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The 12 months of 2017: January

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

President Trump takes office

On January 20 the US inaugurated a new president – the divisive businessman Donald Trump. In his first address to the world Trump promised to "rebuild [the] country and to restore its promise for all of our people," and to "get the job done."

However, his first year of presidency has been dogged by allegations of collusion and corruption. An investigation headed by Robert Mueller has resulted in the arrest of his campaign manager Paul Manafort, and promises further repercussions for the new president into 2018.

UK confirmed to be leaving single market

In a speech at Lancaster House in London, prime minister Theresa May outlined her 12 objectives for the Brexit negotiations, including immigration control and rights for EU nationals. She said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market as staying would mean "not leaving the EU at all".

She added that while she wanted to "guarantee the rights" of EU citizens living in the UK, she also wanted to "get control" of immigration.

The best bits of HR magazine in January:

Move your HR career onwards and upwards

What better time than January to assess your next career move? HR magazine explains how to get from where you are to where you want to be in our January issue cover story.

Managers with 'dark traits' encourage bullying

Bosses who display ‘dark’ traits are associated with higher rates of workplace bullying, according to research from the University of Manchester’s business school. 'Dark’ traits, defined in the study as narcissism and psychopathy, resulted in an increase in workplace bullying of between 30% and 52% when present in managers.

Businesses should help staff get enough rest, says Dr Christian Jessen

Businesses should help their employees to get enough rest and sleep, according to television presenter and doctor Christian Jessen.

Athletes have long known about the benefits of rest – they know rest days are just as important as training – but it hasn’t yet caught on in the workplace,” he said.