Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • If HR analytics are the answer, what are the questions?

    27 October 2016

    More and more organisations are taking their first steps with HR analytics. A recent panel debate hosted by the London HR Connection looked at where they should set their priorities and the key issues that need to be addressed as HR builds its competence in this area.

  • Five ways employers can support employees who are carers

    19 October 2016

    According to recent research, one worker in eight is a carer, while almost one in six has had to take time off work or work irregular hours because of caring responsibilities. We set out five ways to support carers in the workplace.

  • "Systemic barriers" are stopping women from achieving their career potential

    11 October 2016

    So much has been written about why women earn less than men and miss out on key promotions. But, as we prepare for gender pay gap reporting, are we ignoring the real reasons for gender inequality at work, asks Catalyst Europe's Allyson Zimmermann?

  • The end of the annual appraisal: what's next for performance management?

    11 October 2016

    A growing number of employers are shunning formal annual appraisals in favour of regular dialogue with employees. What is driving this trend and how are managers adapting to how they need to manage performance? Peter Crush investigates.

  • Are performance management systems broken?

    11 October 2016

    The traditional "rank and yank" approach to performance management does not apply to the fast-changing environment in which most employers operate, argues Mike Straw, CEO of organisational change consultancy Achieve Breakthrough. But what can organisations do differently so the process is fairer and more collaborative?

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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