Commentary and analysis

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  • Why SMART objective setting is not working

    18 January 2019

    Managers have been advised to use SMART objective-setting at work for years. Although it's an oft-used acronym we've lost sight of its true purpose, argues Paul Marsh.

  • 'Ghosting' in recruitment: a growing candidate trend

    16 January 2019

    In the world of modern dating, few things leave the sting of confusion and despair as much as being ghosted. Othamar Gama Filho suggests three ways of avoiding the phenomenon crossing over into recruitment

  • Employee 'class actions' on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

    16 January 2019

    The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The most common employee 'class actions' relate to equal pay and worker status. Caroline Stroud from Freshfields looks at the types of class action claims on the increase and how employers should respond.

  • Gender pay gap reporting 2019: Only half of employers are improving

    16 January 2019

    With less than three months left for large employers to publish their second tranche of gender pay gap data, Jo Faragher looks at the 2018 data so far and finds a mixed picture.

  • Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

    14 January 2019

    With data and analytics still at the top of the HR agenda for 2019, which are the key metrics HR should be measuring? New analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals the data points HR should be focusing on.

  • In-work poverty and the role of HR

    7 January 2019

    Many UK workers are falling below the poverty line and Brexit uncertainty may be making matters worse. Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy at Howden Employee Benefits, believes HR professionals need to acknowledge the problem and provide appropriate support to employees.

  • Gender pay gap reporting: How to get it right for 2019

    2 January 2019

    The first round of gender pay gap reporting was big news in 2018, but how will employers adjust their approach for the second year of reporting? Ruth Thomas from Curo Compensation looks at the measures employers can take to reduce the gap.

  • Could your hiring processes be damaging your employer brand?

    14 December 2018

    In a candidate-driven market, many businesses put their trust in agencies and external recruitment partners to find the best talent. But do they know the impact these partners have on candidate experience? Juliet Eccleston, CEO of AnyGood? investigates the issues.

  • The four zones of team engagement and how to make the best of them

    13 December 2018

    Despite a huge body of research into employee engagement, little has focused on team dynamics. A team at Ashridge Executive Education has identified four zones of employee engagement in teams, but how can organisations identify these zones and use this knowledge to boost productivity?

  • Faster feedback will create a happier workplace

    10 December 2018

    Regularly assessing employee satisfaction can help create a transparent environment and allow issues to be tackled swiftly. Jim Barnett at employee engagement company Glint explains the value of getting constant feedback from staff.