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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.

Connecting with Generation Y


From time to time I find out what I can about Gen Y people on the web. The other day i looked at a early 20's Chinese guy probably a post grad student. I had some of his social media connections. He had been based in Shanghai, but had traveled a bit to Fujan. Tiajin and was given to going places for the weekend no doubt on the new HST's. He had a lot of photos on Flickr, many architectural. I needed more info but he seemed a promising adventurous Y person. So how would I attract a person like More...

BCC says education must focus on "employability skills"

Peter Copping says:

I support Brians comment but to help everybody here is a suggestion. BCC is not a poor organisation. Let it produce a syllabus and teacher student support for the National Curriculum at each level including GCSE for employment skills, and put resources where its mouth is. Incidentally the intention was/is part of the Every Child Counts initiative. Maybe SME bosses should get trained as school governors!

Women face retirement shortfall of £8k a year

Peter Copping says:

What the girls are asking for is the current female median income when they retire. A lot can happen before then, but let FP show a worked example of how a 25yo women would get this for a retirement age of 75 which I would expect it to be by them.

Is there always something to moan about?

Angela Baron says:

Of course there's always something to moan about work is a social event and there's nothing better to socialise over than a good moan. Great article. Emphasises that cool culture in itself does not build engagement. Employers have to really understand their employees to get it right. Theres no off the shelf solution and all the bits of the jig saw need to fit together.

BCC says education must focus on "employability skills"

Brian Wilson says:

I have three children under the age of five. I do not want them to go to school to be 'trained' to work. Schooling should be about providing opportunities to explore new things and opening up the mind to question the world they live in. If employers want employees with 'employability skills' (whatever that may mean)then get on with investing in their staff.

Unison bids to overturn employment tribunal fees

British Gas Employee says:

Unison what can i say if you spent more time training your reps and getting them out of the pocket of the employer and actually helping your members. I was unlawfully discriminated against with my disability which i had my employer nailed to the floor and everyone knew it. What did my union do? They wouldnt act in my intrests and finally getting a result that would not only benefit myself but other with a disability. My unison rep ignored me for long periods of time had secret meetings with HR department now weare 4 days away from running out More...

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Who is best for HR: The general election is only weeks away. What could it mean for HR?

When the price is right: Tullow Oil's HRD on the sector

Picture of health: Key NHS workforce issues

Perks of the job: Employee benefits – a special report

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