HR Policy

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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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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What should HR be responsible for?

HR is all things to all people, and it is rare to find the HR function in two different organisations sharing a common purpose. Due to a lot of ambiguity about the role, and its resulting low esteem posture, HR has historically – almost willingly – assumed charge of a lot of activities that are […]

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3 HR policies that can protect your business

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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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