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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James Devines HR Blog: ‘Fragility in Agility’
Jan12

James Devines HR Blog: ‘Fragility in Agility’

Guest blog by HR Manager of the Year 2016, James Devine. Within the world of HR, we’ve talked for several years about an ‘agile workforce’. Just doing a quick internet search shows several definitions of the term, and shows the length of time we’ve been talking about it! But what does it mean in practice? In the context of the NHS, it is no secret that there are resourcing challenges within particular staff...

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Does appearance prejudice recruitment decisions – a review of an acute hospital in London
Nov17

Does appearance prejudice recruitment decisions – a review of an acute hospital in London

Research released today by Devine & Coulson examines the prevalence of ‘lookism’ in recruitment within the setting of an acute London hospital. The research looked at whether recruitment leaders’ experiences and opinions on a candidate’s appearance was a precursor to determining their suitability for a role.  In addition, the survey went on to explore whether aspects of how candidates looked had a positive...

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James Devine’s Blog: What does your window say about you?
Jun30

James Devine’s Blog: What does your window say about you?

I wrote recently about the power of an organisations brand. The example I gave was the updates required on an Apple iPhone – it says we need an update to fix bugs; so we apply the update – despite the fact we didn’t know we had bugs! We trust the brand. My point is about the trust we place in a brand and the impact this perception and trust relates to the work we do in HR. Specifically, I wanted to talk about...

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James Devine’s Blog: Are we really back office?
May10

James Devine’s Blog: Are we really back office?

James Devine, HR Manager of the Year and Deputy Director of HR and OD for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital shares his monthly blog with us: I’ve been to a few events recently where there has been focus on what was referred to as ‘back office functions’. This, amongst other ‘corporate’ areas, included HR. Should HR really be regarded as a back office function? It certainly doesn’t sit...

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‘Flip-Reverse it’ with Peer Led Recognition
Mar30

‘Flip-Reverse it’ with Peer Led Recognition

With awards season just around the corner, we have been busily drafting potential submissions in the hope that some of our work will make the shortlist this year. With that in mind, we considered an alternative to the way in which it is decided who will attend on our behalf should we make that shortlist. Ordinarily, we ask for expressions of interest. This seemed the fairest way of doing it; simply if more people express interest than...

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James Devine’s Blog: Approaching Change
Mar02

James Devine’s Blog: Approaching Change

James Devine, Deputy Director of HR and OD at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital shares his monthly blog with us.  This month, he considers the issue of ‘change’ – a poignant topic for him as his son is growing up fast!   It’s a big week in the Devine household as our 3 year old son goes up to the final nursery group before he starts school next year. It’s a big change for him, but equally a sombre...

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