Tag Archives: Culture

Employees need to fit your culture

Amid the general wailing and gnashing of teeth that surrounds the Millennial discussion, one occasionally happens upon something sensible. I’ve been reading about how the online entertainment brand Netflix sets expectations for employee contribution. It’s surprisingly hard line; and contains … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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Manage Millennials for success.

We’re continuing to examine the current culture clash in the workplace. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve indulged the Millennial point of view and given the employers’ perspective. This week I want to suggest three simple actions that you as … Continue reading

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The non-completion challenge

As I move around inside East African enterprises one thing is becoming increasingly clear. Both employees and employers are frustrated by their failure to complete tasks. I’m not talking about assignments that overrun on time or budget, but about projects … Continue reading

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Workplaces need better design

In the 1980’s the American management professor Edgar Schein developed an organisational model to make culture more visible within a company. He highlighted the importance of artefacts and symbols that colour the appearance of the organisation. Visible elements such as logos, … Continue reading

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Culture building never ends

I have a coffee pot that I bought in Italy. Most Italian households have one, made by Bialetti. It’s a simple affair: you put water in the bottom and coffee grounds in the middle. Then you put it on the … Continue reading

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Inhuman relations

Human Relations professionals in East Africa are facing new challenges. It’s rarely enough these days for an HR Manager to be a good administrator. Maintaining personnel files, redrafting the HR Manual, and handling disciplinary procedures are simply hygiene factors. Recruitment … Continue reading

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Beware the gig economy

A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. It’s was coined during global financial crisis of 2009. Newly unemployed professionals sought short-term compensation by ‘gigging’ – working a series … Continue reading

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The entitlement culture

“Just because you feel good, doesn’t make you right, oh no.” So go the lyrics of Hedonism, catchy track from the band Skunk Anansie, to which I am sure you all listen. The name Skunk Anansie is taken from the folklore … Continue reading

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Mind your language in the workplace

Have you ever listened to the language people use in the workplace? It’s more important than many organisations think. For example, addressing a group as ‘Team’ is often a sign of self –delusion in management. If the group truly was … Continue reading

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