Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.

Author Archives: angelaatkins

Is your company missing something with flexi work?

We’re down in Spain for a couple of months to avoid the cold in France! One thing that I really, really, really like about Spain is their hours of work. … Continue reading

February 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

How do you wordle?

Yes I’m part of the wordle fad. I’ve been doing it for the last couple of weeks and look forward to it now each morning (if you don’t know what … Continue reading

February 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Does your culture need €139 cheese?

The other day I was at the supermarket and watching the cashier ring through our purchases when one popped up as 139 euros (about NZ$230). Now we were buying small … Continue reading

September 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

No-one wants to see your middle

I had a realisation when I was doing something completely non work related recently. That no-one wants to see your middle.

August 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Do you have apples and pineapples happening in your business?

A couple of things happened to me recently that got me thinking about whether we have apples and pineapples in our HR and management processes. Let me explain (it will … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

There’s always two sides

Sunday night and I was in the Frog and Rosbif (one of the English pubs in Bordeaux). The atmosphere was building for the big game and there was chanting and … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

The French Revolution and Engagement Surveys

I first posted this article back in 2013 but now I’m living in France, and at Elephant we’re running lots of engagement surveys for companies at the moment – I … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Facebook v Instagram

Are you a Facebook fan? Or do you prefer Instagram? Are you often on TikTok or do you like LinkedIn? I realized recently there’s something really important about this. I … Continue reading

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s happening with HR?

At Elephant we recently conducted a ‘State of Play’ survey to see what had happened to HR teams in the last year. We got some fascinating results! We had just … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

20 years of marriage

Over Easter, Fraser and I celebrated being married 20 years and together 25 years. We were going to go to Ibiza and renew our vows on a beach but covid … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

The 3 secret words to feeling better

The last 12 months have been surreal, stressful and bizarre. It’s been hard to focus when things in the world are so crazy and you didn’t know week to week … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Surprising HR and management truths from the Queen’s Gambit

Yes I have been binge watching Netflix recently (you have to do something when you’re in semi-lockdown). The Queen’s Gambit was a brilliant series – about a chess prodigy who … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Is this missing from your life?

John Lennon once sang ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’. In this case I’m going to have to disagree with him because I love making plans! Fraser … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

What Bridgerton can teach us about HR and management

Yes I thought my first new blog should be about something very serious and it involves the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. That may not sound serious but bear with me … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

I’m back!

It’s been 3 years since I last blogged and the other day I realised that I missed it. Writing helps me sort out my thoughts about various things happening in … Continue reading

March 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

The seasons of HR

It’s cold, wet and windy in New Zealand and even though winter isn’t officially supposed to start until June, it’s pretty much arrived. I used to love to see the … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The HR Metric that can blow minds

I was once working in an insurance company and the Head of Credit came to see me. “I’ve got a poor performer on my hands” he said. “In what way?” … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

What the tech? 3 case studies of how companies are using HR technology

At the HR Game Changer Conference in March we had a great session on What the Tech? This explored how companies are using HR technology. In this article I wanted … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Future of E-learning (part 2)

Last week Robyn Viljoen from Modlettes shared her thoughts on the future of e-learning. This week we meet Sussan Ockwell, Director of Optimism (pictured on the left at the L&D … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Future of E-learning (part 1)

I remember back in the early 2000’s when e-learning first appeared. Even though it was clunky and expensive at the time, there were many articles saying that L&D teams would … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Being an Authentic HR Leader

Can you be yourself in an HR role? Or do you have to a ‘professional’ version of yourself? At the HR Advisors Conference in February, we discussed being an Authentic … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

The real reason it’s unacceptable for Jacinda Ardern to be pregnant

Last week saw the announcement that Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child, due in June. There was instantly a social media furore of commentary about … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 10 Comments

I’m not a feminist but……

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen or heard about the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago. While there was some focus on the winners, … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

What follows a horrible year?

2016 was pretty awful for many reasons. The Brexit vote unleashed a torrent of hatred and abuse in the U.K. That guy from the Apprentice (as my brother calls him) actually … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poo fingers and remuera housewives

Once upon a time, in the Auckland suburb of Remuera, people started to get ill. Very, very ill. The kind of ill when it is coming out of both ends. … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

I’m failing badly…..

Some of you may have seen back at the start of November I signed up for NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). During the month you write 1,667 words a day … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are you getting the right 5+ a day? (and it’s not vegetables!)

We’ve all had the 5+ a day message drilled into us about eating vegetables, but there’s another 5+ that makes you far happier with life. Currently Fraser and I are … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are you Curtis Stone or the Chipotle guy?

One of the short lived reality TV series I enjoyed was where teams competed to launch a restaurant chain. The hosts of the show were Curtis Stone, an Aussie chef … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stop going to boring conferences

On Wednesday we tried an experiment and ran a one-day conference that condensed and summarised a whole lot of ideas from the Elephant HR advisors conferences in London, Wellington and … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why good managers don’t get promoted

I’ve now trained thousands of people managers through the Management Bites programme and I know there are some good ones out there. These are managers that their team respects, who … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment