HR Policy

Do we still need performance reviews?

performance reviews

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?


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

working from home

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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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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Take a new approach to HR this autumn

new approach

The pencils are sharpened, the bags are packed and there’s a definite sense of new beginnings in the air. September is traditionally the time for fresh starts. People return from their holidays relaxed and refreshed and set about their work challenges with (hopefully) renewed vigour. For HR professionals, it’s a great time to take a […]

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When should your holiday year start?

holiday years

I came across an interesting debate on LinkedIn this week on the pros and cons of starting the holiday absence year at different periods of the year. Since it’s topic we often discuss with our customers, we thought we’d pitch in with our views—and some insight into how the Cezanne HR system can help make managing […]

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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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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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Getting performance management off to a good start

Performance Management

According to press reports, British Airways has found itself in hot water this week, with the introduction of a new performance management system sparking threats of industrial action from staff. Employees are pushing back against the new process, which reportedly includes customer feedback and a ratings system designed to lead to continuous improvements in performance. […]

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