As part of our personal development series we take a look back at some of our most exciting profile interviews. Ever wondered what HR professionals in your sector are up to? Then look no further, as these curated collections will give you the lowdown in no time.
This time we turn to the transport sector. What is it like to work for a firm that so many people rely on to get them from A to B?
Garish as it might be perceived by some, the orange branding has worked a charm for the low-cost airline, with virtually everything associated with it bearing a colour rather than a logo – from uniforms and name badges to offices, planes and the staff canteen. Benson discussed being part of the commercial fabric of the organisation and acting as a provocative and proactive force within the business, and the company's ambition of being Europe's number one short-haul airline.
As part of our Olympics special series we spoke to Mark Evers, director of Olympic and Paralympic Games transport at Transport For London (TfL), about preparing for the strain the games would make on the London transport system. Find out how he coped with the pressure when the network could make or break the world's views of the London 2012 Olympics.
Crossrail hit the headlines this week after being officially christened the Elizabeth Line. CEO Andrew Wolstenholme, talent and resources director Valerie Todd, and head of organisational effectiveness Rob Jones spoke to HR magazine on working with many different organisations, across several industries, all collaborating under one umbrella for their cause.
In 2011 Avis increased its local rental branches across the UK by 50%, with the opening of 37 locations for leisure customers. It has seen rapid growth across the UK in urban locations. Thomson discussed keeping the organisation at "just the right size" while ensuring HR stays commercial and effective.
Hockaday has his work cut out recruiting the right types of people and constantly motivating them. In an organisation where every screw-up results in massive penalties that is no easy task. "Communication is a big part of what do," he said. "Someone being 15 minutes late on duty makes a big difference, whereas previously, if it was monitored, no action was taken. We need the previous workforce to understand their contribution to the way we present to customers."