Commentary and analysis

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  • Gig economy drivers on collision course with GDPR

    Date:
    16 August 2018

    Some of the major names in the development of the gig economy - such as Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers and Uber - may be about to find that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) interferes with core operations within their businesses, writes Seddons solicitor Harry Abrams.

  • How employers can get the best out of data scientists

    Date:
    16 August 2018

    HR is under pressure to attract the best data science talent so they can unlock valuable business insights. But it's not as straightforward as it seems, as analytics recruitment specialist Kim Nilsson points out.

  • How smartphones can land employers in the dock

    Date:
    15 August 2018

    Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could lead them into conflict with their employers.

  • Too much collaboration kills creativity

    Date:
    15 August 2018

    Researchers in the US have found that collaboration among teams is welcome but that it should be limited to achieve the best results

  • How to get line managers on board with feedback

    Date:
    13 August 2018

    Managers are so overwhelmed with demands that having regular feedback conversations with employees can be hard to fit in. Roly Walter from performance management software company Appraisd looks at how organisations can provide more support to managers.

  • Tier 2 visa alternatives: Employing skilled non-EEA workers

    Date:
    9 August 2018

    For eight consecutive months the number of applications for certificates of sponsorship for non-EEA workers have surpassed the number available under the Tier 2 (General) system. But there are alternative routes employers can go down to get the highly-skilled workers they need, as well as ways to maximise their success under the Tier 2 system. Ashleigh Wight reports.

  • What Jeremy Hunt's faux pas tells us about cross-cultural intelligence

    Date:
    6 August 2018

    It was just a slip, albeit an absurd one, but the new foreign secretary's gaffe in China this week sheds light on an often ignored but vital aspect of international business - cross-cultural understanding, writes Matthew MacLachlan of Learnlight.

  • Skills development: it's time to revamp learning culture

    Date:
    6 August 2018

    With PwC recently predicting that artificial intelligence will replace seven million jobs by 2037, employees need to learn new skills to reduce the risk of being displaced by new technology. But Jean-Marc Tassetto, co-founder of Coorpacademy and former Google France CEO, warns the UK's current ways of developing employees' skills are inadequate.

  • Sickness absence dropped to record low in 2017

    Date:
    1 August 2018

    The average number of sick days taken fell to an all-time low last year, as the CIPD warns "unhealthy" working practices such as presenteeism continue to be overlooked by employers.

  • Four ways employers can support neurodiversity at work

    Date:
    30 July 2018

    With 700,000 people in the UK now on the autism spectrum and Morrisons having just launched a weekly "quieter hour" for autistic shoppers, Michelle Morgan considers ways employers can build a neuro-inclusive workplace and adapt to employees' needs.