Category: Analysis

Anton Roe: The Work Programme – what effects will it have?

The Government’s exciting announcement about ‘The Work Programme’ has definitely created a buzz within the Alderwood Education ranks. As you will probably know The Work Programme is aimed at supporting the most vulnerable people and helping them break the cycle of benefit dependency. It represents a big change for Welfare to Work in this country…

There are big changes on the horizon with regard to the way employers, and indeed society as a whole, view maternity and paternity leave. From April 2011, the Additional Paternity Leave (APL) scheme will allow new mothers to transfer a portion of their 12 months’ maternity leave to their partner. This will be a massive…

At this time of year… It is hardly a revolutionary idea to compare the recruitment consultancy with an estate agency. The two businesses invite many comparisons, positive and negative. Our industries are both strongly oriented towards sales and remuneration is based predominantly on commission. And like recruitment there are some very good agents out there…

Many factors, both internal and external, impact the way that you recruit. Whether you’re running a business, a team or a project, thorough planning is essential to ensure success. Recruitment is no different – from identifying the task’s skill requirements to assessing the individual’s personality fit – it requires understanding and awareness of your organisation,…

Financial and environmental concerns are leading some companies to question the add-on costs of face-to-face training projects.  Travel, accommodation and sheer off-the-road time can make traditional training look expensive.  No surprise then that there is unprecedented interest – even hype – around the concept of the virtual classroom. Now the very use of the term…

Ever since William and Kate made their announcement, I’ve been pondering the language of employee engagement. I’ve been really struck how businesses use words like ‘engagement’, which are full of personal and emotional meaning, to describe contractual and corporate relationships. And it also struck me that this is a fundamental conflict. Whilst I’m not suggesting…

Catherine Trombley: National pride or corporate identity?

A recent survey of Chinese employment trends carried out by Manpower Inc. seems to reveal a trend among Chinese workers to prefer working for a domestic company rather than foreign brand-name companies. Sixty-one percent of those who indicated a preference for a Chinese company were at the managerial level. This trend represents a considerable attitude…