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Erika Lucas

HR can help improve productivity across the business

Worrying news this week in the shape of a survey from Unit4 which suggests employees in the UK are wasting almost a third of the working year on repetitive, administrative tasks. This kind of unproductive working is costing companies dearly – with the research suggesting the lost time adds up to a cost of £411.4 […]

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Five ways to encourage people to speak out

As an HR person, how confident are you that people are telling you the things you really need to hear? If there was a problem with bullying or discrimination in a particular department, would employees speak up or would they remain silent? If an employee suspected their manager of some serious wrong-doing, would they feel […]

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Key questions to ask when a manager is failing

HR are often the first to notice when a manager is struggling with their role. There’s an unusually high turnover of staff in their team. Absence levels in the department are going through the roof. Project deadlines are slipping and performance is on a downward spiral. In these scenarios, it’s easy to assume that the […]

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How to up the ‘happiness factor’ at work

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Look up from your desk for a moment and survey the people and the atmosphere around you. Are employees happy and smiling? Getting on with their work, but finding time to exchange pleasantries or enjoy the odd joke with colleagues? Or is the atmosphere a bit grim? Everyone with their heads down, looking miserable and […]

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Baby (Boomers) still in the corner at work

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A new survey out this week from Canada Life has added to the weight of research showing that older employees face a lack of support and ingrained negative attitudes at work. According to a report in HR Magazine, of the 1,000 plus people surveyed, only 12% felt older workers were appreciated and respected, while just […]

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How to get sign-off for your well-being initiative

What’s more important to your organisation: a healthy happy workforce or bringing in the business results? My guess is that you’d answer “both”. However, it’s a question that has been brought into sharp focus this week, with the publication of Aviva’s ‘Working Lives’ report, which highlights a strong feeling among employees that their welfare comes […]

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Do you have the right skills to thrive in HR?


In an increasingly volatile business climate, there are no ‘easy’ answers for organisations looking to develop and grow. HR – probably more than any other profession – often finds itself stuck in the middle, having to manage the inevitable tensions that arise between organisations, stakeholders and employees. In his latest book, Victory through Organisation, HR […]

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