We are regularly approached by journalists to comment on key HR issues and challenges. Please find below, links to our most recent pieces of coverage.
If you are a journalist looking for commentary, please do not hesitate to contact our managing director, Jo Taylor on +44 (0)7860 859410 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boris Johnson announced as PM: HR community reacts
24th July 2019
HR magazine asked HR experts for their thoughts on the new prime minister and what he could mean for Brexit, business and jobs
Will linking exec bonuses to diversity at Uber actually work?
22nd July 2019
Uber’s bold move to link executive bonuses to diversity metrics has raised eyebrows, but is the criticism too harsh?
Portfolio careers and 'side hustles'
12th June 2019
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) recently found that 320,500 self-employed people now have two or more jobs
Does this rise of the ‘slashie’ signal a more creative autonomous way of working, or are multiple jobs a sign that people are struggling to make ends meet? And how should employers respond?
Female employee accused of being ill after not wearing makeup
7th June 2019
When going into work, employees should be able to wear whatever they want, providing that it adheres to the company’s uniform policy or dress code.
Not only will this allow employees to bring their whole selves to work, but it will also make them feel happier and more confident in their role. The same applies to the employee’s physical appearance. However, one female employee caught a colleague’s attention for not wearing makeup to work.
What are the biggest innovations in HR management in 2019?
14th May 2019
A change in culture and technology has demanded a shift in what HR professionals require to further succeed in business goals. In this article HRD Connect looks at some of the new innovations inside HR management teams.
Is the training day dead?
28th March 2019
Gone are the days of traditional classroom-based training days. Employees no longer want to sit through hours of impersonal and tiresome training, presented on miniscule whiteboards at the front of dingy meeting rooms.
Instead, they want updated training programmes that will build on their existing skills and enhance their company knowledge in a modern and stimulating way. Technology may have provided a welcome change to learning and development training, though there are discrepancies as to whether it has actually revived traditional training methods. The question remains, are traditional training days dying a slow death, or is there still a need for them?
Will in-house L&D make a come-back?
7th March 2019
Workplace learning can often feel mundane. For many employees, training days and mandatory development sessions are attended resentfully.
To modernise and change the perception of laborious training days, some employers have toyed with the idea of outsourcing L&D to external companies, with views that this may provide better third-party insights and more interesting training solutions for their workforces. And there are many reasons for this.
Strict dress code relaxed at Virgin Atlanic - should other companies follow suit?
7th March 2019
Female flight attendants under the employment of Virgin Atlantic will no longer be required to wear makeup whilst working and will be given the choice of wearing trousers or a skirt, the airline announced today.
As an industry well known for its traditionally sexist rhetoric, the decision to relax the female-only dress code has been widely praised by the company’s vocal critics.
Line managers key to unlocking hiring process improvements
Hiring managers must be fully aligned with their organisation’s goals if they are to provide a strong candidate experience during the hiring process, according to TALiNT Partners’ 2018 Good Recruitment Benchmark Report.
The research, part of which was seen exclusively by HR magazine, found that organisations’ overall perception of hiring manager capability was medium to good.
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HR - A strategic function
23rd November 2018
John Boudreau, professor and research director at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Centre for Effective Organisations, recently stated in his book Effective human resource management: A global analysis, that HR professionals today spend no more time than they did in 1995 being strategic. In the current climate, the ability of HR directors to add strategic value in organisations is critical. So, what is holding HR back, from becoming the strategic function it needs to be?
Under-performing employees forced to eat bugs and drink 'urine'
12th November 2018
Under-performing staff at a Chinese company have been forced to drink ‘urine’ and eat cockroaches by management as punishment for not meeting sales targets – a Telegraph piece reported.
These shocking penalties were filmed at the company’s premises in Zunyi City which showed employees standing in the middle of a room being whipped and being forced to drink yellow liquid from a cup.
Need to upskill is an uncomfortable truth
6th November 2018
Human Resources leaders must equip themselves with new skills so their voice is heard by the board.
Innovations in HR management
30th October 2018
Several new innovative practices in HR are improving the people agenda, impacting culture and employee wellbeing. What exactly are they?
Do employers have the right to ask female employers to wear makeup to work?
8th October 2018
According to a study by Renfrew Centre Foundation, 44% of women are dependent on makeup and are left feeling unattractive if they don’t wear it, whilst a quarter of the women surveyed started wearing makeup as early as 13-years-old. However, that still leaves a large portion of women who go makeup-free. With that being the case, do employers have the right to ask female employees to wear makeup to work, and, to what extent is doing so considered a discriminatory breach?
How can creating employee stakeholders boost motivation?
27th September 2018
Success is a mutually beneficial proposition between the employer and employee. If an organisation is to thrive, its employees must perform to the very best of their abilities; in turn, employees benefit in manifold ways from their employer’s success, such as increased job security and higher remuneration.
Although this is the theory upon which the world of employment is built, the day-to-day reality of the workplace means the virtuous circle of success is not always readily apparent, or is too slow to manifest itself to act as an effective motivator.
However, the more aligned employees feel to the overall goals of the organisation, the more engaged they are in their work.
Talent management strategies
24th August 2018
Talent management may still be high on the board agenda of most large companies these days, but the reason for this focus has changed over recent years. Why is this?….
Could a four-day week boost your productivity?
13th August 2018
When Monday morning rocks up, many employees begin their heart-wrenching countdown until the next weekend comes around.
A typical working week only leaves a mere 48 hours of free time which many working adults spend conquering the menial but oh-so-important life admin tasks; the spectrum of household chores is never-ending and before you know it the weekend has escaped you.
These futile tasks can include anything from paying bills, managing a mortgage, carrying out home maintenance, household chores, personal banking and shopping. Holding down a nine-to-five job for five days out of the week can be additionally challenging if you are trying to juggle a working life with parenthood….
The World of Work is Changing
8th August 2018
Within this ever developing and changing world of work, the role of HR departments and their leaders are changing too. But what are the key changes we should expect?….