Posts Categorised: HR Think Tank Series

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 huge disruption in the Fintech space and many Financial Services businesses, like banks, have needed to re-engineer themselves and their propositions to maintain success. This has presented a huge challenge… 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 »

10 Top Tips for Selecting and Implementing the Right ATS

Many organisations complain about their Applicant Tracking System (ATS), even if they have just implemented a new system! Given that selecting an ATS is such an important decision, how can organisations ensure they choose a system that appropriately supports their business, aligns against their budget and resource levels, and successfully integrates with other relevant systems?… Read more »

6 Tips for Hiring Generation Z Candidates

In five year’s time ‘Generation Z‘ (those born between 1990-1999) will represent over 20% of our workforce and, just like millennials, are entering our employment landscape with fresh ideals and drivers. Speaking generally, this generation is likely to be: highly ambitious; passionate about cause and purpose; will seek clear career direction and development; and will… 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 »

Brexit: Scenario Planning for HR and Recruitment Professionals

It’s less than a month until B-Day (Brexit, for anyone that’s also bored of hearing that word) and we’re still none the wiser about what’s actually going to happen on 29th March! Following our third Brexit-related Think Tank held last month, we are pleased to share a presentation delivered by Jonathan Hearn (Legal Director at DLA… Read more »

Coffee with… Matt Sanderson, Senior Resourcing Manager at RBS

Meet the host of our Agile Working Think Tank, Matt Sanderson, who’s running a session with us around using flexible working to drive productivity and retain staff in the changing landscape of employment. For more information on the agile working Think Tank, taking place on 7th March, click here. 1. What does it feel like to work at RBS? RBS feels… Read more »

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The HR Think Tank Series (HRTTS) is an exclusive peer-to-peer HR community that empowers its members to deliver beyond their potential. Directed at senior level strategic HR professionals, the community provides members with the opportunity to: stimulate and validate ideas, improve their effectiveness, and stay informed of best and next practice. Unlike many HR networking… Read more »

The HR Think Tank Series Launches 2019 Partnership with Talent Pipelining Platform, Candidate.ID

There’s nothing like a big announcement to turbo-charge the start of the New Year! And as such, our strategic community, the HR Think Tank Series (HRTTS), is delighted to welcome Candidate.ID onboard as an official community partner. Now in its 10th year, the HRTTS has run in excess of 400 face-to-face events and is excited… Read more »

7 Questions Recruitment Leaders Must Ask Themselves Before They Define an Onboarding Strategy

With poor onboarding repeatedly held responsible for why employees resign in their first year, we challenged senior Resourcing and HR leaders from our Think Tank community to shed some light on best practice onboarding. Collectively, we’ve prepared seven questions (and answers!) that you should ask yourself before you define your strategy. This Resourcing Think Tank,… Read more »

Coffee with… Jackie Wybrow, Senior Director (People Operations) @ TripAdvisor ☕

Ahead of 2018’s most rapidly sold-out Think Tank, we caught up with our host, Jackie, who’s holding this much anticipated session for us on Brexit. In addition to discussing our withdrawal from the EU, Jackie shares her insight on setting up international ‘Site Leadership’ teams at TripAdvisor, and her top recommended book of the moment…… 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… Natalie Brock, Director – Head of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding @ Gympass ☕

Leading the Talent Acquisition function of a rapidly growing technology business is far from straightforward, particularly when you’re trying to maintain company culture and support ambitious headcount plans. In advance of a HR Think Tank we’re running for strategic HR and Recruitment professionals next month with Gympass, we caught up with Natalie Brock to understand the… Read more »

Coffee with… Claire Gray, European Talent Manager @ Canon Europe ☕

Working for an organisation with a true sense of ‘purpose’ can be incredibly empowering; particularly when working in an HR role. For European Talent Manager, Claire Gray, buying into Canon’s philosophy of ‘Kyosei’ is so important because it helps unite the business with a shared common ground. Ahead of the Resourcing Think Tank that Claire’s… Read more »

Turning Recruitment Metrics into Meaningful Business Success Indicators

As strategic HR professionals (who want to be taken seriously!) aren’t we bored of simply talking cost and time when it comes to measuring our impact? Our HR Think Tank Series partner, Hollaroo, share their take on what it means to turn recruitment data into genuine indicators of success… The internet is full of great… 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 »

6 Key Actions to Tick off your GDPR Checklist

The GDPR deadline might have passed, but HR and Recruitment professionals responsible for processing candidate and employee data still need to consider whether their adapted processes ensure they’re GDPR compliant. A few months ago you couldn’t open your inbox, visit LinkedIn or read an industry publication without seeing the GDPR acronym. And whilst we’re now… Read more »

GDPR at a Glance

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018, with strict new rules and large penalties – up to €20 million (!) – for businesses who fail to comply… Our HR Think Tank Series partner, Hollaroo, have produced a  number of resources to help summarise the relevant elements of GDPR… Read more »

The Top 6 Priorities for HR and Recruitment Leaders

What’s currently hot on the agenda of HR and Recruitment Leaders? We asked our HR Think Tank Series members to shed some light on their top priority areas and the results are below. There’s clearly a theme around developing and retaining staff; indicating a highly competitive talent market. Succession planning came out on top with… Read more »

TTT – Adopting a Digital Mindset for Learning and Development

Digital learning has grown massively over the last decade, with many companies taking a blended approach to training their staff in both hard and soft skills. Tools such as webinars, podcasts, microblogging, eBooks, online lectures and tutorials are being leveraged to provide a consistent, easy to access and cost efficient way to deliver an organisation’s… Read more »

RTT – GDPR as a Candidate Opportunity

Whilst the message surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been associated with legal compliance and risk mitigation, we believe that, viewed through a slightly more positive lens, employers can use the change to create competitive advantage in their quest to attract and retain the very best and inclusive talent. These are the thoughts… Read more »

RTT – Developing a Successful Referral Programme

An effective referral programme can be a powerful, economical channel to source fantastic talent; however one that can often be challenging to master. From structuring and incentivising the scheme, through to successfully marketing and managing the process, there are several elements deemed critical to ensure a referral scheme success. It seems that all too often… Read more »

RTT – Inducting and Onboarding New Starters: Getting the Basics Right

Onboarding is a complex and often poorly executed part of the employee engagement cycle. Whether it’s inducting an external hire or supporting an internal move, perfecting this process is crucial to establishing a positive employee relationship.  A common challenge associated with onboarding is maintaining control of a central process that’s consistent for all employees.  These… Read more »

RTT – High Volume Recruitment: Assessment Methods and Candidate Experience

Delivering a poor candidate experience is a surefire way to damage your brand. And with 72% of candidates sharing negative feedback online or with a peer, it’s never been more important to get this part of the recruitment process right. For businesses dealing with high volume recruitment, the emphasis placed on strengthening the candidate experience is… Read more »

DTT – Taking Managers on the Diversity and Inclusion Journey

Developing an internal culture that enhances and promotes diversity and inclusion is paramount. Not just from the obvious moral perspective, but from the standpoint of continuing to develop an organisation’s products and services through a diverse and an engaged workforce. As such, many businesses now find themselves responding to often ambitious diversity targets around gender,… 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 »

R&MTT – Incentivising and Retaining the Millennial Workforce

The millennial workforce is plagued by stereotypes – they’re referred to as lazy, having a false sense of entitlement, accused of not working hard enough, considered to demand promotions too readily, and the big one; they’re tarred with the brush of being disloyal. Whilst we’re not suggesting we support these stereotypes, there is significant evidence… 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 »

Talent Pipeline Playbook – Driving Candidate Engagement and Creating Content

Candidate.ID is the world’s first talent pipeline software used by world leading employers to build deep pipelines of engaged candidates for today’s and tomorrow’s hiring needs. Since building a talent pipeline requires a shift from reactive to proactive marketing, Candidate.ID’s CEO, Adam Gordon, has developed a Talent Pipeline Playbook to share useful insights and advice… Read more »

RTT – Getting to Grips with GDPR in Recruitment and HR

In light of the increasingly digital landscape that dominates the world of today, a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be coming into force next May to help protect personal data. These regulations will undoubtedly have huge implications for businesses who possess or control data, therefore it’s crucial our policies and procedures help ensure… 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 »

R&MTT – Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Data Interpretation, Presentation and Action

From 2017 onwards businesses employing 250 people or more must submit annual reports detailing the difference between the average earnings of men vs. their female counterparts in a bid to help address gender inequality. The first wave of reporting was on 5th April, so any challenges around the logistics and practicalities of obtaining this data… Read more »

TTT – Modernising our Emerging Talent Programmes

The world of work has changed and the appetite for spending long periods of time employed by the same company simply isn’t there. So what does this mean for our talent programmes? This shift in behaviour throws up a number of questions, particularly when we consider talent programmes designed for graduates, interns, apprentices and entry… Read more »

DTT – Developing a Career Returner Programme

Powerful Brands are Created through Powerful Employees In today’s working world, there are no set rules for how careers develop and evolve over time. Employers recognise that a powerful brand is created through powerful employees. This means not only allowing, but encouraging staff to use their benefits, leave, and PTO time. Acknowledging the various career… Read more »

RTT – Recruitment Supplier Value: Getting More For Your Money

The majority of businesses will have a degree of reliance on recruitment suppliers. Whether it’s down to drivers relating to time, quality or unique skills, most companies will have external agencies tucked away in their recruitment arsenal to fill certain positions. However, as we’re all aware, using a recruitment supplier inevitably comes with a price tag. For… Read more »

RTT – 5 things to Consider when Selecting and Implementing an ATS

Many organisations complain about their ATS, even if they have just implemented a new system. Given that an ATS is such a crucial piece of technology, how can organisations ensure that they select a system that appropriately supports their business, aligns against their budget and resource levels; and is future proof? While other business areas… Read more »

Why Hiring for Experience is Insane!

Albert Einstein defined insanity as: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Taking his lead from Einstein’s definition in his recent DisruptHR talk, Why Hiring For Experience Is Insane, Tom Quayle, President of The Chemistry Group Inc, explained why experience is the least reliable predictor of behaviour and used it to… Read more »

Everything you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy

Following a recent Resourcing Think Tank titled ‘Responding to the Apprenticeship Levy’, we wanted to provide a simple resource to answer all your questions around what the Levy actually means. Kate Temple-Brown, Apprenticeship Levy consultant and enthusiast, addresses the key headlines of the Levy below: Apprenticeship Levy – the background From April 2017 a new tax is being… Read more »

RTT – I know you’re not… but is the Government ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

In spring this year the way the government funds apprenticeships will be changing. From 6th April we will see the introduction of an Apprenticeship Levy that requires UK organisations with a ‘pay bill’ of over £3m a year to invest in apprenticeship schemes.   For many businesses, offering apprenticeship schemes is new territory and will require… Read more »

RTT – Strategic Workforce Planning and Forecasting

In times of unprecedented change, many organisations struggle to adequately balance supply and demand when it comes to their workforce. Once the preserve of the management consultancies and professional services organisations, the need for solid insight that supports better resource planning decisions (in a function already flooded with data) is now routinely sought by HR… Read more »

TTT – Global Talent Development Programmes and Measuring their Success

Organisations are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to developing talent programmes to help their employees fulfil their potential, and achieve and maintain competitive advantage. What’s critical is that such talent programmes are closely aligned to the business’s long-term objectives and succession planning needs. During this session we discussed talent programmes on a global scale… Read more »

RTT – Managing a Large Pool of Contractors

The growth of the contractor market has played an incredibly significant role in shaping the UK’s economy over the last 12 months. And for some industries, notably IT and construction, the demand for skilled contractors is showing no signs of slowing. More people than ever are seeking opportunities that provide greater flexibility than a traditional 9-5 ‘job for… Read more »