Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

This tool includes:

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

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Broken promises and emoji buttons: What's next for Sports Direct?

    Date:
    12 September 2017

    As Mike Ashley's company hits the headlines again for its working practices, can it overcome its problems or do the issues run deeper? Virginia Matthews reports.

  • Balancing work and life: Why flexibility is a two-way street

    Date:
    7 September 2017

    Even fast-growing companies need to keep an eye on retaining talented employees as their work and home responsibilities change. This goes beyond flexible working policies, argues Prezi's global head of HR, Emoke Starr.

  • How HR can help in a tough financial climate

    Date:
    31 August 2017

    With an estimated one in eight workers living in poverty and many employees feeling the squeeze of below-inflation pay awards, how can HR support them to make the best of their money, asks Steve Herbert?

  • What is occupational health? A guide for HR and line managers

    Date:
    31 August 2017

    This article is intended as a resource to help explain occupational health's role to HR or line managers. It may be particularly useful for HR managers who are relatively new to working with occupational health, and who might be working with SMEs with access to a contracted OH provider.

  • Gambling problems: Reducing the risk of corporate fraud

    Date:
    29 August 2017

    Gambling has become more accessible than ever, with betting shops boasting machines that consume hundreds of pounds in minutes. Some employees are turning to workplace fraud to fund their habit, so what can employers do to protect themselves against this risk? Forensic investigations expert Andrew Durant explains.

  • Minister for Women Anne Milton on why returnships matter

    Date:
    28 August 2017

    As the Government announces four new returnship programmes for the public sector and launches a consultation on how to support people to return to work, Minister for Women Anne Milton explains why it's crucial to build schemes like this to tackle the gender pay gap.

  • Could an organisation work on a completely remote basis?

    Date:
    23 August 2017

    Most employers now embrace some form of flexible and remote working, but self-publishing company Reedsy has taken this to the extreme. Cath Everett finds out the benefits and challenges of having a completely remote workforce.

  • Acas research highlights pros and cons of flexible working

    Date:
    23 August 2017

    There are hidden benefits and drawbacks to flexible working arrangements, new research from employment adviser Acas finds. Adrian Wakeling, senior policy adviser, looks at the key messages for employers.

  • Microchipping workers: What are the moral, practical and legal implications?

    Date:
    22 August 2017

    Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based tech company, recently became one of the first in the world to microchip staff. David Sheppard, associate at Capital Law, looks at the employment law implications of this controversial move.

  • How to navigate the outplacement journey

    Date:
    14 August 2017

    Outplacement used to be a service offered by employers to smooth the exit of key employees from the business. But now many organisations are using it in a more strategic way to ensure they develop the right talent and that employees emerge stronger from major changes.