Peter Crush

Globalisation of learning and development stalls as HRDs favour a local approach, finds Global Edge study

This time last year, HR magazine revealed a home-grown success story: UK HR consultants truly were ruling the waves. In a survey by learning and development consultancy Global Edge, 68% of those...

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Interview with Richard Harpin, CEO of Homeserve

He’s fidgeting. Stolen glances at his watch have been replaced by full-blown dial gripping. My time is up, and he’s desperate to leave. “That’s your half hour, isn’t it?” It is spoken cheerfully, but...

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Interview with Anne Minto OBE, ex-group HRD at Centrica

Is it the sign of the times – or the mark of the profession – that an HR director, leaving the profession forever, would rather talk about the people she has developed that discuss her own career...

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Retirement: interview with Ros Altmann, director general of Saga

Depending on what you read, Dr Ros Altmann, who was an adviser to the Number 10 Policy Unit and an ex-Chase Manhattan banker, is either “a thorn in [Gordon] Brown’s side” or an “indefatigable...

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Retirement: post DRA, the performance management of older staff will come to the fore

Charlie Mullins, CEO, Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, has become something of a flag-waver when it comes to employing older workers.

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HR Reward Survey 2011: Business is failing to communicate the value of employee benefits

The results this year’s HR Reward Survey are marked by ennui and inertia. Business is not communicating the benefits message to employees. It needs to get its act together.

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Strategic workforce planning is just the business for the savvy HR director

Before launching startup company Incahoot.com six months ago, its CEO (and, by default, HRD), John Evans had a significantly larger headcount to oversee than the eight staff he currently employs. In...

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

When most businesspeople glibly boast about ‘ripping up the rule-book’, you can bet your bottom dollar that in reality they do not. For Fil Adams-Mercer though (pictured), the straight-talking,...

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Leadership: The bland leading the bland? Time to get radical

Is leadership a procession of passing fads, or a rare bird HR can never capture? From Sony to Yell, companies are seeking to create waves

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Interview with Chan Abraham, CEO of Luminus

According to Chan Abraham, CEO of social housing company, Luminus, all of his staff say Sunday is the best day of the week. Why? “Because it means tomorrow they go back to work.” Where, naturally, the...

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Interview with Neville Hounsome, HR director at May Gurney

You almost couldn’t write the script. On one side of town – at County Hall, on a cold February day – employees at Norfolk County Council are digesting news that 750 posts (1,000 staff) will be cut, as...

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Financial education: employer case studies

Gone are the days when bosses paid staff and that was about as involved as they got in their employees’ finances.

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