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

  • Why companies could be set for a flexible working revolution

    18 June 2018

    Working flexibly can be great for morale and productivity but many companies are held back by cultural obstacles. Mark Grant at Dimension Data says it's time to build a manifesto for smarter work.

  • Apprenticeship starts continue to fall a year after levy introduced

    15 June 2018

    There has been a steady decline in the number of apprenticeships begun after the apprenticeship levy was introduced last year. But why has a scheme that intended to encourage apprenticeship take-up had such a poor response? Ashleigh Wight looks at some of the reasons behind the downward trend.

  • Tier 2 visa reforms: what would employers like to see?

    6 June 2018

    With a review of the Tier 2 visa system for non-EU nationals promised by home secretary Sajid David, Rachel Harvey from Shakespeare Martineau sets out what employers would like to see.

  • Pret's £1,000 employee bonus: Do short-term rewards achieve anything?

    5 June 2018

    The new owners of sandwich chain Pret A Manger have promised a £1,000 bonus to all employees who are on the payroll when the deal completes. But does a one-off cash bonus actually foster engagement, asks Ian MacRae?

  • Could crowdsourcing be the answer to finding great talent?

    30 May 2018

    Many of us associate crowdsourcing with raising money or start-up investments, but it can have a valuable role in finding the right people for your organisation. Juliet Eccleston from AnyGood? argues that it can create a fairer and more effective hiring process.

  • Supporting transgender employees: the importance of line management

    30 May 2018

    Recent research has highlighted that line management is a critical function when it comes to supporting trans employees, as Rosa Marvell explains.

  • How coaching retail staff can help the high street survive

    25 May 2018

    With Marks & Spencer the latest high street brand to announce widespread store closures, with perhaps Homebase to follow, the onus is on retailers to improve customer service. Benoit Mahé from retail training specialist CapKelenn explains how coaching can ensure customers' experience is positive and help the high street survive.

  • Could universal basic income ever take off in the UK?

    22 May 2018

    Universal basic income has been described as everything between a utopian ideal and "dangerous nonsense", but with a trial due to take place soon with local authorities in Scotland, how likely is it that it could become a reality in the UK? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • How HR can help stressed employees cope

    21 May 2018

    With Mental Health Awareness Week putting stress in the spotlight, HR teams are reminded of how they can play an important role in helping stressed employees manage. Jaan Madan of Mental Health First Aid England explains.

  • Five principles of high-performing teams

    21 May 2018

    In a volatile environment, organisations need teams that are engaged, productive and know what they're working towards. How can we inspire team leaders to get the best out of their people?

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