How to follow a team member that has fake meetings booked in their Outlook Calendar

How to follow a team member that has fake meetings booked in their Outlook Calendar

You’ve had your suspicions for a while now. Maybe it’s the incomplete explanation for how the meeting went, or maybe it’s the handful of shopping bags they always come back to the office laden with? Whatever the clues are, years of managerial experience tell you that one of your team members might not be turning…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – I can’t stand pricing products at £9.99

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – I can’t stand pricing products at £9.99

  Dear Darcus, I can’t stand pricing the products in my retail store at £9.99 when all I have to do is add on an extra penny and all of a sudden you get a lovely whole number price of £10. The shareholders often accuse me of putting my own peculiarities before the success of…

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W1nners Club Problem Page – My colleagues think i’m tight fisted

W1nners Club Problem Page – My colleagues think i’m tight fisted

  Dear Darcus, My colleagues at work think I’m tight fisted. They may have a point in that I refuse to buy umbrellas to protect me from the rain and instead I use a 5p carrier bag to protect my head from the bad weather (it’s the same carrier bag I use for shopping B.T.W.)…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Addicted to sacking people

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Addicted to sacking people

    Dear Darcus, I think I’m addicted to sacking people. The first time I had to let someone go I was terrified and didn’t know what to say to them, particularly when the ex-employee burst into tears but now I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I rather enjoy it. I sometimes find that I…

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Alternative phrases managers can use to get along better with colleagues

Alternative phrases managers can use to get along better with colleagues

  It’s hard being a manager isn’t it? Why can’t people just do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it? If they did there’d be no need for you to lose your temper would there? Unfortunately however, staff rarely do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it…

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10 sayings a manager should never use unless you want to sound like David Brent

10 sayings a manager should never use unless you want to sound like David Brent

  Management is a skill that requires you to deliver instructions to your team members in the most efficient way possible. There often isn’t the time available to construct bespoke phrases for every situation you face, so rather than telling a member of your team to: “Call the client and get their preliminary thoughts about…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – I want to be an Emo

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – I want to be an Emo

  Dear Darcus, I am the Managing Director of a stationery wholesaler in East Grinstead but I have secret desires to be an Emo and turn up to work looking like I don’t care about what people think of me. If I die my hair black and start wearing a dog collar with large metal spikes…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Lying on a CV

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Lying on a CV

  Dear Darcus, One my regional managers told me over lunch that they have recruited someone onto their team that doesn’t have GCSEs even though they said they did on their CV. Should I instruct them to fire the person in question for dishonesty?   Dear Reader, Unfortunately, the competitiveness of the job market means…

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8 reasons why flexible working is a really f*cking bad idea

8 reasons why flexible working is a really f*cking bad idea

  When we were first asked by an interviewee here at The W1nners’ Club if we have flexible working arrangements for employees, an awkward silence befell the room. The silence was mainly borne out of the fact that nobody on the interview panel had a clue what the candidate was talking about. After a brief…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Corporate spy in the office

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Corporate spy in the office

  Dear Darcus, One of the employees on my team has started offering to buy me tea every morning and as a result I am convinced that they may be a corporate spy that is either working for a competitor, or they could be working undercover for the security services and informing on me. I…

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