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

  • Visible tattoos: is it time to relax policies on employee appearance?

    Date:
    22 September 2016

    New research on appearance at work from Acas shows that employers may be out of touch with changing public attitudes to visible tattoos, body piercings and other developments.

  • How employers can break the re-offending cycle

    Date:
    13 September 2016

    Young entrepreneur Jacob Hill has just launched Offploy, which guides businesses through the HR, legal and ethical minefield associated with ex-offender employment. He considers the role that employers can play in rehabilitation and the challenges that need to be overcome to give ex-offenders a second chance.

  • Why it is crucial to create leaders at all levels

    Date:
    12 September 2016

    The majority of organisations say it is crucial to have the right leadership in place for success, yet only 15% feel they're developing their managers properly. How can this be addressed?

  • Post-Brexit, L&D must be even more responsive

    Date:
    31 August 2016

    At a time of significant and perhaps even unprecedented change since the EU referendum, it is more important than ever for L&D to be responsive to fast-evolving business needs.

  • Mindset and match: recruiting millennials is about more than speed

    Date:
    8 August 2016

    Speeding up recruitment processes may appease some applicants, but it will not get to the heart of why some employers are failing to attract millennials. Tim Drake looks at assessing the mindset of candidates.

  • Why HR should embrace the gig economy

    Date:
    19 July 2016

    Acuity Coaching's Simon Coops feels the gig economy has been heralded by a host of emerging online platforms and HR should tap into the opportunities it offers for harnessing talent and competitive advantage.

  • Older workers: how to get it right in the generation game

    Date:
    18 July 2016

    Managers are too busy making generalisations to tap into the potential of older workers, according to a new policy paper from Acas. Senior policy advisor at the conciliation service, Adrian Wakeling, sets out the issues.

  • How HR analytics can transform recruitment

    Date:
    18 July 2016

    Recruitment and retention are ideal starting points for HR professionals to harness the power and potential of HR analytics, discovers Michael Carty at the recent IBM HR Summit.

  • National living wage: how to tighten payroll and enhance productivity

    Date:
    11 May 2016

    Despite it being in place for several weeks now, many employers are still getting to grips with the costs and administration associated with the new national living wage. Neil Pickering looks at some efficiency measures that could ease the transition.

  • National living wage: extra age band encourages discrimination

    Date:
    9 May 2016

    The national living wage encourages employers to recruit younger workers over older workers to cut costs in breach of age discrimination laws, Labour MP Holly Lynch has argued during a parliamentary debate.

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