General HR

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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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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Getting HR right for right now

HR agenda talent

What are the right things for HR to be doing right now? This is the question posed in a recent article by leadership consultancy Egon Zehnder, who asked some of the world’s most admired companies what was top of their HR agenda. The piece provides some fascinating insights into how organisations such as Nestle, Goldman […]

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Making the most of millennials

Karine Lipinski

Millennial workers generally get pretty bad press. They’re accused of being disloyal, self-centred and lacking in respect for their managers. They want constant praise and quick promotion – and if they don’t get it, they’ll be off to the next job in the blink of an eye (well, within two years anyway). They are, however, […]

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Ten tips for overcoming resistance to change

resistant to change

Change is a fact of business life – but it’s also a fact that most people don’t like it. Whether it’s a major company restructure or simply a request they move to a new desk, we all like the comfort of doing the jobs we know. We like to use the systems and processes we’re […]

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5 business books to read this Summer

summer reading

So the great Summer get-away has begun – and if you’re anything like me, it’s probably one of your only opportunities for some interruption-free reading. You’ve probably already packed a few poolside blockbusters (or downloaded them onto your Kindle) – but what about adding a few business books to the mix? When you’re relaxed and […]

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