Bev Frean says:
Some corporates need to change their practices as much as their culture. I believe the former precedes the hearts and minds, and the decision to embrace these policy and practice changes, from my experience, must come from the very top of the organisation to succeed.
jill dawson says:
i worked in a travelodge, the manager was not interested in staff, an assistant manager was rude bullying and discriminating with no idea how to lead a team never mind a happy one, any complaints made and you are pushed out. Awful company
Brian O'Neill says:
Very telling point from David Wylie. 1. A programme for distributing/sharing leadership may be more effective, though more difficult to deliver. 2. Evidence suggests that a top leadership programme by itself won't change culture. An organisation is a system with many key elements: you need to tackle a number of these not just one and the initiatives need to be integrated. Colin Marshall led such a programme in BA of mid 1980s; it was very good and he was a great leader.
Having worked with young people for the past 6 years and supporting them into work, one of the biggest impacts is the loss of mandatory work experience and a lack of careers guidance and support from the likes of Connexions. Working also with Employers the one key thing they are keen to see from a school leaver is not grades, but what work experience did they do, have they had a part time job, or have they completed any volunteer work or extra curricular activities and qualifications (i.e Duke of Edinburgh), which help to show some skills and a willingness More...
Adrian Oldfield says:
Yes, young people are being robbed of the skills to succeed at work and employers are looking elsewhere to fill the gap and quite right too! The biggest single contributor to the employability of our young people is work experience. Unfortunately it’s no longer mandatory. Removing mandatory work experience is the biggest single example of “skills vandalism” ever! We need to re-instate mandatory work experience at year 10. I'm not talking about two weeks in any old placement; we need to ensure that work experience is relevant to the aspirations of the young person, their predicted exam outcomes and routes More...
Janice Knight says:
I absolutely agree with comments made by Kevin Young. For the past two years I have been working with young people running employability skills courses. The young people I work with are really not prepared for work when they leave school or come out of further education. I also agree that employers need to do more to help young people - perhaps by working more closely with schools and other education providers. I found a local company who were prepared to meet with my students and talk them through an induction process that all new employees receive when they join More...
Retirement ages keep increasing putting any plans people have made out to pasture. It should be a right to retire not a luxury. We all pay our National Insurance contributions.
If governments did their job, which includes regulating business, we would not be in the mess we are in. People such as me (small business proprietor) would not see their retirement plans wiped out due to unregulated greed! I'm 75, work a full six day week and probably will until I die. Thanks Thatcher, Major, Blair & Brown - you along with the bankers - ensured that you would be protected from the chaos you caused.
I think the one figure for the state pension is an excellent idea for everyone to be able to have basic money. Because people are not saving sufficiently, I think the auto enrolement should be compulsory and not something people can opt out of. This would ensure people are saving towards retirement. This may not be a popular decision at first but later on I think people will be happy about it.
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...
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 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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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