Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday
Oct12

Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday

We’re getting technical this week, because something big has happened in the world of HR and it’s possible you might not have noticed, because I didn’t until it was brought to my attention yesterday.   The case of Dudley Metropolitan Council v Willets & Others appears to have brought into focus a long-standing legal blur on the topology of holiday and holiday pay. It has always been established in law that “guaranteed...

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Robey’s Blog: Be Water…
Oct05

Robey’s Blog: Be Water…

  “Empty your mind, be formless.  Shapeless, like water.  If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.  You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.  You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.  Now, water can flow or it can crash.”  -Bruce Lee My opinion of psychometric testing has shifted, somewhat, over the years.  But I can’t deny that it has shaped how I see people and the world.  I learned to think of...

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Robey’s Blog: Space to Talk
Sep27

Robey’s Blog: Space to Talk

Before I got distracted, I was writing about my priorities, having taken up the reins of HR at a commercial SME that’s never have organic HR[1] before.   I began with the data and, I’m happy to say, it’s certainly transformed my understanding of the business, wrangling the chaotic filing cabinet of personal files into something resembling order.  Some gaps have been filled.  Many are still there.  But at least, now, someone can...

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Robey’s Blog: The Common Denominator and the Human Factor
Sep21

Robey’s Blog: The Common Denominator and the Human Factor

  I remember when I was first attempting to break out from the public-sector background in which I cut my HR teeth, and push my way into a commercial or industrial role.  I found myself continually frustrated by the same response from company after company: “Looks good, but lacks sector experience”. Surely, I thought – and it’s a refrain I’ve heard from many HR professionals over the years – humans are humans regardless of your...

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Robey’s Blog: From Nought to HR
Sep14

Robey’s Blog: From Nought to HR

I’m back!  And it’s a new look and a new theme for my blog, because this week I take up the HR reins at Sprint Group Ltd, a small-ish company in Worcestershire.  I’m yet to settle on a concise and informative way of explaining what they do without sounding like an infomercial, but unless you own or want to own a commercial kitchen of some sort – restaurant, canteen, gastropub, hotel, school, café etc – you don’t really need to...

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Robey’s Blog: How to be a Time Lord
Aug24

Robey’s Blog: How to be a Time Lord

  Originally, this blog was called “Faith, HR and Charity”, because HR News had asked me to write about HR from the perspective of a small charity.  Over the last couple of years, though, it has gradually just come to be called “Robey’s Blog” which, if nothing else, will certainly make it easier to search for on Google given the rarity of my first name[1]. It has been an excellent exercise for me, every week, barring a few, to...

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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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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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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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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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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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