Commentary and analysis

Informed opinion, commentary and debate on HR issues.

This tool includes:

  • Expert views on HR strategy and non-legal developments.
  • Analysis of government proposals and recommendations.

Latest items in Commentary and analysis

  • How technology can transform employee healthcare

    25 April 2018

    Healthcare is moving from reactive to preventative as new technology allows for speedier diagnoses than ever before. This is good news for employers and employees, writes David Bourne.

  • Don't believe the gig economy hype, says Matthew Taylor

    24 April 2018

    The view that full-time employment is in retreat and will be subsumed by the gig economy is not borne out by the facts, Matthew Taylor argued at a recent conference. Cath Everett listened in and gauged reactions to his ideas.

  • CDC pensions: Could going Dutch be the future?

    24 April 2018

    Final salary pensions are now a rarity, with most employers opting for defined contribution schemes where the employee takes all the risk of poor stock market performance. But there may be another way. Stephanie Hawthorne investigates.

  • An employee value proposition for the future of work - is HR ready?

    17 April 2018

    As the 'war for talent' intensifies and organisations battle to stay ahead of digital transformation, HR strategies could hold the key to success in these turbulent times. David Perring, director of research at Fosway Group, highlights some of the main findings of its 2017-18 HR Realities research.

  • Recruitment: don't underestimate skills because of background

    13 April 2018

    Putting a job candidate's experience and skills into context can help employers find overachievers. Raphael Mokades, founder and MD of Rare Recruitment, explains the benefits of contextual screening for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • How to use neuroscience to tackle unconscious bias

    10 April 2018

    Testing for instinctive prejudices in the workplace is a controversial area. But an approach based on the functioning of the brain could help employees accept the need for it and defuse any resentment they may feel, writes neuroscientist and psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw.

  • How to maintain company culture in an era of flexible work

    9 April 2018

    If businesses are to accept the benefits of flexibility recommended by the Taylor Review, they need to be aware of their impact on company culture. Jack Curzon from Thomson Online Benefits looks at the key issues.

  • Employee wellbeing: Is it ever OK to show emotion at work?

    6 April 2018

    Hillary Clinton's former head of communications has urged women in business to cry more - going against the conventional advice to appear strong if they want to be on a level playing field to men. Life coach Ben Edwards explores how organisations can be supportive of employees' emotional health.

  • Gender pay gap reporting: What should employers do next?

    6 April 2018

    With the deadline now behind us for gender pay gap reporting, it's not time for employers to file the paperwork away until next year. Acas policy adviser Simone Cheng looks at why the real work starts now.

  • Disabled employees: the benefits of broadening recruitment

    4 April 2018

    Employing people with mental or physical disabilities could have huge benefits for business, writes Teresa Scott OBE, founder of Kennedy Scott.

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