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The 12 months of 2016: June


As our 12 Days of Christmas countdown we look at the most interesting HR happenings over the last year


The biggest news story in June was the launch of Pokémon Go… oh, and that little referendum about whether Britain should remain in the EU. The leave campaign won by 52% to 48%, so we asked what this result will mean for HR. Businesses immediately reacted with shock, as many were unprepared for such an outcome. Shortly after the result was announced prime minister David Cameron announced his resignation, and the search for his successor started.

British Home Stores fails to find a buyer

After 88 years BHS announced that it would be wound down following failed attempts to find a buyer. Despite BHS's pensions deficit of £571 million, former owner Philip Green and his family collected £586 million in dividends, rental payments and interest on loans. Around 11,000 people lost their jobs as a result of the business's failure.

The best bits of HR magazine in June:

Helen Giles & Adrian Furnham on leadership derailment

Helen Giles and Adrian Furnham discussed leadership derailment and what to look for in talent selection.

Five things we learnt from the Economist Future Works conference

The Economist Future Works conference explored the future of work, and what it means for HR.

Ask what would keep people, not why they leave

We spend so much time analysing why people leave us, yet often fail to understand what would keep them, said Julia Ingall, group HR and talent director, UK and EMEA at Ogilvy & Mather.

Are you heading for a digital skills shortage?

There aren't enough people with the right skills for our future digital economy. Schools and businesses are failing to train them, so what can HR do? Take a look at our June cover story to find out.