Posts Tagged: HR

Returning to Work: Supporting Employees Against The Dreaded Commute

The daily commute has always been met with distaste by workers. And whilst COVID is responsible for depriving the world of many experiences, pleasures and basic activities, the commuting-slog is arguably not one we’ve been missing. However, many businesses are now preparing phased ‘return to work’ plans which will, of course, see the resurrection of… Read more »

How to Support and Nurture the Wellbeing of a Remote Workforce

In 2019, only 30 percent of the UK workforce had worked from home, according to statistics from the Office of National Statistics. Fast forward to the current day, millions of UK workers are now working from home due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, businesses across the country have had to adapt their employee policies to support a remote workforce, including updating their employee wellness policies to protect and keep… 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 »

5 Ways to Build a Successful Employer Brand That Truly Reflects Your EVP

A well-executed employee value proposition (EVP) is reported to decrease staff turnover by 69%. So how do you build an impactful EVP and Employer Brand that will elevate your employee retention efforts, as well as engage and attract prospective talent? (Hint: You do it exactly in that order). Everyone says their business is going through… Read more »

5 HR Processes You Can Improve With the Use of HR Automation Tools

The HR department is responsible for the security, management and transfer of high-compliance employee data. Many of the processes managed by HR are time-consuming and require the highest attention to detail and utmost accuracy. Afterall, no matter what process, one-single piece of inaccurate information could mean the difference in an employee getting paid or not,… 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 »

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 »

6 Key Areas for HR Leaders to Consider when Preparing for Brexit

One of my colleagues recently shared a Brexit anecdote with me where a young lad who he coaches at football remarked “how should I know what to do about Brexit when the experts themselves don’t know what to do!”. Luca (aged 9 years and three quarters) isn’t wrong there. The HR industry is plagued by… 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 »

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 – 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 »

Mental Health & Wellbeing – We do ‘wellness’… But do we?

This blog is a contribution to Rachel Hodgson’s (HR Consultant) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘ series which documents the reality of mental health conditions and how we should ALL be focusing on prevention to provide a lasting change: My focus this month is on inclusion of mental health in overall wellness programmes to support the effort on… Read more »

My HR Director does not ​want Accurate Recruitment Data, Reporting or Analytics!

“The HR Director does​ not want accurate data and reporting in case they d​o​n’t like the answers…” “​We ​know ​our ​current data is really poor but we don’t know where to start…” “​Our​ head is in the sand…” These are just three snippets from recent conversations I’ve had with Talent Acquisition professionals working for FTSE… 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 »

How to develop a reusable maternity cover plan

Maternity Process

Having a maternity cover plan in place makes good business sense for all employers. I’m going to take you through the things that you need to consider when arranging maternity cover. Once you’ve written your plan you can easily edit it to suit for each member of staff as you will have a template to… 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 »

DTT – Measuring Return on Investment in Diversity & Inclusion


These are the thoughts and takeaways from the latest Diversity Think Tank (DTT) held on Tuesday 20th May 2014 hosted by State Street Bank’s Pauline Miller (Vice President, Global Inclusion EMEA) titled ‘Measuring Return on Investment in Diversion and Inclusion.’ The following summary has been prepared to reflect a segment of the discussion held amongst… Read more »

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

HR Business Partner Think Tank logo

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

HR Business Partner Think Tank logo

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 »