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

  • Mental health support: moving beyond the hashtag

    17 July 2018

    A new framework from Acas has highlighted how employers, managers and individuals all have a role to play in tackling mental health concerns. Gill Dix and Abigail Hirshman explain how businesses and employees can benefit from adopting it.

  • Managing global mobility in a fast-changing world

    10 July 2018

    Posting employees globally offers them invaluable experience and breaks down borders in organisations. But how can employers keep up with such a dynamic global market? Professor Michael Dickmann, professor of International Human Resource Management at Cranfield University, explains.

  • Travel disruption: how to deal with staff who are late for work

    6 July 2018

    As emergency timetable revisions and signalling problems continue to cause chaos for rail commuters, Nicholas Le Riche and Zoe MacQueen at Bircham Dyson Bell discuss how employers can deal with issues caused by major travel disruption.

  • The three most common mistakes made in gender pay gap reports

    5 July 2018

    Are organisations reporting their gender pay gap data correctly? The Government Equalities Office has issued recommendations on how data should be reported, but independent statistician Nigel Marriott estimates that between 9% and 17% of gender pay gap data is wrong. He looks at the errors some employers made.

  • How to grow leaders fast without risking burnout

    2 July 2018

    Faced with growing uncertainty and rapid change, organisations need to develop leadership capabilities at speed. But that does not come without risk. Jo Faragher spoke to leadership expert Ines Wichert about her new book and how businesses can support leaders to grow without overstretching them.

  • How employee benefits can keep gig workers engaged

    29 June 2018

    As more organisations choose to use 'gig' workers, the workforce is becoming increasingly isolated. But how do employers keep them engaged? David Walker, chief commercial officer at Personal Group, explains how benefits can help.

  • Why the heatwave can be bad for productivity

    28 June 2018

    The Met Office has warned that parts of Britain will be hotter than the Sahara this week. But how does the heat affect the way our brains function, our performance and wellbeing? Neuroscientist Dr André Vermeulen explains.

  • Sexual harassment: How HR can help develop a culture of respect

    26 June 2018

    Sexual harassment has been brought to the forefront of employers' attention in recent months, following the rise of the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up campaign. But impersonal investigations can sometimes put victims off raising a complaint. Aliya Vigor-Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR, suggests how HR can better investigate such sensitive situations - and prevent them from occurring in the first place.

  • How courageous conversations can resolve workplace conflicts

    25 June 2018

    Why do so many managers shy away from having tough conversations with employees? Knowing what to say at the right time can help nip conflicts and other issues in the bud, explains Tania Coke from workplace mediation specialists Consensio.

  • Employment regs: what happened to the ones that got away?

    20 June 2018

    Keeping on top of employment law developments can feel like a full-time job for HR professionals, but that's just the rules and regulations that get passed. What about those pledges and policies that are still to get off the ground?