Category CIPD


Top tips for ensuring HR policies fulfil their purpose

How employers apply a policy can make or break a claim Good policies, effectively implemented and consistently applied, play a key role in managing a successful workplace and avoiding employment tribunal claims. An employer’s policies frequently come under the microscope in unfair dismissal cases. How a policy has been implemented and applied will be looked …


UK family businesses should ‘toughen up’ to compete globally, says PwC

Nearly 90 per cent of global start-ups funded by relatives Family firms in the UK need to enhance their business processes to stay ahead of global competition, a report by PwC has found. Although there are three million family businesses in the UK employing around nine million people, their ambitions pale in comparison to those …


Egg-on-face issues – proof-read your e-mails!

And they said that technology was going to make life easier… In a new job, I emailed people in a separate team to let them know there was post in our office for them. I got a reply saying my predecessor used to take it across to them. I forwarded the email to my manager to say …


Dress Code in the Workplace: How to get it right

New Acas guidance sets out how to make the rules This time last year, television presenter Jeremy Paxman caused a social media storm when he suddenly appeared on Newsnight sporting a full facial beard. Stories of employees having been fired or overlooked for promotion owing to visible tattoos or piercings are not uncommon.


“Feedback is the breakfast of champions!”

Having `grown up’ in the business world with the benefit of being exposed to some great `bite-size’ books published in the mid-1980’s, like Kenneth Blanchard’s `One Minute Manager’ series, I tend to forget than not everyone has had the opportunity of reading such practical guides to getting better organised in today’s digital melee.


More than half of employees identify ‘inadequate staffing’ as top cause of stress

Stress has a much greater impact on workplace disengagement than was previously thought, according to a global study by HR consultancy firm Towers Watson.The results of its Global Benefits Attitudes Survey found that more than half (57 per cent), of employees who claimed to be suffering from high levels of stress also said they felt …


One in four staff admit making false expense claims, study finds

Businesses not querying claims A quarter of employees confess to making false expense claims at work, according to a new study. One in five of them reported feeling no guilt about their actions, says the survey of 1,000 UK office workers by webexpenses, with one in four agreeing with the statement: “The longer you stay …


Downside of social media – for employers

Employers need clear policies on using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn both in and outside work Social media can be a real challenge for employers, especially getting the right balance between the business opportunities it offers and the potential problems that can arise from employee misuse. The technology makes it much harder to see a clear …


Back from holiday? Set the calendar!

Work fatigue sets in in just eight weeks after a holiday, finds survey A survey of 2,000 workers has found that the average British employee “needs” to take time off every 56 days or they risk a dip in productivity. Respondents to the survey, commissioned by Holiday Hypermarket, said that they started to feel tired …


Creativity IS alive – and walking!

Are you bored of rambling meetings? Walking while you talk could be the answer. Dr Peter Honey – one of the great gurus on learning and behaviour, and co-author of the world-famous Learning Styles Inventory (which we at The Way Ahead use extensively!) – has shared his thoughts on the benefits of a good walk to …

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