Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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  • Faster feedback will create a happier workplace

    10 December 2018

    Regularly assessing employee satisfaction can help create a transparent environment and allow issues to be tackled swiftly. Jim Barnett at employee engagement company Glint explains the value of getting constant feedback from staff.

  • Ten ways employers can maximise their occupational health spend

    7 December 2018

    Occupational health can bring significant expertise to bear on a wide range of workplace health and wellbeing challenges. But, like anything, an organisation's OH provision is only as good as how it is managed and supported. Charles Alberts outlines 10 ways for employers to optimise their OH provision.

  • 'Total talent management' could solve the productivity puzzle

    3 December 2018

    Faced with uncertain access to labour and the need to reskill workers in the coming years, how can organisations take a more holistic approach to workforce planning? Richard Schofield from Alexander Mann Solutions explains the benefits of such an approach.

  • The leaving collection: the end of the whip-round?

    30 November 2018

    The traditional collection for a departing colleague faces an uncertain future - is it dying out? Can HR do anything to influence employees' generosity? The Royal College of Nursing's David Cooper has a whip-round to find out.

  • Why diversity isn't the real key to innovation

    29 November 2018

    While diversity is usually regarded as vital to a more innovative organisation, new ideas only come forward when employees feel part of an inclusive culture. Nic Hammarling, head of diversity at Pearn Kandola, explains.

  • Could data analytics solve the skills shortage puzzle after Brexit?

    23 November 2018

    With all the political chaos surrounding the proposed Brexit deal, it's hardly surprising that organisations feel confused about how to build their workforce strategies from 2019 onwards.

  • Building the business case for returnships

    21 November 2018

    Returnships are high on the corporate agenda as employers seek experienced talent and boost diversity. Emma Page looks at the advantages of running a returner programme.

  • 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    The longstanding Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme.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.