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REC launches good recruitment campaign

Sean Durrant says:

Anything the REC can do to promote good Recruitment practice is a good thing. The real trick will be to find a way to get Recruitment Agencies to follow it.

CIPD launches project to develop human capital framework

Abraham Cohen says:

It is quite heartening to read about this noble project and intention initiated by CIPD and to quote: "Ultimately, the aim is to shift human capital from being a cost on the profit and loss account to being an asset on the balance sheet, providing investors with more meaningful and comparable information about a company’s often-largest intangible asset". For many years now, authors on Resource Management, particularly on Human Resources, have been advocating to employers and organizations to regard human resources as "Strategic Assets". This entails, of course, recruiting the most suitable candidates, providing them with the best training available, More...

Talent mismatch costs UK companies more than £1bn

Dave Ratchford says:

Whilst I would be first in line yo scan the horizon and report back that we need a paradigm shift in a national assessment in what skills are needed, this article's conclusions are predicated on an archaic 'blame the workforce' argument. Theory X, theory Y anyone? It's just borderline offensive for a wealthy consultancy to suggest that the UK's skills shortage can be tracked back to a non flexible, non adaptive workforce. Does anyone there venture outside of the gleaming glass spires of the City? A) there's no money for retraining within organisations apparently. Something called a 'ruhcesshun' they say. More...

Flexible working: dads want choice

Dickon Moon says:

There is an increasing trend of men who have opted to play the role of “ house husbands ” by quitting their jobs and taking on managing the home front full time. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of fathers who have chosen to look after home and hearth has doubled in the last 20 years, from 111,000 to 209,000. http://blog.arise.com/uk/independent-business-owners/a-great-opportunity-for-the-emerging-generation-of-house-husbands/

Sharpest increase in permanent salaries since 2007

Peter Copping says:

REC recently reported a shortage of candidates. The reaction to a shortage of a 'product is to bid higher and that is exactly what is happening. Expect the Bank to intervene soon with an interest rate rise. Back to GO/STOP

Performance improvement plans and the culture of fear

Dave Ratchford says:

Excellent expose of this ridiculous practice. Well done and thank you.

Business must move from discussing the ‘why’ to ‘how’ of diversity, leaders told

Dipen says:

All true but why the narrow focus on Sex....the Equality Act 2010 states that none of the protected characteristics should be discriminated against. If there was a duty in the private sector as in the public sector, it would be interesting to see their evidence for the protected characteristics.

Tips for SMEs: Time saving technology tools for HR

Chris Young says:

Great article on key challenges currently facing HR. Video interviewing is receiving so much buzz in the industry because it does provide clear ROI for companies facing long time-to-hire and rising interview expenses. Async Interview and plenty of other providers are tackling that challenge with video interviewing solutions.

UK near bottom of employee engagement ranking

Tom Barry - Will It Make The Boat Go Faster Ltd says:

Two startling statistics emerge from this survey. Firstly, how low down the international league table the UK stands. If there is a direct link between employee engagement and productivity (which there is), then we are in internationally competitive trouble. Secondly, and more worryingly, is the fall in all (not some, but all!) key engagement indicators from last year to this year. With our economic statistics showing we’re moving upwards, it suggests that we’re relying on new hires for our growth or extracting growth from an increasingly disengaged workforce. It can’t go on like this. What might we do as employers? More...

UK near bottom of employee engagement ranking

Tom Barry says:

Two startling statistics emerge from this survey. Firstly, how low down the international league table the UK stands. If there is a direct link between employee engagement and productivity (which there is), then we are in internationally competitive trouble. Secondly, and more worryingly, is the fall in all (not some, but all!) key engagement indicators from last year to this year. With our economic statistics showing we’re moving upwards, it suggests that we’re relying on new hires for our growth or extracting growth from an increasingly disengaged workforce. It can’t go on like this. What might we do as employers? More...

Motivation initiatives worthless without employee engagement

Simon Larcombe says:

Check-out this presentation on Employee Engagement: http://alchemyengagement.com/employee-engagement-powerpoint-presentations.php

Opportunity Now survey reveals gap between policy and reality for women at work

Geraldine Gallacher says:

Helping managers to understand their unconscious bias is a must. Too many make massive assumptions about women's career engagement after they have a baby. This alienates women at a time when they need re-validation that hanging in there is the right choice.

12 tips for handling a harassment claim

Safia Boot says:

Thank you Michelle for sharing some excellent practical points. Whilst a PR Strategy to consider implications for organisational reputational damage is important, the key is the internal communications and management of confidentiality and how to avoid risk of collusion and source of independent, confidential support to the parties during an investigation as well as providing regular and appropriate updates to those that need to know how the case is progressing so that no one feels the need to go externally to the press. Often going to the press is a last resort when someone feels the matter has not been More...

Flexible working: dads want choice

Sara Horsfall says:

This is an excellent article, I couldn't agree more. In today's economic climate and changing dempgraphic, there are many reasons to request flexible working. From parenting, to phasing into retirement, to further education. Men and women should be empowered with more career choices and businesses should not have to compromise on productivity. With the right matching and education, Jobsharing is the win win for everyone.

12 tips for handling a harassment claim

Dave Ratchford says:

However, whilst congratulating you on a well written, instructive article, I feel I must say I raised an eyebrow at the PR strategy point (where I think a more straightforward point about being clear where you stand and being durect and honest might have sat better with me personally) and that, again, for me personally, I have deep concerns about the use of mediation to resolve a situation of harassment which us, by default, an allegation of an abuse of power and a matter of justice. Either Mr Smith DID steal from the till or he didn't. We don't mediate More...

Tips for SMEs: Time saving technology tools for HR

VidCruiter says:

Great article! A typical hire can cost companies so much time and money. At VidCruiter, we knew that was a significant problem so we created a digital interview software to fix it! With video recruiting, it guarantees ROI. It also provides branding for your company throughout the whole process! Check us out to learn more VidCruiter

Education system failing to prepare children for employment

Ian Butcher says:

The education system has been failing Students and Industry for a very long time and there is not a quick solution. There are a number of challenges to be addressed including a curriculum that prepares for the future, allowing teachers to get on and teach without constant interference and changes in direction, better career support and advice in schools, parents taking more responsibility, funding, University fees, Schools Industry liaison etc etc. This needs a long trerm strategy and not constant changes every few years.

Are interviews necessary in recruitment?

Carol H Scott says:

Bill Boorman is a social media recruitment expert so he got a nice bit of publicity from this .... My rule is never recruit from a CV, use them for the first sift - lets face it everyone can look like they run the CBI on a CV.... Then send out application packs with full JD. Those who are interested in the role having read the JD will complete the application pack and return. After that take your pick of how you want to engage with them ...

Business must move from discussing the ‘why’ to ‘how’ of diversity, leaders told

Simon Hollington says:

Am I the only one who is confused? Every time I see an article about diversity it morphs into an article about how to get more women into top jobs by the end of the first paragraph! I'm all for that but since when did diversity become gender diversity and forget ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation?

Ignorance over careers in science contributing to skills shortage

Gary Riccio says:

Thank you for addressing this important topic. It seems that many young people don't pursue a scientific career because they think it involves an early commitment to a particular subject matter or sub-discipline that they will be stuck in for the rest of their lives. In reality, many scientists have had careers with lots of twists and turns, and they wind up in situations or areas of research they never could have anticipated. The longer one is in science, the more flexible they become and the better they become as life-long learners. Probably more than anything else, science itself demands More...

In this issue: April 2014
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Legal aliens: It's law, but not as we know it - would you seek counsel from a big brand?

Fashion forward: SuperGroup's first HRD

Time to celebrate: Flexible working legislation is changing

Health check: Engaging in wellbeing 

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