I want to consign the annual appraisal to the history books or the corporate torture museum set up in memory of unproductive, inhumane HR practices of the last 100 years. I’ve started this conversation already, if you want to flip back to my first blog - HR leaders - Why decluttering your performance management is the best decision you can currently make.
Eko: Could you tell us about your background?
Andrew Main: I grew up in an entrepreneurial environment, serving customers and picking up on their behaviours, quickly learning that there was no food on the table without great service. I was fascinated by hospitality, and by high school, I had decided that I’d build a career in this sector.
Books, eyelids, convenience stores and even web browsers all have one thing in common... For them to function effectively they need to be open.
The same is true of the employees in any team, department or organization. Engagement (and all the good stuff that goes with it) thrives in a culture where open communication and workplace relationships are strong. In fact, today's workforce expects nothing less as they are used to posting their life stories in various public, online outlets.
Being open is having the capacity to
Many companies struggle and fail with their efforts to implement effective ways to improve their corporate culture and their employee relations. While employee engagement continues to be a hot topic with endless reports, statistics and trinkets of information on how organizations can improve and get more from their staff, how does an organization go about implementing meaningful corporate culture and employee engagement?
We are seeing an exciting trend in recent months as more client organisations structure their people vision alongside innovative and practical deployment plans that are very specifically matched to their business goals.
Over recent years, businesses have been focused on cost utilisation and spend, understandably given the economic environment we've been in.
Here at People Perform we understand that developing a clear people strategy for any business comes with its own unique complexity.
Understanding business requirements, gaining buy-in from the board and senior leaders whilst delivering clear results through rigorous project management; all of this whilst balancing short-term delivery and results to keep the business owners and shareholders happy!
Change is hard but there are levers that can make it easier. Using a network of the right people to act as your change agents is one of those levers. I am a huge believer in getting employees to drive change, but the design is key as Change Agent networks are often implemented badly. Here is the usual chain of events.
Recently I was asked to speak at a leadership event for representatives from all over NHS Scotland, to share some examples of what we had experienced as the critical success factors for delivering improvements in organisations, to ensure lasting results.
Upon reflection, it certainly felt that the 10 factors to deliver sustainable improvements, had a lot of resonance with the challenges and the opportunities the NHS faces at 70.
Are great leaders born or made? Some would argue that only those born with certain personality traits grow up to be leaders. Others argue that leadership skills are developed as one grows, through practice and education. Most likely, both factors play a significant role in how someone turns out.
Growing up we are taught (and throughout life we observe) what is frequently referred to as the Golden Rule. For many of us it started as (and maybe still is) the phrase "do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and while the exact wording is flexible the central message is common to all.
In principle, the concept champions a two-way, reciprocal and mutual relationship between two or more parties.
This indeed is a very admirable idea, but it has a fundamental flaw that is amplified when brought into the workplace.