Commentary and analysis

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  • How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

    14 November 2018

    The longstanding Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How can employers navigate the new incentive and communicate the changes to staff? Julie Barker from Hawk Incentives looks at the options.

  • CIPD ACE 2018: Are employers putting enough trust in their staff?

    12 November 2018

    Agile working is often pitched as the solution to the UK's productivity and engagement issues, but do employers trust staff enough to deliver what is needed? Or are current flexible working policies too restrictive? Ashleigh Webber reports from the CIPD annual conference and exhibition.

  • Dyslexia and neurodiversity: Why are employers still afraid?

    6 November 2018

    More support is now available to employees with neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, but there's still a way to go, according to campaigner Ross Duncan, who is dyslexic. He looks at why HR and managers need to embrace neurodiversity at work.

  • Unleash Amsterdam 2018: Is HR tech ready for the future?

    1 November 2018

    Will HR tech help transform HR processes for the future workforce? Only if they are implemented in the right way, speakers at the Unleash World Conference and Expo suggested. Ashleigh Webber reports

  • Annual leave: Time to put a stop to 'rest-shaming'

    1 November 2018

    As many employers wind up their holiday allowances for the year, what message do you give out on taking leave? Jonathan Richards, CEO of breatheHR, believes it pays to be positive about taking holiday.

  • The five truths HR teams need to embrace to deliver a more agile approach

    29 October 2018

    Employers and HR are told they need to be agile but how can you achieve it? David Perring outlines the 2018 findings into the realities of HR around the world from Fosway Group's annual research, in association with this week's Unleash event in Amsterdam.

  • Fifth of employers ask about criminal records in potentially unlawful way

    25 October 2018

    Around a fifth of national employers - including a number of household name companies - ask jobseekers for information about criminal records they are not legally entitled to.

  • Employers need support around whistleblowing, argues charity

    24 October 2018

    Whistleblowing support charity Protect celebrates its 25th anniversary with a benchmarking tool that aims to help organisations build trust and improve employees' ability to air public interest concerns. Adam McCulloch reports.

  • Could a consultant help HR unravel digital innovation?

    22 October 2018

    There's an explosion of start-ups offering HR tech solutions, but how on earth can organisations keep up with the pace of innovation? Alex Cresswell from pymetrics looks at the growing trend for digital innovation consultants who help HR teams to sort the wheat from the chaff.

  • 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.