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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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....

Read More
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,...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
How effective onboarding can attract and retain talent
Feb15

How effective onboarding can attract and retain talent

Guest blog by Lynne Hardman, CEO of Working Transitions Official figures show that unemployment has reached an 11 year low – a fall of 52,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to November – the lowest level for more than a decade. Typically, low unemployment rates result in less job-seekers – and more choice for those actively looking for a new role.  As the talent pool is reduced, for an organisation looking to recruit, both...

Read More
40% of workers have dated a colleague – so how can HR handle an office romance?
Feb14

40% of workers have dated a colleague – so how can HR handle an office romance?

Guest blog by Alan Price, HR Director, Peninsula Office relationships can present a minefield within organisations. Employers are likely to fear becoming liable when something goes wrong and, in America, the introduction of ‘Love Contracts’ deals with the potential fallout whilst some UK companies have banned inter-office romances completely. A 2011 study recorded that 40% of workers have dated a colleague at some point, showing that...

Read More
How to Ensure You Are Working with an Ethical Recruitment Consultant
Feb09

How to Ensure You Are Working with an Ethical Recruitment Consultant

Guest blog by Mandi Tyrell Over the last two decades the UK has witnessed a proliferation in the number of recruitment agencies. Unfortunately, the sector has developed a rather poor reputation for itself. Many of you will have experienced the situation where a recruitment agency bombard you with undesirable candidates in the hope of earning commission for themselves. In this post, we detail some of the reasons for the perception of...

Read More
Is Reward Just Busy Being Busy
Feb09

Is Reward Just Busy Being Busy

Guest blog by Gerry O’Neill, CEO at Curo Compensation There’s something I’ve always admired about top sportspeople that’s more than just the distances they can jump or throw or the speeds at which they can make their bodies travel: it’s the programme of continuous improvement that’s all designed with one aim – to be the best. Getting there doesn’t happen by accident and there isn’t an elite athlete on the planet that doesn’t...

Read More
Editor’s blog: Hidden figures and why we should challenge all forms of discrimination
Feb09

Editor’s blog: Hidden figures and why we should challenge all forms of discrimination

Everyone has been talking this week about racism, with Trump’s travel ban and some pretty shocking stats uncovered by Monday’s BBC’s inside out programme, which found that a man called Adam was three times as likely to get an interview as a man called Mohammed based on the same CV. Talent can come in any gender, race and age. I was fortunate to get a preview of a new film, Hidden Figures, this week, before it’s...

Read More