Friendly workplaces make for more effective teams, but perceptions of favouritism can be office poison, says Lee Biggins.
Younger people don’t believe body art should interfere with your career, but they aren’t the ones hiring.
Doing well and making a bundle aren’t incompatible, writes Rhea Silva. In every corner of the world right now, and across every culture, there are countless social enterprises doing phenomenal things, and making a real difference to people’s lives. It’s fantastic to see.
Most people tend to avoid disagreements in the workplace and even more so with a senior colleague. Helene Vermaak, Director at culture change experts The Human Edge, says that we often assume that disagreeing is going to damage our relationship or career, when in fact the consequences are often less dramatic than we envision.
Culture is a core element of any organisation and should not be left unattended to morph and take its own shape. In an age where everything in an organisation can be copied by competitors, culture remains the one thing that cannot be duplicated. Seugnet van den Berg, MD at consulting firm Bizmod, says that an organisation’s culture needs to be designed, implemented and assessed. This allows it to be clearly established and can then be carried through in all areas of the company.
Bodyguards, bribes and up-front fees are par for the course in the world’s riskier markets, says globetrotting retail consultant John Ibbotson.