HR Policy

3 HR policies that can protect your business

HR policies

The recent decision by Lloyds of London to ban drinking during working hours has provoked massive debate. The organisation reportedly made its stand and introduced a zero tolerance policy when an analysis showed that around half of all disciplinary and grievance cases it was dealing with were alcohol related. Regardless of your views on whether […]

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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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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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Do we still need performance reviews?

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The performance review’s demise has been the topic of much debate over recent months. An increasing number of organisations are shifting away from annual appraisals in favour of on-going, just-in-time feedback. Recent PwC research shows one in 20 organisations are planning to abandon formal performance evaluations altogether. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, […]

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How can HR become more commercial?

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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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When working from home works: Cezanne HR

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A few weeks ago I came across an article on Linkedin about scrapping your work from home policy. The author argues that work is about what you do, not where you are, and focusing on policies misses the point. What’s really important, she says, is that you have a motivated, engaged workforce that is working productively […]

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