Recent human resource articles
Looking to the future - are your feet on the ground or in the clouds?
March 20 2015 - In this article, Mark McKergow explores the various ways in which managers and leaders
view the future including the dreamer, the realist, the business planner and the host.
UK Employment Statistics
March 18 2015 - The unemployment rate stands at 5.7% - down 0.3% on the quarter and 1.5% down over the year.
National Minimum Wage Increases
March 17 2015 - The adult (aged 21 and over) minimum wage rate will increase from £6.50 to £6.70 an
hour in October.
Recruitment - Is Retention the Real Minefield?
January 7 2015 - In the third of a series of articles, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software argues that effective Performance and Talent Management systems should be in place so that the
candidate, who has been carefully selected, can be nurtured throughout their career.
X'ploring the freelance factor: why your best workers may not always be your employees
January 7 2015 - The working environment has changed drastically in the last ten years as technological advances have increasingly empowered today's workers
to become increasingly global, mobile and flexible.
"2015 must bring living standards boost as average wage fell £500 in 2014"
December 30 2014 - Full text of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady's New Year message.
Recruitment - Now Less of a Minefield?
December 9 2014 - In this, the second article, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software examines the vital next steps and takes a look at
additional ways to ensure a recruitment strategy really delivers
Eight tips to making your company Christmas video stand out
December 2 2014 - As the Christmas season draws closer, company Christmas videos start to circulate to employees, customers, partners and associates.
Recruitment - Still a Minefield?
November 12 2014 - In the first of a series of articles, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software looks at implementing an HR Strategy that Delivers Optimum Results.
A modern business needs a mobile workforce
October 24 2014 - The modern employee is no longer tied to an office desktop. Whether it is on a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet,
employees are increasingly taking their work with them wherever they go.
It's time to focus on Candidate care
September 12 2014 - Unfortunately the negative feeling and publicity surrounding recruitment agencies is largely self inflicted. Like any industry there are great practitioners and
there are cowboys operating in the space.
ACAS Early Conciliation - Is it Working?
September 9 2014 - Ian Abel of Michael Lewin Solicitors comments on ACAS statistics regarding the first quarter of Early Conciliation
Changes to the UK's prevention of illegal working and civil penalty system
July 21 2014 - On 16 May 2014, a number of important changes to the UK's prevention of illegal working requirements and associated civil penalty scheme
Managing an Expanding Retail Workforce
June 30 2014 - For the first time in years, the news for retailers is looking positive. As a result, employment levels are increasing, with both full time
and temporary contracts rising.
What Does the Next-generation Worker Expect from the Modern Employer?
March 21 2014 - This is a question that gets asked a lot but the answer is simple: the next-generation worker
expects use of state-of-the-art technology, mobile working and the adoption of social media within the enterprise.
March 20 2014 - Isn't it time that HR
managers took a serious look at eliminating - or at least reducing - paper?
Top tips for new management consultants
March 4 2014 - Whether you're a beginner or an expert in your field, there are always new elements that can be added to your role to improve your
outlook on your business.
Big Work Survey Reveals UK is Nation of Stressed Staff
February 18 2014 - According to new research, we are a nation of stressed staff.
TUPE Regulations changes 31st January 2014
February 17 2014 - The reforms which come into force on January 31 2014 are intended to reduce bureaucracy and increase flexibility surrounding the regulations.
For many employers though, particularly small businesses, the new TUPE rules still do not go nearly far enough.
Coaching to improve youth employability
January 17 2014 - When young people have a positive outlook, self-belief and skills for the workplace they are happier,
sleep better and are more well-behaved.
Employment law - what to expect in 2014
January 15 2014 - Happy New Employment Year! 2014 promises to be another year of substantial change in UK employment law.
Settlement Agreements - a guide for employers
December 18 2013 - A Settlement Agreement (previously known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding confidential agreement between you and
The New Parental Leave rules - what they mean for the workplace
December 18 2013 - New statutory rules first trailed last year, have now been announced as coming into force in April 2015,
which allow working mothers to effectively share their statutory maternity leave and pay entitlement with their partners.
HR app asks workers "how d'you feel right now?"
December 16 2013 - John Telfer, managing director at
IBP looks at alternative methods for obtaining employee feedback and explains why a healthy dose of gaming theory can bring surprising results.
Big Data - Turning the Data Deluge into Strategic Value
December 3 2013 - While the focus in many companies is on long term projects to improve customer understanding, there are other areas of the business, most
notably employee recruitment and development, where big data should be making a real difference.
Rise in UK Living Wage good news for low paid workers
November 27 2013 - Over 30,000 low paid workers stand to benefit from a rise in the 'UK Living Wage' rate worth up to £400 a year recently announced during Living Wage Week at the start of November
Multicultural Business Meetings: How to Avoid Getting Lost in Translation
November 11 2013 - Culture impacts everything you do. This follows on into areas of business such as the meeting - how cultures approach, run and conclude
Implications for business following the findings of the Government's consultation on the prevention of illegal working regime
November 11 2013 - Nearly 500 individuals, employers and representative organisations responded
to the Government's consultation indicating broad support for the Government's aims to get tough on rogue employers whilst supporting compliant
Further Changes to Employment Law - October 2013
November 8 2013 - 2013 has been a significant year where changes to employment law and tribunal rules are concerned; but
the change is still on-going. October brought further amendments to the law regarding executive pay, national minimum wage, third party harassment
provisions and pension protection from TUPE.
How Culture Impacts Teamwork and What You Can Do About it
October 24 2013 - A lack of attention to cross-cultural communication in a team setting can bury your organisation in strife, muted conflict,
poor motivation and worse.
B Lab Awards 79 Companies for Positive Impact on Workforce
October 9 2013 - Study after study shows that being ‘best for workers’ means being best for shareholders because the name of the game is winning
the war for talent
Religious Clothing and the Rights of Employees - What Should an Employer do if an employee wishes to wear a veil/ other religious clothing?
October 2 2013 - Following the recent ruling that a Muslim woman must remove her face veil while giving evidence in her
trial, and the investigation by the Daily Telegraph which revealed that the wearing of a full face veil has been banned for staff dealing with
patients in 17 NHS hospitals, there has been much discussion about the wearing of face veils in public and particularly in the workplace.
Summer changes to employment law and tribunal rules
October 2 2013 - 2013 has been an important year for business owners, HR specialists and employment law practitioners.
This is because we all have witnessed staged implementation of various changes to employment law and tribunal rules.
Engineering & IT Fuel August Rise in Permanent UK Jobs
September 19 2013 - A new job survey suggests that the labour market in the UK continues to strengthen as the total number of job vacancies
increased at the sharpest rate in over six years.
Government proposals to overhaul the civil penalty regime for employers & top ten tips for right to work checks
August 19 2013 - Employers' duty to prevent illegal working is underpinned by a civil penalty regime which is now being
reviewed with a raft of Government proposals aimed at strengthening and simplifying the system. The proposals are part of the forthcoming
Immigration Bill designed to make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK.
Government declares that "Firms have a duty to hire Britons" but what are the implications for employers?
August 14 2013 - Surely such an approach amounts
to discrimination, and downplays the merits of a flexible labour market? Or is it time for UK businesses that rely on migrant workers to rethink
their recruitment culture?
What employers need to know about stress at work
August 14 2013 - Stress at work is a costly affair and hits businesses financially, but also has a negative
influence on staff relationships, poor performance, staff turnover and leads to more management time being spent on resolving the issues arising
Get the Right People: 9 Questions for Getting the Best Hires
August 12 2013 - Free download: When it comes to hiring, it's all about quality, not quantity. Are you getting the best?
Laying the foundations for a sustainable future: How to start a successful internship programme
August 8 2013 - A strategic internship programme can give you the satisfaction of training
future employees for a successful, enjoyable career.
Six Pitfalls of Workforce Planning
August 6 2013 - Free download: Know the pitfalls that companies can fall into when doing strategic workforce planning.
Leaders Drive Productivity: Building a High-Performance Environment?
August 3 2013 - Free download: Do your leaders have what it takes to generate employee performance? Find out now!
Internships & HR - What You Need in Place
July 30 2013 - When managed with transparency and care, business internships create a win-win situation. Properly managed
interns gain confidence and priceless work experience, and the advantages of taking on a good intern are innumerable.
Unnecessary Redundancy Payouts in the NHS
July 21 2013 - According to a report by the Government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, large sums of money have seemingly been
wasted on unnecessary redundancy pay-outs in the NHS.
May 27 2013 - MidlandHR and Home Group: 'Working Together to Deliver a Financially Stronger Home'
May 26 2013 - The recent announcement that Skype Video will be integrated into Outlook Email for instance shows how video, as a social tool, is becoming
ever more engrained in modern day communications.
May 16 2013 - Developing an effective performance management process is crucial for a number of reasons; namely the direct
financial gain from ensuring employees are successfully meeting expectations, for generating motivation and engagement amongst the workforce and
for aligning employees to strategic objectives.
April 25 2013 - When it comes to an executive leaving the job, it is pretty common that the companies put the executive
on garden leave.
April 15 2013 - The adult (aged 21 and over) minimum wage rate will increase from £6.19 to £6.31 an
March 14 2013 - If you provide the right technology - which is definitely available - it is possible for employers to support
remote workers and make sure they are productive, involved and in touch.
January 16 2013 - HR experts Croner have advised employers to have robust,
justifiable reasons for restricting the wearing of displays of religious faith such as crosses.
December 21 2012 - Picture the scenario: an ideal candidate for a role is found, the candidate can't wait to start
and your client is eager to announce his joining. Then the candidate mentions in passing that he has a 12 month garden leave clause and
post-termination restrictive covenant in his contract which prevent him from working for a competitor. Sound familiar?
November 9 2012 - Greater transparency of board make-up analysed by gender is intended to put pressure on companies to increase the number of women occupying
senior roles. Clearly this will have a consequential impact on recruitment.
November 2 2012 - Much has been said recently by the Government about how its current package of intended employment law
reforms will help create a climate in which it will be easier for employers to dismiss under-performing staff.
November 1 2012 - In essence the underlying purpose of TUPE is to protect employee rights in the event of a transfer or service provision change.
October 23 2012 - The business case for job satisfaction is clear: satisfied employees make for a more engaged workforce that will be committed and
advocate the business. What's more it'll make for a more productive and profitable business.
October 17 2012 - Although the holiday season has ended the holiday pain has not for those employing individuals on long
term sick leave.
October 9 2012 - The latest CIPD Absence Survey shows a drop from an average of 7.7 to 6.8 days per employee.
October 8 2012 - The pressure to cut costs and reduce expenditure has led to a fall in innovation and has also made it harder to motivate and engage employees
on an on-going basis.
October 3 2012 - The annual statistics for claims in employment tribunals (ETs) for 2011/2012 have just been published.
The statistics show a 15% reduction in ET claims being presented and an increase in costs awards by ETs, where over 80% have been made against
claimants. Despite this, the Government is intent on its employment law reform programme under the auspices of promoting growth - especially for
September 20 2012 - Your role as a member of an LLP in a professional or financial services firm has been identified as at risk.
What should you do as a prudent member who has been asked to pack their bag before heading for the departure gate?
August 30 2012 - Whilst the idea of using video is by no means a new concept, corporations have only recently started to embrace it and taken note
of internal and external stakeholder's need to engage with businesses through this channel.
August 1 2012 - Organizations seek the best talent. We target individuals that stand out and assume they bring with them
the talent shown in previous posts. If they fail to perform at the level we anticipate, HR managers and the board are left wondering what went wrong.
July 23 2012 - A survey of more than 2000 UK employees commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
(CIPD) found that only 36 per cent of employees trust senior managers.
July 21 2012 - As students we are not only studying for a degree - we are also developing our own personal brands and turning ourselves into marketable products.