Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!
Jun15

Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!

  Poor Donald Trump[1].  It seems that POTUS has been having trouble with his recruitment efforts.  It seems to me – expert in US political analysis as I am – that Donald’s problems arise from a serious conflict of priorities: on the one hand, he yearns for the political credibility that emerges from the ability to assemble an executive team of high-performing professionals; but on the other, it seems that he struggles to work...

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Robey’s Blog: A dispassionate look at compassionate leave
Jun08

Robey’s Blog: A dispassionate look at compassionate leave

There aren’t many questions from managers that I really dread, but questions about compassionate leave are definitely on the list. There’s such a lack of understanding about what it is, what it’s for and how it’s managed that it can be a minefield that’s only made more explosive by the raw emotion that’s often exposed by the sorts of circumstances that cause the questions to be asked.  So in the hope of sparing some of you some...

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The downsides of insecure work and why employers should commit to good work
Jun07

The downsides of insecure work and why employers should commit to good work

Guest blog by Peninsula Employment Law and HR Director Alan Price Research by the GMB Union has found that up to 10 million Britons are currently working in insecure employment. This includes roles in the ‘gig economy’, on zero hour contracts, temporary workers, the underemployed and those who are falsely classed as self-employed. From 2014-2016 Peninsula experienced a 63% increase in advice requests regarding employment status from...

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Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve
May31

Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve

For quite a few years, now, HR has been collectively banging its drum about staff appraisals.  The impetus came from two directions: On the one hand, managers wanted to dispense with poor performers, but had no adequate trail of evidence to demonstrate the issues of which they were complaining. On the other hand, employees were complaining that they didn’t get feedback on their work or have a clear understanding of how they were...

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Robey’s Blog: Balance with what?
May18

Robey’s Blog: Balance with what?

If you’re working in HR, it’s likely that you will see or hear the expression “work/life balance” at least weekly, if not daily.  But as employers come to grips with a growing catalogue of new legislation; an impending recruitment cliff with the approach of Brexit, and the nebulous expectations of the millennial generation and their successors, it seems timely to take a harder look at this idea. I was prompted to start thinking about...

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How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance
May17

How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance

Jo Salter, director in PwC’s People and Organisations business, shares an opinion piece about the role tech can play in wellbeing and performance   Emotional health is a key part of unlocking the potential of our workers. Research shows a third of UK workers currently have a health, wellbeing or mental health issue and an overwhelming 83% feel their wellbeing impacts their productivity. How often have you seen someone turn up to work...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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Robey’s Blog: The SME’s Guide to Bad Interviews
May10

Robey’s Blog: The SME’s Guide to Bad Interviews

I could probably write a decent-sized book on the whole topic of effective recruitment for SMEs, of which the interview would be a substantial chapter or two.  But we’ll keep this as short as usual, so forgive me if I skip over a few things. Interviews, it is often noted, are a less-than-perfect tool for recruitment.  The principle problem with them is that they select mainly for people who are good at interviews rather than good at...

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“The millennial myth”
May10

“The millennial myth”

Guest blog by Gareth Way, HR and Training Director at Creditsafe I’m often asked to review what companies should do to engage with new employees who are entering the world of work for the first time, and so I thought it was about time that I set out where I stand in the whole ‘generation discussion.’ A great deal of column space is given to the dissection of the differences between the multiple generations that coexist in the...

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Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected
May04

Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected

James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services discusses that since the Government has changed the way it’s rolling out Tax Free Childcare, more parents will be affected than originally thought. The Government has just rolled out its Tax Free Childcare scheme (TFC), but many working parents will be unaware that this change could impact them sooner rather than later. As part of the launch, the...

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The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture
May04

The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture

Guest post by Kelly Tucker, Director of HR Star Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that, on average, people in the UK spend 31 hours a week in work (33 if you work in London). On top of that, research has also shown that around a quarter of people leave their job because they feel ‘burnt out’. With so much of our time, and indeed lives, spent in work, it’s unsurprising that so many people are left feeling...

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Robey’s blog: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…
May03

Robey’s blog: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…

  Is there anything more corrosive to everything HR stands for than gossip?  It undermines morale, wastes time, reduces productivity, affects mental health and creates conflict.  And that’s just in the HR team! But tackling office gossip can feel like Canute on the seashore, trying to hold back the tide.  After all, we like communication.  We want people to build bridges and talk and not sit in their functional silos.  We like...

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Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room
Apr20

Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room

So, new research has revealed that businesses – and SMEs in particular – are labouring under the burden of a significant risk factor that has, until now, been hiding in plain sight: hippos. And whilst this may or may not be connected to my dream last night that we had acquired an office pig as a security measure, I don’t, of course, mean that there are 3-tonne semi-aquatic mammals hiding in the breakroom and stealing all the...

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Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was
Apr13

Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was

Every year, the secretary of my alumnus body invites me to speak at the school careers day and, every year, I can’t make it.  So, if I could, this is what I’d say… I’m not here to persuade you that a glittering future awaits you in the exciting world of Human Resources[1].  If you’re already thinking about it, then I’m not going to dissuade you.  If you’re not, good.  I’m yet to meet an HR person who didn’t find themselves in HR...

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James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!
Apr11

James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!

Guest Blog by HR Manager of the Year 2016, James Devine. I opened up my timehop app this week, to learn that it was a year ago since I won the HR News HR Manager of the year award How fast a year flies by. I remember travelling to the awards ceremony in Bridgend, Wales – at the time that the news of possible closures at Tata Steel was breaking. Arriving in Bridgend, I was greeted by the ‘lovelylisabaker’ –...

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