End of year thoughts

“Prison World magazine, created to form and serve a community of incarcerated readers, has doubled in page size, from 16 to 32, and estimates a readership of 250,000, according to folio.com. The magazine is shipped to more than 3,000 subscribers in the general public, somewhat by default.”

B: Imagine that.
A: Imagine what?
B: A captive audience.
B: This is true. It’s a little like Personnel Today.
A: How so?
B: Well they seem to feel that they have sole power over HR writing in the UK.
A: You wouldn’t be bitter about anything here at all?
B: Well they have just rejected a 15th straight idea.
A: I see.
B: And if you look at some of the nonsense they do publish…
A: Such as?
B: Such as an article on ….”How to manage employees who win the lottery.”
A: (gasp)
B: I kid you not…

“For some HR professionals, the familiar lottery slogan ‘It could be you’ pops up more often than expected.
There are more and more stories of people who want to carry on working after they’ve won the lottery – and it is up to HR to consider how to deal with staff with new-found riches.
Supermarket sweep
Hitting the headlines most recently was a case involving 10 Tesco workers who each scooped a £750,000 share of an overall £7.5m win. All 10 have decided to continue working.
“I can’t speak for the winners, but I think a large part of wanting to return to work is a desire to return to an extent of normality,” says a spokeswoman for Tesco.
The fact that the employees have chosen to stay on, she adds, shows that a job can be worth much more to an individual than a salary.
Other recent examples include Mary Jones from Denbighshire, who said she had no intention of giving up her cleaning job when she won the jackpot. And at Royal Mail, almost all staff in two separate winning syndicates stayed in their jobs.
So how can HR keep lottery winners – or indeed anyone who comes into a windfall, whether via inheritance, marriage or any other means – motivated and loyal? Tesco believes the answer lies in treating every member of staff as a valued individual, citing examples of flexible working opportunities and an emphasis on career development.
Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), agrees. “It comes down to all the things that HR should be thinking about anyway – support, recognition, fair treatment, giving everyone a chance to contribute, and listening to your employees.”
Work and self esteem
The CIPD conducted a survey a few years ago, asking people whether they would still work if they won the lottery, and a significant percentage said yes. Work is crucial to an individual’s self-esteem and gives life structure, adds Emmott.
Staff at the Alliance & Leicester bank clearly agree. A group of lottery winners invited their director to attend the presentation of their cheque and join in the celebrations.
Loaded question
While Tesco is adamant that its lottery winners won’t be treated differently to any other member of staff, Carol Dempsey, a reward partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, believes there should be exceptions to this rule.
“I think we should acknowledge that people are motivated by different things and accept that money can be significant,” she says.
“If you have a lottery winner who previously took a particular job because they needed the money, it makes sense for HR to find them a role that pays slightly less, but that they would enjoy more,” Dempsey adds.
Kerching!!! Holding on to big winners
• If you want to hold on to staff who win the lottery, think carefully about overall employee engagement.
• If you treat a lottery winner differently to any other member of staff, be sure there’s a good reason for it and communicate this.
• Don’t get involved with jealousy among colleagues as a result of the win. This is for individuals to sort out among themselves.
By Kate Hilpern”

A: I like the little tips at the end.
B: So ‘Personnel Today’ isn’t it?
A: Still bitter then?
B: Just a tad.
A: Any thoughts on Christmas?
B: Not really. Just amazed at the different class system in Britain at the moment.
A: Really?
B: Oh yes, I’ve a copy of ‘Fur, Feather and Fin’- Country Sporting Gifts for Christmas.
A: Tell me more.
B: Well amongst the items are; £35 shooting socks, a Fly Free Game Safe that’s “a brilliant invention to keep flies and predators away when hanging your game”.
A: Always a problem that.
B: My favourite though is a tally counter
A: For counting all the game you kill presumably.
B: Possibly but it’s more versatile than that – It’s “for counting birds or people!” – their exclamation mark not mine.
A: More, more.
B: Well for the woman (probably called the little lady) who has everything, there’s a cushion embroidered with the words “Treat her like a thoroughbred and she won’t be a nag” or “A great fisherman lives here with the catch of his life”.
A: Great cushions
B: These cushions or “these saucy cushions make an amusing gift for the right person” and cost £36.
A: Enough already.
B: Ok – that’s enough for this year.
A: Isn’t this just like a Simpson’s clip show with a montage of half a dozen half explored ideas?
B: Half a dozen?
A: I exaggerate…….three.

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