Resignations up despite the downturn
BBC News February 2010
More managers resigned from their jobs in the past year than in the previous 12 months, despite the economic downturn, research has suggested. Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the CMI said “…with the latest figures showing that staff are prepared to run the risk of unemployment by jumping ship, questions must be asked about employee engagement levels in organisations up and down the country.”
Leadership development top priority for 2010
The Grapevine online February 2010
Organisations will focus on developing their managers’ skills this year, according to a recent survey of senior HR professionals. Henley Business School’s Corporate Learning Priorities Survey 2010 discovered that leadership development is the most important priority for all respondents. In addition to this, 67% of the participants felt that focus on middle managers is extremely important and placed this in their top two priorities. Softer skills, in leadership styles and in coaching for instance, that bring out the very best in people and facilitate team working are also a priority.

Target-driven approach to leadership less likely to produce results, study warns
Personnel January 2010
Employers that operate a target-driven approach to leadership could be shooting themselves in the foot, new research has revealed. A study of six high-profile employers, including Tesco and Unilever, found that a highly people-centred approach, rather than a focus on numbers and targets, was more likely to result in outstanding performance.

How to get 2010 off to a stress-free start
Personnel December 2009
Work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for approximately 11.4 million reported lost working days per year in Britain. According to The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), 415,000 British people believe they are experiencing workplace stress at a level that is making them ill. Here are a number of steps companies can take to reduce stress among the workforce


Coaching used by almost 90% of organisations, CIPD reports
Personnel Today September 2009
Research to be launched at the upcoming CIPD Coaching at Work conference has found that almost 90% of organisations polled use coaching. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says that of more than 500 companies surveyed, 51% of them see coaching as a key part of learning and development and consider it ‘crucial to their strategy’. According to the survey, coaching is being used at all levels to build on good performance (23%) and improve poor performance (20%), and also in leadership development (23%).