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Domestic Abuse: Breaking The Silence

I’ve long held the view that the best employers should be more than just a provider of a regular income to their employees. The very best employers and organisations out there are those who go the extra mile, and in doing so, change – and sometimes even save – lives.

Do I need to be a “People Person” to work in HR?

Ask me my least favourite phrase from the world of work, and it’s a tough one. You’d have to be a considerably more tolerant person than I am not to grit your teeth when a classic such as “low hanging fruit”, “let’s take a deep dive”, or “I’m going to reach out to them” is trotted out.

However, coming in at Number 1, without a shadow of a doubt, is that all time perennial favourite: “I’m just such a People Person.”

My HR Predictions for 2018

 With Christmas just around the corner, I thought now was the perfect time to share with you my HR predictions for the year ahead. We’ve seen the world of HR continue to transform as we’ve progressed through 2017, and I don’t see that changing as we head into 2018 and beyond. Here, then, are the things I believe all HR practitioners should look to expect:

HR: The Dawn of a New Era

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Today’s blog post was inspired by a fantastic article I read recently. The article in question contained insight from a number of HR professionals who had progressed to become CEOs, and the things they learnt along the way.

Taking Sides: The Role of HR

 A question I have been asked on a number of occasions during my career in HR is “whose side are you on?” The implication being that HR, by the nature of its function, must be biased towards supporting the employer or employee during its many day to day transactions and activities.

The Naming of Jobs is a Difficult Matter

What’s in a name, people ask? Well, plenty, it turns out, when you get onto the thorny topic of job titles.

For some reason, job titles (along with desk location and dress code) are one of the elements of working life which seem to elicit more of an emotive response in people than almost anything else. For many of us, our job title is a primary facet of our work identity, and therefore it is given increased weight when it comes to its significance and the value we place on it.

Looking Ahead: My HR Predictions for 2017

As we head into the final weeks of the year, thoughts start to turn to what 2017 has in store for us. While on a personal level we may be considering lifestyle changes or travel plans, 2017 will also inevitably bring change and developments in the world of HR.

Breaking Into HR: How To Make It As An HR Professional

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Before I started my HR career, I trained and worked as a professional actor. I made the decision early on to change my career path after fairly rapidly realising that the cutthroat world of professional theatre was unlikely to offer me the financial security I was looking for!

Policies, Procedures and Painful Processes


If you read my blog post: What Does The HR Department Actually Do, you’ll know that one of the delivery focus areas I referenced was Legislative Compliance. We have a responsibility to our organisation to ensure that we are legally compliant and have people practices in place supporting this.

However, how do you ensure that you strike the right balance? How do you ensure that your policies are compliant and your organisation stays out of any employment tribunals without spending all of your time here, at the detriment of the engagement and experience of your employees, and the achievement of your organisational goals?

What’s In A Name? – The Rise And Fall Of The Human Resources Department

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Over the last few decades, the function once almost exclusively known as Personnel has gradually rebranded itself as the Human Resources department. Theories abound as to the reasons why: anything from an increasing US influence to a desire to demonstrate a harder edge and move away from the ‘tea and tissues’ stereotype.

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