HasBean: Hey team, it’s that time of the year, party time!! Julie: Great, what's the plan? I wasn't here last year. HasBean: No plan, we just roll with it, boogie time!! Julie: So, just like we've done all year then. HasBean: That's the spirit, let's get this party started!!! Jane: Oh well, he doesn't help plan our development, but at least he knows how to partay!...

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Steve: Hi Charles, here's your day-pass, please sign the book. Charles: Yep, thanks Steve. Week two, I'm getting used to the process now! HasBean: Good News! Sarah is on leave this week, so you can use her desk while she is away. Charles: Well, that will be better than being scolded for being in a booked meeting room once again. Charles: Any news on when I'll get a laptop...

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New Starter: Hi, I'm here to see Mr HasBean Receptionist: OK, which company are you from, and what time is your appointment? New Starter: I work for this company, today is my first day. Receptionist: Oh, err, umm, please take a seat in the meeting room just through that door, and I'll try and find someone to help you. HasBean: Sorry, about that, I forgot you were starting today....

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Learning and Development Manager: Hi Jane, how was the Foundation Training I organised for you last week? Jane: Unfortunately, a total waste of time. Even the instructor said I should have booked the Practitioner course. Learning and Development Manager: Did you not pick the most appropriate training as mapped to your skill gap analysis? Jane: Yes, I picked the Practitioner course which was. BUT HasBean insisted the Foundation...

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We need a skills inventory

Director: HB, an industry analyst has recommended we urgently evaluate our skills gaps and risks. So, we need a skills inventory. HasBean: That's easy! I'll organise a skills assessment for everyone against their current job descriptions. Director: So, you have all the job descriptions handy? HasBean: Definitely, we published them all on the intranet during the major org restructure project 3 years ago. Director: I'd be shocked to hear our skill...

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Inaccurate skills data is LESS helpful than having no data at all

Manager: HB, I need someone to do trend analysis on our Incident data now. Do we have anyone? HasBean: Looking at the data from the skills assessments I organised last month, I'd say Jane is the one. She has excellent analytics skills. Manager: Hi Jane, HasBean tells me you have the analytical skills I need for analysing the Incident data this week. Jane: I know I selected every...

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How not to conduct a performance review

How NOT to conduct a Performance Review: HasBean: Hi. Come on in. Take a seat. Employee: Thanks. It's been a while HB. How are things with you? HasBean: Really good thanks. I've just got back from a lovely break down the coast. How are you doing? Employee: Great thanks. Everything seems to be going well here, and I've some leave planned with my family next month. Employee: I guess we...

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Consultant: It's really important to explain to the staff why they are doing the assessment, and how the data will be used afterwards. HasBean: Nonsense, I'll just send an email telling them to complete it by Friday! Employee 1: So, I selected every skill at all levels, to make sure I'm not the next one out the door. You? Employee 2: I didn't select any skills, I've been...

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Skills development planning

HasBean: I can't believe it's been 12 months since our last development planning session. Thanks for being so punctual. Employee: To be honest, I'm pretty keen to get going after last year. You remember, there was no money left in the training budget. HasBean: It's the new financial year now, and there is still plenty in the training budget. So what do you have in mind? Employee: Great,...

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