Commentary and analysis

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • IR35: Time for the private sector to get its house in order?

    Date:
    17 October 2019

    Recent decisions by major employers to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in the contractor community. Six months before IR35 legislation is extended to the private sector, do employers face a talent drain or can they still engage with a flexible, self-employed workforce without facing the wrath of HMRC? Jo Faragher investigates.

  • Five paradoxes of global remote working

    Date:
    1 August 2019

    As workforces become more dispersed and global, it's easy to assume employees can manage on their own and take charge of their working day. But, as Hannah Prince - business psychologist at Insights Learning and Development - explains, there are a number of unexpected areas where HR may need to step in.

  • Five ways HR can improve cyber security

    Date:
    4 July 2019

    Following high-profile cyber crime incidents, Jon Abbott investigates how HR can minimise the cyber threat, given that employees represent a significant risk.

  • International expansion: three HR essentials that get overlooked

    Date:
    27 June 2019

    With Brexit encouraging a growing number of organisations to establish themselves abroad, Ben Wright explores three people management challenges that are often ignored when companies expand quickly.

  • EU settled status: how employers can help their European staff

    Date:
    20 June 2019

    Last week Personnel Today ran an opinion piece which criticised the EU Settlement Scheme, the process that EU, EEA or Swiss citizens need to follow to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. In response, immigration minister Caroline Nokes explains what the Home Office is doing to make the scheme run as smoothly as possible for individuals and employers.

  • How should employers support returning mothers' mental health?

    Date:
    9 May 2019

    Returning to work after maternity leave can be a stressful time for a new mother and managers should be alive to the signs of poor mental wellbeing. But such risks can be minimised when careful thought is given to training, communication and flexible working opportunities, as Boma Adoki explains.

  • What challenges will HR face in the next 10 years?

    Date:
    29 April 2019

    Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges for HR professionals over the next 10 years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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