Commentary and analysis

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  • 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?

  • Learning Technologies 2019: "Our job is to help people share"

    21 February 2019

    This year's Learning Technologies conference welcomed more than 8,000 delegates. Key topics for discussion included the importance of knowledge sharing and the challenges of uncertainty. Martin Couzins reports.

  • Why good corporate citizenship brings mutual benefits

    18 February 2019

    Businesses now recognise that good corporate social responsibility is not just about financial donations. Being a good corporate citizen can also help employees feel a better connection to your brand, argues David Logan.

  • How to ensure your HR processes don't overshadow purpose

    14 February 2019

    Jobs-to-be-Done theory focuses on the end goal rather than the process of getting there. But too often, HR professionals get bogged down in process, argues Stuart Hearn, CEO of Clear Review.

  • How to make homeworking a success

    14 February 2019

    When Dolly Parton sang about working 9 to 5 in 1980, the song reflected most employees' regular office hours. Brian Hall looks at how things have changed in the past 40 years and asks if working from home always works?

  • Tailoring learning for a global audience reaps rewards

    13 February 2019

    Most organisations have embraced e-learning, but supporting employees in multiple languages can be a challenge. Julie Giguere explains how getting to grips with this process will help L&D to get the most out employees.

  • Acas chief: What will employees look for from work in 2019?

    7 February 2019

    Faced with an uncertain economy and little control over external events, employees seek fairness and "good work". Susan Clews, the new chief executive of conciliation service Acas, takes us through the findings of its latest poll.

  • How has Brexit impacted employment legislation?

    4 February 2019

    The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service resources so focused on Brexit, how has the UK's departure from the EU affected employment law? Elanne Pimstone and Charlotte Brady explain.

  • Double 'pay penalty' for working-class women in elite occupations

    28 January 2019

    Women in elite occupations from working class backgrounds face a double pay penalty, according to new book about class and its impact on work chances.

  • Four ways to get creative with reward as Brexit bites

    25 January 2019

    Organisations need to attract and retain the best talent as Brexit skills shortages begin to bite. Nick Throp suggests four ways employers can be creative with their reward strategies.

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