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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Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

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Robey’s Blog: What’s Toxic?
Apr06

Robey’s Blog: What’s Toxic?

My goodness me, but HR people love a buzz word, don’t they?  In a field locked in perpetual revolution I suppose we shouldn’t be all that surprised, but it ain’t ‘alf frustrating for those of us trying to persuade our colleagues to trust and respect our contribution when we keep ladling on new layers of vocabulary. The latest one I’ve noticed that seems to have been absorbed almost without comment is “toxic”. Atmospheres are toxic. ...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?
Mar20

As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?

Guest blog by Kate Headley, the Clear Company It’s positive to see that disability confidence has become increasingly important to organisations of all shapes and sizes in recent years, and it’s also particularly encouraging that a greater number of employers now understand the importance of fostering inclusive recruitment practices.  However, recent research shows there is some way to go.   58% of disabled workers fear losing...

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Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments
Mar16

Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments

Guest blog by Katharine McIntosh, Policy Officer at the MS Society When Chris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) five years ago, his first reaction was that he would lose his job – but when he told his employers, they reassured him straight away that he would have a role with them for life. Unfortunately, positive responses like this aren’t as common as we’d like to see. A recent survey carried out by the MS Society...

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Robeys Blog: A Vision of Loveliness
Mar15

Robeys Blog: A Vision of Loveliness

I’m know I’m almost alone in this, but when I start a new job, one of the first things I want to know is whether the company has a Vision Statement. I’ve always found it a real window into the heart of a company… but possibly not for the reasons that the authors intended.  For example, where a vision is vaguely worded but grandiose, I see a lack of confidence and direction.  Where a vision is long-winded and unmemorable, I see a...

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How HR leaders can improve their communication
Mar15

How HR leaders can improve their communication

  Guest blog by Rachel Maclean, COO, Air. Communicating the key messages about your company is the most important job you’ve got as an HR leader  but most employees have so many demands on their time at work that they tune out, or rely on their colleagues to tell them what’s going on. So if you are to be effective, you’ll need to up your game. Communicating effectively is a skill – just like anything else....

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Robey’s Blog: ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’
Mar09

Robey’s Blog: ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire, shares his weekly blog.  This week he discusses how HR can overcome the challenges of communicating with a multi-generational workforce: I found myself, once more, spending a good portion of a day off in a local school conducting mock interviews with Year 10 children (ages 14-15).  In the course of the day I interviewed them for jobs as diverse as sports coach, accountant,...

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Robey’s Blog: Why SMEs should pay attention to the Apprenticeship Levy
Mar02

Robey’s Blog: Why SMEs should pay attention to the Apprenticeship Levy

I didn’t pay much attention to news of the Apprenticeship Levy.  I knew it was happening, of course.  But I wasn’t very interested.  The levy is a tax on businesses that applies to any business with a wage bill of £3m or more – I should be so lucky, I thought, and moved on to the next thing. But at the HRD Summit in January I happened to fall into conversation with Chris, from AO who had recently taken on responsibility for his...

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How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?
Feb28

How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Appraisals As we approach the end of the first quarter, and the end of the financial year, many businesses are looking at staff performance – and the age old debate about performance  appraisals.  Engaged employees are productive employees – so why isn’t the UK competing, productivity wise?   Social Seeder produced an infographic showing what makes employees feel engaged, based...

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Put your money away: why employers should focus more on wellbeing benefits and less on financial
Feb23

Put your money away: why employers should focus more on wellbeing benefits and less on financial

Guest blog by Stephen Holt, commercial director at Grass Roots In a recent survey we conducted of over 1000 employees and over 200 managers, over a third (37%) of employees claim that they aren’t being offered any wellbeing benefits, such as healthcare or team building sessions, by senior management. While they might be offered benefits that help them financially, like a cash bonus, or benefits that help them achieve a better...

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Robeys Blog: Learning to learn
Feb23

Robeys Blog: Learning to learn

I do sometimes (often, actually) wish the HR profession wasn’t so jargon-filled.  It makes us easy targets for ridicule and derision, which in its turn means that our value is often overlooked.  But we have always been a profession in which immense significance can turn upon the choice of one word over another: something we share with politicians and lawyers.  As a result, we do tend to get bogged down in semantics that are of immense...

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Lloyds ‘booze ban’ divides opinions – can and should employers ban lunchtime drinking?
Feb22

Lloyds ‘booze ban’ divides opinions – can and should employers ban lunchtime drinking?

Guest blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price The news that Lloyds of London have introduced a policy banning consumption of alcohol during core working hours has divided opinion; some are shocked that this rule needs to be explicitly laid down whilst others are wondering at the extent of employers control over staffs’ private time. As factors such as workloads and workplace pressure increases, these are contributing...

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Robeys Blog: Next stop, the future.  All Change.
Feb16

Robeys Blog: Next stop, the future.  All Change.

  Some topics just seem to be everywhere I look, just as I’m thinking about them.  The week after I have a conversation with Tammy Erikson about how legislation is going to be needed to re-shape the employment relationship, People Management reports “some politicians have talked about the need for a fourth categorisation between ‘worker’ and ‘self-employed’”, and the BBC reports that Matthew Taylor, CEO at RSA and lead on a...

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