Posts Categorised: HR Leadership Think Tank

Upskilling Tech Talent Through Assessment Based Learning

The majority of businesses are currently suffering from a skills shortage; not helped by Brexit and the significant reduction of EU nationals joining UK workforces (61,000 – according to the Guardian). And this skills shortage is showing no signs of improving, with 63% of organisations reporting this problem during the last 12 months. This, coupled… Read more »

Delivering an Effective Succession Planning Strategy

According to Barton for Talent Wins, two-thirds of companies have no formal succession plan in place. Quite an alarming fact when you consider the risk associated with not identifying and growing talent for leadership and business-critical roles. Whilst the traditional 9-box grid has previously been fundamental for supporting succession planning, is it still as relevant today?… Read more »

6 Things to Consider When Preparing for Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting

Addressing workplace equality can significantly benefit an organisation’s culture and reputation. It ensures talent is supported and helps businesses achieve their organisational objectives. And whilst diversity headlines have largely been dominated by the Gender Pay Gap over the last couple of years, we’re now moving into the age of ethnicity pay gap reporting. The consultation… Read more »

9 Things You Should Consider Before You Update or Transform Your HR Policies

With the growth of digital, AI and data-science, businesses have needed to adapt and evolve to remain relevant in today’s world. In particular, there’s been significant disruption in the Fintech space and many Financial Services organisations , like banks, have needed to reengineer themselves and their propositions to maintain success. This has presented a huge… Read more »

8 Tips for Developing Employee Career Paths

Talent management is an integral element of HR’s core responsibility from a development, retention, engagement and a skills depository perspective. Developing internal career paths is an important component of this talent management mix and can influence whether an employee meets business’ expectations, underperforms to the detriment of the individual and employer, or leaves the business… Read more »

7 Questions an HR Leader Should Ask Before Implementing Flexible Working

Despite UK workers having had the right to request flexible working for almost two decades, it seems that only 27% of the population actually take their employers up on it. The government defines flexible working as a “way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working… Read more »

4 Things to Consider When Transforming a Culture Following a Merger or Acquisition

Cultural misalignment is regarded as one of the biggest influencers on whether a merger or acquisition (M&A) is a success. Our strategic community, the HR Leadership Think Tank, brings you four key areas to consider when embarking on a cultural transformation post-M&A. A strong internal culture can prove invaluable for a business. It can help… Read more »

How can I make Succession Planning Effective for my Business?

As organisations mature and grow, a critical component of future-proofing their success is to ensure that ‘ready now’ successors (or as close to ‘ready now’ as possible!) have been identified for business-critical roles. So how can we make succession planning effective in our businesses? We put the question to our esteemed HR community, the HR… Read more »

Coffee with… Paul Dempsey, Global Talent & Development Director @ King ☕

For busy HR professionals working in fast-paced environments; a combination of clearly defined objectives, role-modelling the types of behaviours you want of your team and leaning on some clever tech-hacks can really enhance your effectiveness in an HR role. We caught up with Paul Dempsey, Global Talent & Development Director @ King (the creators of Candy… Read more »

HRLTT – Automation and its Impact on HR

Over the past decade we’ve experienced tremendous advancements in the field of technology, and as such, various HR processes and activities can be completed much faster and more accurately than ever before. With the rise of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, innovators in our sector continue to truly push the boundaries of what’s possible. However, as… Read more »

HRLTT – The Apprenticeship Levy: 6 Months On

In April 2017, an Apprenticeship Levy was introduced, which required organisations with an annual ‘pay bill’ of over £3M to invest in apprenticeship programmes. The levy’s core objectives were to develop vocational skills amongst UK’s workforce and to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. For many businesses, offering apprenticeship programmes was unchartered territory and… Read more »

HRLTT – Brexit: Crucial Planning for HR

It’s been one year since the Brexit decision was made and as we draw closer to March 2019, businesses are preparing for the inevitable change that will take place throughout the UK. Since HR plays a prominent leadership role within an organisation, it’s during times of uncertainty, like Brexit, when the human resource partnership becomes highly… Read more »

HRLTT – Managing the Challenges of Implementing a Global HR Approach across Diverse Territories

For businesses operating across multiple territories, rolling out HR processes or programmes on a global scale can present a number of challenges. This will typically involve juggling the nuances of varying employment law and of course the cultural differences of those affected. Given both the legal and people implications of delivering an inconsistent approach, this… Read more »

HRLTT – Leading through Times of Uncertainty

Leading through times of uncertainty and change is a critical skill for any individual with leadership responsibility. Whether the uncertainty stems from a shift in the business’ strategic direction, a change in the senior leadership team or a change in external conditions e.g. Brexit, it is key that the change is communicated and worked through… Read more »

HRLTT – Getting to Grips with the Senior Manager Certification Regime

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen the FCA and PCBS start developing new Senior Manager and Certification Regimes to help embed personal accountability into the Financial Services (FS) sector and improve industry standards. As of March this year a new Senior Manager Certification Regime (SMCR) was introduced to focus on relevant individuals who… Read more »

HRLTT – Engaging Staff beyond Remuneration: How ‘Purpose’ becomes Central to your EVP

As a follow on from our previous HR Leadership Think Tank (HRLTT) on ‘What is the Purpose of HR?’, this post delves into the topic of Engagement. More specifically we explore the role of a purpose-led culture and EVP in attracting talent and creating engagement, whilst also establishing any wider benefits to an organisation’s health and prosperity. These are… Read more »

HLRTT – What is the Purpose of HR

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest Leadership Think Tank (HRLTT) held on Tuesday 26th April, hosted by Workday’s Mandy Jeffery (Senior Director, People, EMEA/APAC), and titled ‘What is the purpose of HR?’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR professionals from leading… Read more »

HRLTT- Creating the Business Case for Flexible Working

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest Leadership Think Tank held on Thursday 16th July 2015, hosted by PwC’s Eli Burns and Nigel Hutchinson titled ‘Creating the Business Case for Flexible Working’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR professionals from leading national… Read more »

HRLTT – HR Analytics: Utilising Big Data in a HR Business Partnering Role

Data analytics

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Leadership Think Tank (HRLTT) held on Thursday 26th March 2015 hosted by HCL’s Jaya Satish (Europe Sales HR Lead and Sales HRBP) titled ‘HR Analytics: Utilising Big Data in a HR Business Partnering Role’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of… Read more »

HRBPTT – Innovation and Efficiency in Flexible Working

Flexible working

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Business Partner Think Tank (HRBPTT) held on Thursday 4th December 2014 hosted by Bloomberg’s, Lucy Mills (HR Manager) titled ‘Innovation and Efficiency in Flexible Working’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR professionals from leading… Read more »

HRBPTT – Mental Health First Aid – De-stigmatising ‘Mental Health’ in the Workplace

Mental health

These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Business Partner Think Tank (HRPTT) held on Thursday 12th June 2014 hosted by Telefonica’s , Kerry Scott (HR Consultant) titled ‘Opening up about Mental Health Wellbeing’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR professionals from… Read more »

HRBPTT – What skills do HRBPs need to support an organisation through a period of change?

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These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Business Partner Think Tank (HRBPTT) held on Wednesday 9th April 2014 hosted by Octopus Publishing and Hachette UK’s Jazmin Yanez (HR Manager) titled ‘Restructures and Realignments: What skills are needed by HR Business Partners to support an organisation through a period of change?’. The following… Read more »

HRBPTT – Raising the Profile and Credibility of HR by Adding Value

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These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Business Partner Think Tank (HRBPTT) held on Thursday 5th December 2013 hosted by the Engine Group’s Bonnie Arora (HR Business Partner) titled ‘Raising the Profile and Credibility of HR by Adding Value’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion… Read more »

HRBPTT – Cultural Change: Making the Shift

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These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest HR Business Partner Think Tank (HRBPTT) held on Thursday 26th September 2013 hosted by News UK’s Milly Hume (HR Business Partner – Technology) titled ‘Cultural Change: Making the Shift’. The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst senior HR… Read more »