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Helena Parry: Are we addressing the real diversity challenge?

The debate around women in the boardroom has continued to rage once again, with the latest report from the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders highlighting that numbers are stalling. In its research, Cranfield found that over the last six months, levels of FTSE 100 board appointments going to women have dropped significantly. Compared to…

Teresa Budworth: Permit to work, not to fall ill

Whenever we think of health and safety we tend to think about employees. But what about others who visit our workplaces, such as maintenance and repair contractors. How do we make sure they’re safe too? One tool often used is the permit-to-work system. A permit-to-work is a documented procedure which simply authorises people to carry…

Teresa Budworth: Feeling a bit awkward? Help is on its way!

Let’s face it, it can feel a little bit awkward talking to people about their health problems. Bodily functions and failings aren’t exactly the greatest topic of conversation. Many illnesses or injuries can also be difficult to understand. And let’s not forget mental ill-health. According to the Mental Health Foundation one in 4 people experience…

Helena Parry: How can an organisation embrace diversity within an emerging talent programme?

The diversity agenda often focuses on the areas which many managers are more familiar with – women in the board-room for example. But diversity is something which should be incorporated into recruitment and talent management strategies across the whole business. Take for example the emerging talent market. In our current climate, it’s becoming increasingly important…

Teresa Budworth: Check your waste, it may contain a life

A few months ago a homeless man from Merseyside was tragically killed after climbing into a commercial waste container. He’d entered the large wheelie bin for some shelter and to get a few hours sleep. Unfortunately he never woke up as the waste container was removed and emptied into a compressor. A truly horrific incident…

HR and OD must get used to ‘interesting times’

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has launched its annual HR Year Ahead publication, a fresh collection of short essays tackling the big issues facing HR and OD in 2013. The series of essays offers practical guidance around key issues such as engagement, innovation, HR’s relationship to the line, change and fostering new behaviours. Peter…

Recruitment is not for the faint hearted. It’s a fast paced, demanding career choice but it promises great rewards to those who thrive in its competitive environment. There are attractive benefits to the job, and remuneration packages can be substantial. It’s no surprise, then, that ambitious young professionals flourish in the industry. However, as these…

Richard Prime: Top tips for recruitment start-ups (part two)

Recruitment is an exciting, fast paced and interactive career choice which offers attractive benefits and potentially substantial wages. It attracts some of the brightest graduates and produces some of the most talented experts in their field. As mentioned last month, it is therefore unsurprising that there has been a big increase in the number of…

Helena Parry: Workplace diversity – how can it be implemented in your organisation?

The importance of diversity is something that all HR professionals are aware of across the globe, and yet it’s still a struggle for many organisations. It seems there’s an uphill challenge when trying to engage the board in the diversity agenda, and there’s always been a missing link between a diverse workforce and the impact…

Richard Prime: Top tips for recruitment start-ups (part two)

Recruitment is an exciting, fast paced and interactive career choice which offers attractive benefits and potentially substantial wages. It attracts some of the brightest graduates and produces some of the most talented experts in their field. As mentioned last month, it is therefore unsurprising that there has been a big increase in the number of…