The shift to working from home has caused a number of headaches for employers.nnAnd not least among them has been working out how to track staff performance when they are not in the office.nnFor some, the temptation has been to turn to monitoring technology to keep an eye on staff.
Were living through a recruitment crisis.nnTake this piece of evidence, for example. A new survey suggests almost one in five of us are looking to change jobs this year.nnThe survey for accounting firm PwC says that 18 per cent of those questioned hoped to change roles in the next 12 months, whilst 60 per cent said they would prefer to work fully, or mostly at home.
We learn from our mistakes.
Its one of the first things we are taught as children. We do something bad and, if we are lucky, our understanding elders will point out the errors of our ways and explain where we went wrong.
Its the way we learn to negotiate the world, and, without a few errors, wed learn precious little.
You might think theres not much that ordinary companies can learn from the terrible way that redundancies at shipping giant P&O were handled.
After all, very few companies are of the size and scale of the ferry operator or find themselves in a similar position.
To jog your memories, P&O made national headlines for all the wrong reasons when it laid off 800 employees without any consultation and replaced them with new, cheaper labour.
Peter Hebblethwaite, CEO of P&O Ferries, even admitted to a committee of MPs that the firm broke UK law when it failed to consult with unions.
Theres nothing worse for any business than having a bad manager in place.
Its easily done.
You promote somebody because they have done a good job up until that point, seem to have all the qualities you are looking for and are keen and ambitious. Or you bring in an outsider based on their CV and the way they performed in interview.
But then things start to go off the rails. It might be that your new manager is not communicating properly, is suffering with the pressure of the new role or has failed to earn the trust of his team. Whatever, the result is a dip in morale and productivity and staff turnover starts to rise.
The COP26 conference at the end of last year holds some important lessons for business.
Yes, many of them are wrapped up in how we must all change our habits, move to sustainable and renewable energy models and start to prioritise the environment in every aspect of our business life.
But there were also wider lessons for those seeking to retain and recruit the best staff in the middle of an ongoing recruitment crisis.