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Interview with Tim Martin, founder of pub chain Wetherspoon

Michele says:

Sad to say that we've been drinking in St Austell spoons since its opening but now have to contend for approximately 3 years, the ignorance of a member of staff, Jo, as although we've never been rude to her or caused any trouble in there (we're in our 50s and 60s) she blatantly refuses to serve us and acts aloof to US ? We've made complaints about her but nothing has been done. She's a member of management staff so should know better. She refuses to even clear our table of empty glasses !! She's very lazy and ignorant

How HR should reinvent leadership development

Laura Asiala says:

Thank you for this fantastic post regarding leadership development and the need for HR professionals and leaders to step outside their comfort zones. Short term, strategic, aligned probono assignments provide an excellent way to accelerate global leadership development skills. Has your research considered this type of experiential learning?

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Dean Royles says:

Thanks for the comments and feedback. Much appreciated and I hope a contribution to the debate. Stuart for more evidence check out this piece on the European experience http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11341816/Proof-that-women-in-boardrooms-quotas-work.html

Rob Briner: five things HR needs to stop doing

Nichola Coulthard says:

I agree with most of what you have said, but I am interested to know with what would you replace the annual performance appraisals and employee surveys/

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Stuart Morgan says:

Hi Dean. I read the article with interest. However, I am not sure that the case has yet been made. I would suggest that there would need to be a study to test your proposition before implementation. Additionally, I am unconvinced that It is in fact necessary to create a board with equal Male and Female members. I have worked for companies where there is an all female board. Would a quota system prevent all female boards? I think that your proposition needs more debate. Caio my dear friend

Disabled employees offer "competitive advantage"

Antoinette McMann says:

How is the progress going on this article, and disabled employees offering a competitive advantage? And is it in Michigan? Thank you.

Female CEOs inspire female executives to aim higher

Judeline Nicholas says:

An interesting article in that it confirms what we already knew and here we have some data to back it up. Role models are always needed and not just for women. However, the more we educate girls to understand and appreciate their self worth, the more they will break new ground rather than waiting to follow in someone else's footsteps. For them there will be limitless possibilities!

How to use wearable technology for health and wellbeing

Joao Bocas says:

Hi, Great article, meaningful insights with the regards to health and wellness can now be acquired in real time. At the SelfCare People we are planning our wearables launch on 3rd of August - where real time data can be used to help employers and employees with preventative health approaches. The future is bright ....

Five top tips for implementing flexible working

Shelley Lloyd says:

I completely agree with your comments and I work to the same ethos. If you put trust in your employees to do a good job and to work hard then I believe you will get so much more out of them. I operate a work from home policy with all employees and although we have to rely quite heavily on technology to check performance, we get so much more from everyone. We operate globally, speaking to people in different time-zones and if this means that an employee goes to an appointment during the day but tells us about it - More...

River Island celebrates in style after winning four awards at HREX15

Dale Smith says:

Well done on the well deserved win - great company and fantastic team supporting it.

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Paul Deemer says:

Great article Dean - and very timely. We had this very discussion only yesterday amongst a group of diversity specialists from across industry in the offices of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. Our conclusions were - in the main - pretty much the same as yours. Our hesitation was that we did not feel that there would be people out there - either in HR, on Boards or in the business - who would support. So it's nice to know this isn't the case - and that we have advocates out there for some positive action - in More...

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Paul Deemer says:

Great article Dean - and very timely. We had this very discussion only yesterday amongst a group of diversity specialists from across industry in the offices of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. Our conclusions were - in the main - pretty much the same as yours. Our hesitation was that we did not feel that there would be people out there - either in HR, on Boards or in the business - who would support. So it's nice to know this isn't the case - and that we have advocates out there for some positive action - in More...

Culture change around diversity and inclusion remains ‘slow’

shahid bashir says:

The research reinforces the fact that businesses focus on creating the perception of change, they appoint conservative stand alone diversity managers who run isolated initiatives without really understanding or having the authority or the remit to address the root cause of the problem!

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Mark Eltringham says:

How do you propose to increase the number of male HR Directors to meet the quotas?

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

David Physick says:

Perhaps the need for legislation would be reduced if all the baby boomer men and older cadre gen X who populate boards recognise much of the mess we are in is due to their ineptitude. Resign, get out of the way. Or have the balls to manage properly and see the back of poor performance. That will create space for talented women to rise to the top as well, of course, as talented younger gen Xers and Ys. PS - I'm male and 56 so I'm throwing these stones in the house my gender and age group has built, sadly More...

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Michael Moran says:

Absolutely. I maintain we would still be sending children down the mines, working in factories or sweeping chimneys if we hadn't introduce legislation. In a 100 years time social historians will be puzzled why we did tackle this problem soon by legislation.

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

Margaret Dale says:

Having supported the many efforts to increase women in senior positions for over 30 years, I applaud recent achievements but fear that the final hurdle of achieving gender balance will be too great. We have tried most things before , sometimes several times but not quotas - why not give them a go? If they don't work, nothing really will change or be harmed and who knows .... they may even work!

Dean Royles: Why we need quotas for women on boards

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What's the evidence for... performance management?

marilyn godfrey says:

Rob thank you for addressing this and coming up with the suggestions or question 'if we stopped doing it...?' I've wondered this for a long time and given how most people process information anyway, distort, deleted, generalise and all the rest of it - it's a wonder anyone remains motivated or managed to improve at all.

Candidates choosing employer brand over salary, finds LinkedIn

Purnima JP says:

It is important to understand the right meaning from the article!!!! :) It is great article contributed by Becky Frith... Thank you Becky... Regards... purnima

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