People Management

Make ‘flexible working’ work in practice

commuting

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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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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HR Analytics: From zero to hero in 5 easy steps!

hr analytics

I recently came across the definition of HR analytics on the CIPD website, and it left me thinking that I’d need a degree in applied maths to even begin to get my head around it. Does “the application of mathematical, statistical and data mining techniques” really fit in with what HR is all about? The […]

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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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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

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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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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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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Are you tracking your contractors effectively?

contract term distribution

How Cezanne HR helps you make the most of working with contractors Contractors, freelancers, interns and volunteer workers are an invaluable resource for many companies; providing essential cover while staff are away, allowing organisations to flex their workforce to meet changing needs, providing essential skills on a short term basis, or helping companies identify and […]

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