People Management

Stop your employees from getting stuck in a rut

stagnating in their roles

With employment in the UK at a record high, employers are having to work harder than ever to attract and hold on to the best people. There are many reasons why staff may decide to quit their role and look for pastures new: a bigger salary, a shorter commute, more flexible working arrangements… But perhaps […]

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Helping line managers get the best out of their teams

line managers

Poor, old line managers. Yet another survey, this time from the CIPD, slamming their ability to manage and get the best out of their people. While we’ve all had bosses whose soft skills leave something to be desired, it’s hard not to feel a certain amount of sympathy for these frequently lambasted folk on the […]

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How to get your team energised for 2017

energised

The festivities are finished and reluctantly back to work we go, having scraped the early-morning ice off our cars and battled our way through the daily commute. The first few days back after the holidays are often pretty unproductive. It takes time for people to slowly grind their brain back into gear and remember what on earth […]

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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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