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CSR initiatives help boost employee engagement

elias says: agenda is to "sell" their services to the org and justify their overhead...evidence in survey looks a bit too convenient and simplistic...are we really still saying happier workplace is more productive...surely HRM theory has advanced a bit...much more complex situation these days and other evidence shows no variation in CSR perception across all age fact c suite level more aware and engaged as they set policy...HRM do policies and procedures mostly but as usual want to move up the value chain...this is the latest...wouldn't mind if they actually came up with concrete CSR initiatives and REAL evidence it More...

The business partner model: 10 years on - Lessons learned

Nkwocha Ifeanyi Oscar says:

HR Business Partners are relevant in adjusting HR strategies to respond to changing needs • Developing the next generation of leaders • Identifying critical HR metrics • Identifying new business strategies • Identifying talent issues before they affect the business • Prioritizing across HR needs • Redesigning structures around strategic objectives • Understanding the talent needs of the business • Assessing employee attitudes • Communicating organizational culture to employees • Communicating policies and procedures to employees • Ensuring HR programs are aligned with culture • Keeping the line updated on HR initiatives • Tracking trends in employee behaviors

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and wellbeing, says OECD

Keith Appleyard says:

In some 30 years experience in Leadership, I would say I'd rather have an enthusiastic but unqualified employee who is willing to learn rather than have a highly qualified but inexperienced employee who is unwilling to listen. My best employees did not go to University.

Blacklisted construction workers set to receive compensation payouts

Ivana says:

Not surprised in the least because in the 2 yrs I spent in the GC/A&E/E&C industries I saw more disfunction than in my previous 12 years combined. Shocked not to see Samsung C&T in that list but thats probably because they have yet to win a project in the UK. If their 3 attempts in the US are an indication that might not be yielding much fruits.

Start training your future leaders early, says former Olympic Delivery Authority HRD

Cat Hirst says:

I couldn't agree more with Wendy Cartwright’s comments on the importance of training future leaders at an early stage within their careers. That’s why the UK Green Building Council has recently launched the Future Leaders programme, which focuses on equipping early-stage professionals with the sustainability leadership and innovation skills needed to tackle pressing issues within the built environment sector. Application are now open at Cat Hirst, Education Manager, UK Green Building Council.

Performance capped as UK firms struggle to convert employee motivation

Paul Stokes says:

Whilst employers could certainly do more systemically, there is a danger of talented employees becoming fixated on the barriers and challenges rather than their own proactivity and ability to make change happen. New approaches to executive coaching such as mindfulness coaching can help employees to become more self aware and less frustrated by their immediate organisational context. There is plenty of evidence to support coaching as a positive intervention in terms of employee retention, talent management and motivation.

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and wellbeing, says OECD

Ivy says:

In my opinion,employable skills cannot be taught in university. Practises are vital to improve such skills. Thus, when making an interview, employer should focus on the interviewee's learning ability.

The HR profession: Our own worst enemies

Nick says:

I would suppose that author arguments would only stand true in the case of a traditional HR department. Reason being, we have seen the notion of strategic HR coming into play in recent years. And it is exactly the detachment between business objective and HR objective that resulted in the need for this strategic shift to align the two. Quoting an example, in a MNC company with respective sales department spanning geographical distance. Often than not there is the case of regional office etc in a bid to manage operations seamlessly. Else it would simply be a matter of time More...

Employee engagement invariably leads to higher performance – true or false?

rpo providers says:

It is important to recognize that Employee Engagement goes beyond program management. This is HR capability that cannot be created unless there is the right HR Leadership, which inspires the HR program manager and inculcates the spirit of the initiative.

Father of dead banking intern calls for employment law overhaul

Keith Appleyard says:

When the Working Hours Directive took effect in 1999, as a Manager of shift workers I welcomed the guidance which said that everyone needed a minimum of 10 hours overnight rest. We couldn't always comply with it, but I encouraged its use as a benchmark when deciding if anyone was being overworked (including myself). If a Senior Manager ever got pushy, I just used to phone them up on the hour every hour to tell them I was still working - really upset their spouses & kids trying to sleep!

HR should lead on employer brand management

Shankar says:

Ideally, recruiters are the ones who are supposed to know in and out about the company. They preach what the company is doing to more people directly than teh marketing department. They also interact with the leadership and employees consistently. Logically this should have led to recruiters taking care of social media efforts which has a direct effect on how the company is perceived by the outside world. Recruiters are still acting like it is 2003.

Diversity kicked into touch, leaders admit

Vernal Scott says:

Paying lip service to equality legislation could prove a costly error, and rightly so. Such legislation exists for good reason, and the wise employer will ensure that their efforts in this area has integrity and is at the heart of everything they do. Let them be warned, or better still, let them be trained! Whether via eLearning or face-to-face, equality training is now at everyone's fingertips. There is no excuse for lip service! Marshall ACM is a good place to start.

BBC HR director Lucy Adams steps down

Lucy No More Lies Around Here says:

Given all these comments and nasty newspaper articles it looks like I may need to think up a Plan B. It seems that my role is increasingly untenable. Oh well, I enjoyed the dressing up, the power, the travel and now the pension. On the bright side, I've finally got the time to finish off studying for the CIPD exams...

NHS Employers: "Unnecessary" 1% staff pay rise will cost NHS £500 million

pwmaher says:

My wife earns less than the average salary as a hospital secretary, she will pay an extra 1% to receive a lesser pension and will not get a meagre 1% pay rise next April, in effect making her worse off - how is this fair with the cost of food and heating spiralling?

Automatic bonuses now the norm for UK businesses

Paul Norley says:

I prefer to see bonus used as incentives or reward by exception. Salary rises should be used sparingly and should be limited to inflationary increments unless the employee's performance is such that their salary is no longer appropriate i.e. the position should be re-graded or the employee promoted.

Automatic bonuses now the norm for UK businesses

Paul Norley says:

I prefer to see bonus used as incentives or reward by exception. Salary rises should be used sparingly and should be limited to inflationary increments unless the employee's performance is such that their salary is no longer appropriate i.e. the position should be re-graded or the employee promoted

Firms have 'fear factor' when employing disabled graduates, says CEO

Steve says:

How do you convince the employer to hire disabled people. Even if the person has all the right attributes there will still be an element of doubt by the perspective employer because they will see the disability first before the ability. I have personally given up all hope because of this I have even offered to work for free just to show them that I am reliable and above all have the right skills for the role, all to no avail. I do not have a day or two off work because of man flu but what I wAnt the More...

NHS pay increase 'unnecessary' and 'unaffordable', says NHS Employers

dave lampert says:

"unnecessary and unaffordable"?-Dean Royles makes alot more money than the average nurse and with: -last 3 years pay freeze -prospect of no pay increase -prospect of a poor 1% pay raise -Community staff will have to pay tax on their travel expenses(and alot of us alrady have) - un negotiated decrease in benefits with the development of corporate Foundation Trusts ie decreased pay protection and carers leave taken away in most FTs -sickness benefits changes -increase in costy of living -increase in petrolnationally-community -cuts in workforce does he really think he or anyone in the scope of power he has More...

National Autistic Society launches campaign to give people with Asperger's Syndrome equal rights at work

John Airey says:

I was dismissed from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) on the grounds that I "would not fit in" - this is exactly the difficulty that those with Asperger's have because of their lack of social skills. So it seems that if you have Asperger's CRUK will be showing you the door. Read more at

Automatic bonuses now the norm for UK businesses

Graham Wilson says:

Nearly automatic bonuses became a norm during the last recession in the 90s. It was deemed to be politically incorrect to give salary rises and besides most firms didn't wish to commit themselves to a significantly increased pay bill for the following year, when things might not have got any better, hence a one-off 'bonus'. For most HR/Personnel professionals memories of the 80s recession were still fresh and the thought that this one might be as bad were frightening. So most of us agreed discretionary pots with line managers for them to distribute among their staff. This gave them a More...

In this issue: September 2014
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Model Leaders – What kind of leaders do we need now? Find out in this special issue

Breaking the Silence – Lucy Adams and the BBC

Take it to the bank – HR in charge as TSB branches off

Save us all – Do collective pension schemes work?

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