Take 5 minutes

At funerals, we tend to hear about how great people were. It is unfortunate that many of us neglect to take a few minutes to stop and tell someone how they are appreciated or write a thank you card after a particular event while they are alive. I received a hand written thank you card the other day after giving a short talk at a community event. It made me feel special and appreciated. As I sat to write this missive I took some of my own medicine and wrote a thank you card to someone who helped me arrange something this week. It took less than 5 minutes.

 We are all guilty I’m sure. Why not take 5 minutes or less and send a thank you card to a person who deserves it today. It could be a work colleague, the cleaner, a family member or someone else. You might even go one stage further and call someone just to say thanks to them for something they’ve done. Sometimes the simplest of things can have the biggest impact.   

  Before I go, four other things briefly…

 1. In the annual career survey on careerbuilder.com in response top the question ‘What is the most unusual thing a candidate did in a job interview this year?’ Please note four mind numbing responses:

  • Answered mobile phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a ‘private’ conversation.
  • Told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle dies – and his uncle “wasn’t looking too good”
  • Said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was ‘classified’.
  • Flushed the toilet while talking to the interviewer during phone interview

2. We are making great progress in the field of mediation. It was discussed as an option in a dispute in Thursday’s episode of the Archers!

3. As you know we have a small below the radar Interim practice as part of our Group of companies. If you are an experienced or inexperienced HR Interim and would like to talk to us about opportunities we are currently handling, please be in touch.

 4. The Senior President of Employment Tribunals has published his annual report for 2014. The sections dealing with the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal start at page 63. Some highlights are:

  •  Appeals to the EAT are down by 1/3 followin the introduction of fees (page 63)
  • Presidential guidance on case management in the employment tribunals in England and Wales is “imminent” (page 66)
  • Judicial mediation in the employment tribunal has a success rate of over 70% (pages 68 & 72), and
  • “It may well be that the role of the non legal members [in employment tribunals in England and Wales] needs to be reviewed.” (page 68)

Finally – we are currently offering a free one day in-house training course when you train 100 or more line managers. Please be in touch if you would like more information about this.

Until next month..