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Sick leave costs UK employers £29 billion a year, says PwC

Joao Bocas says:

Hi, I strongly believe that the Central Government plays a crucial role in this....or doesn't play the role I should say. Where are the national campaigns to raise awareness about personal health, good nutrition and encouragement to take up physical activity. I think we are going backwards, with les s and less done by our central government. We are a nation that excels in Sport, but our working age society doesn't reflect that....Why not ? There is something missing....our centralised power should be thinking how they could support business and their working populations but they are not! Employers need to More...

Sick leave costs UK employers £29 billion a year, says PwC

Joao Bocas says:

Hi, I strongly believe that the Central Government plays a crucial role in this....or doesn't play the role I should say. Where are the national campaigns to raise awareness about personal health, good nutrition and encouragement to take up physical activity. I think we are going backwards, with les s and less done by our central government. We are a nation that excels in Sport, but our working age society doesn't reflect that....Why not ? There is something missing....our centralised power should be thinking how they could support business and their working populations but they are not! Employers need to More...

Sick leave costs UK employers £29 billion a year, says PwC

Joao Bocas says:

Hi, I strongly believe that the Central Government plays a crucial role in this....or doesn't play the role I should say. Where are the national campaigns to raise awareness about personal health, good nutrition and encouragement to take up physical activity. I think we are going backwards, with les s and less done by our central government. We are a nation that excels in Sport, but our working age society doesn't reflect that....Why not ? There is something missing....our centralised power should be thinking how they could support business and their working populations but they are not! Employers need to More...

Change the way you treat graduates

Amy says:

I agree with the first paragraph entitrely, but I think this should be expanded to 'young people' in general, not just Graduates

Recruiters rejecting potential employees based on social media profiles, survey says

Matt Gascoigne says:

Social media has rightly risen in prominence in recent years as a means to develop customer leads, validate track record and demonstrate capability to deliver. This works both ways with customers (be that client or candidate) verifying they are working with the right recruiter and of course, vice versa, with social profiles being used as a referencing tool. I think you can be pretty certain that the end user will check social media prior to offer, so it makes sense for a recruiter to do the same. We have to accept that more of our lives are played out through More...

Interview with HRD Amnesty International: Managing change in a tough environment

yohan says:

As someone who works at Amnesty International I would argue that despite the difficulties of the change process, its still a great place to work and we manage to secure some amazing human rights achievements. Decentralisation is crucial for our legitimacy and relevance in our globalised world. And its not just about being increasingly located in the Global South but more about our enabling and supporting the peoples there to speak out for themselves on their human rights abuses and determining priority actions for themselves. Its about real empowerment and global solidarity.

UK workers: Managers don’t know how to motivate us

Joanna Kane says:

I agree with the author. A happier and more motivated employee is more likely to give the discretionary effort that so many businesses are asking for these days. Study after study shows links with levels of engagement and performance. Just think about it.. when you feel de-motivated, upset and disengaged- how likely are you to go the extra mile??

Sixth formers are 'ambitious and entrepreneurial' but only a quarter get to visit employers, finds City & Guilds

Victoria Driver says:

Good morning I just read the article about Work Experience. I am inferring that the quality of the work matters vs. just any job. In other words the experience must be an opportunity to explore and experience work in a sector they want to enter after they leave secondary school. Is that correct? Victoria Driver Career Practitioner Calgary AB Canada

Most workers happy on zero-hours contracts, says CIPD

Garry Anderson says:

Err.. these are Human Resource managers - did you really expect them to come up with any other conclusion. You honestly believe that most employees do not want a secure number of hours work. Do you not think employees would be worried about giving negative feedback. skilful.com skilled.org

Recruiters rejecting potential employees based on social media profiles, survey says

Chris Reynolds says:

Whether we like it or not, whether it's considered "Good Practice" or not - it happens. I've seen this happen from the very early days of Facebook. Running an assessment centre in London, we became alarmed by the demeanour of one candidate - looked him up on Facebook and saw his profile photo of him pointing a gun at the camera. What do you think happened next? If you are in the market for a job, and you have some applications going through, make sure your Facebook account is private at least...

Boards on the brink as executives lack skills to lead

Jon Ingham, Social Advantage says:

It's a huge shift in business but it's not limited to the leadership team - though clearly this is a big driver / enabler for change. But we also need to redesign our HR and management practices, our organisation designs, our technologies etc etc for this new, more autonomy, empowerment and collaboration focused era.

Most workers happy on zero-hours contracts, says CIPD

stephen moreton says:

The CIPD promotion of this report states: "Our latest research reveals that the use of zero-hours contracts in the UK has been underestimated, oversimplified and unfairly demonised. It finds that the positive experience of the majority of people employed on these contracts has been overlooked."

Obesity in the workplace: It’s time to take a pro-active approach

Paul Matthews says:

One of the points that seemed to be missing from the list of actions is to tackle the sitting convention at work. This may sound obvious, but one of the reasons why offices are so sedentary is because everyone sits. We are now sitting more than we sleep and in doing so burn only 5% more energy than sleeping Get employees standing and at a stroke you burn a third more calories. Continue this for 3 hours a day ( shop workers do it for 8) and this equates to an 8 lb weight loss over the course of a More...

Give workers paid bereavement leave, campaigners urge Government

Trisha Goring says:

Isn't it time that we all recognise the fact that employers are not part of the Social Services network! This is just another unrealistic expectation that employers should once again pay out for empoyees who are absent from work. If the Government is prepared to fully fund this, ensuring that employers are reimbursed for every penny they pay out, fine - but at present Government and employees alike seem to think that employers are cash cows with bottomless pockets. It's time for a wake up call!!

Interim managers: Can they save the financial sector?

Fotini EFTHYMIADIS says:

These are nice observations you shared. I am specialist in the sector of Interim Manager (as a recruiter) for about 10 years in Belgium. I have placed Interim Managers and never underestimated the importance of their attitude when performing an assignment. Although they have an incredible background and experience, they also need a lot of information about the culture and people of the company before they start to enable them to adapt quickly and avoid misunderstandings and frustrations at the client company. This is key!

Recruiters rejecting potential employees based on social media profiles, survey says

Joe Rodgers says:

A major reason for the current trend in recruitment is not necessarily related to the new 'social' media, but a perception that this approach is cheaper that what went before, just as job boards claimed of print advertising. A lack of proper investment in employer branding coupled with a complete lack of imagination from recruiters, both external and internal, will make the post recession recruitment landscape an interesting place as people realise the war for talent will not be won by simply spamming potential candidatese. Remember engagement anyone?

Recruiters rejecting potential employees based on social media profiles, survey says

Alasdair Murray says:

"Kevin Forbes, CEO of Oilandgaspeople.com, said: "Social media is now a powerful recruitment tool for getting the right person in position faster and cheaper" - Is faster and cheaper necessarily getting the right person though? What about those who don;t use Facebook or Twitter but (call them old fashioned) expect to be recruited via job boards, employers online career portals or via niche and generalist media online careers sections?

Most workers happy on zero-hours contracts, says CIPD

Steve Skinner says:

Could someone on a zero hours contract get credit or a mortgage. How would a potential landlord view someone whose income could vary dramatically from one week to the next? One can't help but wonder if zero hours contracts are fine for people with no financial responsibilities. However I'm aware of some carers on minimum wage, zero hours contracts who have found themselves in financial difficulty.

Interview with HRD Amnesty International: Managing change in a tough environment

Linda Hitchcock says:

Amongst other critical activities, two key elements of ensuring succesful change are: (1)Empowering HR teams to be more strategic (as well as tactical), and (2)enabling management teams to effectively respond and manage change. These requirements are not new, however so often change fails because these activities are not undertaken........... Why is this?? time, money, something else?

The HR profession: Our own worst enemies

Harry Stafford says:

From what I hear, HR's job is to help management do whatever they like. TU Reps tell me they support members already "found guilty" of actions other staff get away with, or of revealing malpractice. The staff dismissed are too often highly skilled and qualified. HR don't understand what the staff do, or how age and medical fitness affect performance. If you want to make HR a goer: 1) rename it 2) repopulate it with staff with human qualities 3) educate them so they understand the people they judge 4) admit HR are not always right 5) resist all temptation More...

In this issue: December 2014
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Career ladder: Tips and tricks for a winning HR career

Express delivery: HR logistics at Wincanton

Driving equality: Diversity matters for Ford of Europe

Out of juice: The digital onslaught and wellbeing

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