Welcome to our blog. Our newsletters bring the official updates from CHaRM, but here we post more personal views and comments regarding what is happening in the workplace. We don't put a lot of posts up but when something catches our attention or strikes a chord with our values, that is when we produce a blog post.

How (and why) businesses can show our leaders how to behave

One thing that has come sharply into focus for me while all the Brexit shenanigans has been continuing is the behaviour of our politicians. A few weeks ago some people in York were interviewed about what they thought about Brexit. A care worker started to talk about how badly all of our politicians are behaving and that if they were running a business such behaviour would not be tolerated. She was not senior, or even a manager, but she knew about appropriate behaviour and she was quite right in what she said. If that behaviour was going on in a business something would be done about it. We would not tolerate the shouting and the abuse and all the other bad things that are happening in our parliament if it were taking place within a business.

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  • Date: February 26, 2019
  • By: Vicky Carr
  • Category: Human Resource Management

It's time to change the economic commentary

As I listened to the news earlier this week I felt that the time has come to change the commentary about the UK and its economy. All the talk was about how the UK economy had only grown by 1.75% compared to other countries’ growth (1.9% in France; 2.2% in Germany and 2.3% in the USA) and how we were in danger of becoming the slowest growing economy of the G20 countries. So what? The key word in the commentary is that our economy is growing. When are we going to acknowledge that growing is good? Ok, so it is slow growth, but it’s still growth. Growth is good.

Having lived through two recessions in my working life, both of which have taken a toll on my finances, personally I would much rather have slow and steady growth than a constant boom and bust approach to life. Manufacturing is enjoying its best period for a long time and all the companies in our client base that are being dynamic and taking a modern approach to life are doing well. The only ones that aren’t are those that have either become complacent or are not modernising their practices, particularly with regard to people management practices.

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  • Date: March 15, 2018
  • By: Vicky Carr
  • Category: Human Resource Management