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Becoming an Employer of Choice: Make Your Organization a Place Where People Want to Do Great Work [Paperback]

Judith Leary-Joyce
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1 April 2004 1843980576 978-1843980575
How easy would your job be if people working in your sector wanted to work for you rather than any other employer? How much more productive would your organisation be? How much more would you enjoy your job? Some companies can tell you. They are the companies that the "Sunday Times" has listed as the "Best Places to Work." They are companies as big as Asda and Microsoft, or as small as the Bromford Housing Association. They have managed, through hard work and dedication, to create an environment where employees feel valued and respected; where they feel so connected to the company that they go the extra mile to give the discretionary effort required to deliver great results. Judith Leary-Joyce, one of the researchers on the "Sunday Times" list, has studied what makes those companies tick.She has spoken to leaders, managers and employees within those companies to discover the secrets that have made them great places to work. This book will help you assess where your organisation is and make the business case for creating the sort of great company atmosphere that will attract top people who will deliver excellent results. It will help you become an employer of choice.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843980576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843980575
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An energising handbook of good practice which will help managers at all levels" -- Servant Leadership, July 2004

"Grounded in real business practice - the examples used to demonstrate the techniques are of real people doing real business" -- People Management, 15 July 2004

About the Author

Judith Leary-Joyce is an expert in leadership and management. She is CEO of
Great Companies Consulting, which she established in 2002 after spending
the previous year working on the Sunday Times'' 100 Best Companies to Work
For list. She is a board member of the Servent Leadership Centre and was a
founder member and, from 1979-1990, MD of the Gestalt Centre, a
psychotherapy training insititute.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book 21 April 2004
This book is a must for anyone in business today. It is simply one of thebest books I have come across in years. It is an easy read and the pagesare just crammed with practical ideas. It is an absolute must for HR andline managers alike. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chance to learn from the very best employers 8 Feb 2004
I have seen the final draft of this book, which is to be published around Easter 2004. The author has interviewed senior managers and staff from the top companies listed in the Sunday Times great places to work survey and uses the data to show us how we can all make the places we work better, much more fun, and most importantly more productive. It's written in a way that can't fail to inspire and will become an invaluable aid to senior line managers and HR managers and directors alike. Even better, it's easy to read - as a rule I don't enjoy textbooks on management issues, but this is quite different, and I'm already putting some of the things that I learnt into practice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change the way things are done around here 25 Sep 2006
The "Employer of Choice" title was (may be still is) a trendy buzz phrase for HR people a few years ago but this book is about so much more. The sub-title explains it better "Make your organisation a place where people want to do great work".
Look around your office now and ask yourself if you're working somewhere like that. If not you need to change the "way we do things around here". The book is great - it helps you realise what needs to be done and gives you ready made arguments to convince those misearable stick in the mud colleagues that they need to change as well.
Like all good business books the principal idea is very simple - but also not very easy. Basically it's all about being decent and honest and if that sounds touchey feely and soft then you really need to read this book - it's at its best when its talking about dealing with underperformance and the hard things that need to be done to make your organisation a better place.
If you can start using the ideas in this book your team/department/organisation will start to become a place where people can do their best work and as a result its performance will improve.
Easy to read, inspiring and strong. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars employer of choice 4 April 2009
This book was very useful insight on employer of choice by a british author, but being published by the CIPD made it an expensive buy!
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Sadly this book spent most of its time proclaiming the business case for becoming an employer of choice rather than providing ideas for action. Indeed most of the virtues of becoming an benevolent employer were based on relatively little evidence and spiced up with conjecture and altruistic text. This was dissappointing as naturally I already wanted to learn how to become an employer of choice (that is why I bought the book) and just wanted clear guidelines.

Furthermore the author did deviate, providing theories on management style, time management and communication skills. These sweeping overviews of rhetoric did make me question what value it added to the book, especially given the lack of thorough analysis.

In hindsight this would be a wonderful book for a new manager as it is packed with fantastic guiding principles. However I believe if you want an action plan it may be better to read the Sunday Times list online.
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