The research, carried out by Orion Partners, a management consultancy, reveals strong leadership in the armed forces has helped 49 per cent of staff understand why change is good for
them, compared to a UK average of just 35 per cent. It suggests that this profession’s leadership is most ‘brain friendly’ when it comes to managing change. In other words, they understand why their employees react the way they do and use this knowledge to manage their teams more effectively. They ask their employees lots of questions about how they’re feeling, which minimises feelings of threat and promotes feelings of reward and helps drive better performances. (more…)