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Disability confident workers are an untapped resource

Jane Hatton says:

I run a not-for-profit specialist job board for disabled job seekers, and despite being disabled myself I am constantly amazed by the diversity of skills, and the sheer determination of our candidates. Those employers who do employ disabled people often find the experience is far easier and much more positive than they had anticipated, and go on to employ more.

Focus on ‘resilience’ to improve wellbeing, says Shell's health chief

Jo Higgins-Cezza says:

As a specialist trainer in Resilience, I find that most people are quite happy with the word "Resilience". At the start of training I always make the analogy with IT Resilience. If Councils and other large organisations have identified a need to plan responses to disasters such as fire, flood,epidemics, etc., then it only follows that we as individuals should also future-proof ourselves against whatever challenges life will throw at us. I know that every person, and especially team leader, leaving my training can easily identify resilient and non-resilient behaviours.

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

Kelly Mullane says:

My colleague and I have been thinking along these lines for some time. Nowadays, we don’t have time or the inclination to travel after work to a stuffy town hall where we’re weighed, measured and judged by a middle-aged stick insect in lycra! Our new pilot scheme, Ideal Weight UK Corporate, which is about to launch this coming January in Exeter, Devon, differs from other weight loss organisations in that we provide this life-changing service in conjunction with employers. We are the local weight loss experts interested in making a positive difference to both employers and employees. For employers, we More...

Half of graduates work in non-graduate jobs, says ONS

Dan Hawes says:

GRB only place graduates into roles requiring a degree so whilst we do not operate in this area I would just like to add on their behalf that it might be insightful to ask these graduates if they are happy with a non-graduate job versus a graduate job? Some may see it as part of a learning curve. After all it can take some graduates two or three jobs before they have a handle on what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Some may unfortunately get stuck in a rut as some of the comments are More...

Workplace bullying still a problem

Vikas Agrawal says:

I complaint to HR about bullying by my manager and finally I was forced to resign. I have filed the employment case but court has not even processed it yet. Not sure what else can I do? I do not have money to spend on solicitors. I have large mortgage to pay. Is there any organisation that can support bringing culprits to justice?

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

Debbie Connors says:

I agree with the previous comment and I would also add that individuals need to be encouraged to take personal ownership of their health to make it a No 1 priority. Most of us wait for the 999 call before taking action. Far better to promote prevention and the benefits to longer-term health.

Zero-hours contracts 'uncivilised' way to treat staff, says Labour MP

Elizabeth Scott says:

Companies using these need to be named and shamed. I have two (clever me, eh?). The first I was promised that 'This is a great way in to this company, it will lead to other things.' It hasn't. The other seems to be offering increasingly short shifts, like one and a half hours. Even at £10.1 an hour, this is an utter insult and in taking it I could quite easily sacrifice more lucrative work. They prey on our desperation and no one will speak out because they are terrified of losing the damn things, or of negatively affecting their More...

Half of graduates work in non-graduate jobs, says ONS

Barbara says:

In my experience as a CV writer, I come across many graduate CVs that are lacking. Despite all the career support available to them on and off campus, many graduates fail to identify their key skills and achievements on their CVs. Formatting, grammar and spelling are also poor. On a broader front, most of the jobseekers I deal with have no knowledge of Applicant Tracking Systems and the importance of tailoring each application and CV to include relevant keywords and match the job advertisement. I suspect this is part of the reason why many graduates end up in non-graduate roles. More...

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

Peter Marno says:

This article makes many good points. Key to success in health management is remembering that the 80:20 rule applies - a minority of employees take the majority of a manager's time. Therefore those most in need of employer-sourced resources must be the ones who use them - otherwise much time, effort and money is wasted.

Ban on zero-hours contracts would be 'ridiculous', says REC chief exec

john osborne says:

it sounds to me as if your in another world,,its the worst thing ever for 18--25 year son is 20 leaves the house at 12--1 am works hard all night long loading scottish salmon onto pallets at heathrow,landside.for what?your pittance min wage six pounds something,they wont even supply them with gloves cos they dont have to,its about time something was done about the so called zero hour contract,john

Vocational skills 'more valuable' than academic qualifications, say employers

terry Clevenger says:

The problem here is mainly w/parents, who seem 2 feel a duty 2 spend $80000-100,000 on college, even tho its NOT WORKING! But vo-tech jobs R beneath them.

Prioritising health and wellbeing is important for the individual and the economy

John Picken says:

Dear Stephen Do you think we will ever get out of the investment 'logic trap' you describe? There aren't many in this economic climate that are interested in investing longer term to save money, most obviously politicians as you rightly point out. You make an interesting observation that 'that no single stakeholder has a compelling incentive to invest in interventions to improve workforce health because of the way the costs and benefits of such investments accrue.' This suggests that until one stakeholder is faced with such a compelling incentive - most likely forced on them rather than voluntarily sought out More...

Germany to introduce boardroom quotas for women

Jeff Holden says:

My company board has more women than men. I have absolutely no objection to female board members and believe that many are indeed superior to their male counterparts. Will these politicians and bureaucrats please understand though, that companies will ensure they comply, while still managing their board structures in the way they wish? As in all rules and target-driven situations, people take care to achieve the targets regardless of 'best practice'. Window dressing will ensue - and a few 'toothless tigresses' will be remunerated with extra Euros.

National Online Recruitment Awards shortlist announced

MontyBest says:

As with everything that IDS does the Universal Jobmatch was awarded the Wooden Nora, the government(sic) job-seeking website, which has been plagued by spam, scams and spoof vacancies, was deservedly awarded the 'Wooden Nora'... The disastrous web based UNIVERSAL Credit Website can only hope to achieve the Wodden Nora! The Omnishambles rolls on and on...

Businesses back major survey into barriers facing women

Stan Hornagold says:

In over 40 years of working as a consultant for major companies and the public sector I have never heard anybody discriminate against women and yet the numbers of women particularly at the top of organisations speak for themselves. Women are under-represented and clearly have a major part to play in a balanced Board or Executive Team. We cannot afford to let this continue. I fully support the idea behind this survey, which is to ask the opinions of women about the barriers they face, together with their recommendations about how barriers could be removed. I think we should also More...

Focus on ‘resilience’ to improve wellbeing, says Shell's health chief

Alistair Fraser says:

My talk focussed on a small piece of our drive to create a Culture of Health in Shell, and the article is a good "summary of a summary". We have a goal of thriving employees (mind, body and spirit). The work is based on a very solid base of health risk management, including systematic support for those with potential stress related illness. We also work on creating an enabling corporate ecosystem that supports healthy high performance - so agree strongly with that comment. The "Resilience Program" is actually a lot more than resilience and those who participate show improved engagement More...

Focus on ‘resilience’ to improve wellbeing, says Shell's health chief

Joao Bocas says:

I totally agree. However teaching people resilience skill and practices is not easy. We need to understand the individual to start with, including past experiences , upbringing, preferences and working mindset , then and only then we can fit them within a team dynamic . I believe what works is pragmatic and practical approach where learning is stimulated through focusing on peoples' experiences and strengths. After all resilience is about optimism ( minset ) , flexility / adaptability ( willingness ), team work and environment. We can learn valid lessons from the sport professionals, specially the Olympics ....they keep believing, More...

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

Neil Oldfield says:

Change is the only constant. New technologies and a new gen- eration of mobile, road warrior workers are creating an entirely new way of working, with implications that can be felt from the corner office to the home office. Mobile phones and computing, collaboration and new technologies have reached critical mass and are creating a crucial inflection point for businesses of all sizes in all industries. Something I wrote back in the early 1990s. What's changed? Available for conference speeches!!!

Many high-potential programmes not fit for purpose, CEB says

Tim Main says:

It is often a sourse of frustration amongst many professionals in any business or line of work. To watch individuals with great potential passed over for others that seem to meet a set of criteria for entrance into a leadership or management development program.

UK living wage rises to £7.65

Tom Skinner says:

The Living Wage is a great opportunity for those who can pay it. They make most of the money back through better motivated staff who take less sick days and are less likely to leave, saving recruitment and training costs. Increasingly those who get accredited by the LW Foundation will gain from ethical consumer awareness if they use the LW logo and plaque prominently.

In this issue: February 2015
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Feeling the pinch: How can HR create quality jobs for all?

Food for thought: HR at Sodexo

Have a little faith: Operations in the YMCA

Around the world: Business travel booked

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