Let them eat cake!

Many years ago, I attended a conference in London about the link between employee pay and performance. In one session there was an employer representative arguing in favour of a link and a trade union representative arguing against. In the

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Time to face the inevitable?

Periodically clients ask me to assist them with a request for flexible working. Typically, it is a reactive process and if granted, seen by the employer as a concession. Interesting then that Timewise have just published research that shows that

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Confrontation or collaboration?

I wish I had a pound for each time a client has said that certain individuals do not get on at work and are causing problems but then say they have done nothing about it. Clients often see confrontation and

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Sorry for repeating myself!

This month I come back to a subject I have written about before. A café-turned-arts venue has just come under fire after posting a job advertisement for an office administrator slating millennials’ attitudes to work. After struggling to fill an

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How much do you think you are worth?

I recall at the start of my career I was offered an increase in pay to reflect additional responsibilities I had been given and was meeting. Perhaps with the naivety of youth I was very disappointed and upset with the

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Maybe it’s time to re-assess how we recruit

Apparently, the UK is experiencing its steepest drop in candidate availability in 16 months. And it appears to be caused by uncertainty around Brexit. Data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that 38 per cent of recruitment agencies

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Good health leads to good productivity

One of my clients recently said to me “Of course, in our industry taking short lunch breaks and working extra hours is the norm and expected” It might feel counterproductive to persuade your employees to work fewer hours, but you

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Will T Levels be the answer to youth unemployment?

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond took a bit of a barrage in the recent budget. However, within the budget, the introduction of T levels, announced by Hammond, is the latest government initiative to solve the problem of youth unemployment.

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Does remote working have to really be remote?

More and more I have clients asking me about letting staff work from home. I guess with changes in technology and social trends it is likely to become even more prevalent. The key question I am asked is how do

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Live and let live?

As an HR practitioner I often hear complaints from clients (and businesses in general) that there is too much regulation and red tape. Indeed, this was one of the arguments put forward by the Brexiteers in last year’s referendum. And

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