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  • Is blind recruitment truly gender blind?

    22 March 2019

    More and more employers are turning towards blind recruitment methods such as removing names from CVs to reduce bias. But nuances in language mean that female applicants may still be getting a rough ride, according to Charles Hipps - founder and CEO of recruitment technology company Oleeo.

  • Strategic workforce planning is a necessity, not a 'nice to have'

    20 March 2019

    With automation likely to see many jobs displaced in the near future, employers need to prepare now to find areas where workers' existing and emerging skills will be needed, says Kate Parker.

  • BNY Mellon's flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

    14 March 2019

    Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was reversing its policy on allowing them to work from home. But what are the implications if HR decides to scrap an existing policy, and how should they go about it? Andrea London explains.

  • How inviting feedback can drive a positive candidate experience

    14 March 2019

    It's no secret that poor candidate experience can be harmful to an employer's brand, but many organisations don't know where to begin improving it. James Bull highlights the importance of asking candidates for feedback at various stages of the recruitment process, without overburdening them.

  • What if employees could access their wages early?

    13 March 2019

    Apps that allow employees to access their salary before payday are attracting high-profile investors and signing up major employers. But does offering a financial lifeline to workers help or hinder their financial issues? Jo Faragher reports.

  • International Women's Day: we need better balance in the workplace

    11 March 2019

    Industrialised recruitment practices in the form of AI are a threat to developing the kind of diverse, agile and skilled workforce that is required in the 21st century, writes Dominie Moss. And increasing the proportion of women in the higher echelons of business is vital for progress.

  • Men's parental leave is key to women's progression

    8 March 2019

    Encouraging men to take a greater share in parental caring responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression. On International Women's Day, Lauren Touré looks at policies abroad and what employers can do to champion parental leave.

  • Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is 'total talent'

    7 March 2019

    Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role does recruitment process outsourcing have in workforce planning and hiring strategies? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • Diversity in HR: is it really a 'white female' profession?

    27 February 2019

    Although often tasked with improving diversity and inclusion, HR is still seen as a "white female" career. But is this necessarily the case? Ashleigh Webber looks at gender and racial diversity in HR and whether it is as homogenous as it seems.

  • How to take precautions to avoid a toxic work environment

    21 February 2019

    Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What practical measures can employers take to foster a healthy and open environment, ask Beth Hale and Pooja Dasgupta?

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