- Managing a merger: the upside of combining culture
It has become something of a truism that many mergers and acquisitions fail to meet the expectations of investors. Through a myriad of mitigating factors, including poor planning and communication, unaddressed issues surrounding the combination of two companies cultures and a failure to properly assess the leadership needs of the new company, many seem doomed at the outset.
- Evolution – not revolution... employee assistance programs
Having evolved over the past 20 years, offering employee assistance programs (EAPs) to staff and their families is now commonplace. A major bank and two emergency service organisations tell Teresa Russell why trauma counselling is one part of their EAP offering
- Passing the baton: Restoring trust in the HR profession
The HR profession faces a crisis of trust and a loss of legitimacy in the eyes of its major stakeholders. However, as Tom Kochan writes, the profession can redefine its values, professional identity and responsibilities, and in doing so pass on the baton to a new generation
- Alternatives to downsizing
Downsizing is taken as an unpleasant but real fact of today’s corporate life. However it need not be so. Franco Gandolfi examines some of the perils of downsizing, and presents some viable alternatives to retrenchment
- Bottom-line benefits of leadership development
Leadership is the topic du jour for many HR professionals, but many organisations still struggle with how to treat tomorrow’s leaders today.
- The 360-degree spin
360-degree feedback is a well-rounded and established method of assessing employee managerial performance. Craig Donaldson looks at how a leading automotive retailer has successfully used 360-degree feedback to develop its leaders and improve business performance