Stop getting your politics all over my workplace!
Aug10

Stop getting your politics all over my workplace!

So this week Google worker, James Damore, lost his job after circulating a 10-page “diversity manifesto” that ascribed gender imbalance to biological differences between men and women. Personally, I’d have seen him fired for wasting his time writing a 10-page memo instead of doing his job, regardless of what it said.  But Google does encourage its people to think outside the box in many ways, so perhaps Damore thought this was an...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work
Aug03

Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work

Our popular columnist Robey discusses the difficult question of sickness absence and how to handle it. Twice in the last week, from quite separate directions, I’ve fielded identical queries about sickness absence, which is always a sign that perhaps it’s something worth writing about here. In each case, a manager was worried about how to handle a new hire who was taking a lot of time off sick within their first few months of work. ...

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New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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After the BBC pay gap furore, what’s next?
Jul27

After the BBC pay gap furore, what’s next?

Following the BBC pay report, released last week, Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a deeper look at the issues raised. After releasing the salaries of 96 of their highest paid stars, the BBC is now under pressure to give a valid explanation as to why many female stars are paid less than their male colleagues – if the reasons behind the pay gap are not satisfactory then the BBC could be facing costly...

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Robey’s blog: The Taylor Report – A Perspective from the Front Line
Jul20

Robey’s blog: The Taylor Report – A Perspective from the Front Line

No doubt the HR blogosphere will be all a-twitter this week with the recommendations of Matthew Taylor’s long-awaited report, commissioned under the Cameron government.  I thought I’d share my perspective not as a legal expert or as a strategic leader, but as a common-or-garden HR Manager just trying to get through the day without punching someone. There are two points that have caught most people’s attention and these are what...

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Robey’s Blog: Health & Safety – Just Say “Yes”!
Jul05

Robey’s Blog: Health & Safety – Just Say “Yes”!

I really much prefer to share with you the direct experiences of my HR career, but occasionally, with a weekly blog, I have to dip more into my expectations, aspirations or suspicions than I can into cold, hard experience.  And this is one of those weeks. I find myself troubled by Health & Safety.  Not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with the Health & Safety of our staff and clients at Age UK Gloucestershire! ...

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Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity
Jun29

Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity

UK employers are losing 27.5 days of productive work per employee each year, because of poor health, according to new research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW) – commissioned by Vitality Health Insurance. The company also suggests employee absence and presenteeism is a problem that is costing the UK economy £73 billion a year. The research measured employee health in terms of exposure to risk factors associated with a...

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Robey’s Blog: Three reasons NOT to reject a job candidate
Jun22

Robey’s Blog: Three reasons NOT to reject a job candidate

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire shares his weekly blog.  This week, he talks about how not to reject a candidate. No one likes making the phone call to an unsuccessful candidate.  And no one enjoys getting the call that says they haven’t got the job.  But the process is made far worse for both sides when the decision has been made based on the wrong things.  Candidates know instantly when they’ve been judged on...

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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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