Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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  • Expert views on HR strategy and non-legal developments.
  • Analysis of government proposals and recommendations.

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Artificial intelligence: Could an algorithm rid us of unconscious bias?

    Date:
    16 November 2017

    Unconscious bias can stop us making the best recruitment and progression decisions at work, but what if some or all of the processes involved were automated? Robert Bolton, partner at the Global HR Centre of Excellence at KPMG in the UK, examines the potential for technology to help employers shake off discrimination.

  • What employers can do to stop cyber bullying at work

    Date:
    15 November 2017

    Anti-bullying Week is a timely reminder for employers to look at the growing risk of cyber bullying at work. David Webb, an employment adviser at Acas, looks at examples and gives tips on what employers can do to prevent it.

  • Why your digital workforce needs on-the-job learning

    Date:
    15 November 2017

    How can learning and development professionals keep pace with workers who need to be up to speed with new technologies and approaches? PluralSight's Julian Wragg argues that we need a more agile model for on-the-job learning.

  • Pay: Why companies need to figure out what's "fair"

    Date:
    14 November 2017

    The introduction of pay ratio disclosures, further likely regulation on the remit of remuneration committees, and stakeholder voice within the boardroom are all part of a wider Government push for a fairer capitalism. Tom Gosling asks whether companies can ignore inequality and just get on with the business of generating wealth, or should they consider themselves as social entities in their own right?

  • Are we too British when it comes to recruiting?

    Date:
    14 November 2017

    How we recruit and manage people in different countries varies more than we might think. But how do these cultural norms affect HR decisions? Rob Smith from Xref explains.

  • Why employee happiness really matters, and how you can achieve it

    Date:
    13 November 2017

    How much value should be placed on employees' happiness and what impact does this really have on business success and profitability? Wendy Dean of Strategi Solutions Group explores the real drivers for engagement and how to foster them.

  • Gig economy: three ways to attract and retain freelancers

    Date:
    10 November 2017

    Research shows that sought-after technical workers increasingly want to work on a freelance basis. So how can employers stand out from the crowd to attract this talent and keep skilled workers coming back? Hired's Donna Yelmokas offers three key pieces of advice.

  • Does employee surveillance improve or impair performance?

    Date:
    8 November 2017

    Employee surveillance is becoming ever more pervasive in the workplace. New technologies make it easier to monitor employee performance and behaviour. Ian MacRae and Toni-Ann Murphy look at some of the potential problems.

  • Attracting millennials: What businesses can learn from Labour and the Tories

    Date:
    3 November 2017

    After an unexpected election result and a fresh wave of scandals at Westminster, it's not surprising that the millennial generation has lost faith in political leaders. What can employers learn from these events, asks Mufid Sukkar from Nest Investments.

  • Boardroom leadership is the key to lower employee stress

    Date:
    2 November 2017

    Evidence shows that leadership style has a major impact on levels of employee stress. Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, an occupational psychologist and CEO of Real World Group, looks at how leaders need to change to boost employee performance and improve mental health at work.