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Most UK managers work over contracted hours

Derek Irvine, Globoforce says:

Having employees who are prepared to work late when necessary is by no means a bad thing for a business. However, when employees feel that working extra hours is almost mandatory, and receive little recognition for their efforts, it can have a negative impact on the culture of an organisation. Not only can staff become increasingly unproductive, but they are also more likely to look for other jobs where they feel their contribution is not only valued, but also recognised. However, recognition doesn’t always need to come in the form of financial compensation for the extra hours worked. For many More...

Five tips on managing a diverse workforce

Naveen says:

That is a fab practice Cindy. I notice this in my current firm as well, where the Millenials are a lot more active to volunteer time for Corp Social causes, there is definitely a serious question in colleges where they want to know our Social agenda and how they participate. I believe it is almost a critical Employee Value Prop to attract and retain. I love the story you have mentioned and believe it is a progressive idea

Five tips on managing a diverse workforce

Mukesh says:

I agree with your views .

How to make apprenticeships work for SMEs

Edward Harkins says:

Good piece and it once again reminds me of the degree of communality on such issues that there is between the SME sector in the UK and the various not-for-profit enterprise in the Third Sector (social enterprises, community businesses etc.). Cause for common cause on Government Policy?

How to get new starters through probation

Adam Nuckley says:

There is some really good advice in this article about how to effectively manage and engage employees, but for me it misses the point. If large numbers of your employees are leaving during probation then there is more likely something wrong with your recruitment process. Recruitment is about identifying people who will fit with your organisation in the vacancy you have, AND ensuring that you accurately sell the company to the employee so they know what to expect. If someone leaves before the end of their probation period it is normally because a) the job/company is not what they expected More...

Five tips on managing a diverse workforce

Cindy Dashnaw says:

The 2014 Millennial Impact Report found that in the US, at least, Millennial employees and job applicants want their employers to support a social cause, and to give workers opportunities to volunteer for those causes with their department-mates. Cause work or the lack of it also influences a Millennial's decision to accept a job offer.

How to recruit a 'purple squirrel'

James D says:

Syed, talented, driven people have a sense of destiny - a strong conviction that, like a guided missile, there is a target they are flying towards. In my case, I think my purpose in this world is to answer one specific question and there is another poor schmuck somewhere whose only purpose is to articulate that question. My point is, if you provide the means to help me achieve my goal, I will listen to you. Right now, my next goal is to study for a Doctorate in Education with a focus on the use of technology in augmenting the More...

Five tips on managing a diverse workforce

Naveen says:

You bring in a very valid point jennifer. While we all learn to see the diversity that Millenials or others bring, your thought about one size does not fit all fit all is exactly what I advocate. The dilemma for any organization is standardization Vs bespoke. And how many "real" engagement drivers of an employee are made bespoke.

Five tips on managing a diverse workforce

Jennifer Bryan says:

Although I agree with the principles and recommendations of the article regarding how an organisation fosters the Gen Y, I would like to add that is also still needs to recognise the other generations within the workforce. We can't just approach the diversity with a one size fits all, as that goes against the concept of diversity. We need to make sure there are a number of options for each generation.

A million public sector workers go on strike

Ian says:

Surely MPs are also Public Sector Workers as well - so why did they get 11%. It just seems to me to be double standards and personally I would like to see less MPs and more teachers, fireman, doctors, dustman etc. At least I can see the value they add.

HR industry's first price comparison site ready to launch

Michael Muise says:

Hello, is this just pricing for Europe? I'm trying to get pricing comparisons on hr software suites here in North America... Can anyone help? Thank you.. Michael Muise - Consultant Vanguard/Vgtech technologies

Dealing with TUPE - a users guide

Amarvir says:

Your first example of TUpe applying should this read seller to buyer and not buyer to seller?

Employment groups welcome flexible working changes

Marylou Lousvet says:

There may well be issues with setting precedents and tying your hands for future requests if they are dealt with one by one. The most effective approach is to identify what work needs to be done face to face with clients and colleagues, what can be done remotely at home, drop in sites and client sites and what the business needs. This will then identify time and place flexibilities that employees can take advantage off. I recently wrote a blog about how to get started which can be read at

Starting salaries continue to rise, says REC/KPMG report


REC/KPMG demonstrate a strengthening labour market with rising pay rates and lack of candidates. (though we may be doubtful of the notion that they are reluctant to leave their current employers who have of course given them an increase) These will 'of course affect internal pay rates and may have down so already. Question is 'What is the Bank of Englands's labour market specialist telling his Governor? Whats the odds at the bookies of a STOP sooner rather that later?'

HR experts discuss recruiting Generation Y

Emily says:

As a Generation Y worker, I think the key is for HR to recognise the benefits that a Gen Y worker can bring to an organisation without putting up barriers that prevents a worker from being their most productive and most creative. I work from home (and a cafe now and again) full time - I have a blog on being a Flexible Millennial if you're interested in this from the other perspective - and hit all my deadlines, meet & exceed my targets, and still feel part of the team. I hope organisations can move their minds into More...

HR's role in emerging markets

john ludike says:

In addition would recommend that sustained and comprehensive effort is made to develop local capabilities in formal manner and to ensure knowledge transfer. in my experience there is direct relationships between development of local capability and seamless localisation and execution of international or global HR strategies, processes etc.

Global skills shortage hits seven-year high

Nicholas Ricciuti says:

I hope this might help our international community. The Reinvent Your Career Expo's in Australia invite all global employers to be part of these unique events which will allow your organisation to employer brand in order to attract quality skilled workers. In Melbourne two weeks ago we had over 6300 adults attend looking for alternative career opportunities with over half stating that they would relocate if they found the right job. More information go to

Mediation and mindfulness

Vivienne Duke says:

Hi Tania. What a clever article. I actually thought there was a typo at first and you meant 'meditation'. I completely agree with your comparisons of mindfulness and mediation. In fact if everyone approached every aspect of their lives with mindfulness I think the world but be a much happier and more peaceful place:-)

Global skills shortage hits seven-year high

Barbara Jean Walsh says:

Maybe it's time to start upskilling older workers, especially women. Sue Black's TechMums ( is a good place to begin. The U.S. could use a few group like that.

CIPD urges employment focus ahead of general election

Trisha Goring says:

If 25% of jobs in this country don't need higher education, why should we waste time and money asking for qualifications we don't need. Employers do invest in Human Capital (what an awful way to describe people) by offering them a job. We seem to have become a little carried away with "rights". Everyone deserves the opportunity of having a job but it isn't a right and having worked in HR for many years, I'm very disappointed that employees don't realise how lucky they are to have a job and wonder whether the concern about the loss of rights is More...

In this issue: July 2015
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Puzzle it out: The UK's productivity conundrum – and what HR can do to solve it

Best thing since sliced bread: HR at Warburtons

Shining stars: Celebrating 20 years of HR Excellence

Learn a thing or two: Areas of interest for L&D

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