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33% of black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) 16-24 year olds are still classed as ‘neets’ – not in employment, education or training – compared to 17% of their white counterparts. HR functions must be mindful of BAME audiences in their youth recruitment strategies. Understanding recruitment barriers affecting young BAME people is crucial if organisations want to benefit from diverse talent. From our research we know what actions business can take to ensure fair and equal recruitment of BAME people, including: Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrating the ordinary

09 Jul

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      One of the most enjoyable roles that I fulfill outside the world of employment is that of Awards Scheme Judge (be that with Employee Benefits or Pay & Benefits magazines, or as Chair of the Scottish judging panel of the National Training Awards in the past). I always find inspirational examples of great practices and ideas that I’d like to ‘adapt and adopt’ (steal is too crude a word!) for my own main employment. Read the rest of this entry »

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      For those involved in HR over a number of years, it’s easy to conclude that ER has become more formal, the risk and cost of litigation has grown and the role of employment law in HR work has increased. Any number of large employers now have teams of staff to deal with employment disputes. Some of these developments have been valuable, giving weight to employee rights and due process. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Brazil’s World Cup is exceeding its own heady expectations. There are big stories – the champions, Spain, have been humbled and are facing the abject misery of a summer back in Barcelona or Madrid. Everyone’s favourite pantomime villain, Luis Suarez, didn’t disappoint, getting his teeth into the action as well as uncompromising Italian defenders. The minnows are doing well, with the likes of Costa Rica sailing through the qualifying group. We’ve had last minute penalties, sending offs, vast attendances (with the US interestingly outdoing all other nations in terms of viewing figures) and some hugely entertaining football. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Have you ever wondered why there’s often a mismatch in the way different sections of the workforce view things? Life experience has a lot to do with it. By 2015, those born between 1981 – 1994 (generation Y) will outnumber baby boomers (born 1945 – 1961) in the workforce for the first time. And this time next year, the majority of employees will be in their 20s. Read the rest of this entry »

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      The great, the good and the English are duking it out on the football fields of Brazil. For England, this is the dramatic culmination of a route that saw them traipse around the backwaters and foothills of the footballing landscape – taking in Moldova, San Marino and Montenegro. But this is where differences, legends and careers are made – this is the conclusion of a long, bewildering journey.

      Would that this sense of dramatic climax were the same for the recruitment process. Read the rest of this entry »

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      During my induction to Village Urban Resorts and De Vere Hotels, I spent an intensive two weeks meeting with heads of department, supervisors, general managers and employees from the front line. It soon transpired that De Vere had more than enough HR resource but no strategy, while at Village there just wasn’t the HR resource to be proactive or strategic. Read the rest of this entry »

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      Pre-internet times, how did job seekers get any insight into what it might be like to work for a particular organisation? The answer is they had to rely on the scant information they could glean from asking around. And, of course, what they were told during the recruitment and selection process. Or, if they really wanted to know, they could have gone ‘undercover’ and called up or visited the establishment. Read the rest of this entry »

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      What does great HR look like?

      04 Jun

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          We recently asked the question on LinkedIn: ‘What is great HR?’. It was one of those topics that really gets people talking, generating over 110 responses, a lot of likes and a wide range of opinion.

          A client had asked me to start the discussion as a context setter to an HR team workshop. The problem was, with such a variation in the responses, we couldn’t really determine any clear benchmark. What became apparent was that there are hierarchical differences, as well as differences in geographic and organisational culture, that drive what great HR really is. Read the rest of this entry »

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          Looking out over my garden on a predictably wet and downcast bank holiday Monday, it’s hard not to recognise the changing of the landscape. The grass is woefully overgrown, I urgently need to locate my secateurs from wherever they’re hiding and it’s hard not to marvel at just how many weeds one very modest garden can house. And as spring evolves soggily into summer, some clear analogies for the economy and the employment market can be drawn. Read the rest of this entry »

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