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HR ‘will die in its current form’, says HR technology expert

Adam Hale says:

Agree with the change imperative required. Existing HR Systems do not enable this change - they are domestic not global, desktop not mobile, and so poorly integrated they put companies into "spreadsheet Hell". Three quarters of businesses are actively planning to change to an integrated cloud based HR system as a result.

Business must do more to lead sustainability, says BITC panel

Victoria Ward says:

At Fujitsu, we focus on Customers, People, Results and Society. All are vital to our success, and are measured in our business results and employee survey. Society is taken so seriously, I am one of four people seconded this year to BITC as a Business Connector to make a difference to local communities, not always the ones we are doing most of our business in.

Is it time to give up on performance appraisals?

bhagwan gaikwad says:

WE ARE GIVIBG GOOD PERFORMAERS TO THE WORKERS SAY AS EXCELLENT

Flexible working: dads want choice

Dillwyn Rosser says:

This is a very well written article and it shows the reaction of the legal experts who try to frighten us to use their services and the attitudes of some employers who see any change as a problem rather than an opportunity. Well done

The rise of the stress industry

Paul Gotro says:

I absolutely agree with this commentary. The whole "stress/self-esteem" issue has gone way overboard. I taught high school for 30 years and for the entirety of those years, I had two banners above my chalk board that read "It's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it's the size of the fight in the dog!" and "Self-esteem is not given here; it is earned!" I used these as the main principles of thought in everything that happened in that classroom... with wonderful and positive results, I might add. All too often, as the author suggests, we More...

HR technology tools for SMEs

Andy Shettle says:

A good read Scott. Another technology area that SMEs, though more the 'M' can benefit from is semi automation of employee relations management. This allows for organisations who may only have one or two HR staff to manage ER cases more efficiently and ensure they keep on top of their cases. ER Tracker by Workforce Metrics (www.workforcemetrics.co.uk) offers this ability to manage ER cases.

Lack of networking culture a 'missed opportunity'

Jon Ingham, Strategic HCM says:

I think it's the term and associations which come with 'networking' that put people off. It's why that in ConnectingHR we prefer 'connecting' to networking - http://strategic-hcm.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/connecting-hr-networking-and-community.html

Shadow justice minister: 'I'd favour contractors that offer opportunities to ex-offenders'

Andrew S Hatton says:

Please correct the spelling of the first word so in the title so it reads 'Now'

Shadow justice minister: 'I'd favour contractors that offer opportunities to ex-offenders'

Andrew S Hatton says:

So far Sadiq Khan has ignored questions about a Labour party commitment to unified local probation services wholly in the public sector. Here he seems to suggest that he will continue with privatised services and not seek to bring them back into the public sector, even if they do then contract some services to private agencies and commission others from non government funded charities.

Osborne claims welfare and tax reforms to create 3 million jobs

Trisha Goring says:

I think the clue here is "Job Creation". Obviously we need Trainers to train people for jobs that don't exist and with people having to visit a job centre everyday that must require more Civil Servants to man the Job Centre...unless of course on 'even' days the unemployed person is a job seeker and on 'odd' days they man the Job Centre as Job Advisors. Hmm Mr Osborne, I'm not sure you're on this planet - reducing Business Rates might be a more likely way of creating jobs!!

Osborne claims welfare and tax reforms to create 3 million jobs

Steve Skinner says:

I must admit to doubting the veracity of Osborne's claim at first. I couldn't understand how welfare reforms could create jobs. I thought about it for quite some time. Then I saw a flock of pigs fly by.

Stronger regulation needed on employee voice, says HR professor

Alan Wingrove says:

Whilst I fully agree with the argument that employees are Citizens and not just Resources, I have significant concerns about even more Regulation. "Command and Control is easier" is because this is an issue of Leadership rather than Regulation. The western world still does not regard Leadership as a 'profession' rather than a bolt-on to the day job. Various research shows that employees are not enamoured with their leaders - and more Regulation will not help with that. It may add more value to deal with the cause (Leadership) and not the symptom (Regulation). Just a thought....

Focus on ‘resilience’ to improve wellbeing, says Shell's health chief

Derek Mowbray says:

It's the only way to go! Personal resilience, however, is only one aspect of achieving peak performance through the psychological wellbeing of the workforce. An aim would be to create the cultural context that reduces the need for the workforce to call on their resilience, so that the energy applied to being resilient is applied to performance instead. The WellBeing and Performance Agenda is designed to help organisations achieve this, and the agenda includes personal resilience in the context of corporate resilience.

KPMG supports living wage event Fair Play Fortnight

D Myers says:

Really pleased to read your story covering KPMG's support for Fair Pay Fortnight!

Engagement not a ‘silver bullet’ for HR, says Cooper

Adrian Duncan says:

Mr Cooper has identified the crux of the issue. HR is the facilitator, providing the resources, tools, overall direction and yes, measures. And of course, leaders must espouse the vision and be seen to live it daily. Show me, don't just tell me. But, most importantly, managers should be afforded the time to performance manage properly and support people at a social or even emotional level. Understanding people's attitudes and beliefs; how these influence their personal behaviours, and how they can be adapted to the company's desired behaviours is a 1-2-1 exercise borne of a strong manager - employee relationship. More...

Engagement not a ‘silver bullet’ for HR, says Cooper

Adrian Duncan says:

Mr Cooper has identified the crux of the issue. HR is the facilitator, providing the resources, tools, overall direction and yes, measures. And of course, leaders must espouse the vision and be seen to live it daily. Show me, don't just tell me. But, most importantly, managers should be afforded the time to performance manage properly and support people at a social or even emotional level. Understanding people's attitudes and beliefs; how these influence their personal behaviours, and how they can be adapted to the company's desired behaviours is a 1-2-1 exercise borne of a strong manager - employee relationship. More...

HR and the SME growth cycle

godfrey makanda says:

You have analysed one area that is usually ignored. I am very interested in this article. godfrey

Are interviews necessary in recruitment?

VidCruiter says:

Technology is certainly changing up the hiring process. Interviews are essential to get to know a candidate. However, how you do it is changing. Tons of companies now use video recruiting software for the beginning of the hiring process because it makes sense! It saves time and costs associated with travel and more and guarantees ROI. www.vidcruiter.com

Are interviews necessary in recruitment?

Rupert Sellers - Compact Interview says:

Hiring a candidate through referral would certainly seem a safer bet than hiring someone who is unknown, but hiring managers could be misguided. Just because the candidate is pals with one of their employees doesn't mean that the person is suitable for the job. The same applies to an interview situation. The interviewer might warm to the interviewee because they both support Chelsea FC but this has no bearing on how successful the candidate would be in the job. Increased connectivity is a good thing and is certainly changing the face of recruitment but it shouldn't be an indication that More...

HRD at heart: Fil Adams-Mercer, CEO of Parcel2Go

Donia Gray says:

I was fortunate enough to meet Fil and I wanted a white baby grand piano for a fashion show 2nd March 2015' at High Point Country Club, he said NO PROBLEM. So I am trying to contact him. Any Ideas. Donia Gray Naples Florida 34103

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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