Commentary and analysis

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  • Managing conflict: How are investigations holding up in the pandemic?

    Date:
    6 October 2020

    Just because a high proportion of employees are away from the office does not mean conflict has disappeared - in some ways it has become more complex, and HR teams are calling in independent mediators and investigators for support. Personnel Today spoke to a team of investigators about navigating employee grievances remotely.

  • Sexual harassment in a pandemic: why staff are more vulnerable

    Date:
    5 October 2020

    With fewer people in the office and the increased likelihood of lone working and online abuse, there is a heightened risk of sexual harassment. Maria Strauss outlines a 10-point plan that should help HR teams tackle this.

  • Police sector: Attracting recruits from different BAME groups

    Date:
    2 October 2020

    We look at what police forces are doing to attract recruits from different black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and consider if positive discrimination is necessary to increase the number of BAME police officers.

  • Could a scholarship help you achieve your people goals?

    Date:
    29 September 2020

    Offering a scholarship is not just for universities and other educational institutions, it could be a way to fulfil some of your organisation's HR goals. Karen Kennard explains how an employer scholarship can support increased diversity, social mobility and future talent pipelines.

  • A return to working from home - five things for HR to consider

    Date:
    29 September 2020

    Latest announcements from the UK Government on managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic include recommending employees should once again work from home and new measures to subsidise wages. Graham Brown looks at the implications of these new announcements for employers and how HR can ensure they and their organisations are well prepared for the possible introduction of further strict lockdowns at a local or national level.

  • Post-Brexit recruitment realities

    Date:
    29 September 2020

    The new post-Brexit immigration system comes into force in January 2021, but employers need to start making plans now to ensure they are able to access the talent they need. Nick Martindale reports.

  • Coronavirus: The HR challenges continue

    Date:
    29 September 2020

    After a period of relative stability, the number of COVID-19 cases is on an upward curve. Local lockdowns have been enforced and government guidelines are constantly changing, all of which presents new and ongoing challenges for HR.

  • Facing an annual leave backlog? Employers' questions answered

    Date:
    24 September 2020

    After the Government's announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months - as the pandemic alert level was upgraded from three to four - it's clear that employers are unlikely to be bombarded with holiday requests in the months to come.

  • Covid-19 and recession: Is redundancy the only option?

    Date:
    15 September 2020

    With job losses never far from the headlines and the end of the furlough scheme looming, businesses are evaluating the future shape of their workforce. Adam Penman explains how HR should approach redundancy decisions and reflects on the alternatives.

  • Why virtual onboarding can still be a warm welcome

    Date:
    9 September 2020

    It may be a tough labour market at the moment, but a number of key sectors continue to hire and many graduate schemes are still going ahead. But how are they welcoming new starters into the business when a face-to-face induction is not always possible?