Stories by Sarah Mills

Man's not made to measure

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." True or false? This credo has ruled the Western corporate world for the past two decades. Some argue it has meant that number crunchers have managed to sideline and undervalue all talent apart from their own. The only thing that has "counted" has been financial capital and those who count it.
Increasing short-term profit has often been a matter of cutting staff with little regard to an individual's contribution and long-term sustainability - an action based on the false premise that most employees make identical contributions to profit.

Written by Sarah Mills15 May 08 22:00

Boardroom to family room

Work-life balance was something of an obscenity in corporate circles during the "efficiency purges" of the 1980s and 1990s. But as the annual global cost of high staff turnover approaches half a trillion dollars and with the global talent gap soon to hit 23 million, the subject has shot to the top of the corporate agenda. Work-life balance isn't just fashionable - it's hot.
A plethora of surveys and studies suggest companies that can attract and retain staff are tipped to outperform those that don't by between 30 and 50 per cent. In some instances, this translates into a doubling in shareholder value.

Written by Sarah Mills25 March 08 23:00