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  • Apprenticeships: Challenges and opportunities for local authorities

    Date:
    12 November 2019

    We look at the challenges that local authorities face in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target, alongside the opportunities that apprenticeships can present for local government employers.

  • Gender identity: How to be more inclusive when using pronouns

    Date:
    31 October 2019

    Awareness of gender identity and expression has grown in recent years and it's important for employers to understand how trans, non-binary, genderfluid or genderqueer employees can be affected by the use of incorrect pronouns and mis-gendering. Suki Sandhu, founder and CEO of INvolve - a consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business, looks at some of the small changes employers can make to be more inclusive.

  • IR35: Time for the private sector to get its house in order?

    Date:
    17 October 2019

    Recent decisions by major employers to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in the contractor community. Six months before IR35 legislation is extended to the private sector, do employers face a talent drain or can they still engage with a flexible, self-employed workforce without facing the wrath of HMRC? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • How to tackle imposter syndrome and 'modern racism'

    Date:
    20 September 2019

    It's not unusual for black people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to feel they don't belong in certain workplaces. Such insecurities can lead to self-doubt and stress, but there are ways of preventing these feelings affecting work and relationships, writes Binna Kandola.

  • Seven ways to create an awesome candidate experience

    Date:
    11 September 2019

    Despite many employers making efforts to improve their candidate experience, some still fall short on the simplest aspects. Lee Biggins, chief executive of CV-Library, shares seven tips to help ensure that even unsuccessful candidates leave with a good impression of your business.

  • Can an algorithm eradicate bias in our decision making?

    Date:
    29 August 2019

    It's tempting to assume that artificial intelligence and machine learning can ensure HR's decisions in key areas such as recruitment and performance management are completely unbiased. But there are still vulnerabilities, argues Jonathan Rennie - employment partner at UK law firm TLT.

  • Three ways to solve the continuous performance management puzzle

    Date:
    13 August 2019

    Employers are increasingly choosing regular "check-ins" rather than annual reviews to manage employee performance. But what is the best way to implement this strategy? Emil Gigov examines the emerging technology behind continuous performance management (CPM).

  • Five paradoxes of global remote working

    Date:
    1 August 2019

    As workforces become more dispersed and global, it's easy to assume employees can manage on their own and take charge of their working day. But, as Hannah Prince - business psychologist at Insights Learning and Development - explains, there are a number of unexpected areas where HR may need to step in.

  • Menopause support in the police sector

    Date:
    31 July 2019

    We look at how the menopause can affect women working in the police sector and some of the initiatives that are being taken to support them.

  • Never mind the gender pay gap: here's the gender pensions gap

    Date:
    26 July 2019

    There have been exhaustive discussions on the gender pay gap, but what about the huge chasm between women's pension wealth and what men are able to accumulate for retirement? Nikki Thompson explains.

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