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Employees trust HR systems

trust HR systems

Is it time to take your HR processes online? In a recent survey of adults in full-time employment, we found that amazingly 70% of employees are still either asking for their holiday verbally, or through email requests and paper-forms. That’s despite the fact the majority said they were comfortable with most of their HR-related information […]

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Do we still need performance reviews?

performance reviews

The performance review’s demise has been the topic of much debate over recent months. An increasing number of organisations are shifting away from annual appraisals in favour of on-going, just-in-time feedback. Recent PwC research shows one in 20 organisations are planning to abandon formal performance evaluations altogether. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, […]

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Take Action: Mental heath in the workplace

Mental health day

The topics of anxiety and depression are often taboo in the workplace, but thanks to the well publicized ‘Mental Health Day’ on October 10th, we’ve decided to take action. A Business in the Community (BITC) report, released to coincide with the event, highlights just how uncomfortable we still feel talking about mental health at work. It’s […]

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How can HR become more commercial?


The HR Most Influential 2016 rankings have been unveiled, recognising the practitioners and thinkers who are leading the people management agenda forward. Top of the pile this year is Sandy Begbie, Standard Life Chief People Officer, Valerie Hughes D’Aeth, HR Director of the BBC, Jacky Simmonds, Easy Jet’s Group Director of People and Rob Briner from […]

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HR Analytics: From zero to hero in 5 easy steps!

hr analytics

I recently came across the definition of HR analytics on the CIPD website, and it left me thinking that I’d need a degree in applied maths to even begin to get my head around it. Does “the application of mathematical, statistical and data mining techniques” really fit in with what HR is all about? The […]

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When working from home works: Cezanne HR

working from home

A few weeks ago I came across an article on Linkedin about scrapping your work from home policy. The author argues that work is about what you do, not where you are, and focusing on policies misses the point. What’s really important, she says, is that you have a motivated, engaged workforce that is working productively […]

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Difficult Conversations: Managing your emotions

managing emotions

Difficult conversations are part of the territory for HR. They are the ones who have to deliver the bad news, justify unpopular policies with line managers, and deal with employees who are not performing (or behaving) As an HR person on the front line, it’s important not to under-estimate the toll this can take on […]

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How HR can develop gravitas


The term gravitas is most often associated with statesmen or senior leaders – those people who have an innate ability to command respect and attention the minute they walk into the room. But having that air of weightiness and authority is just as important for HR managers, especially if they are operating at board level and […]

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5 liberating ideas for HR


Be honest. How are you feeling about going into work today? Excited at the prospect of new challenges and the chance to work with colleagues on creative solutions to business problems? Or, are you worn down by constant ‘fire-fighting’, endless admin, and a stream of difficult people-related issues to deal with? HR often finds itself […]

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Take a new approach to HR this autumn

new approach

The pencils are sharpened, the bags are packed and there’s a definite sense of new beginnings in the air. September is traditionally the time for fresh starts. People return from their holidays relaxed and refreshed and set about their work challenges with (hopefully) renewed vigour. For HR professionals, it’s a great time to take a […]

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