Immigration minister: Get your sponsor licence applications in nowThe minister for future borders and immigration has advised employers wishing to continue to recruit skilled workers from abroad next… Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Political power gameOn 27 Feb 2001 in Blacklisting, Personnel Today Over 1,000 UK redundancies expected at G4S Cash SolutionsSecurity company G4S is planning to cut more than a quarter of jobs in its cash handling business amid the… Inmany ways getting promoted is similar to getting elected. You have to act and speakconvincingly, and be seen in the right places with the right people. So withthe General Election looming, and with tongue firmly in cheek, we present ourown promotion-winning manifesto for the profession. By Jane LewisPERSONNELOFFICERWhereto be seen At the annual CIPD conference – acting on the principle that thebest way to get ahead is by behaving as if you’ve already been promoted. Whatto wear On the same principle as above, dress like your manager. If this isa disaster-zone (probably quite likely) dress in the way you think your managershould be dressed. At this stage it’s important to play safe with appearance.Pay particular attention to grooming. For women: A pair of well-shaped eyebrowscan prove a very useful indicator of efficiency, dedication to detail and pridein oneself. But don’t overdo it or you’ll be perceived as a hard-liner.Whatto say “I’ve got a few problems with this title ‘personnel officer’. Is itpossible for me to have a title that doesn’t sound like it’s come from anepisode of Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em?” Or: “HR is the new marketing.”Whatnot to say “Clear off, you little troll.” (HR is notorious for preachinghow to treat people nicely – and then doing exactly the reverse).Whoto be seen with That astonishingly able New Dealer you argued for, hiredand brought on, and who now considers you his mentor.Whonot to be seen with Other members of your own department. What a waste ofnetworking opportunity! For your own good, get in with the business groups.Whatto carry The latest Nokia phone (still the most stylish). Ideally youshould be seen to be habitually texting away in business-like fashion. Thishints at a great range of contacts.Pitfallsto avoid Appearing on The Weakest Link (involves a 90 per cent chanceof humiliation).Opportunitiesto grab Shift all that tiresome payroll stuff over to that obliging doormatin accounts. Make sure you do your CCP and CIPD qualifications. Eye-catchinginitiatives Run a prominent charity scheme and get it written about in thelocal paper.PERSONNELMANAGERWhereto be seen Inspiring your team in a range of transformational exercises inretreat at Babington House, Gloucestershire. – scene of BBC2’s recent programmeConfidence Lab. Make sure you make an impression at any conference specific toyour industry. Have a distinctive view on how business ought to work from thepeople point of view.Whatto wear For women: Show your cutting edge by dressing up while everyoneelse is dressing down. This season’s fashion is on your side, the 1980ssemi-androgynous look is back, so an ideal outfit this spring would be apin-striped trouser-suit. If a return to 1980s style is more than you can bear,suits with zip-fronted jackets still look modern and on the pace. Above all,ditch last year’s feminine frippery look – beaded/braided cardigans and prettyskirts. For men: Dressing down withstyle is still where it’s at. Nobody ever got fired for wearing Paul Smith.Whatto say The priority here is to get across a credible explanation as to whyyou are in middle HR management (possibly the worst strategic position to be inif you want to make it to the top). Something like “If you have to set policyyou should also have to implement it,” might do. Or: “I believe in doing theday job well.”Whatnot to say “The unions are our partners” (recent events at Corus show thesheer wrong-headedness of this). Whoto be seen with Any fast-track HR director (choose one from another firm ifyours isn’t up to pace). Being seen as a camp-follower of someone good is oneof the best ways of eliciting interest from headhunters.Whonot to be seen with One of the many hordes of business psychologists nowstalking the business scene. The point is you can take “soft” only so far. Thelosing brief at a high-profile industrial tribunal.Whatto carry The latest executive toys – especially a next generationpalm-pilot like Visor Handspring. That said, you should also still offerproperly printed business cards.Pitfallsto avoid Exposing flabby arms in a spaghetti strap dress at professionalaward ceremonies. Assuming responsibility for yet another failed implementationof the HR software that was supposed to issue in a new era of knowledgemanagement. Becoming known among staffas the person who insisted on e-mail content scanning.Opportunitiesto grab Change management of any sort. It might be worthwhile campaigningfor any sort of change, just so you can say you managed it. Shape the companyintranet into something really worthwhile logging on to.Eye-catchinginitiatives Champion any scheme guaranteed to help build up your personalpower-base among staff. Delta Airline’s idea of putting a PC in everyemployee’s home is a winner – especially if they log onto your zappy, happeningintranet.HRDIRECTORWhereto be seen Out and about in the City (whether your company is listed ornot). Standing up to Paxman on Newsnight (but make sure you do).Whatto wear Time to up the dress stakes. Women: Need to inspire respect fromother women, whether senior or junior, by wearing recognisably designer suitsand choosing exactly the right kind of heel for their court shoe (conical thisyear, apparently). If you’re dealing with men, don’t worry – they won’t notice,so just look smart. Men: Need at least two properly tailored suits, severalshirts from Pinks, and discreet cufflinks. On no account wear gimmickcufflinks. If you’re feeling racy you might consider a pair of braces: MichaelDouglas’ Gordon Gecko character in Wall Street is still an icon in terms of thego-getter business executive look.Whatto sayThereare two opposing schools of thought here. One insists that most successful HRdirectors are characterised by their ability to talk (often meaningless)strategic babble – it doesn’t matter if you can’t put it into practice as longas it sounds good and includes the phrase “human capital”. Buta second school of thought insists this approach is an absolute no-no – unlessyou’re in the position to back up your nebulous remarks with hard evidence.“When I hear the phrase ‘people capital’ it makes me reach for the sick-bag,”says one investment banker.Whatnot to say“Peopleoften ask how I cope with the administrative and, let’s face it, psychological burdenof having some 1,200 souls in my care…but I can just about manage if all theMyers Briggs indicators add up.”Whoto be seen with Any self-respecting HR director needs to have a couple oftame academics in tow. Big cheeses to aim at: David Norburn, Dean of ImperialCollege London; Lynda Gratton at London Business School (being associated withher Leading Edge Forum will boost your business HR credentials). If you canhook up with a prominent international academic, so much the better forgravitating upwards to a global position. Any inspirational change agent:George Davies (ex-Next and Asda, now M&S hoped-for saviour is a goodexample.)Whonot to be seen with Geoff Armstrong: or any of the old guard at CIPD.Unless: a) you’ve been brought in to overhaul the organisation b) you’re aftera role in a super-trad Blue Chip. Headhunters: It’s bad business manners towear your disloyalty on your sleeve (and an even worse move to be suspected ofmaking a career change into headhunting).Whatto carry A copy of Harvard Business Review with your influential article on“Transformational Business Practice” in it.Pitfallsto avoid Giving out tickets to the opera or ballet to people in the Cityyou want to influence (unless female). “I’ve slept through Giselle six times,”is a common refrain. Much better to play safe with big sporting events thateveryone wants to attend. Having yourcompany blacklisted as unethical by student unions – predicted to be a newlypotent political force.Opportunitiesto grab Lunch with Unilever chief executive officer Niall Fitzgerald in thepenthouse conservatory of the company’s Blackfriars’ HQ. Not only is Fitzgeraldconsidered the new wave CEO, but he’s credited with trying to get to grips withthe HR Paradox (whatever that might be). Also, the food is among the bestserved in corporate Britain.Eye-catchinginitiatives Follow BAe Systems’ example and announce you intend to subjectyour company’s senior management to “trial by workforce” to establish salary levels.(Important caveat: make sure you keep senior management sweet by ensuring thescheme has no teeth).GLOBALHR DIRECTORWhereto be seen Taking part in any international “arts in business” installation– being a patron of the avant-garde arts has huge snob value in top corporatecircles and also ensures access to quasi-political circles. On board theinaugural flight of the re-vamped Concorde.Whatto wear Women: At this stage you can afford to look haughtilyunapproachable: and you need to stress your international glamour. AmericanVogue editor Anna Wintour (dark glasses, severe fringe, cashmere everything)might be a good role model. Men: Tailored suits as before, but you might go fora more interesting colour, so long as it is taupe, beige or stone. Look as ifyou’re ready to do a TV interview at any time – and wear Paraboot shoes (Frenchequivalent of Church’s – but much moresassy). Whatto say “The main conundrum facing HR is how to deal with the very differentperspective on loyalty. We need to find ways of encouraging those employees wholeave to build up their careers to see us as their alma mater.”Whatnot to say “Doesn’t anyone speak English round here?”Whoto be seen with For ultimate new-business credibility: Naomi Klein, authorof No Logo. Any international hard-hitter from the Murdoch dynasty through toex-Pearson chief Valerie Scardino and Oracle chief Larry Ellison.Whonot to be seen with Any dodgy, or potentially dodgy, politician. BillGates.Whatto carry A copy of The Economist with you pictured on the cover shakinghands with Nelson Mandela. Any number of Louis Vuitton luggage accessories. Pitfallsto avoid Over-exposure to air travel: continually bloated stomach, becomingan airport bore, forgetting to take off your Virgin long-haul snuggly slippersbefore attending an important meeting. Spending too much time away from HQ andlosing your grip on boardroom politics. Doing any kind of texting whatsoever –no senior executive should risk arthritis of the thumb by sending stupid messages.Opportunitiesto grab Managing a massive global expansion programme. Hiring a really goodfirm of due diligence people: useful to get some dirt on rivals for the CEOjob.Eye-catchinginitiatives Organising an international office swap. Broadcasting a regularpersonal message to staff worldwide over the intranet. Related posts:
Photo: Pixabay The HGK survey showed that two thirds (66%) of Croatian companies already feel the negative consequences of the coronavirus situation in their business, and more than half of them (53%) stated that their turnover has dropped. Source: HGK When asked what specific types of problems bother them, most companies (30%) reported difficulties in concluding new jobs, completing contracted jobs (29%) and performing existing jobs (28%). The most affected are travel agencies and companies engaged in providing accommodation, preparing and serving food, and so far small and medium-sized companies feel a greater negative impact than large companies. Survey results You can take a look at the following connectors. As far as expectations for the future are concerned, the most pessimistic are travel agencies that expect the strongest consequences for long-term business. As many as 92% of them state that they expect strong and medium negative consequences on long-term business, 62% on short-term. They are followed by companies from the activity of providing accommodation, food preparation and serving (hotels, resorts, camps, other accommodation, restaurants, catering, cafes), among which 76% expect a long-term and 71% short-term strong and medium negative impact on business. Side dish: Travel agencies (69%), accommodation, food preparation and serving (62%) and transport and storage (51%) have strong and medium consequences for the current business. Questionnaire – you can fill out business difficulties due to coronavirus on this one connectors In the first two days alone, more than 1000 companies participated in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce survey, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce called on entrepreneurs to continue to report business problems. pages of the Chamber.