Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

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Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • Essential HR metrics for 2020

    Date:
    13 December 2019

    With data skills increasingly critical for success in the HR profession, new analysis from XpertHR reveals three priority areas for HR metrics data activities in 2020.

  • General election: What should HR know about immigration proposals?

    Date:
    5 December 2019

    With just one week until the general election, Kerry Garcia and Jackie Penlington of Stevens & Bolton LLP examine what the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are proposing for immigration.

  • Police sector: Shift and night working

    Date:
    27 November 2019

    We look at how shift and night working operates in the police sector and some of the initiatives aimed at reducing the potential negative impact of such working patterns.

  • Environmental activism: how can an employer impose its views?

    Date:
    20 November 2019

    Encouraging employees to adopt a greener lifestyle is one thing, but how far can employers go in terms of building their views into policies and contracts? Nickie Pickernell considers the issues.

  • Apprenticeships: Challenges and opportunities for local authorities

    Date:
    12 November 2019

    We look at the challenges that local authorities face in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target, alongside the opportunities that apprenticeships can present for local government employers.

  • Gender identity: How to be more inclusive when using pronouns

    Date:
    31 October 2019

    Awareness of gender identity and expression has grown in recent years and it's important for employers to understand how trans, non-binary, genderfluid or genderqueer employees can be affected by the use of incorrect pronouns and mis-gendering. Suki Sandhu, founder and CEO of INvolve - a consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business, looks at some of the small changes employers can make to be more inclusive.

  • IR35: Time for the private sector to get its house in order?

    Date:
    17 October 2019

    Recent decisions by major employers to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in the contractor community. Six months before IR35 legislation is extended to the private sector, do employers face a talent drain or can they still engage with a flexible, self-employed workforce without facing the wrath of HMRC? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • How to tackle imposter syndrome and 'modern racism'

    Date:
    20 September 2019

    It's not unusual for black people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to feel they don't belong in certain workplaces. Such insecurities can lead to self-doubt and stress, but there are ways of preventing these feelings affecting work and relationships, writes Binna Kandola.

  • Seven ways to create an awesome candidate experience

    Date:
    11 September 2019

    Despite many employers making efforts to improve their candidate experience, some still fall short on the simplest aspects. Lee Biggins, chief executive of CV-Library, shares seven tips to help ensure that even unsuccessful candidates leave with a good impression of your business.

  • Can an algorithm eradicate bias in our decision making?

    Date:
    29 August 2019

    It's tempting to assume that artificial intelligence and machine learning can ensure HR's decisions in key areas such as recruitment and performance management are completely unbiased. But there are still vulnerabilities, argues Jonathan Rennie - employment partner at UK law firm TLT.