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Gen Y attitude to work marks shift in values, says London Business School

Clare Forrest says:

Nothing here suggests that this is new - nor does there seem to be anything that shows it is a genuine generational shift, especially as there is no comparable research which goes back through the generations. It's disingenuous at best, and hype at worst.

New institute to offer alternative HR qualification

Paul Kearns says:

It's good to see fresh initiatives aiming to raising professional standards but what the HR profession needs more than anything else is evidence that its practices (and qualifications) add value. At the Institute of HR Maturity our standards are evidence-based and judged against our ultimate criterion of societal value.

Firms urged to revise attitude on retirement

Donna Morton says:

Retirement should be something that the individual chooses to do when the time is right for them. As long as they are still willing and able to do the job they are paid to do. However with a forever increasing older workforce may this be one of the reasons why youth unemployment is so high. No one should be discriminated but unless we create more new jobs and control the length of time people work for we run the the very high risk that a generation will never get on the working ladder.

Firms urged to revise attitude on retirement

@SMSeymour says:

Young talent, veteran talent, seasoned talent. However you want to qualify it, it must be PRODUCTIVE talent. I contend that most that stay beyond retirement age do so because they are not financially ready to go. They don't necessarily want to be there.

New institute to offer alternative HR qualification

Arild Kjuus says:

I am an educational psychologist, with additional degrees in English and Psychology, age 68, but still working as a business consultant and entrepreneur. I have spent the last ten years developing a concept based on handling a changing business environment, with proven methodology and an IT tool that supports dynamic interaction. It is described in a new book in Norwegian. It is driven from inside – by HR and other staff as supportive agents. It is an alternativeaspproach giving HR another strategic role - helping organizations handling the unpredictable and dynamic changes of our time. I would like to get More...

Communication vital in change management, study finds

Martin Cook says:

Stephen, thank you for your comment. What you say is confirmed by the research - that there are definitely 'two divisions' when it comes to change management. On the one hand there are practices that are more visible, rational and subject to control, and on the other the more personal, experiential and less amenable to control. We found that the former is given greater importance but believe will yield less and less in times to come.

Should leaders expect peak performance 24/7?

Steve Lake says:

Well said. Key to retaining and achieving top performance is to create a sustainable environment

Communication vital in change management, study finds

Steven Phillips says:

I feel that the critical point in this finding is in the idea that FIRST there needs to be true 'clarity' and that the clarity is then actually communicated. Most change efforts fail to achieve their objectives because 'detail' and 'volume' (volume in the two senses of 'loud and lots') are thought to be clarity. In fact they are the opposite of clarity. And the word 'communicated' is often interpreted as meaning 'sent to'. All the work on change, that we find to be successful, involves all managers of people in an organisation being enabled to develop crystal clarity on More...

Can HR add value to its data and analytics?

Jon Ingham Strategic HCM says:

There's a lot in here, most of which I agree with. Two things stand out though - one of which is that measurement and analytics should never be seen as a holy grail (or the equivalent in your culture) - partly because we never will be able to measure the impact of people in an objective way and also because what we do differently is always going to be more impactful than the data which informs this. Personally, I think a lot of HR's wariness of big data is a good thing. Then secondly, that although I do largely agree More...

Can HR add value to its data and analytics?

Paul Strickland says:

Unfortunately it is reckoned that HR is five years behind with Analytics so it is hardly likely to get its head round how important this is. The blame can be put squarely on how HR professionals are taught their subject. NO University or CIPD course covers the subject in any great detail. All that is taught is a brief look at Profit & Loss, Blance sheets in Finance and regression/correlation or absorption costing if your lucky. HR Professionals in the main are totally in the dark when it comes to the many Analytical techniques. Unfortunately what will happen is HR More...

Critics of Ulrich Model ignore new progress, says Dave Ulrich

Sheelagh Grime says:

There is nothing wrong with the philosophy of the 'model' - however perhaps a number of guiding principles are better than providing what became the 'ultimate model'. Too many companies implemented the model with no understanding of outcomes, or thought behind how it should work in their business. As is often said - dont shoot the messenger... however maybe caution the messenger about the delivery dogma?

Why the Dorchester Collection protest is wrong

Arvind Hickman says:

Thank you all for your feedback. I appreciate this is a sensitive subject and respect everyone's right to protest against these terrible laws. The basis of my argument is that we shouldn't confuse the laws of Brunei with a hotel that is run independently in the US and Europe. I don't feel it is OK to punish staff in the name of a wider cause - two wrongs never make a right, and the staff have nothing to do with Brunei's laws. DC profits are re-invested back into the hotels and are not planned to go to Brunei for many More...

HR an 'undervalued' function, says outgoing ACAS chair

Sheelagh Grime says:

Appears to be a concensus that whatever the cause - HR is needed but not as its presented. We could say business needs to accept HR and recognise its value, but in reality business is focused on results/ adding value and in mnay cases HR is not proactive in showing how they add value. Yes it is about the expertise and confidence of those in HR to step up, identify the problem and offer a solution. When HR gets more proactive, and delivers bottom line reults, that can be measured, then if will be valued. However I fear HR is More...

‘Infobesity’ causes distraction and stress at work, says Microsoft expert

GRH says:

It's lucid working; they are probably more productive asleep than awake.

'Passive' candidates perform better in new roles

Andy Fallon says:

Whether a passive candidate or one who is actively looking for a move it is not always about the money. Personal development is a strong motivator for many people. This may explain why passive candidates are said to perform better and are more likely to stay with the company long term. Perhaps those who are actively looking are more interested in the money and would therefore soon lose the motivation no matter which company they work for.

Leadership: influencing what matters

Becci Cussens says:

This article has been produced in advance of Owain's free lunchtime webinar, of the same name, today 12.30-13.00. The webinar is part of the Open University Business School's Leadership Learning Series. More information can be found at:

Why the Dorchester Collection protest is wrong

Woody McBreairty says:

I'm astounded that such a critical subject as stoning people to death & otherwise taking their very lives because this Sultan disapproves of their lives could be reduced to comparing it to a hotel worker's job. There is no threat to the hotel worker's jobs, but if there were, these jobs are easily replaced. Freedoms denied & lives taken are not so easily replaced. I think it takes people of stronger & worthier convictions to stand up for human rights & freedoms than to selfishly suggest that a hotel job is more important to the larger cause of human freedom More...

Why the Dorchester Collection protest is wrong

William Miller says:

Thank you for the list of companies I will no longer do business with. I do not desire to contribute to companies who are owned by 15th century warlords no matter what they do with their profits. Check a calendar. It's 2014.

Automotive sector enjoys popularity surge in the UK

mohamed elkalbi says:

Dear Mr Please accept my letter and resume in response to a technical mechanic position advertised in newspaper. I would like to begin my career with a company/firm where I will have effective environment for knowledge, where with my skills and knowledge I will able to know about new things, and where my performance will be meet to company’s goals/needs. As a technical mechanic, I am perfect in engineering principles, applied tools and practices. My key strength includes leadership, creativity, troubleshooting skills and quick problem solving ability. I believe that I could make significant contribution to your firm. If you More...

Dorchester Collection to protect staff from Brunei boycott

thomas tucker says:

Robyn, your question was answered in the article. Gay employees there are happy and well-respected. They enjoy working for the company. Is your comment actually supportive of them, or simply to make a political point?

In this issue: August 2015
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Stand and deliver: Fresh austerity measures are on the way – but can public sector HR seize the strategic opportunity?

Eureka moment: HR at engineering firm AMFW

Going for gold: Maintaining the Olympic legacy

On the money: Providing innovative rewards

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