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HRD at heart: Fil Adams-Mercer, CEO of Parcel2Go

Ross Sully says:

This is a cautionary tale about the insurance scam operation that masquerades as the courier service Parcel2go. I used them to ship an eBay item that I had sold to a buyer in Wales. The item was quite large and had a value of £125, so I paid for extra insurance to make sure I would be reimbursed should the item be lost or damaged on arrival. The buyer reported the item as missing after a few days and after some wrangling I persuaded Parcel2go that it had indeed gone missing. However, the compensation that they offered me only covered More...

Skilled migrants boost UK productivity, says study

Stefan Sosnowski says:

With all the negative press on immigration recently saying what we don’t do well and implying that all immigration is bad I believe that this paper helps to balance the argument. A non-governmental led report is always welcome especially where an academic institution is driving it from an impartial perspective. I firmly believe that if we cannot fill vacancies with appropriate skill sets sourced in the UK then we should actively look further afield to whichever region the applicant applies from. My experience of the non-UK worker is that they tend to go the extra mile, are focused on getting More...

UK living wage rises to £7.65

ute cooper says:

It would be interesting to know the income of the owners of the 1000's of small High Street businesses as well as small manufacturing businesses which have closed and which did provide employment. Their working hours would have been very long and their responsibilities considerable but nobody considers the other side of the coin. Could they be guaranteed a 'living wage' in order to provide employment??

Charities defend chief executive pay

Michael says:

A few years ago ITV did an expose on the Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme on this subject when salaries were in excess of £1m inclusive of perks pensions expenses etc. It must have been true because no one issued any writs for slander. I begin to wonder if they now only show "basic" salaries and perhaps hide the perks etc because at the time that show was very damming of the charities and their extravagant pay awards to CEO's etc?

Shoesmith case an important lesson for employers

Steve Milner says:

Several people involved in this episode failed to do their jobs properly, with the consequence that the taxpayer is penalised. Balls (and others) might rest less easily were there a void in their bank balances rather than a bad taste in their mouths.

UK living wage rises to £7.65

Jeff Holden says:

Here in Bangkok, most people here would expect to work a minimum of 8 hours per day. Just over a year ago the government here made a very substantial increase to the minimum DAILY wage to 400 Thai Baht...which approximates to ₤8. One can draw one's own conclusions in relation to Britain's global competitiveness.

Employers pay over the odds for eyecare, as many fail to comply with H&S regulations

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HR Tech Europe: Technology has created a new type of worker, says Costas Markides

John Eary says:

If you are a manager of Agile Workers you will need to have all the skills for Agile Working and also adopt a management skill that is appropriate for Agile Working. McGregor categorised managers as Theory X or Theory Y. A Theory X manager believes that people inherently dislike work and prefer to be directed and consequently must be coerced or controlled. This attitude is clearly antithetic to Agile Working. A Theory Y manager believes that people view work as being as natural as play and rest, and learn to accept and seek responsibility. These managers give individuals responsibility and More...

HR Tech Europe: Technology can be a catalyst for intergenerational conflict

Tarik Taman says:

We are at a fork in the road for the HR department. Capability of technology combined with the expectations of users means we can do more faster, cheaper than ever before. But Chris, while I agree that HR should be at the forefront of shaping our organizations’ work experience, do you think that HR has the skills and, perhaps more importantly, the will to do the job?

Top talent on the move as job market recovers, CIPD warns

Ruth Milner says:

Interesting statistics. As an Occupational Health Specialist, I would add that it's not only the talent management that aids retention but the whole organisational culture. Retention in my practical experience is enhanced by a wellness culture & also a caring employer. I am currently working with some great organisations whom with our assistance/services have gone the extra mile to show employees they care & they are reaping the rewards with retention & new business contracts.

Action points for employers when addressing wellbeing of employees

Peter Marno says:

This article makes sense for all employers - regardless of size and it is good to see KPMG being vocal not just in this area but also in helping co-launch the City Mental Health Alliance earlier this week. What is critical, however, in addressing wellbeing is not to train managers to be diagnosticians but to encourage them to spot behavioural changes as these are the indicators that something is going wrong. Managing health in the workplace is not rocket science and the best first rule is to treat staff as you would want to be treated!

Government's back to work schemes legally flawed, Supreme Court rules

Steve Skinner says:

Perhaps some people would have a higher opinion of Iain Duncan Smith if he could admit that he has made mistakes. Despite the Supreme Court ruling, he ignores the parts that show his department acted wrongly and claims that a successful scheme is in operation. The same message was imparted, recently, by Esther McVey. If the idea behind this scheme is a good one, why can't people be paid by the companies for which they are working, thereby saving money for the taxpayer (a government priority) into the bargain?

Apprenticeship reforms 'favour' large employers, say training providers

Gill says:

As a small employer I agree that the reforms will favour large employers who have the time and money to do all this. Why would I bother to take anyone on as an Apprentice when I can just hire them anyway, do in-house training or send them to college - no bother. Whatever incentives there will be do not out way the bother or politics of it all - I want to get on with my business. Also, it will not help those young people who are not academic who will struggle doing the numeracy and literacy as we are More...

Government considers cap on 'rip-off' pension charges

HR Editorial says:

The consultation process has been launched, and closes 28th November, that is where you can supply any thoughts or data on the subject to the DWP. All information around this can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/better-workplace-pensions-a-consultation-on-charging Regards HR magazine

Government considers cap on 'rip-off' pension charges

Steve Milner says:

As a a recent retiree I have views and data on the subject, and feel they'd be best expressed to the DWP. Browsed their website but cannot find how they might be soliciting comments. Any clues please?

Making global assignments more attractive - HR director view

Nichole Esparon says:

I was particularly interested to read that companies need to understand staff motivations where physical moves are concerned, and position their packages to match. This is a fascinating and highly complex issue, one that speaks to the heart of the challenge facing international HR/Global Mobility Directors today. ‘Compensation' in global mobility often concentrates on pecuniary rewards(higher salaries, bonuses…), whereas a number of high profile surveys, including the precursor to the one quoted above by PWC, indicates motivation is often linked to more personal (as opposed to professional) development. EY’s 2012 Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey, for example, is clear that personal, More...

ITV appoints group HR director

Sandra says:

I am so grateful that thanks to you my husband and lots of others still have their jobs at ITV

Grangemouth union official Stephen Deans resigns

Steve Milner says:

I presume the word is used loosely in this context?

ITV appoints group HR director

Debra marsh says:

Thank you Simon for keeping the HR and Payroll in house at ITV

Employee squeeze has led to disengaged workforce, says study

Steve Skinner says:

Since it appears that many employees no longer have any influence with their employers, could any of this be connected to the drop in union membership?

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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