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Erika Lucas

How to have a constructive conversation about pay

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Job-hopping season is upon us and employees everywhere are dusting off their CVs, polishing their shoes and taking their interview outfits to the cleaners. You would think that after a tumultuous year – and in particular all the uncertainty created by Brexit – that people might be more likely to stay put in their roles. […]

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How to get your team energised for 2017

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The festivities are finished and reluctantly back to work we go, having scraped the early-morning ice off our cars and battled our way through the daily commute. The first few days back after the holidays are often pretty unproductive. It takes time for people to slowly grind their brain back into gear and remember what on earth […]

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The Six Personas of HR: Which one(s) are you?

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The end of the year is nigh, and HR people everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that the staff Christmas party went off without major incident. But before you don your Santa hat and head off for the holidays, take some time to reflect on all the other hats you’ve worn this year. To […]

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Help your employees thrive

work-life balance

Well-being has been a hot topic this year with a plethora of research, articles and experts urging employers to invest in building healthy workforces. Glassdoor is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, with a new initiative designed to recognise companies who put well-being at the heart of everything they do. Employers are being invited […]

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How HR can make an impact in SMEs

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Being an HR practitioner in an SME is a very different experience to working in a large organisation. Practitioners may be working with a management team who see HR as operational rather than strategic. They often don’t fully understand the contribution good people practices can make to their growth and profitability. We are operating in […]

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How HR can cut through ambiguity and make progress

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HR is often a frustrating place to be these days. New initiatives that would take the business forward get stalled because another reorganisation is on the cards and no-one is quite sure what’s happening. Technology that would help people work more efficiently doesn’t get signed off because budgets are tight and future business needs are […]

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What is HR’s role? And how can they gain influence?

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At the recent CIPD conference, Chief Executive Peter Cheese issued a rallying call to the profession. In a complex and changing world of work, HR practitioners, he said, needed to focus their efforts on “creating a future that’s good for people.” His advice was that rather than being paralysed by uncertainty, HR needs to concentrate […]

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How to equip line managers to handle absence in their teams

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Employers are increasingly looking to their line managers to manage absences – but are not giving them the tools and support to do it well. This is the key message to emerge from the 2016 CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey, which found less than half of organisations were providing training to help managers handle either short […]

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Make ‘flexible working’ work in practice

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Flexible working is not as widespread as you might believe, according to recent research from My Family Care and Hydrogen. Their recent survey has revealed a significant disconnect between the number of people who would like to work ‘flexibly’ (more than half of the respondents), compared to the number who actually do (only a third). […]

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