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

  • Why we need leaders on the front line

    19 January 2018

    Employers spend thousands on leadership development but rarely see the return on investment or a corresponding increase in engagement. Peter Russian, CEO of transformation specialist Remarkable, looks at the importance of creating leaders at all levels.

  • How health insurance can help employers compete in the race for talent

    18 January 2018

    Employees' expectations of how their employer will support their physical and mental health are growing. Sheldon Kenton from Bupa considers how employers can ensure they're offering the right mix of health benefits to their globally mobile workforce.

  • Should we use apprenticeships to train managers?

    17 January 2018

    The apprenticeship levy has attracted a lot of criticism of late, with many questioning why the scope is now so broad it's possible to gain an MBA. Roisin Woolnough looks at the competing arguments for more management-focused apprenticeships.

  • Bring executive search in-house but don't scrimp on quality

    15 January 2018

    As employers seek hard-to-find talent and want greater control of their brand, many are looking to build executive search capability in-house, rather than hire a headhunter, says Tim Connolly.

  • Could an 'intelligent assistant' help you hire the best candidate?

    10 January 2018

    Predictive algorithms, machine learning and Alexa-like 'intelligent assistants' will revolutionise recruitment, says Dr Achim Preuss.

  • Business should put onus on employees' financial wellbeing

    9 January 2018

    Employers should make their employees' financial wellbeing a central part of their strategy, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson.

  • Why robots should 'report to' HR

    8 January 2018

    The rise of artificial intelligence in the workplace poses a little-discussed question - wouldn't it be better if the HR department, not the programmers, oversaw robots? Rob Mettler suggests the idea is not as bizarre as it sounds.

  • People analytics: Six essential HR metrics for 2018

    5 January 2018

    With HR professionals identifying data and analytics as a top priority area for the profession, new analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals six essential HR metrics for 2018.

  • From workers' rights to dress codes: What does 2018 have in store?

    3 January 2018

    Brexit may mean a degree of uncertainty in employment law, but what is the direction of travel in 2018? Beverley Sunderland considers the key issues likely to arise.

  • Gig economy legislation: What developments can we expect this year?

    3 January 2018

    2017 was a landmark year for legal developments in the gig economy. As we await the Government's full response to the Taylor review, Katherine Newman flags up the areas employers should keep an eye on this year.