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What does the election, football audiences and freelance contractors have in common? Neil Harrison, head of employer branding and insight at TMP Worldwide explains all. 

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For decades, the advance of technology has helped organisations get bigger and faster. But what are the consequences of this, for your workforce and brand, in the future? Neil Harrison, head of employer branding & insight, TMP Worldwide, explores. 

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With an election just around the corner, how big an issue will jobs and recruitment be for the voting public? And what effect will this have on our industry in the months to come? Neil Harrison, head of employer branding and insight at TMP Worldwide, explores.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Major decisions and choices are beginning to dominate the landscape for many of us. More important even than choosing quietly to forget December’s New Year’s resolutions, or choosing to ignore the prevailing doom and gloom of Blue Monday, we have potentially the closest, most varied, most unpredictable election the UK has perhaps ever experienced looming into view.

What choice will you and the rest of the country make? What choice will the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee come to over interest rates? And perhaps the question influencing most acutely both the previous ones – what decisions are keeping the price of oil as low as it currently sits? Neil Harrison, head of employer branding & insight at TMP worldwide, shares his insights.

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Creating a movement through social media, the value of an uncompromising branding message and hoping to face a brighter future: Neil Harrison, head of employer branding and insight at TMP Worldwide looks back at three key events from December.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The talent war is over and talent has won, says Neil Harrison of TMP Worldwide. But how can your employer brand reach out to the winners? Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Harrison, head of employer branding and insight at TMP Worldwide, shares his thoughts on how employers can better build relationships with current – and potential – employees.

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The issue of employee nationality has been much to the fore this month as the always entertaining football transfer window closed for the next few months. The preceding few weeks have witnessed both a feeding and a media frenzy. Which big players are moving to which big clubs for how much of a, presumably big, salary increase? Thereafter, in an apparent restraint of trade to my legally untutored mind, clubs have to concentrate on engagement rather than recruitment until January. Not for the first time, eye watering amounts of money were being invested or bet (depending on the relative levels of desperation demonstrated by each club) on new hires in order to enhance organisational performance and prolong the tenure of senior management.

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I’ve just got back from a ridiculously enjoyable and relaxing break in Kefalonia under cloudless skies and amethyst waters. It’s hard not to be struck by the generational balance achieved on the island. The spiritual home, broadly, of Odysseus, Kefalonia also harbours the sort of modern yachts/floating penthouses that might make even Roman Abramovich check his current account with some trepidation.

The island has clearly achieved more in terms of this generational balance than my own family. When asked whether we might have a final, end-of-holiday photo of us all, commemorating a wonderful time, my son paused, sucked his teeth and replied, ‘Only if you don’t tag me on Facebook’. Great…

And achieving a healthy and effective balance across increasingly varying ages is something all employers will have to find an answer to over the coming decade. Workforces will take on an increasingly grey tinge, as over the next ten years, the employee base of UK plc will see 700,000 fewer people aged between 16 and 49, yet 3.7m more of those aged 50 and above – I ought, sadly, to register a certain association with this latter category at this point.

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We packed our daughter off at the always fragrant Victoria Coach Station last week. Immediately after her first year at uni, she is throwing herself into a European tour that might make even Jose Mourinho envious, taking in as she will, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, Istanbul, Rome, Split and Florence. She’ll be flying, coaching and sailing over the next two months and having, we rather hope, the time of her life – and judging by some Facebook photos I am confident we weren’t meant to see, succeeding admirably.

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