Human Resources

Breastfeeding At Work - What Employers Need To Consider

Kate Palmer | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Palmer

A report by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative has called on the government to introduce legislation to allow reasonable breastfeeding breaks and ensure suitable facilities for breastfeeding or expressing in the workplace.

You Don't Succeed By Working 130 Hours Each Week

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

There are 168 hours in total in one week. If you sleep for eight hours each night then the total time left in a week is just 112 hours - less that the 130 hours that Mayer suggests it is possible to be at work. The idea that working all night is something that should be regularly expected is also nonsense.

Should You Tell Your Boss If You Have Cancer?

Professor Gordon Wishart | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Gordon Wishart

Under the current legislation you don't have to tell your boss if you have cancer. The worry for many people is what it means for their career - will they be written off, never again seen as an effective, 'can-do' employee?

Would You Reply to Your LinkedIn Inmail?

Ben Slater | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Tech
Ben Slater

It's a nice idea. In theory, it democratizes networking. Anyone can talk to anyone. In practice, it's led to the temptation to spam large groups of candidates in the hope that a few will be interested.

Six Recruiting Mistakes You Might Be Making Everyday

Ben Slater | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Ben Slater

"I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies" -...

Are You Ready for the Character Interview?

Edith Bryan | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Edith Bryan

Have you experienced character based questions at interview? How did you get on? What do you think about employers assessing your personality and values? Should the selection process be purely competency based?

Lost for Words

Caragh Little | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words to quantify it all.

Are We Serious About Valuing Older Workers? Lessons From Robert de Niro

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

On a recent flight over to the US I watched the 2015 movie 'The Intern' - not Oscar winning stuff but a tongue in cheek reminder of what embracing mul...

Has 'The Apprentice' Shaped Corporate Culture?

Mark Hillary | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

I met a friend in London recently for a few drinks and a chat about what he has been up to recently. He is a professional working in sales and said th...

Do's and Don'ts When Discussing Stress with an Employee

Katie Buckingham | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Katie Buckingham

Mental Health remains a taboo subject within the community and this extends into the workplace. Most employers/managers are still afraid to talk about...

Women in Business Q&A: Ashley Goldsmith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Workday

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

Workday Ashley Goldsmith is chief human resources officer at Workday and has global responsibility for all human resources functions, internal commun...

Ssssshhhhhh! It's a Secret: Why Students Are So Reluctant to Be Open About Their Disability With Employers

Helen Cooke | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Cooke

When I was applying for graduate jobs I clearly remember filling in one of the application forms that asked me: do you consider yourself to have a disability? There was a box to tick if you did. I had no idea why they wanted to know and my immediate assumption was that if I ticked the box, they wouldn't want me.

What Does Neuroscience Say is Wrong With HR?

Amy Brann | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Brann

When you look at some organisations you see core principles cascading through everything they do. This tends to be more likely in a small or an entrepreneurial company but it doesn't have to be limited to here. It is undesirable from a brain perspective to have conflicting messages coming you from every direction.

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

Tempted to Leave Your Job? Maybe You Need More Autonomy at Work.

Charlie Mowat | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I'm particularly interested in autonomy, the need people have to choose and be in control of the things they do. In the workplace, this means a sense of ownership over tasks.

Time to Face up to Employee Fraud

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Blind trust is the belief that an employee with access to company accounts chooses to stay late and work weekends, unobserved, out of selfless devotion. Professional scepticism is what allows those motives to be questioned, possibly using discrete checks.

Why More Employers Should Make a Flexible Working Resolution

Octavia Holland | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Octavia Holland

Unfortunately, despite all the benefits for staff and employers, well-paid and secure flexible work arrangements still prove elusive. Many employers remain faithful to the 9 to 5: after all, for years now, it's been the way to make a living.

Corporate UK's Wellness Agenda: A Case for Radical Innovation

Priyam Sharma | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Priyam Sharma

The present health crisis in the UK is a national issue and one that employers need to play an active role in managing. Among the several factors contributing to its current state, obesity and stress are said to be at the top of the list as the UK now faces an unprecedented public health crisis.

How Important Is Data Analytics to the Future of HR?

Mark Braund | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Having discussed harnessing social media, enabling internal knowledge creation and leveraging social capital in previous articles, it seems a logical topic to cover next is to address one the key players in this debate and how they interplay with advances in data analytics and technology: Human Resources.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)

When Do Your Comments On Social Networks Become The Property Of Your Employer?

Mark Hillary | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Have you noticed those disclaimers on Twitter profiles? The ones that suggest that everything published on this Twitter account is personal and has no...

What the World Cup Can Teach You About Being a Great Boss

Beth Burgess | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

England are out. Lessons will be learned. It's the same old World Cup story for England fans, who'll be leaving Brazil with sunburn, tacky souvenirs and a familiar sense of disappointment. What Hodgson will do to improve the team's performance for the European qualifiers remains to be seen.

Mastering the Art of Expectation Management

Prithvi Shergill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Prithvi Shergill

By far one of the most challenging areas to master in management, and life, is managing expectations. The difficulty is, that more often than not, expectations are defined by what is left unspoken and implied rather than what is actually being said.

Public Services Reform: Lose Your Staff and You Have Lost Both Purpose and Your Ability to Deliver

John Tizard | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

I do find it both incredible and alarming how often senior public sector managers, executives (and indeed managers and executives in the business and charity sectors too) and politicians fail to recognise the critical importance of their staff towards the fulfilment of their ambitions and delivering desired outcomes.

The Art of Management by Doing Nothing

Joff Sharpe | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Joff Sharpe

But if no-one's in charge, how on earth does anything get done? Surely there is some penalty to fractional decision-making? Centralised authority isn't necessarily all that it's cracked up to be.