Robby Slaughter

Robby Slaughter is the founder of Slaughter Development, a workflow and productivity consulting company. After an extensive career in IT systems development, Robby realised that the principal challenges affecting individual workers are not technological in nature, but psychological. He discovered that to become more effective and efficient at work, we need to empower individuals with authority and responsibility. His consulting practice now focuses exclusively on assessing workflow challenges, helping stakeholders to design and develop new business processes, and implement systematic, stakeholder-driven changes throughout the organisation.

The Shocking Truth About Working From Home

Here’s pretty amazing secret: people who work from home do all kinds of terribly non-productive things. But the net result of this is even more surprising: despite wasting all this time, they actually get more done. That’s the topic of an article from Bloomberg Businessweek, which carries the rather ominous title “What People Really Do When They’re ‘Working From Home“: “43 percen...

Five Modern Trends In Learning Management

Improving management skills is something every business professional needs to do – even those who think they know it all. This is a growing and ever-changing industry and there is never a time to stop learning management skills and methods. What are people doing now? What trends are playing out before us? 1. Meet Social Learning Social learning is taking over the way people learn, well, virtually ...

Business Process Improvement: When Your Emails Aren’t Being Read

Business process improvement is the reason we send emails instead of memos. What do you do if someone doesn’t seem to read your messages because they ask questions you’ve already answered? What happens if they simply don’t do the work assigned? It’s extremely frustrating dealing with people who ignore email. When messages aren’t being read it destroys any sense of an efficient business process. Im...

What Does “Workplace Culture” Really Mean?

Productive organisations are those with a healthy workplace culture. But what does that phrase, “workplace culture” really mean? How can a company improve its culture? The word “culture” is kind of a funny term. It’s a word that describes the behavior of a whole community of people. Sometimes we use “culture” to indicate sophistication (“only cultured people go to the symphony”). Other times, the ...

A Lesson From 6 Months Of Email

Every six months, I archive my Sent Items folder. This may sound geeky, but it’s one of the most productive and satisfying activities I do all year. Why do I love getting rid of old email? The main answer is that there is no more straightforward measure of activity in this digital age than the Sent Items folder. Every email I personally wrote is an effort to advance some aspect of my personal or p...

Why Social Media Isn’t A Waste of Time (Infographic)

When most people think of social media, they think of it as a source of entertainment, where they can watch a funny video on Facebook or follow a comedian’s jokes on Twitter. What some people don’t realise is that while social media does entertain, it also does so much more than that. When I discussed the idea of an infographic on the ways people use social media, some thought it would be a foolis...

Why Do Big Companies Fail To Retain Their Best Employees?

Employee retention is crucial to maximising productivity. So why do the biggest companies fail to retain their best employees?An article from Forbes lists ten reasons why large enterprises struggle with employee retention. The full article is worth a read, but companies of all sizes should take note of the bullet points: Big Company Bureaucracy Failing to Find a Project for the Talent that Ignites...