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Tribunal fees have caused "perilously low" number of cases

Michael Clarke says:

What is the basis for the statment that "....some fees going all the way back to July 2013 will have to be reimbursed. This could be hugely problematic for employers." Why on Earth will that be problematic for employers? Employers won't be repaying the fees.

Tribunal fees have caused "perilously low" number of cases

MLett says:

It was obvious from the offset that the government were putting a price tag on justice with this process. It is unscrupulous. Certainly a better vetting process is needed to weed out those employees seeking a quick pay out but the service is supposed to be there for those that need it and it is only there at a price!

VyT scraps ambition to ‘capitalise’ staff

Peter Copping says:

Since this is for a market based economy Societal Value is simply a feelgood of PR concept for the individual economic actors. (employers) In a 'Shareholder Value' driven system the issue is the components of the production function (the mix of assets of all sorts) which produces at least acceptable and preferably better results for the 'investors' HR Business Partner expertise is to assess the production of people and people processes in possible mixes and present it to the strategy group. One 'asset' is possible cooperation beyond the firm. Try football as an example. HR makes money but not necessary More...

Unemployment figures continue to fall

Peter Copping says:

A) The number of people not employed who are seeking work and can start falls. B) The Number of vacancies rise C) The number of people who want to change jobs has risen. What happens next? A)Will you bid up pay to get them? B)Will this mean you will need to pay more to keep your staff? C)Will you have to put your prices up?

Thomas Cook appoints chief people officer

John Powell says:

Hello Sandra Great to see you're doing well I'm John your old friend do you remember me? I met you in Penge ! I'm running my own business in Japan Would be lovely to speak to you after so long Sincerely John

Kevin Green: Bruce Springsteen is an HR guru

Steve Gascoigne says:

I don't work in HR, but I am a manager. I presented as part of a mangement course I presented a seminar on Springsteen as a leader. What other musician as had more or less the same band for 40 years who are employees rather than equal partners and have stayed loyal to the brand, no kiss and tell no washing of dirty laundry. He seems to run a very tight knot company with few hangers on, they all play their part, but know who's in charge.

Health problems rife among call centre workers, claims Unison

G Black says:

In my experience of 15 years of call centres the last being a banking position 9 years they are a function to induce the unsuspecting public into being lured into possibly investing funds that are in a safe position into a risk area customers have been bullied into taking the risk with the bank doing better out of the investment than the customer this can be supported by colleagues who now have no longer any commitment to the particular bank and we as past employees are considering putting the practice of the bank to the revenant authority’s

Is your company ready for the practical demands of flexible working?

Alan Beazley says:

The ONS total of 4.2 million homeworkers includes a majority of self-employed, with employees making up only 34.4%. The number of homeworking employees actually fell in 2014 according to ONS

Employers face shortages as candidate numbers fall

Alasdair Murray says:

Indeed, it always used to be that passive candidates were the ones you most wanted to attract, rather than those who were actively looking. However, as the web grew and grew, many became less and less creative with their advertising messages and relied on firing out job posts to lots and lots of job boards with little thought about the actual allure of the job, instead preferring to simply cut & paste a bullet-pointed job description. That's why nowadays probably 80% of the jobs you see online are lengthy and boring lists of duties that do nothing to attract even More...

Minimum wage 'crooks' named by HMRC

Trisha Goring says:

It's all very well for governments to set minimum wage rates, but have they thought that maybe some of these small business do not generate enough income to pay these rates. To pay "back pay" and a fine could well put these businesses out of business leaving their staff without jobs!

Minimum wage 'crooks' named by HMRC

Keith Appleyard says:

The next thing HMRC need to address is people who don't give their staff the minimum amount of paid annual leave. I know of a clerical worker on minimum wage who only gets 10 days per annum who won't let me whistleblow on her behalf because she fears she'll lose her job.

How to recruit a 'purple squirrel'

Syed Ahmed Zafar says:

If the lucrative package and a promise for career advancement are rarely Deal Clinchers for hiring Purple Squirrels than what else can be offered to them or what else do they need to get aboard??

Deloitte offer agile working to attract female talent

Mark Freed says:

Well Done Deloittes a move in the right direction. But if LinkedIn Stat's are any guide a gender diversity of about 20% makes you pretty normal. Some fpeople are really benefiting from the inability of major firms to retain women. Our gender diversity by contrast is 90% in favour of Women. That's because we put true work/life integration measures in place - to attract the resource others discard!

The pay scheme debate

Peter Brown says:

Not sure if you meant "so you reward them as they grow incompetence and experience.” On the other hand...

Deloitte offer agile working to attract female talent

Ben Runcorn - Equal Approach says:

A great example of identifying barriers and removing them to improve the business. Agile working will result in staff being more productive, as well as being happier & more satisfied. It's a win-win, more companies will follow on soon.

Employees value job satisfaction over pay and reward

Peter Erftemeijer says:

A recent Randstad survey shows that Pay is once again the top factor when choosing an employer, followed by job security. Interestingly, the same research in 2013 showed job security as the no. 1 factor and Pay came second - a sign of the (better) times? The answer is perhaps in the way the question is asked!

Skills must be more integrated with employability, say experts

Anthony Lengden says:

After over 10 years in Welfare to Work and then jumping the fence to the Skills sector it seems the story hasn't changed. Back in 2001 I worked on Ambitions, branded as "New Deal next phase" with outcome-related payments for moving people into sustained employment through training. Where I worked, we focused on IT skills and evolved from Network Engineer and Web Development training to the new world of IT Helpdesk and Databases. This came about through employer engagement and response and we exceeded 50% job outcomes. Unfortunately the Ofsted regime didn't like unemployed people going into work before achieving More...

Employers have "forgotten" how to recruit young people, says UKCES CEO

GRH says:

How can you 'forget' how to recruit? ----------------------- Wanted Sales Person apply within. ----------------------- Easy. "Young people don't know about the jobs"? Where are they looking then? Job Centre? Newspapers? Online? Going around and asking? Making it known you want a job? Ad boards? Word-of-mouth? No? Where then?

Companies considering rehiring retirees to plug skills gaps

Rebecca Coatswith says:

Interesting that whilst 69% see a skills shortage as problematic, only 10% are developing a focus on older workers as a way to solve this. Organisations need to look at inter-generational working to bring together the different skill sets of GenY and Baby Boomers. Beyond a willingness to stay in post longer, this piece doesn't really address what older workers bring to the party. Ashridge is researching Baby Boomers in the workplace if you want to have your say:

Employees value job satisfaction over pay and reward

Carol Stephenson says:

our report - Company Secretary Remuneration and Wellbeing Survey 2104, where Role Content was no.1, Career Development no.2 and Working hours no.3. Less than 20% Company Secretaries consider salary and financial reward to be the most important factor in their working lives.

In this issue: June 2015
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What we talk about when we talk about talent: Everyone talks about it, but what do we mean by it? Deconstructing 'talent'

Red letter day: Modernising the Post Office

Act like a leader: Herminia Ibarra shows you how

Right as rain: Workplace health and wellbeing

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