Commentary and analysis

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  • Why cultural training is vital for overseas assignments

    Date:
    15 January 2020

    Overseas projects often fail when employees and their families are not prepared for life abroad. Janette Hiscock looks at why cultural training and education can set staff up for success.

  • Is succession planning an outdated concept?

    Date:
    8 January 2020

    Succession planning often focuses on key leaders in the organisation. But in a changing business environment, planning for the future needs to be far more strategic and widespread, argues Miecha Ranea Forbes.

  • How can HR be agile in 2020?

    Date:
    24 December 2019

    'Agile' has been around as an approach for decades in software development, but is spreading through organisations as they realise that all teams would benefit from working less rigidly. Alistair Shepherd explains how HR can become more agile as we enter the new year.

  • Why performance management and engagement should be linked

    Date:
    20 December 2019

    Employee engagement and performance management have traditionally been two separate facets of HR's role. But both need to be better aligned for organisations to get the most from their people, argues Jim Barnett.

  • 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.

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