HR directors were already dealing with a rapidly changing world when along came the unprecedented disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. With little or no preparation, many employees have had to work from home, creating challenges for engagement, productivity and culture as well as the operational practicalities of work space and tools. According to Microsoft, the…

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2020 has disrupted many sectors and industries and has well and truly shone a light on the important role HR plays in helping businesses navigate and thrive through change.  In the early days of COVID-19, HR leaders and their teams had to move fast as they tackled the task of keeping employees safe. Then came…

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History can teach invaluable lessons. As we again need to reshape our teams and are forced to reduce headcounts, it is worth reviewing what we have learnt from the past.   Organisations forced to reduce headcount due to the Covid-19 disruptions need to do so with a strategic plan in mind.   This includes a credible outplacement…

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Most team leaders are acquiring new skills as they manage remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic—the soft skills of boosting morale while their people are acclimatising to remote work, and the technical skills of quickly learning new tools to get the job done in a distributed environment. As physical distancing requirements continue to keep teams offsite,…

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A constant state of flux is our new normal, with technology rapidly evolving to take care of many tasks people used to do. If you’re in a career or role where technology is making rapid advances, your best defence is to invest in soft skills development – that is, you need to build up your…

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Many of us look at a performance review meeting scheduled in the calendar and start to get nervous – and that’s often because of the misconceptions around what performance reviews are and what they’re supposed to achieve. HR practices have evolved in recent years, so some of the negative perceptions may be the result of…

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Many professionals will at some point want or need to take a career break. Often, people’s career break reasons include spending time raising children or caring for an older family member, but sometimes it’s to take a sabbatical and travel, go back to university and re- or upskill, or to pursue a passion project after…

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While the dream for most employees is to work with a team that they always get on with, the reality is that’s not always possible and you may end up on a team or project with someone who you simply don’t like. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you work with, but…

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Carol Dweck of Stanford University identified two mindsets people can have about their talents and abilities – growth mindsets or fixed mindsets. People with a growth mindset believe talents and abilities are things they can grow and develop. They believe they have potential and can grow talent through effort, practice, and knowledge acquisition. Conversely, individuals…

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