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All customers need to know that their suppliers will provide them with quality. Ensuring that a company’s management system complies with the international quality standard ISO9001:2015 goes a long way to providing customers with the necessary confidence to buy. Management consultant TimelessTime has recently transitioned from ISO9001:2008 to the aspirational upgrade ISO9001:2015. SGS, the world’s leading certification company, confirmed TimelessTime’s re-certification after two days of audit. ISO9001:2015 seeks seven management principles that secure quality. The first is that a company’s management must demonstrate its customer focus. Auditors expect to see how customer needs are met and exceeded. Good quality also… Read more
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A Court of Appeal ruling this month has given clarity to the question regarding dismissal of an employee who is on long-term sickness absence. In his ruling Lord Justice Underhill commented, “There comes a time when an employer is entitled to some finality”. Here's more on how to manage long-term sickness absence. Read more

UK firms cannot employ workers in other countries under UK law. Nor can they employ workers in another country under that country’s law unless the firm has a legal presence in that country. Employment law and regulations are very different abroad. Firms wanting to employ staff abroad need to get specialist help to understand how to proceed. Here are some of the issues. Read more

Career management in the SME has huge benefits in engendering commitment to the firm and engagement with the job. But top management must first commit to the concept. There are many approaches to career management in the SME - possibly the best is to align career progression to advancement in relevant professional institutions. Here's how. Read more

Two years ago TimelessTime reported on research that suggested that personal differences like personality and intelligence could be inferred from observed human behaviour contained in data such as Facebook Likes. recent research suggests now that that inferred personality can be used in conjunction with targeted emotion-laden stories to drive a person's behaviour. This blog updates on this research and notes how this links to psychometrics used in recruitment. Read more

Management is a science. Few managers – accidental or otherwise - would dispute that claim as they struggle to motivate their staff or manage recruitment. Management is non-obvious and complex and hence must be learned. There are several approaches to learning management. Of the plethora, two perhaps stand out. The first is to learn on the job. The second is to go to school. Here's a discussion about both. Read more

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In all cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. Workers are then employed locally. Read more

Theresa May has announced that the UK is going to counteract the effects of Brexit by launching an industrial strategy. This strategy is to contain a ‘shake up’ of technical education. But what is Britain to be good at? What technical education do we need? Read more

One popular outcome for directors of a profitable firm in a buoyant market is to go for a buy out – selling the firm as a going concern. The buyer will use any identified risks as argument to reduce the offer price. And if there are too many risks, it will withdraw its offer. And poor people-management poses a significant risk. Read more

Management consultant TimelessTime has recently transitioned from ISO9001:2008 to the aspirational upgrade ISO9001:2015. SGS, the world's leading certification company, confirmed TimelessTime’s re-certification after two days of audit. Read more

Staff adjust their behaviour based on the metrics against which they are measured. This means that firms should put in place business metrics that are important. After all, a key performance indicator means just that –key to the firm. Next, it’s important to communicate this. Staff need to put their contribution into context. That context is the big picture. Here's how to translate the big picture metrics into individual metrics. Read more

Barnardo's wants 200,000 apprenticeship places for 16-18 year olds in care. They also advocate selection based on potential, not qualifications. Potential is indicated by personality, aptitude and fit between the apprentice and the environment in which they will work. All staff selection should be based on potential and fit. Read more

Being able to do stuff brings huge benefits. The more things we can do and the more complex and valuable these things are to others, the more we benefit. Our careers typically describe the steady progression from early efforts to mastery. If we have the ability, knowledge and understanding, we can do things to the level required by the task. Read more

BBC senior managers have made their decision based on their internal investigation of Jeremy Clarkson’s behaviour. His contract will not be renewed. As intimated by the million-signature petition, it will be a devastating decision for many fans of Top Gear. Bullying and harassment should not be tolerated by anyone or any firm. Read more

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