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 coaching retail staff can help the high street survive

    Date:
    25 May 2018

    With Marks & Spencer the latest high street brand to announce widespread store closures, with perhaps Homebase to follow, the onus is on retailers to improve customer service. Benoit Mahé from retail training specialist CapKelenn explains how coaching can ensure customers' experience is positive and help the high street survive.

  • Could universal basic income ever take off in the UK?

    Date:
    22 May 2018

    Universal basic income has been described as everything between a utopian ideal and "dangerous nonsense", but with a trial due to take place soon with local authorities in Scotland, how likely is it that it could become a reality in the UK? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • Five principles of high-performing teams

    Date:
    21 May 2018

    In a volatile environment, organisations need teams that are engaged, productive and know what they're working towards. How can we inspire team leaders to get the best out of their people?

  • 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.