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Prof Michael West: Radical transformation needed in the NHS to improve performance

Bernard Morris says:

Michael you are very close, very close indeed. As someone who started work in the NHS in 1968 when they were phasing out matrons and have witnessed and discussed so many changes since. I believe the problem is and always will be decision making . Most dedicated HHS professionals have all the answers to a great and economic service and can certainly point to what works and what does not work. But the problem is they are not engaged effectively in the decision making process. Simply asking them what they think and then mixing their contribution up with committee based More...

Half of British women admit it's impossible to 'have it all', O2 study finds

Luis A. Marrero says:

Rather than a comment, more of a question and a challenge: if women are prevented from being authentic people and professionals, is this something the HR UK community taking on beyond publishing the article to right a wrong?

HR's Most Influential to be unveiled tonight

HR editorial says:

We have had a few enquiries about how the ranking is put together so a bit of info into our methodology: The ranking is decided by a rigorous process starting out with a long list of hundreds of names made up of people nominated by HR magazine readers, those who have appeared on the ranking in the past and names put forward by the HR editorial team. These are then checked by an expert panel of HR director headhunters, former HRDs and leading academics. From this a shortlist is created, and the top names are put forward to our readers. More...

HR's Most Influential to be unveiled tonight

rich edwards says:

I think we need to give the guys at HR Magazine credit for working hard over a number of years to put together a list which takes the views of the HR community in the way it is put together - it is far better than the many arbitrary lists I see out there in the media. Everyone who is interested can vote and (from memory) the final lists over the past years does tend to represent practitioners and thinkers who are 'of the moment'. Lastly, I'd say HR Magazine's approach to following back on twitter has very little to More...

Royal Mail privatisation plans will lead to 'disengaged' workforce, says Labour MP

john backhouse says:

The sub headline about the privatisation causing workers to have concerns over job security...welcome to the real world, good to have you back after so long in the dark.

HR's Most Influential to be unveiled tonight

Jon Ingham says:

HR Mag's tweets are fairly social though - and I think they - and the methodology - do give credit for social media use (I suspect I might not be here otherwise) - @joningham

One bad apple doesn’t rot HR barrel

daniel kasmir says:

It was awful watching Lucy Adams get harangued by a group of MP's who such a short time ago were tarnished for having thier hands in the till. Google Keith Vaz and Margaret Hodge both of whom fell at the first hurdle when it came to inappropriate use of the public purse. However whether it was the irresponsible self serving remuneration strategies that HRD's helped to craft which cause drove greed and ultimately led to the financial meltdown or the unfortunate incindents in the BBC. The question must surely be raised what's the point of HR. Have we managed to More...

Businesses must encourage students to embrace STEM subjects, says Tata Consultancy HRD

Trisha Goring says:

Thanks Ian You aren't the only person with no idea what "STEM" is. I had no idea where to look to find out! In an age where communication is vital, perhaps we need to get back to basics before we spend time on technology.

Businesses must encourage students to embrace STEM subjects, says Tata Consultancy HRD

Ian Crocker says:

I do hope that I wasn't the only person to have to look up STEM. To save you looking it's Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

HR's Most Influential to be unveiled tonight

Chris Ball says:

With great respect to past winners of this accolade, I am wondering how HR Magazine judges such an intangible thing as influence. I appreciate that HR Magazine's own readership is significant and that you are followed by some 5,000 people on twitter but I also see that you follow a mere 4 people. Clearly you have no interest in what the rest of us are saying and doing on this most modern of all influencing media.

One bad apple doesn’t rot HR barrel

damian samuels says:

Arvand Hickman states 'there is some truth in HR having an image/credibility problem and the prolonged battle to be relevant. In the September HR magazine Neil Morrison tells Katie Jacobs why he wants to make HR 'sexier' and that is his mission in life. I cringed and winced when I read this. because I think it does nothing to enhance the profession No wonder image and credibility are in question

HR Talks 2013: 50 top tips in a day

roopal says:

I am Student and I want to know HR tools, any tool which is not implemented in any organisation or company ..

BBC HR director Lucy Adams steps down

Emma says:

Not sure whether this is a bigger deal for 'HR' or the BBC. Either way, this lady may as well join the 'Fred The Shred' convalescence home right now rather than next April. The root of this problem was not dealing correctly with failing fat cats and the lesson has yet to be learnt.

One bad apple doesn’t rot HR barrel

Elmore says:

None of us were 'there', so in that sense none of us can really pass comment, good or bad, with any authority on what Lucy Adams should or shouldn't have done. But I think we (I) can. I've worked in organisations where the culture, and my own sense of (my lack of) personal choice, limited me from doing things that on much reflection - now that I've left that world behind - I wish I'd done differently. I hope/am sure that Adams now deeply regrets that she condoned the actions that she took, and presided over, as the BBC's HRD. More...

Employers failing to use experience and skills of older workers

Paul says:

As an ex- employer look at the positive side of employing older people; very little training as experience will be evident. Most older people are more dedicated, loyal and hard working. The majority have little family commitments as children have grown up and left home. Some older people need to work because they have mortgages to pay. Some simply want to continue to work because they enjoy it and don't want to 'be bored' at home. There are many good points for an employer, employing older people - you can still be dynamic, proactive and an asset to the business, More...

Generational tensions: The ageing workforce vs. Generation Y

Dorothy Smith says:

The tensions can be addressed partially internally, by HR functions ensuring that employees are supported with new technologies, so they can share their expertise of business through the new media. As an over 50 HR professional, looking for employment, the assumptions of some recruiters that I might be 'winding down' is amazing, given the publicity around new retirement dates. They too can do a lot to promote a more positive vibe around what is becoming the new middle age.

Generational tensions: The ageing workforce vs. Generation Y

Neil Pickering says:

The valid comments by Donna highlight the complexity of managing a modern workforce. Whether it's meeting the needs of our Gen Y workers or performing succession planning for our Baby Boomers the work has to be done. This is why HR, Talent Management and Workforce Management solutions have such a vital role to play in our modern organisations.

One bad apple doesn’t rot HR barrel

Arvind Hickman says:

If you read my comment piece again you will see that my main point is to question whether HR should hold the reins on pay/reward and, if not, how they can influence better outcomes. The example of RBS is merely to show that the BBC case is by no means unique (for a publicly-backed company), but has wasted way too many column inches. And, why should it matter that taxpayers’ fund it? So poor practice is OK if you are in the private sector, but not OK if you are public? I would like to see anyone say that at More...

One bad apple doesn’t rot HR barrel

C.Markin says:

I agree with some of the points here but I think the reason people are pointing their finger at Adams is because it's tax-payer funded organisation. Your one example of RBS doesn't wash here – the organisation, with HR very much at the centre of it, made some truly horrifying mistakes and has tarnished the industry. Your claims of 'BBC bashing' are simply spurious, I think when an HR director (one by all accounts was doing a fantastic job) gives the green light on a deal that allows a director to walk away with nearly £1 million, she and her More...

Royal Mail privatisation: employees to receive free shares worth up to £2,000

GRH says:

I don't think that there is anything left to sell of now is there - of the family silver as it was called? Unfortunately people are short-term-minded and eager to crab the cash and run. The idea of a social mind-set whereby everything that is essential for living - gas, electricity, coal, transport, health should be owned by all the people and any profits made ploughed back in, does not come into conscious being. All those 'shares' that were sold to people who already had paid have reaped what? Higher and higher prices for less and less service. Fat cats More...

In this issue: October 2014
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Grow influence: Who has made the HR Most Influential 2014 lists? We reveal all inside

Looking good: Beautiful HR at Estee Lauder

Back to the drawing board: Is HR more art than science?

Forward thinking: Futureproof your technology strategy



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