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Workplace models | Hybrid working – the big HR challenge

We have all seen the recent surveys and it’s now very clear; post pandemic, a significant number of employees want to retain at least an element of homeworking. These last nine months or so have been...

Young talent | Businesses have a key role to play in tackling the youth unemployment crisis

COVID-19 has exacerbated unemployment and social exclusion among young people who are facing an increasingly disrupted and challenging jobs market.

Work psychology | How to engage the brain as a motivation engine

Our understanding of the brain needs to be regularly updated to avoid mistaken assumptions about how best to harness its capability. For example, it might help to look at some myths around dopamine...

AI | People vs technology: managing technological change

One of the greatest HR challenges in the workplace over the next decade will be the relationship between people and technology. Einstein gloomily wrote at the start of the 20th-century technological...

Work visas | To sponsor or not to sponsor – HR’s role as pseudo immigration officers

Many organisations in the UK are getting to grips with the fact that free movement officially ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. The ramifications of this should not be underestimated.

Legal advice | Working parents’ employment rights during the school closure

As colleges, primary schools and secondary schools are to remain closed at least until February half term, what employment rights do working parents have to help them with the difficult and stressful...

EDI | Time to hit reset, not rewind: 2021 is an opportunity to re-establish diversity and inclusion priorities priorities

As the world turned its attention in 2020 to fighting off the pandemic some of society’s gaps were exposed.

Conflict | NHS employee relations during COVID-19 is reaching breaking point

The impact of the COVID-19 on employment relations has been felt across all organisations up and down the country. Many employees have adapted their working patterns and roles to quickly respond to...

Employee benefits | Reward predictions for 2021

Last year I kicked off my 2020 Reward Predictions for HR magazine by questioning why compensation practices were not adapting at the same pace as our businesses were evolving.

Technology | Chatbots - the HR tech to make you stand out

HR has often been a leader in tech adoption. This may come as a surprise as many have an antiquated image of HR - one that uses old, slow technology.

Research | Why presenteeism isn't necessarily a bad thing

With around 66% of businesses now working remotely, the importance of employers managing presenteeism is even more critical. Job flexibility has increased, but for many, so has work pressure.

Leadership | Why kindness should be fundamental for leadership

Kindness has been a pretty high-profile topic over recent months. During the pandemic, we have seen neighbours pulling together to help each other out. ‘Be Kind’ messages have appeared on noticeboards...