Commentary and analysis

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  • Why the public sector must embrace apprenticeships

    19 October 2018

    Requirements for public sector employers to ensure a certain percentage of their workforce is apprentices may pose some organisational challenges, but Simon Rouse from PeoplePlus explains how apprenticeships can also help public sector organisations become more productive and better reflect their communities.

  • World of Learning 2018: Four engagement hacks for L&D teams

    19 October 2018

    Melanie Lepine, group head of learning, development and talent at Domestic and General told delegates at the World of Learning Conference that they must become "change-makers" in their organisation. So how can L&D teams bring about the sort of change where the business sits up and takes note? Martin Couzins reports.

  • How technology can help employees speak up over misconduct

    16 October 2018

    Allegations of misconduct that enter the public eye can ruin corporate reputations and mark an end to executive careers. HR faces a tough challenge gaining employees' trust to report misconduct, but technology can help, says Neta Meidav of Vault.

  • Employers should act now to mitigate job automation effect

    15 October 2018

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution is set to have a significant impact on pay, working conditions and productivity. Ashleigh Webber reports from the Acas Future of Work conference, where speakers explained what employers should prepare for.

  • How we can fix the apprenticeship levy

    8 October 2018

    Employers have an opportunity to shape the future of apprenticeships when the government publishes a consultation on the apprenticeship levy's future beyond 2020. Lady Cobham, director general of The 5% Club, argues that changes need to be made.

  • Getting the best out of a remote workforce

    4 October 2018

    Remote working is commonplace, but how should employers manage performance? Shopify's Colin Boyer talks to Roly Walter, founder of Appraisd, about remote workers and how the 12-year-old company gets the most from them.

  • Can LinkedIn's analytics tool help HR beat the talent squeeze?

    4 October 2018

    Last week, LinkedIn launched a new tool it claims will deliver "data on demand" to HR and recruitment professionals struggling to find the right talent.

  • What's the role of HR in successful business transformation?

    27 September 2018

    It's no secret that transformation is one of the biggest challenges facing organisations today, with some grappling with multiple changes at any one time. Roisin Woolnough asks Janice Miller, director of leadership programmes at Harvard Business Publishing, about HR's role in ensuring transformation is successful.

  • Succession planning: driving success in gender diversity

    24 September 2018

    Poor succession planning for leadership positions could be contributing to the limited progress in achieving gender balance. Brett Moffatt explains how organisations could benefit from developing female leaders before top vacancies become available.

  • Keeping workers moving after a no-deal Brexit

    20 September 2018

    Although the Government recently confirmed UK workers' rights would remain the same in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, there are likely to be some changes that employers with EU-based workers or staff who regularly travel overseas need to be aware of. James Medhurst and Gillian McKearney explain.