Human Resources

The Increasing Importance of Social Media in HR

Mark Braund | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

In a recent article I discussed how with 75% of companies either using or planning to use social media sites for recruiting, sites like Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are becoming increasingly important in job searching.

Mental Health at Work: Show Leadership and Start Talking

Charlie Mowat | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

There must be many more people who have suffered mental ill health as I have, and yet still work and succeed. I want to take this opportunity to encourage business owners and employees to speak up and share your experiences, as the more of us there are having the conversation, the louder it will be.

Google Glass and the Innovative Nature of the Job Interview

Mark Braund | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

Perhaps like many others I'm not yet convinced the on role Google Glass will play in the interview and hiring process, however the fact that someone out there is trying, irrespective of its long term success or otherwise, should be applauded - I am certainly watching with interest and will be keen to see the result.

Ripping Into Awareness: Mindfulness Meditation on the Fly

Dianna Dunbar | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dianna Dunbar

"Let it rip... Do it to me. Teach me this meditation stuff!"... I looked at the man sitting before me: brilliant, driven, major health problems, too wildly busy to be sick, so overcommitted that running in ten different directions simultaneously is the norm. Sound familiar at all?

Apprenticeships Offer New Routes Into Careers in HR

Damian Brown | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Damian Brown

With record numbers of Apprenticeship starts and recent employer surveys reporting even higher confidence in apprentices it seems that young people now have more chances, and choices, as they decide what career path to take.

Big Data in 2014: Five Predictions

Mark Braund | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.

The Expat Credentials

April Salchert | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
April Salchert

Many expats don't return home, but this is not necessarily due to perpetual wanderlust or adventure-seeking. Residing abroad can also be motivated by a particular fear. This fear is not politically, culturally, or emotionally rooted. It is a fear of what our expat lives have done to our resumes.

When It Comes To Global Health You Need Human Resources To Save Human Lives

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

The World Health Organisation is making a strong move to tackle a common and vital theme in all its global health initiatives, an issue which, if ill-managed, would jeopardise even the best intentioned and best planned projects: human resources for health. The effective recruitment, education, support, deployment and distribution of human resources is a key factor in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

Down With Gap Years, Long Live the Career Break

David Dodd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Dodd

Gap years used to be seen as the last big chance for an adventure before working life, and we did it (if we could) because everyone knew we couldn't very well stop mid-career for a break. But if such societal blinkers were removed, doesn't a career break make more sense than a gap year?

Sailing the Shores of Success With Integrated Recruitment Strategies

Prithvi Shergill | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Prithvi Shergill

Recruiters are the invaluable team that build the capability - capacity and ability, for organisational leaders to work with. If you want your organisation to safely navigate through competition and difficult economic situations, you need to engage, enable and empower your recruiters.

Business Leaders Must Lead Dialogue Around Mental Health in the Workplace

Patrick Watt | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Watt

As an employer we understand that healthier and happier employees are more engaged and therefore more productive; a win-win situation for everyone.

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

The Talent Engagement Venn

Dan Russon | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Dan Russon

There are lots of books and there's plenty of research into this topic but a 'Talent Engagement Venn' is primarily based on personal experience and opinion. It's not an all-encompassing solution or a cure for all ills. However, it is worth trying and can produce interesting and useful results.

Workplace Bullying, Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It's True, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD

Malory Nye | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

Thankfully, the issue of bullying, abuse and harassment at work has become firmly acknowledged in many respects in recent years. The psychological harm this can cause to someone at work is recognised, but it is still rare that such harm is understood in terms of PTSD.

Learning From the Sporting Supremos: How Baby Steps Can Take You to the Top

Dan Russon | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Sport
Dan Russon

With Wimbledon, the Tour De France and the Ashes all in the bag, not to mention the first US Open win for an Englishman in 43 years, it seems a good time to look at what business leaders can learn from some UK sporting supremos.

Banks: Change "Testosterone-Fuelled Culture" to Attract Women Traders

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Women are just as capable of taking pressure, of course. Indeed, as many juggle the responsibilities of work and children, arguably more so. The question is not whether they have the skills, but whether they have the will for a grim working environment without visible reforms.

Career Progression: You Might Need to Shout, the Company Will Need to Listen

Dan Russon | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Dan Russon

"What do I need to do to get promoted?" is a question that's probably not explicitly asked often enough. When it is, it's not always answered clearly, or even honestly. It's a question at the forefront of every engaged and ambitious employee's mind

Are Your Employees Engaged or Indoctrinated? The 'Cult' of 'Culture'

Claire Morley-Jones | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Claire Morley-Jones

A company culture is often created by a single person: the company founder. It is a set of values and behaviours that employees are asked to buy into in order to be successful at that company. If "done well" the company culture can bring many benefits. A positive company culture gives clients and customers a strong brand to identify with; it helps employees understand what success and achievement looks like, and gives them clear goals.

'Strong Undercurrent Of Fear' At The BBC

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK

More than two thirds of BBC staff have witnessed workplace bullying, a shock new report has found. The Respect At Work review said senior bosses we...

The Candidate: Why It Pays for Both Parties to Treat Probation Periods as Extensions of the Selection Process

Dan Russon | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Dan Russon

I don't advocate employing candidates that you are unsure of, and taking a gamble with peoples's livelihoods and careers. However, it can definitely pay dividends to use the probation period as an extension of the selection process. It benefits both the employer and employee to treat the first three-month's probation as a final interview.

Engage, Empower, Effect - Making a Difference With Online Video

Detlev Weise | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Tech
Detlev Weise

Charities are faced with a unique challenge compared to most businesses. They must not only encourage people to visit the website but, rather than convert these clicks to sales, charities need to engage with potential supporters, long enough for them to make a donation.

Time for Bosses to Open Up on Mental Health

Mike Shaw | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Shaw

Unfortunately, there will always be levels of prejudice and discrimination against people with mental health problems, mostly unseen and untraceable. However, introducing legislation at least addresses the legally anomaly of mental health discrimination.

Is an MBA the Golden Ticket to Your Dream Job?

Dan Russon | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Russon

A MBA never hurts, but it is not a golden ticket to a great job, irrespective of market conditions. Academic qualifications aren't a substitute for proven commercial experience and, ideally, a prior relationship of some description with the employer.

Humans vs. the Machines: Managing People and Resources in Today's Modern Enterprise

Nelson Phillips | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Nelson Phillips

Successful businesses are those that can achieve a balancing act; juggling the management of technology with the interests of staff and workers. In today's connected culture, IT resources are more important than ever - acting as the hub connecting workers, data, processes and operations.

It Seems Morale and Motivation Is Not the Worst It's Ever Been.... Again!

Dean Royles | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK
Dean Royles

Look at the year the NHS has just had. Strikes, pay freezes, pension contribution increases, redundancy, massive reorganisation, industrial action, reconfiguration and more. A tough year in anyone's book but the survey shows us that the majority of indicators were stable or improved.