Whilst George Osbourne’s recent productivity plan focuses on boosting growth and productivity in the UK, the skills gap is an issue that needs tackling with urgency. Despite the increasing number of third-level graduates, the specific range of expertise required to fill medium skilled jobs is severely lacking.
Think of data breaches and it’s often customer risk that springs to mind. Nevertheless, while companies are right to guard against the theft of customer passwords and credit card details, it’s essential they demonstrate equal care when dealing with employee data.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an important business practice refers to a business practice involving employees participating in initiatives and often going the extra mile to give a little something back to charities and the local community.
You’ve probably spent the last two months watching your employees head off on holiday and return to the office with glorious Mediterranean tans or tales of staycations and you must be thinking, if only I had the time!
For some people, data is magnetic. Its force draws them irresistibly in. For these people, data is like an ancient code combined with a multiple-choice question: the promise of revelation wrapped in an objective answer.
During the last election, the phrase ‘zero-hours contracts’ transformed from a method of securing contract workers to a political standpoint and it remains a contentious issue. The phrase has attracted a whole set of interpretations.
Posted on 1st September 2015 in HR.
The debate surrounding zero-hours contracts has been raging on for some time now. Many take the view that these agreements provide employers with the opportunity to take advantage of employees – bringing them on board when they want them, only to spit them out when they’ve gained what they need.
Posted on 28th August 2015 in HR.
One of your staff members is on holiday – and you suddenly feel less burdened and are enjoying work more. When you look at your team you notice they appear energised and are getting more stuff done despite being one man down.
Here’s a handy translation guide for anyone struggling to keep up with the “digital” business zeitgeist. Common themes seem to be the creation of new hybrid roles that combine existing roles to break down silos such as “Marketing” and “IT” into roles with common goals and focus, and the use of synonyms of the word “delivery” to convey much more focus on “impact” than in the past.
I believe that offering regular feedback to both your managers and employees, which includes conversations regarding performance and development, is extremely important in helping to support continuous learning in the workplace.
Anyone who manages people will tell you that there are three days where people are more likely than any other to take a sickie – Monday, Friday, and the day after a bank holiday! I have seen it all over the years and I have a few tales to tell.
Posted on 26th August 2015 in HR.