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 Guest Blog  - Sally Palethorpe - Inspired Partners

Recent research suggests that a significant number of people working in the UK see themselves as under-employed.  They want to do more work for their employer than their contract allows.  In these challenging times it is even more important that all members of staff work together to meet the company targets.  It should not matter whether they are full time, part-time, contract or temporary staff.  But in some organisations it really does matter to some individuals.  If they are not recognised and dealt with properly this can be disruptive to the business, require time from managers to retrieve the situation and will ultimately impact on performance. Experience suggests there are a number of activities that should be actively promoted and others that should be avoided to improve efficiencies and set the individual, team and company up for success.  Our Do’s and Don’ts lists are as follows:
 
Do:
•           Have a compelling vision that provides a picture of the future and motivates people to action
•           Make sure everyone is clear on their role and how that role fits within the business and relates
            to their immediate peers
•           Have clear targets that are easy for everyone to understand and see how they contribute to
            those targets
•           Communicate clearly and consistently to all staff even when the going gets tough
•           Treat everyone equally on a personal level, even if their terms and conditions are different
 
 
Don’t:
•           Ignore the need for a comprehensive and consistent induction as individuals need to know
            about pertinent information, processes, and technology
•           Expect people to find information that they need to do their job without some support
•           Allow managers to hide away in offices and not engage with their teams
•           Exclude individuals from company briefings because they are not permanent ~ how else will
            they understand the targets that they are contributing towards?
 
There are other activities that can be introduced, particularly when staff who need to work closely together are based on different sites.   Technology, not just emails can help if used properly.  Improved communications can really be achieved if everyone is clear on what is intended, and how the tools are to be used.
 
Sally Palethorpe, Managing Partner

Inspired Partners
 


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