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Angel grants employees their wish – for time off in return for high performance: New breed of incentives based on what staff really want from their employer

Carole Parkes (Course director of the MSc in Human Resource Management and Business at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 6 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Describes a new breed of HR strategies that encourage employee involvement and commitment as part of high‐performance working (HPW).

Design/methodology/approach

Focuses on managing employee attitudes and skills through careful attention to leadership, reward and job‐design policies. Highlights the differences between people's formal employment contracts and their less formal “psychological contracts”, and emphasizes the importance of the latter. Provides a case study of UK recruitment consultancy Angel Services Group Ltd, which allows staff who meet their daily targets to go home an hour early.

Findings

Urges companies to have processes in place to understand the needs of individual employees. This can be done through leadership policies that require all supervisors and managers not only to manage their staff but also to know them as people.

Practical implications

Emphasizes that organizations need to see HPW initiatives as part of the normal way of managing people, and not as “flavour of the month”.

Originality/value

Outlines a wide range of initiatives that could help organizations to gain their employees' commitment.

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Citation

Parkes, C. (2008), "Angel grants employees their wish – for time off in return for high performance: New breed of incentives based on what staff really want from their employer", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 23-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670730810878457

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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