Performance management in public sector: The global challenge

At the gathering hosted by CIMA President, Gulzari Lal Babber, recently at the Cinnamon Grand, Udayasri Kariyawasam, Chairman of the IDB, presented his preliminary research findings on the barriers to performance in the public sector.

What great managers do differently?

Being a great manager is most certainly not an easy task, for some individuals managing comes naturally, but for others it may not be as easy. Most mangers get caught up spending time with individuals who need more assistance, however what is really essential is to spend more time cultivating the talents and strengths of your staff. A great manager’s fundamental task is to realize that every person will be unique, every job will be different and every workplace will be different.

Layoffs – Are they really necessary?

Layoffs are termination of jobs permanently or temporarily without regard to employee job performance, these mainly occur when particular positions are no longer needed or when a company is experiencing financial difficulties. Layoffs have become a very common phenomenon since the 1980s. These are initiatives taken by organisation s in an attempt to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Previous research indicates that layoffs are identified by the management of organisation s as means of cutting costs and redeveloping organisation’s that are declining.

Work-Life Balance

In recent times, there has been a great amount of attention given to the subject of work-life balance both locally and globally. Work-life balance is a satisfactory level of involvement or a ‘fit’ between the multiple roles in a person’s life. A desirable work-life balance consist of effectively coping between paid work and other activities which are important to one’s daily living, whether it be spending time with family and friends, participating in sports and other recreational activities, or educational purposes. This work-life balance may tend to alter over time as people have constantly changing responsibilities and commitments in their work place as well as personal lives. However, it is extremely essential to maintain a healthy work-life balance as it can reap many benefits to the employees as well as the employers; as a result it will build strong communities and efficient businesses.

The evolution of HR from an administrative unit to strategic decision making unit

The Human Resource Function is mostly regarded by other departments as being an operational department doing day-to-day tasks. They are perceived to be a functional department rather than a strategic department like Marketing or Production. This attitude towards Human Resources can only stem from the evolution of human resources department.

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Recently I was accused of a crime. I work for a laboratory, and I was accused of a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation. I was not guilty of violating HIPAA, but no one -- not my immediate supervisor, who was not present when the "incident" occurred, not my director, not the supervisor who believes he "caught" me, nor anyone from HR -- has ever had a conversation with me about this. No one has even asked me if I did what they think I did, which was supposedly to print out lab results for a co-worker.

 My bonus was taken away, allegedly by HR (that's what I was told), and I was made to sign a document that stated that this was a "final write-up" -- I'd never been written up for anything before. When I asked if I could say anything to this kangaroo court, I was told, "No, You are lucky you still have a job. You can go back to work now."

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has many benefits for any organisation; almost every key organisation has some form of CSR. CSR does not have to be an activity that an organisation only spends on and does not gain anything out of. A good CSR campaign can be designed to be aligned towards the Marketing or HR strategy so that apart from being a socially responsible activity, it also helps these functions and contributes to the overall organisation al strategy.

Succession Planning - Leaving no dead ends

 “There is a reason an airplane has both a pilot and a co-pilot, that’s the same reason organisation s need to have succession plans.”

Planning for the future is essential in every aspect of life. Planning in business is a core component of competitiveness. A business governed in an ad-hoc manner may have surges of growth and spurts of success but this will not be sustained for long. An organisation that practices planning for future time periods will have a higher probability of reaching success and will be more systematic in reaching their system objectives.


Who are backstabbers?
Backstabbers are the people who act well in front of you but go against you behind your back. They appear supportive when who are around but when you are not, they go spreading bad rumors and tarnishing your reputation.

Creativity is a key to make your Company Christmas Party a memorable experience

Every year we get lots of requests to help out with hints and tips on how to plan a Company Christmas Party. So we have gathered our resources to provide you with lots of ideas to make this year’s holiday party safe, fun and memorable experience for you and your co-workers. These ideas are designed for both large companies with great budgets as well as small businesses with minimum resources.

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