Commentary and analysis

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  • Should we rethink our working hours to boost productivity?

    Date:
    17 April 2019

    UK employees work on average two-and-a-half weeks longer than their EU counterparts over the course of a year, new analysis has found, but does it make it a more productive nation? Ashleigh Webber looks at the UK's long-hours culture and whether a four-day working week could ever take off.

  • British Council: 'There's a whole ecosystem of diversity here'

    Date:
    15 April 2019

    For the 650-strong support centre for the British Council in India, it can be a challenge to find good talent. Embedding diversity into its culture has not only helped recruitment but boosted engagement all round. Head of HR Pooja Malhotra talks to Jo Faragher.

  • Brexit extension: Will employers be kept in the dark?

    Date:
    12 April 2019

    The UK and the EU have agreed a "flexible extension" of Brexit until 31 October, but will this Halloween exit date mean further nightmares for employers? Jo Faragher reports.

  • How to get ahead in the labour market race

    Date:
    11 April 2019

    Matt Weston, managing director of recruitment firm Robert Half, looks at the current UK labour market and provides some insight into how business can attract and retain the best talent.

  • Why it's time to compel all employers to publish parental policies

    Date:
    5 April 2019

    Recent research claimed that top employers' parental policies are "invisible", and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their practices upfront. Sue Macmillan, chief operating officer of parenting community site Mumsnet, argues that more should be done to compel all employers to be open about the support they offer.

  • Neurodiversity: Creating a supportive working environment

    Date:
    1 April 2019

    Ahead of World Autism Awareness Week, employers should be thinking about creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for neurodiverse employees. Kate Burnett shares some best practice.

  • How to draw up a blueprint for workforce planning

    Date:
    28 March 2019

    Workforce planning in today's chaotic labour market may feel like an uphill struggle, but a methodological approach to sourcing talent can pay off. Simon Blockley, CEO of Guidant Global, explains.

  • Is blind recruitment truly gender blind?

    Date:
    22 March 2019

    More and more employers are turning towards blind recruitment methods such as removing names from CVs to reduce bias. But nuances in language mean that female applicants may still be getting a rough ride, according to Charles Hipps - founder and CEO of recruitment technology company Oleeo.

  • Strategic workforce planning is a necessity, not a 'nice to have'

    Date:
    20 March 2019

    With automation likely to see many jobs displaced in the near future, employers need to prepare now to find areas where workers' existing and emerging skills will be needed, says Kate Parker.

  • BNY Mellon's flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

    Date:
    14 March 2019

    Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was reversing its policy on allowing them to work from home. But what are the implications if HR decides to scrap an existing policy, and how should they go about it? Andrea London explains.