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Age discrimination a ‘widespread problem’, says government’s older workers champion

JD Schwind says:

I would be interested to see a similar study done in the states. Do you think the mindset is similar or do American businesses have a plan for retaining older employees or applicants?

Social recruitment: The 'always on' approach to talent attraction

Sam Wilson - Jobsgopublic says:

Great article, We are finding some of our clients are having great success with an 'always on' approach especially if it involves multi-platform engagement methods. If done properly it allows candidates to stay regularly updated and provides vital insights in the organisation. When competition for the top candidates is fierce, this could make all the difference.

This is what authentic leadership looks like

Ashley Arnold says:

Always nice to read a thought piece like this as it reminds one of these older gems. I struggle with authentic leadership as I believe it can be a learned condition and therefore not an inherent part of a leader's being. Now it could just be semantics but I much prefer to know someone is genuine and as such who they are (as a leader) is no different from outside of the organisational environment. A personal view but one I think is right for the social context we are part of.

The value of employee data: Using analysis to avoid personnel paralysis

Keval V., Synechron says:

Analytics in HR can really be helpful to make proactive decisions. The patterns derived using HR analytics tools can support decisions on talent retention, resource allocation, recruitment and remuneration structure etc. Investment in HR analytics can return tremendous value for overall manpower planning through internal research.

Age discrimination a ‘widespread problem’, says government’s older workers champion

Peter Rimmer says:

As an 'older worker' approaching 70 I had to re-think my working life when I was 'replaced' in my full-time job more than ten years ago. Three things were in my favour: lots of good experience, the ability and willingness to work flexibly, and an appetite for work. As a result I have enjoyed the best years of my working life - freedom to choose, variety, and learning new skills including a Masters degree at the age of 67. Of course employers need to reconsider how they embrace the talents, skills and experience of 'older workers' but 'older workers' need More...

What's the evidence for... Evidence-based HR?

Trevor Hills says:

I was interested in exchange between Rob and Lawrence. The reality is that the body of theory and knowledge that informs HR practice is interdisciplinary including theories and knowledge on employment systems, business economics and social and other related sciences. Human resources management is a practice within an organisation. Practitioners will draw upon a combination of interdisciplinary approaches, including their successful evidence–based experience as a practitioner, to formulate methodology and schemata to provide for productive action. Setting objectives along with the practitioner’s coordination of a planned implementation will facilitate the information and evidence for evaluation of the resulting outcome. The More...

Webb: Business must tackle threat of ‘digital exclusion’

George Morley says:

Steve Webb is the biggest disappointment to most pensioners and certainly to a minority 4% or 565,000 that are discriminated against without any justification. Why ? Because they are retired abroad in a country of their choosing but not one that the government have chosen and as a result are being denied any inflation uprating commonly known as freezing. This Frozen pension policy has been perpetrated by successive governments for decades and decades as Webb himself said. Cost about 590 Million for pension parity worldwide, this being less than 1% of the pension budget which they say is unaffordable while More...

Health problems rife among call centre workers, claims Unison

G Black says:

In relation to the above article while working for the bank on an outbound dialler the speed was increased to the extent calls were coming at agents with no delay this prompted in my case with a seizure and I am now diagnosed with epilepsy an suffer with neural confusion. as a result of the seizure I sustained other injury's resulting in my now not being able to return to work being disabled .

Sleep deprivation damaging business

Tricia Woolfrey says:

Great article and I completely agree that lack of sleep does affect performance - how could it not? When doing wellness coaching with clients I look at all the factors which might be affecting their sleep patterns: psychological, emotional, lifestyle, nutritional, physiological and how they deal with stress. No two people are the same. A multi-dimentional approach is required to see what will work for their particular situation.

Making a success of relocation

Christian Reese says:

Office relocation is really hard especially when one's children are involved. It's hard enough to get used to the new country you're situated in, but it's even harder when you see your kids feeling depressed and homesick. Sometimes an office move is a necessary change, but other times it's feels as a mistake. I agree you should not slot back to your old role and instead try to upgrade and increase your value as much as possible. Sometimes a new country may be a source of new inspiration even though you're still working your old job. Christian Reese of Best More...

What's the evidence for... Evidence-based HR?

Rob Briner says:

Interesting point Lawrence. I think the shelf-life of any evidence always depends on its relevance and accuracy. For example, it may be that evidence about what motivates people at work collected 50 years ago is as valid as it ever was. I think there is a tendency to see 'newer' evidence as necessarily better but I don't think that's the case.

Sleep deprivation damaging business

Jon Ingham says:

And perhaps to challenge when we come across retrograde thinking like this http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1228258/thomas-cooks-harriet-green-sleep-overrated/

Why more HR directors are taking on NED roles

Tim Benton says:

A major problem with leaders is the onset of 'Hubris Syndrome': HR practitioners may be better equipped than some to take on the role of ‘toe holders’ – people who can ensure CEOs keep at least one foot on the ground and anchored to reality. Interesting comments about this at www.hubrisawareness.com

Sleep deprivation damaging business

Mike McInnes says:

The key to quality sleep is to forward provision the brain via the liver prior to sleep onset. alck of fuel for the brain overnight drives chronic nocturnal metabolic stress and raises risk of obesity/diabetes/heart disease and dementia. it is easy to forward provision the brain prior to sleep with honey which is the Gold Standard food for this purpose, and the most potent anti-diabetic food on the planet. This view offends health professionals - but that is because they do not read the science and rely on prejudice. with htis approach we san improve sleep, recovery physiology and improve More...

Sleep deprivation damaging business

Mike McInnes says:

The key to quality sleep is to forward provision the brain via the liver prior to sleep onset. alck of fuel for the brain overnight drives chronic nocturnal metabolic stress and raises risk of obesity/diabetes/heart disease and dementia. it is easy to forward provision the brain prior to sleep with honey which is the Gold Standard food for this purpose, and the most potent anti-diabetic food on the planet. This view offends health professionals - but that is because they do not read the science and rely on prejudice. with htis approach we san improve sleep, recovery physiology and improve More...

One in four unhappy with work-life balance

Roger Moore, Bond Teamspirit says:

I have read the above article with interest. More organisations are taking on board flexible working and it is vital that employees are encouraged to find work patterns that suit their lifestyles and build downtime into their days in order to escape the digital overload. One way that HR can help employees to find this balance is through looking at email patterns – are emails sent late at night, at weekends or when employees are on holiday? All of these are signs that employees are struggling to switch off from their working life and, while they may think they are More...

How to break out of the low pay, low productivity cycle

Sanjit Gupta says:

The benign, enlightened approach to HR-led productivity programs prescribed here appears to be typically suited to the overarching national culture of Britain, to most corporate cultures of public enterprise. But there is a growing reality of an increasing number of these that are closely-held and micro-managed, where performance metrics are being steadily sharpened for big data analytics and the game is fiercely played out in terms of measured targets. The best prescription would perhaps be to first understand the suitability of culture and priority of values, so as to have a mix of both the approaches, precedence given of course More...

What's the evidence for... Evidence-based HR?

Lawrence Hiner says:

Rob, excellent discussion on questioning the validity of so-called evidence, particularly anecdotal and "trusted sources." I am reminded of principles of mindful awareness as taught in the Buddhist tradition. My question, how would one determine the shelf-life for evidence to be relevant in decision-making?

Managing mental health issues in the workplace

Michelle McArthur-Morgan says:

Prevention is better than cure, if we are to really tackle this issue we need to look at the reality of working practices. Although many organisations talk the talk the reality for staff is very different with staff feeling that they cannot take a regular breaks or even a lunch break, feeling that they must check their emails at home because their managers works late in the evening and if they get an email they must answer it immediately, and so it goes on. One of the reasons mental health issues are on the increase is that the human brain More...

Executive pay threatening trust in business

Jon Ingham says:

To me the issue has progressed well beyond whether high pay can be justified - the backlash exists and is so significant it is going to be harming companies - not just because of external pressures but internal ones as well - employees aren't engaging because they no longer see why they should. High pay differentials aren't just morally repugnant, they're harming business performance too. http://strategic-hcm.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/wealth-inequality.html

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New tricks: HR technology – the next generation

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