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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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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