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Technology professionals turning to start-ups, study finds

Cerys mutton says:

I have started my own business in my spare time for exactly those reasons, many areas of what I originally did have been taken away and leave me no chance to progress or nurture my skills. So I've decided to start my own to prove to myself I have what it takes!

Clegg wants to scrap Shares for Rights scheme

Ian Younger says:

So the Treasury spokesperson says "Let's not forget that this scheme is not meant to be up and running until September", presumably by way of explaining why there have only been 19 enquiries - someone should wake that person from their slumber and point out that the scheme has supposedly been up and running since LAST September!

BT work experience placements hit 1,500 mark

Jane Nugent says:

Dear Sir/Madam, I am the Work Related Curriculum Adviser at Newham Sixth Form College. I am looking for individual work placements for my Electrical Level 3 Engineering Students. The dates I require are 20/01/2014 to 31/01/2014 for 2 weeks. This is their last year at the College, most of them are hoping to go onto University, but we still have a vast number of students looking for apprenticeships that BT offer. Other than coming down this route, I have found it very hard to talk to any work experience co-ordinater, would be great to get a contact. Thank you so More...

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Penny Newman says:

Very well done - thank you Dean for dispelling the myths and putting the record straight so eloquently. We need to make the most of the potential of women and particularly women doctors who are amongst the most under represented groups at a senior level as paternalism is no good for the NHS (or for patients). Its still hard to tackle second generation bias or one which “erects powerful but subtle and often invisible barriers for women that arise from cultural assumptions and organizational structures, practices, and patterns of interaction that inadvertently benefit men while putting women at a disadvantage” More...

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Dr Tom Caldwell says:

Spot on

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Keerti Kanani says:

Women/men ratio should not be an issue. The issue should be whether whoever is the dispenser of treatment is doing so efficiently upto their best ability! So well argued article and very disappointed with the Prof. I as a tax payer invested in my daughters' education and am very very satisfied with the results !!

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Laura Quirke says:

It is always depressing when a highly respected, well educated member of society comes out with misguided views based on inaccuracy, omission and prejudice. Dean's reply says it all, thank you Dean.

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Richard Whitburn says:

Congratulations to Dean Royles on an excellent riposte to a startlingly antidiluvian attitude demonstrated in Prof J. Meirion Thomas's in the Daily Mail recently. The original article by Prof Thomas left me fuming but fortunately Dean Royles response addresses the key points, not least our changing society. I would however want to encourage those who enter this debate to avoid talking about the "feminisation of medicine", medicine is not gender specific and talk of "feminisation" is, in my view unhelpful. We did not talk of the masculine profession of medicine 60 years ago. The report by Baronness Deech, "Women Doctors More...

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Lucy Green says:

What a wonderful article, very well articulated and a point well made. Unpaid work often goes unnoticed, but is no less important to society. Keep writing Dean!

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Wanda Zyborska says:

What an excellent and well argued article!

How to manage recurring sickness absence

Richard Chandler says:

For many organisations it would seem that the consistent recording of sickness absence is as much of a challenge of actually managing / reducing absence. With recurring sickness absence, the organisation must have in place robust, easy to use policies and procedures that ensure that all absence is recorded. That none slips under the radar, and that all employees are treated the same. Consistent absence recording will allow the organisation to clearly see trends, be that at any level of the organisation, location, site, departmental. Of course, with all of the data to hand the line manager must then be More...

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Margaret Dale says:

Well said that man! It's about time that other leaders accepted this basic fact of life and celebrate and reward women's greater participation in the labour market.

Make your experiential learning process real

Hugh says:

Great post Jan a useful reminder for us all in 2014 Also loved your use of the word 'epiphany' especially in a piece for January 6th !:) Happy Epiphany and good luck with your real learning experiences throughout 2014 Hugh @fruits_hugh

Dean Royles: Some people are women, get over it

Katrina Collier says:

Especially your final point about celebrating"this remarkable generational achievement that acknowledges and celebrates difference." Thank you!

TUPE changes to allow renegotiation of staff T&Cs

Ewan says:

What exactly does the term "NO LESS FAVOURABLE" mean, when negotiating new employee terms and conditions.

Miliband's agency worker plans could increase unemployment, warn business leaders

Steve Skinner says:

Isn't it more to the point that so many people on low wages in the UK rely on taxpayer-funded top-ups to get by? What would happen if these payments were withdrawn. Would companies then have to pay more or are they trading only because they are being subsidised by taxpayers?

How to manage recurring sickness absence

Peter Marno says:

This article appears to make managing recurring sickness absence quite a complex duty for managers - well, it can be, in much the same way IT systems can have complex problems as well as 'easy to sort' problems! The key, as is stated, is to have a good, robust and dedicated reporting and early decision making process that informs managers when time barriers are reached. Such a system will only work, however, if the employer has identified the necessary 'health management tools' to deal with the issues in much the same way as IT systems will need expertise to deal More...

Building resilience among workers in the economic upturn

Paul Keijzer says:

Don't want to make this about definitions, but I think that the term Grit captures better what companies are trying to develop. It is not so much about stress management or the ability to deal with difficult situations but creating a combination of a strong passion / desire to achieve a goal with the determination not to give up in the face of difficulty. Grit has been a more powerful predictor of long term scholastic success or job related performance then IQ or EQ alone. Number of organisations (Starbucks) had significant success in developing grit. Have you heard of any More...

McDonald's VP HR defends use of zero-hours contracts

Carolyne thomson says:

My son works for mcdonalds. He repeatedly asks for his contract but is still waiting. He doesn't understand his holidays, or holiday pay. Its his first job. I don't understand what he tells me his manager tells him. There is no underlying reason for him wanting a contract which is his legal right. But instead he has to keep looking silly coz he needs to keep asking, and still doesn't understand. Shocking from one of our biggest employers. He loves his job but hates feeling inferior for asking for what is a legal right. Mcdonalds sort this out please. Thanks. More...

BCC says education must focus on "employability skills"

Eoghan Mortell says:

Last two comments worryingly out of touch, given the growing global competition we face. If it's not skill and the ability to create goods and services of value, then what exactly is it that will give our children the standard of living that we've come to take for granted in this part of the world.

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Food for thought: HR at Sodexo

Have a little faith: Operations in the YMCA

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