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  • HR tech: are we entering the era of the workplace 'co-bot'?

    18 June 2018

    As the workplace rapidly evolves, HR faces the challenge of boosting productivity through technologies such as artificial intelligence while also ensuring the 'human' side of work is engaging and has meaning. Oracle's Andy Campbell explains.

  • 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.

  • Get radical with engagement surveys to reap business benefits

    15 May 2018

    Traditional engagement surveys can give employers insight into workforce motivation, but do they provide a true picture of how employees feel and how that affects revenue and productivity? Juha Huttunen, CEO of VibeCatch, explains the benefits of a more holistic and scientific approach to engagement.

  • The machines are starting to talk: How HR will gain from voice technology

    14 May 2018

    As consumers we're now used to conversing with Siri or Alexa, but how will the proliferation of this technology in the workplace support wellbeing and engagement? Andrew Wayland from Alexander Mann Solutions predicts immense benefits from the rise of voice technology at work.

  • Can AI bridge the confidence gap for women in senior positions?

    27 April 2018

    It's well known that men tend to overestimate their abilities while women under-sell themselves when applying for roles - just one of many cultural factors influencing the gender pay gap. Could artificial intelligence help overcome this challenge? Alex Cresswell examines how AI could help.

  • Don't believe the gig economy hype, says Matthew Taylor

    24 April 2018

    The view that full-time employment is in retreat and will be subsumed by the gig economy is not borne out by the facts, Matthew Taylor argued at a recent conference. Cath Everett listened in and gauged reactions to his ideas.

  • An employee value proposition for the future of work - is HR ready?

    17 April 2018

    As the 'war for talent' intensifies and organisations battle to stay ahead of digital transformation, HR strategies could hold the key to success in these turbulent times. David Perring, director of research at Fosway Group, highlights some of the main findings of its 2017-18 HR Realities research.

  • How to maintain company culture in an era of flexible work

    9 April 2018

    If businesses are to accept the benefits of flexibility recommended by the Taylor Review, they need to be aware of their impact on company culture. Jack Curzon from Thomson Online Benefits looks at the key issues.

  • Work hard, rest harder: should employers monitor rest time quality?

    3 April 2018

    Worried about Brexit squeezing UK productivity? One solution could be monitoring the quality of employees' rest time, writes Paul Dickinson.

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