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A new survey has revealed how the current economic downturn has impacted human resources (HR) strategy, budgets and employee turnover. The Employee Engagement and Retention Survey 2009 was conducted by Talentdrain.com and shows that HR teams are expected to do more with less. According to the survey, HR departments are being forced to give greater…

The challenge was to reduce the operating cost of the Learning Management System by migrating seamlessly to a new enhanced infrastructure that would act as a one-stop-shop for learning and performance, and provide critical support to the businesses transformation journey. Mike Booth, Learning Technologies Manager, Strategy & Projects from Cable & Wireless Europe, Asia & USA explains.

The current economic climate has led people to find employment in the public sector more attractive than in the private sector, according to a professional body. A lack of financing is being experienced by private companies while the public sector is benefiting due to the increase in borrowing in the latest Pre-Budget Report, the Chartered…

Employers should take time to show that they appreciate the hard work their staff have done throughout the year, according to a professional body. Christmas parties are an effective way for them to say thank you and encourage their employees for the coming year, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) says. According to research by the…

Government plans to help people with mental health problems stay at work have been welcomed by The Employers’ Forum on Disability (EFD). The secretary of state for work and pensions James Purnell announced more funding will be available for the Access to Work scheme which has already been piloted. It aims to assess and find…

Employee health costs increased last year but employers are still keen to offer healthcare benefits to their staff, new research has revealed. According to a survey by the consulting firm Mercer, over half of companies across Europe reported increased costs of around five per cent per employee in 2007. As a result, around 5.3 per…

Peer to peer training could help businesses bring their employees together and encourage them to communicate, according to a Business Link advisor. John Grange said employees who take part in such training are able to share their ideas with their colleagues and learn from one another. He acknowledged that when employees first come together in…

Effective staff training programmes can lead to stronger sales and better retention, according to the cosmetics company Lush. Staff trainer Lisa Titcomb and retail director Liz Bennett said bad training can de-motivate employees and cause damage to the brand. "When people are trained to a high quality they feel invigorated, motivated and have a desire…

Almost half of employers are considering or would consider signing up to the Employer Skills Pledge or Train to Gain initiative, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The statistics come in the week that Lord Leitch gave evidence to a Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills select committee on the CIPD…

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has hit out at the government over an estimated £4.21 billion tax increase faced by businesses over the next three years. New fiscal measures planned by the Treasury will add millions onto the annual tax bills of British businesses, despite claims by ministers that they are boosting the nation’s…