Commentary and analysis

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

  • HR Tech: Why customers should be at the centre of every software investment

    8 December 2017

    Workday's VP of product strategy for EMEA, Mark Judd, used to be one of the cloud-based software vendor's customers. Now he's advising HR and IT professionals on how to invest in HR technology to achieve true business transformation. He speaks to Personnel Today about the customer-supplier relationship.

  • How will millennial managers shape the future?

    6 December 2017

    Millennial employees now dominate the workforce, and it won't be long before they're running those same organisations. So what can we expect of their leadership styles? Jose Carvalho showcases some research from American Express.

  • People analytics: How data can boost productivity and retention

    1 December 2017

    As HR accelerates to keep up with multiple changes in and outside the workplace, what role can data analytics play in creating cultures that retain the best staff and foster productivity? Jonathan Ferrar from Alderbrooke Group explains.

  • Sickness absence: plan now for the ageing workforce

    29 November 2017

    Employers need to plan for an ageing workforce where absences will be longer and employees may need to change their duties and responsibilities, argues David Hope, CEO of absence management specialist FirstCare.

  • How to inspire your people in a market ruled by Brexit

    29 November 2017

    Despite the political uncertainty of Brexit, many businesses face increased demand for their products and services, but struggle to find the talent to support this growth. Outgoing chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, explains why strong leadership can make all the difference.

  • E-learning gains traction but managers still rate face-to-face training best

    24 November 2017

    Managers continue to prefer face-to-face learning over digital learning, according to a new report by learning resources provider GoodPractice. Martin Couzins investigates the findings.

  • Should employers give more holiday to non-smokers?

    23 November 2017

    A Japanese-based firm recently granted its non-smoking employees additional holiday. Should UK employers follow suit by considering introducing such a policy? Sue Kelly and Selena Arbe-Barnes from Winckworth Sherwood consider how it might work.

  • How communication can support better mental health at work

    21 November 2017

    Employers are arguably more open to mental health conversations than ever before, realising the benefits of supporting staff through stress and anxiety. Jo Salter from PwC reveals how her company and other employers are keeping the lines of communication open.

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

    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.

  • Is testing candidates before they apply the future of recruitment?

    15 November 2017

    Psychometric tests used to be long, formal exercises candidates would take some way into the recruitment process. But could testing potential applicants before they even apply mean employers get a better fit, or more of the same? Peter Crush investigates.

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