Category: Home Page Management

Derek Kelly: Handling HR disputes with contractors and freelancers

First things first, allow me to be clear. Contractors and freelancers are, on the whole, a fantastic group. Speaking as someone who has looked after the needs of tens of thousands of them over the years, I can confirm that they are an excellent source of innovation, inspiration and expertise for businesses of varying sizes across…

Jobseekers’ confidence crushed by recruitment process

A demotivating lack of feedback and obscure recruitment processes are frustrating young jobseekers, making them less likely to land a job. A new report from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) states that there is a clear mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people and young jobseekers’ understanding of what is expected from…

Wes Wu: Rethinking HR Analytics

HR transformations have abounded in the last decade as HR organisations continue to attempt a grab for “the seat at the table.” Largely HR has been unsuccessful. In a world run by numbers, balance sheets, and productivity, HR’s attempt at transforming things like “talent management” and creating efficiencies through “self service” and “HR outsourcing” have…

Emilie Bennetts: Getting the most out of your workforce without encouraging exploitation

Last month Jamie Oliver attracted attention by launching a critical attack on the work ethic of young British workers, saying that they aren’t prepared to work hard, that the maximum 48 hour working week imposed by the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) is “only half a week’s work” and that if it weren’t for European…

Tom Hadley: Good recruitment is good for business

Blog by Tom Hadley. I have been thinking about what good recruitment looks like ahead of Symposium Events’ recruitment summit next week and with employers gearing up for growth and hiring intentions on the up, there has never been a more important time for businesses to think about the best way of bringing new talent into their organisations.…

Neil Pickering on Absenteeism: The detriment to the UK economy and workforce productivity

It was interesting to see the results of CBI/Pfizer’s recent Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which found that absenteeism is costing the UK economy a staggering £14 billion a year. Further research released from business advisers PwC shows sick days alone are costing British business almost £29bn a year because workers are taking more than…

Ian Symes: Maternity coaching is key to preventing discrimination in the workplace

According to figures analysed by the House of Commons library, up to 50,000 women a year feel they can’t return to their jobs after maternity leave, suggesting that women returning to work are either forced into positions with less responsibility or are effectively dismissed. Stigma and discrimination have been cited as the main reasons, underlined…

Neil Pickering on Zero Hours: Managing the changing employment landscape

Much has been documented in recent weeks regarding zero hours contracts, prompted by a CIPD report claiming one million workers are on zero-hours contracts. This figure is far more than the 250,000 official estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and has now generated interest from government bodies and politicians alike. As such, Vince…

Bernadette Daley: Employee shareholders – dealing with the HR aspects

You may be forgiven for thinking that we already had a confusing set of labels for different types of workers – employees, workers, agency workers, consultants, the self-employed. As of 1 September 2013, we have a new category – the employee shareholder. HR practitioners need to be familiar with this new status, so that they…

Azmat Mohammed: How can recruiters and clients work closer and more effectively?

On the 19th September, Symposium Events will hold the Innovation in Recruitment Summit in London. I am really looking forward to discussing the latest recruitment challenges with my industry peers and am particularly interested in how recruiters and clients can work closer and more effectively. The truth is external agencies want the kind of relationships…

Gary Cattermole: Do Zero-Hours Mean Zero Profit?

The debate around zero-hour contracts rages on with the Government stating its concern and companies rushing to prove that this way of working really does make business sense. The flexibility helps them meet fluctuations in demand to ensure that their businesses survive in challenging circumstances and they can also keep their core staff in work.…

HRreview launches in Canada and USA!

HRreview, the award winning business magazine, has announced it will be launching a new edition aimed at Canada and The United States on 21st August 2013. With a HQ in London UK and readers from around the globe, HRreview aims to grow its reach and appeal in North America through establishing a new community media hub…