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John Sylvester & Ruth Patel: Employee engagement – why it makes sense and how to make it happen

Engaged employees perform better in their jobs, resulting in enhanced client satisfaction, greater productivity and ultimately improved financial returns. Engaged employees show commitment to their work that may be beyond all expectations. A Gallup survey of nearly 50,000 worldwide businesses found that those who were rated highly for employee engagement had twice the odds of success…

Louise Mankau: Sexual harassment in the workplace

As a succession of TV and radio stars face investigation and prosecution for historic alleged sexual offences, there has been much talk of past cultures of sexual harassment in the workplace. The recent trial of Dave Lee Travis is a case in point. But it’s not just the past hitting the headlines: the Lib Dems…

Helena Parry: True diversity is not just a numbers game

Diversity has become one of the most common phrases in today’s workplace, but, aside from a meaningless buzzword which companies use for PR purposes, it is still unclear whether businesses are actively trying to build a diverse workforce or simply attempting to make up the numbers. The introduction of quotas for females on executive boards,…

Catherine Muirden: Becoming a parent

Catherine Muirden, Director of HR, Barclays Retail explains the extensive maternity policies in place at Barclays. Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, at whatever stage in our working lives that it takes place. From preparing ourselves for the new baby, to the challenges to our time, energy and resources which raising a child creates,…

Jane Scott Paul: Skills shortage vacancies and how to rectify them

More than one in five current job vacancies is due to an absence of enough skilled applicants for the job, according to the recent Employer Skills Survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). As I approach retirement and look back at 27 years in training and education with the Association of Accounting…

Eleanor Rogers: Strike season and childcare – how to come out on top

The latest tube strike may have been called off, but there is another strike planned just around the corner. This time, teachers plan to walk out on 26 March over pay, pensions and conditions. They blame Michael Gove’s persistent refusal to address their complaints. In the past we have seen that teachers’ strikes can be…

Catharine Geddes: Workplace romance – what employers need to know

With Valentine’s Day today, those looking for love may not need to look any further than the peripheries of the office. A survey referred to on the ACAS website has found that three quarters of employees have considered a romance in the office and more than half have actually embarked on a relationship with a…

Laurie Miles: The UK skills shortage is a ticking time bomb, but it can be disarmed

After only several weeks into 2014 it seems like the grey economic cloud that has remained stubbornly over the UK for the past five years is finally beginning to lift. While newspapers and economists talk of growth and investor confidence, to the vast majority of people there is only one statistic that really matters: job…

Julie Windsor: Meeting rising expectations – the impact of technology on recruitment and engagement

It’s no secret that HR teams have faced increased pressures during the recent years of economic instability – and our latest HR survey really brought this issue to the fore. When asked about financial and recruitment challenges, 58% of the 290 HR Directors and professionals that responded said their organisations had found it more difficult…

Donavan Whyte: The Year Businesses Take Languages Seriously

Mandarin and German will be the fastest growing business languages of 2014, with Russian following soon after I anticipate that Chinese Mandarin will see an increase in popularity as one of the most needed languages for businesses in Europe in 2014. As trade with China increases and political barriers fall, demand for communication in Mandarin…

Betsy Kendall: Corporate prisoners and the retention balancing act

According to recent CIPD research, job turnover has slowed significantly over the past 15 years. This means that, in general, people are choosing to stay in their current roles rather than make voluntary exits (i.e. resignations and retirement). Economic conditions are likely to have been a major reason for the particularly significant fall in turnover…