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Social media still not widely used for work, says CIPD

Marcus Body says:

They aren't saying anything publicly, but TechCrunch are reporting rumours (see link below). A platform already familiar to many of your employees might improve uptake by businesses wavering on the topic. http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/25/facebook-at-work/

Critics of Ulrich Model ignore new progress, says Dave Ulrich

Gary Wilson says:

Much of the main thrust of the Ulrich model, namely HR Business Partnership, is a worthwhile concept that is often mis-applied to a particular business unit. The main complaint from our clients who operate an HRBP structure is that the HR understands who within the Business Unit is a high potential and can build talent management around them, but those outside the BU do not know. Companies seem to be losing talent who see limited career opportunities within their BU and often do not have either the time nor the inclination to be proactively seeking opportunities in alternative BUs within More...

Development is key to staff retention, according to research

Peter Dean says:

It goes to show how times have changed. Not too long ago folk were happy with a new job title, but now they are thinking further down the line. It is a positive thing though, if staff are keen to learn new roles/skills, then surely their individual input to the business will rise proportionally and with it the productivity of the business as a whole. Great article and rather an eye opener I will admit.

Social media still not widely used for work, says CIPD

Teodora Todorova says:

As a social media manager within a 35-year old organization, I definitely see it is an essential tool. The problem most companies have with it is measuring the ROI and coming up with a strategy that really works for them. Social media is all about innovation. It's had an exponential growth and companies that don't make use of it, will continue to be missing out on some pretty big conversations. And let's not forget that social media is a great listening tool as well. It's not just about jumping in the middle of all conversations, it's about listening to what More...

Using wellbeing as an engagement tool

Stephen Turnock says:

Makes sense that wellbeing, even pastoral care must have a direct impact on success, just as you are what you eat.. an organisation is the sum of many things positive and negative [the disconnects, the disenfranchised]. A lost opportunity i'm sure for many businesses to grasp for the empowerment toolbox. Most ‘best to work for’ accolades focus seems to be centred on perks, money and training [important] ~ but with little attention to wellbeing. Lets have more of this!

Employment groups welcome flexible working changes

Right Hand HR says:

Many of the news pieces on flexible working seem to focus on the difficulty to implement the changes. At Right Hand HR we think that employers are better off thinking about it as a great opportunity to engage the skills that they need for the time that they need them. By considering job-share arrangements, reviewing the scope of the roles, redeploying talent, outsourcing and generally being flexible and innovative in their approach employers are much more likely to achieve great business solutions and retain talent! More at www.rhhr.com/insights.

Court ruling clarifies legitimacy of caps on redundancy payments to employees nearing retirement age

Bill Hill says:

Many public body VS schemes incorporate a tapering of VS payments after the age of 58 on the basis of the "assumed" oncoming "retirement age" of "65". What case law is there to support / reject this as a "Legitimate Aim" or "Proportionate Means"

SAP uses HR team members as sales force

Robert LoBue says:

This is a very creative way to increase the career exposure for HR professionals. As SAP sells products core to HR processes, it provides for very credible testimonials from within SAP's own operations. But it must be difficult also to coordinate, as HR is often very 'resource-bound' so time away with customers can mean less time for employee relations. When it is scheduled as a development experience without sacrificing HR service level standards, it should be very powerful.

HR should focus on 'aggregate talent' over individuals, says Hamel

John Ludike says:

Fully agree re innovation and talent link as organisational capability. HR practitioners require commercial business acumen and exposure/experience as spend inordinate time and effort putting competency dictionaries, blah, blah together which doesn't ad to either business results or value innovation.

Employment groups welcome flexible working changes

Simon Jones says:

I'm intrigued by these "SMEs who are privately concerned". I work with SMEs and they broadly fall into 2 categories: they either are ahead of the law in that they've been willing to listen to requests already; or they think it's unlikely that many staff will take up the request and if they do they will consider it on individual merits. The organisations that might have a real issue with this are the big bureaucracies (private as well as public) with their swathes of policies and their fear of "setting a precedent"

Are quotas the answer to the gender diversity problem?

Mark Freed says:

The success of small innovative companies established to provide a solution to the work life integration challenges faced by women will have more effect than mandatory quotas. Large companies will see the benefits of providing flexibility once they start to loose business to these smaller firms. Www.e2w.co

How to attract and retain older workers

Donna Stevenson says:

I agree with Jay Webb's comments. I, and many of my associates, run their own companies...and we started them late into our 50's. Other associates who are engaged full time with an employer, or seeking a new position with a new employer, are, in fact, seeking challenge not health benefits. I do not agree that offering the types of benefits mentioned in this article would be all that attractive to 'older workers'.

How to attract and retain older workers

Jay Webb says:

Whilst I found the article interesting it seems to focus on older workers looking for extra benefits of health insurance and flexible working. There is no acknowledgement the evidence from research actually shows that older workers have less time off than their younger colleagues due to ill health issues, turn up for work on time, are more committed to work, have a wealth of experience which is why some employers actively recruit older workers. We don't all want health insurance! What we want is challenging work, respect and a fair days pay for a fair days work. The same as More...

HR should focus on 'aggregate talent' over individuals, says Hamel

Lesley Nash says:

This article is spot on. As CEO of an SME in consulting and technology we are continuously looking at ways to innovate and creatively problem solve when working with our clients. Whilst the term 'aggregate talent' is not one we use, what Professor Hamel is suggesting is absolutely right and helps us to build and maintain a lean and agile workforce in a culture designed to bring out the best in everyone.

Resurgent technology sector looks beyond pay

Peter McDougall AM says:

The discussion so far seems to be focused on the extrinsic approach to motivation - pre-outcome awards that cost money and normally can only be authorised by a limited number of senior managers. What about intrinsic motivation measures such as: encouragement, role competency training, acknowledgement of achievement, coaching, challenges within capability, involvement in planning and decision making, praise for work well done? Good leaders know that people of all ages and backgrounds respond better to these measures and they are non discretionary and can be used at all levels within their organisation without reference to the 'boss'.

People want international careers 'on their own terms', says Hilton talent director

John Ludike says:

We have found that global mobility transitions can be enriched and overall readiness improved if managed on Regional basis first then more Global.

Five wellbeing lessons Britain can learn from Sweden

liz robinson says:

The lessons suggested here are how to reduce the risk factors that cause disease, rather than how to enhance wellbeing in the workplace. Wellbeing means different things to different people, but broadly it is how connected you feel, how engaged you are in your job, having a good manager, having a demand vs reward balance, doing things we are good at. Not how much fruit you eat or how many steps we take. Try looking at New Economics Foundation Wellbeing in the Workplace for more information.

Managing employees with long-term illnesses

MrsX says:

I had to leave full time role due to my worsening mobility. My productivity has gone up. There's less distraction at home, my Apple mac suffers none of the IT problems which were common with my office PC. I can rest when I need to without feeling guilty. My employer has offered to provide specialist equipment if required. I can cope much better at home.

Employers still ignoring candidate experience, report finds

jim Carlson says:

Simple things like writing a personal email when rejecting a candidate in place of a form-letter go a long way in keeping candidate-employer relationships on positive ground. The rejected candidate may be a future candidate, or, may speak to associates about an experience. If the company-candidate experience is negative, the repercussions are difficult, if not impossible, to mend.

Can shared services provide a quality HR service?

Colin Whalen says:

Great to hear some positive discussion about HR Shared Services and some real success stories, moving the debate on from ‘is HRSS a good idea’, to understanding that it works, but, like all things, it needs to be implemented and exectuted properly… the scope has to be right, service quality is paramount, it requires investment in technology, it is a big change to be managed, and it is just as much about the ‘retained’ HR function as well as the HR shared service centre.

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