There was plenty for HR to get their teeth into last year, and 2019 looks like it’s going to be equally challenging and exciting. From GDPR and Brexit, to boosting the effectiveness of performance reviews and absence management, we put the magnifying glass on a host of HR trends and topics in the Cezanne HR blog.

Here are the articles that piqued the most interest in 2018.

Top 5 HR skills for the future

In an increasingly automated and digitised world, HR careers as we know them are likely to change significantly. Although we don’t need to worry too much about the advance of AI – the future of HR is thought to remain ‘human’ – success instead will be determined by being principles-led, evidence-based and outcomes driven. See if you agree with our list of the top five HR skills for the future.

Common pitfalls of time off in lieu

There are always times when companies need their employees to work over their standard hours and giving them Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) to compensate is standard practice. It’s an approach, however, that needs managing carefully if it’s not going to lead to problems with resourcing or cause discontent from staff. Our resident industry expert Erika Lucas sheds some light on how to avoid TOIL related issues in this article.

7 ways to nail GDPR compliance

Discussion surrounding GDPR seemed to dominate 2018. The legislation, which came into force in May, brought with it new requirements such as enhanced rights for employees over their data, and more emphasis on data security and transparency. The first fines for non-compliance are likely to land in 2019, so it’s vital for HR to keep on top of the key challenges that come with it.

GDPR: the perils of HR spreadsheets and how to avoid them

You probably don’t love spreadsheets, (and if you do, I think it’s fair to say you’re in a minority..). But under GDPR, they may cost you more than just time and sanity. Find out why spreadsheets put you and your people data at risk, and why HR software could be the solution.

Why HR needs a vision

How long-term is your thinking when it comes to HR strategy? A case study from The Prince’s Trust showed just how important a clear vision is in maintaining strategic focus and for turning aspirations into reality. Read the full article to discover what it takes to put an effective HR vision together.

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