Personality clash is involuntary push factor for early career turnover

Personality attributes including your social ability to build, sustain and manage relationships at work really matter! Not getting on with your direct line manager and/or colleagues was found by UK recruiter, Spring Personnel, to be one reason that new employees on probationary periods do not have their employment continued past that probationary period. This adds to the stress felt by new recruits who experience job insecurity during the probationary period (knowing that their employment may not continue), who work hard to impress their employer in order to get the potential permanent position (recall the German intern who died after working 72 hours straight last year http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/german-banking-intern-died-natural-coroner-article-1.1526142) and who now, it Continue reading here [...]

Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2014

The 17th Irish Academy of Management conference takes place at the University of Limerick from 3-5 September 2014. The conference theme - Managing in a Changing Climate: Leading to New Realities - encourages participants to explore important and new issues in management in the context of a business and social environment that is in constant change. Hosted by the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, abstracts are being sought from a broad range of management disciplines, with PhD candidates and postgraduate researchers, as well as more seasoned academics invited to participate. There is a doctoral colloquium on 3rd September, with the conference proper taking place on 4th and 5th September. Abstracts of 500 words (250 words for the doctoral track) should be uploaded online Continue reading here [...]

Why line managers often can’t manage

The devolution of HRM practices to line managers is an ongoing topic in human resource management; meaning, in brief, that many HRM practices now fall under the remit of line managers. Take, for instance, recruitment and selection: while a HR representative from the HR department may attend interviews for new recruits to the organisation, it is the line manager - the person whose team will be joined by the new recruit - that suffers the consequences of the hiring decision, and so also ultimately (in consultation with the rest of the interview panel) owns the selection decision. However, the issue with line managers now undertaking more and more HR-related tasks (including conducting performance appraisals, advising training and development needs of individual subordinates), is that most Continue reading here [...]

Writing for academic conferences

'Tis the season to be writing.... As a business academic, the first academic term is incredibly busy, not only with orientations, teaching and administration as well as the routine research focus, but mainly because the deadlines for the submission of papers to many conferences in 2014 is in early January. 'If you snooze, you lose...' If you are unprepared, have nothing written to submit before that deadline, you lose out on participating in many of the quality international conferences of the academic calendar (for instance Academy of International Business (AIB), Academy of Management (AOM), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), European Academy of Management (Euram)...). Not only do you miss out on presenting your current research interests in a forum of academics with whom Continue reading here [...]

A comment on the junior doctors’ strike….

It is shocking to think that, in 2013, highly educated and trained individuals are pushed to working excessive, slave-labour hours. Enough is enough and the junior doctors have had no choice but to take a stand and fight for better conditions. Not only are the excessive hours a threat to patient care, they also impact on the individuals themselves, who are more at risk of burnout from excessive work pressures arising from habitually working overtime. Besides physical health risks, the psychological risks and business risks are also increased, with implications on morale, productivity, performance and talent retention. Who wants to work somewhere they feel unappreciated, overworked and ignored? The psychological contract has been severely, if not irreparably damaged here and it is going Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – Doing the Basics

HRM received bad press recently with many commentators questioning its value to organisations. The resignation of the HR Director of the BBC has raised questions over the efficacy of the discipline. Why the resignation of one person should spark calls for a review of the area or even questions over the feminsation of HR is anyone's guess. But harm us it has and we need to think hard about how we got here and more importantly how we are going to get away from this negative spotlight. This is important for all of us as we go through the 'Ulrichisation' of the profession - a time of great change. But it's also important not least women, because HR has been one of the areas where women have succeeded most in achieving management positions. Last week in this blog I suggested that academics and Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – The ADDIE Model, Practitioners and Academics Living Apart

Having crossed over the line between HRM practice and academia I am conscious more than ever of how these two communities live very much apart. I'm sure the way it's supposed to work is that the practice 'surfaces' its concerns and the academia takes up the challenge ultimately informing practice of what its concerns should  be. Or something like that. However, during my time as a practitioner I never felt assisted by Irish academics helping me to understand my challenges as a manager and now that I'm in academia I'm often puzzled at how oblivious Practice is regarding the work that is going on in Irish universities. A good example of this is the ADDIE model. This model is a staple approach to identifying training needs and implementing and evaluating training. Developed (perhaps) by the Continue reading here [...]

Excessive Rewards & Short-Termism Negatively Affecting Trust in the Financial Sector

The Anglo tapes that were leaked in the media over the past summer have done nothing to rebuild public confidence in a banking sector which has been hit with scandal after scandal - from technical mishaps (recall Ulster Bank) to public blatant deception (Anglo et al.). This lack of trust is replicated, however, among the staff of banking and financial institutions. A survey conducted by the CIPD highlights that trust in senior leaders and employee morale remains low in the financial sector. Less than a third of workers confirmed they were proud to work in the financial sector. Moreover, the majority reported that they believed that some people in their organisation are rewarded for inappropriate behaviour, and that some people are paid far too much. In other words, has anything changed? The Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – Two Days In

  Landed here in Cyprus two days ago to begin my six month sabbatical. Ryanair got us to Paphos on time as usual and also dispelled the urban myth about their customer service - they were warm as well as effective. When the plane door opened the plane's air was replaced by warm moist and fragrant 28 degree Cypriot atmosphere - kinaesthetic proof to the traveller that you truly have arrived in a different country. Cyprus, despite its recent difficulties, has seen significant investment over the past 10 years and Paphos airport has been a beneficiary. It's slick, functional and you can see why, apart from its strategic location, that it has become one of Ryanair's latest hubs. Passports and bags were quickly administered and we were on our way. The next evidence of prosperity is the road system. Continue reading here [...]