Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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  • Expert views on HR strategy and non-legal developments.
  • Analysis of government proposals and recommendations.

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • How HR can help stressed employees cope

    Date:
    21 May 2018

    With Mental Health Awareness Week putting stress in the spotlight, HR teams are reminded of how they can play an important role in helping stressed employees manage. Jaan Madan of Mental Health First Aid England explains.

  • Five lessons employers can learn from Eurovision

    Date:
    18 May 2018

    After the pomp and glitter of last weekend's Eurovision, there is much to learn from this celebration of diversity, argues Nicola Britovsek, HR director at Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services.

  • It's not just about mental health awareness

    Date:
    18 May 2018

    With the proliferation of recent reports on mental health and stress in the workplace, Mental Health Awareness Week couldn't be more timely. But Vicky Wilson-Theaker warns that employers need a culture change to improve mental health, not just an awareness programme that ticks the box.

  • Get radical with engagement surveys to reap business benefits

    Date:
    15 May 2018

    Traditional engagement surveys can give employers insight into workforce motivation, but do they provide a true picture of how employees feel and how that affects revenue and productivity? Juha Huttunen, CEO of VibeCatch, explains the benefits of a more holistic and scientific approach to engagement.

  • E-learning: Why employees expect a Netflix experience

    Date:
    14 May 2018

    Employees are used to intuitive interfaces and services such as Netflix knowing what they might like. Skillsoft's Steve Wainwright investigates how e-learning platforms can use such consumer experiences to create a community of learners who keep coming back.

  • The machines are starting to talk: How HR will gain from voice technology

    Date:
    14 May 2018

    As consumers we're now used to conversing with Siri or Alexa, but how will the proliferation of this technology in the workplace support wellbeing and engagement? Andrew Wayland from Alexander Mann Solutions predicts immense benefits from the rise of voice technology at work.

  • Would flexible access to salaries help financial wellbeing?

    Date:
    11 May 2018

    Could giving employees access to their salaries as they earn, rather than making them wait until pay day, be the answer to reducing financial stress? Simon Draper of Hastee Pay explains how instant access to their pay could benefit both employers and employees.

  • Mobiles and machines: How L&D must move forward to drive performance

    Date:
    3 May 2018

    Learning and development professionals are frequently being told they need to get closer to the business, but how should they broaden their scope? Last month's CIPD Learning and Development Show offered some food for thought. Martin Couzins reports.

  • Retaining older employees' knowledge enhances competitive edge

    Date:
    3 May 2018

    Retaining knowledge when key workers retire could provide the competitive advantage employers need as they struggle to attract and retain talent. Ian Symes from Right Management explains.

  • Sexual harassment: Remember that men can be victims too

    Date:
    3 May 2018

    Given the recent coverage of the #metoo campaign it's easy to assume that the perpetrators of sexual harassment are always men. But that's not the case, and HR professionals need to ensure they are even handed about any allegations, regardless of gender.