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Erika Lucas

Why HR needs to focus on middle managers

Research from CIPD has highlighted the plight of the ‘squeezed’ middle manager. The UK Working Lives Report 2018 paints a picture of a cadre of managers who are often under extreme stress, juggling conflicting priorities and bearing the brunt of criticism from their leaders above and direct reports below. The report, which aims to identify […]

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How HR can help to tackle gender inequality

The gender pay gap dominated the headlines last week, with results from the reporting exercise showing that almost eight in ten organisations, across the public and private sector, are paying men more than women. Just over 10K companies reported their pay gap by the April 4 deadline, with the data revealing that women are being […]

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Why mindfulness matters at work

How much down-time did you manage over the long Easter weekend? Did you chill out, spend time with friends and family, watch a film, read a good book? Or were you catching up with emails, reading reports, scrolling through spreadsheets … unable to relax and enjoy the break because you were pre-occupied with work? If […]

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Why HR needs to have vision

An uncertain economic climate, advances in technology and far-reaching market disruptions are putting organisations under more pressure than ever before. Senior management are increasingly looking to HR to help the business meet these challenges through innovative people processes that get people engaged and performing at peak. A recent article in HR magazine demonstrates how having […]

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Why mentoring isn’t just for the big players

Smaller companies often write off the idea of running a mentoring programme because they believe it will be too time-consuming and can only really work well in organisations with a large workforce and the HR resource to manage it. The reality, however, is that it’s perfectly possible to get low-maintenance mentoring running in a smaller […]

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Is it time for a resolution revolution?

Dealing with conflict is part and parcel of everyday working life for HR professionals. Managers fall out irretrievably with one of their direct reports. Personality clashes between colleagues get out of hand, to the point where the warring factions are unable to work together successfully. Communication breaks down between management and the union, leading to […]

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Top five HR skills for the future

HR people are usually so busy focusing on helping everyone else plan their careers, that they pay scant attention to managing their own. But in an increasingly automated and digitised world, HR careers as we know them are likely to change significantly in the future. At a recent CIPD careers event, Head of Strategy Development […]

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