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Flexible working anyone?

For more than 25 years I have been implementing flexible working for clients. Well before the introduction of statutory rights to request flexible working, I worked with clients and their staff to improve productivity by ensuring staff were not at

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An open and shut case?

For many years it has been seen as good practice to tear down the walls between employees to facilitate team work and effective communication. Interesting then that new research suggests open plan work spaces actually result in a more distracted

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GDPR? Eh, what’s that?

Have you been in a meeting or discussion recently where someone mentions GDPR and everyone nods knowingly and then moves on? What about being bombarded with invitations to GDPR seminars or sales pitches from consultants. By now most people should

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Teaching an old dog new tricks?

Next year I will be celebrating 40 years in the profession. So perhaps you’ll think I am a bit biased towards this month’s subject! Organisations must do more to retain and promote older workers, experts have told the government’s Women

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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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