Management Insights

We have developed a series of articles covering daily problems and issues experienced by managers at all levels.


How to reduce staff turnover
Research by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) reveals some unsettling facts for employers about the coming year. Apparently, “one in five workers plan to leave their jobs in 2014” – that’s 20 per cent of the workforce looking for a different role. The majority of those want to move to a new employer, too. Read more


Harnessing the potential of Generation Y employees

Millennials, Echo Boomers, the Net Generation, no matter what you call them, Generation Y will soon account for the predominant portion of the employed population.

Generation Y (Gen Y) is the group of young people that follows Generation X, however the exact boundaries remain undefined. The Financial Times Lexicon claims the term belongs to those born between 1975 and 1995, while the Oxford Dictionary gives ‘born in the 1980s and 1990s’. Regardless, this category of people will comprise three-quarters of the workforce by 2025, according to a Deloitte study. Read more


What type of leader are you?

You can barely move through the business industry press for content pertaining to ‘What makes a successful CEO?’ or ‘Who would be your nightmare boss?’ (David Brent unsurprisingly).

In each article, a plethora of different approaches are consistently declared ‘the best’. Yet there are dozens of leadership styles, each of which vary considerably upon the characteristics of the person doing the job, the nature of the role and confines of the industry sector. Read more


How to keep your staff motivated during the Christmas period

December has arrived and as the Beach Boys so astutely sang: “Christmas comes this time each year”. No doubt it won’t be long before the office is transformed into a winter wonderland with that wobbly fake tree, some well-placed baubles and tinsel strewn over the monitors (providing health and safety allows, naturally!).  Read more


Understanding employee engagement – needs versus wants

Employee engagement is arguably the Holy Grail of a successful business. Engaged staff are typically motivated, happy and productive; creating competitive advantage and helping a company reach its goals. Read more


Working smarter not harder – How to get the best from your workforce

At a time when budgets are being stretched immeasurably and consumers are particularly discerning over where they spend their money, businesses have got a tricky balancing act on their hands. Trying to deliver a service that attracts customers and converts into sales while funding has been cut is no mean feat.  Read more


The advantages of…being a ‘human’ boss

A survey was recently conducted in the US and the UK to find out what constituted a so-called ‘boss from hell’. The findings, interestingly, revealed that we Brits disliked a manager who, through insecurity and lack of talent, strove toward desperate popularity – encapsulated perfectly in Ricky Gervais’s portrayal of David Brent from ‘The Office’.  Read more