Articles on Human Resource Topics
How to recover from a cyber-attack
October 23 2017 - Ever been fooled by a bogus email?
August 11 2016 - The certainty of change coming down the line makes this the perfect time to take a look at the challenges inherent in introducing any change
within an organisation.
June 24 2015 - Here are some ways in which HR has changed in past years.
June 23 2015 - Surfing social media, printing CVs out at work and browsing the net are just some of the things that UK employees get up to
during work hours, according to a study.
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.
May 10 2014 - Nearly one third of UK employers (32%) admit to not having enough knowledge or training to identify workers under
the influence of recreational drugs.
March 10 2014 - Resilient managers who can choose when and how they work perform significantly
better than 9-5 colleagues.
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.
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.
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.
July 2 2012 - Replying to emails and answering work calls at home means that the average UK employee
is putting in an extra three weeks a year in overtime.
June 4 2012 - Creating an environment where humour - and laughter - is viewed positively will create a place of enjoyment.
February 10 2012 - Employee satisfaction is a key indicator for defining staff rewards and benefits and
over 70% of businesses have taken steps to monitor it.
October 5 2011 - Stress has been identified as the most significant cause of long-term absence according to this year's
CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey.
January 21 2008 - Teamworking and other contemporary employment practices can put as much strain on a woman's family relationships
as working an extra 120 hours a year.
August 1 2007 - Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) challenges the notion
that management consultants play a vital role as expert outsiders in disseminating new approaches within
August 29 2006 - A new TUC report acknowledges that UK employees undoubtedly benefit from cheap goods and greater prosperity resulting from globalization, but are more vulnerable to its negative effects than others in Europe.
August 23 2006 - A recent report from the Work Foundation
identifies the occupations of hairdresser, management consultant, celebrity and manager
as offering the best insight into current trends and the nature of working life.
August 22 2006 - A survey of 1700 adult employees in the UK shows that almost one-third of (31 per cent) would change their manager if they could. Nearly one in four (22 per cent) felt they could do a better job themselves, with men (25 per cent) more confident of their ability than women (18 per cent).
Updated August 2 2006 - 'Aesthetic labour' is a concept based on the notion that employers in parts of the service industries described as the 'style labour market' (Nickson et al, 2004, p.3), such as boutique hotels, designer retailers and style cafes, bars and restaurants, require 'aesthetic skills' in addition to social and technical skills from their workers.
June 15 2006 - Amicus has attracted the wrath of business owners following widely-cited reports in the media that it has encouraged World Cup 'sickies'.
Meanwhile employees are spending more time on World Cup websites.
Amended April 29 2006 - The use of humour is one key
to the success of management gurus. Researchers Dr Tim Clark and Dr David Greatbatch, authors of Management Speak: Why We Listen to What Management Gurus Tell Us, analysed the
techniques used by world-famous gurus such as Tom Peters, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Gary
Hamel. They found that successful gurus
employ skilful communication techniques, especially humour, to promote their sometimes
March 23 2006 - A selection of comments on Gordon Brown's Budget speech:
By David Oliver, Fourth Corner Communications
By David Oliver, Fourth Corner Communications. Part 2 - Effective communication
June 20 2005 - Support staff in Higher Education are treated with very little respect for the services they provide to academics and students according to a UNISON survey.
February 2 2005 - BT and Accenture have signed a 10-year, £306 million (US$575 million) business process outsourcing (BPO) and transformation contract for human resource (HR) administration services.
15 December 2004 - It seems that over two-thirds of office cleaners do not get invited to Christmas parties, according to the British Cleaning Council (BCC)
December 11 2003 - The UK will still be behind in the productivity stakes, according to Will Hutton, chief executive of The Work Foundation.
June 16 2003 - Following Tony Blair's reshuffle of the Cabinet and Junior Ministers, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is Andrew Smith.
January 9 2003 - Managers are being deluged by e-mails, according to a survey by the British Computer Society (BCS).
4 January 2003 - Text of TUC General Secretary-elect, Brendan Barber's New Year message:
8 November 2001 - The Government claims that its new Employment Bill is aimed at delivering a balanced package of support for working parents and, at the same time, reducing red tape for employers and simplifying the process for settling disputes in the workplace.
8 November 2001 - The TUC welcomed the Employment Bill plan for grievance and disciplinary procedures.
3 October 2001 - Home Secretary David Blunkett is to review the work permit system for skilled economic migrants.
10 August 2001 - A new booklet, "Blood-borne viruses in the workplace - guidance for employers and employees" has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
16 May 2001 - British employees averaged 7.8 days absence from the workplace in 2000 - amounting to a total of 192 million days or 3.4 per cent of total working time.
4 May 2001 - Digby Jones, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry criticised a number of "damaging myths" about the consultation rules that govern company plant closures
18 April 2001 - According to a 'snapshot survey' by the Industrial Society, almost 9 in 10 managers in the capital feel that the performance of the London Underground has a negative or very negative impact on their workplace.
28 March 2001 - TUC research suggests that more than 100,000 schoolchildren play truant in order to do paid work.
23 March 2001 - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has made a number of appointments to support its Professional Qualification Scheme.
23 March 2001 - A survey commissioned by Austin Reed reveals that men dress more smartly than women in the office.
4 March 2001 - The Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress were asked by Chancellor Gordon Brown to work together on budget proposals.
20 February 2001 - There were almost 400 calls to a TUC hotline in the first week of its campaign on call centre working. 397 call handlers contacted the TUC in 6 days, complaining about issues
2 January 2001 - Kerry Marks a 24-year-old from Brighton, unemployed on and off since leaving school, now runs her own business, Squeaky Clean with 3 employees because of New Deal.
29 November 2000 - A survey of 565 HR specialists (a 10% response rate from questionnaires sent out to a random selection of 5,600 by the Industrial Society) appears to show evidence of growing concern about worker stress amongst UK employers.
7 December 2000 - After much leaking to the press, the Green Paper on "Work and Parents: Competitiveness and Choice" has been released.
22 November 2000 - Whilst concluding that "The overall performance of the UK economy remains impressive" and labour market policies "continue to be exemplary" in comparison with other European countries there is still a problem with employee productivity.
20 November 2000 - The 'Work-life Balance 2000' baseline study
was conducted jointly by the Institute for Employment Research, University
of Warwick and IFF Research.