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Top tips on how to be a good manager


Some people take very easily to management and are naturally good at it. They inspire and motivate their team, support them and get great results, individually and collectively. Others need to work a lot harder at it and hone their management skills in order to get the best out of their team. Different styles of […]

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How can HR teams boost the female talent pipeline?

The good news is that the number of women on FTSE 100 boards is rising. The bad news? It is not rising fast enough. There still aren’t enough, not in FTSE 100 boards, not in FTSE 350 boards and there are not women coming up through the talent pipeline to take up board and other […]

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Changing workplace norms


There are record numbers of people working from home in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). When the ONS started recording the number of homeworkers in 1998, there were just 2.9 million. On last count, there were 4.2 million, accounting for 13.9% of the workforce. It looks like the numbers of […]

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What UK workers are REALLY thinking – according to Google


“My Colleagues are Racist” There are 2.4 million searches for the term ‘job search’ each year – a surprising 273 searches each hour – and a significant spike in searches every January. We took a look to see what insight Google could shed on why so many people were looking for jobs in this period. […]

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People management a top priority for line managers in 2017


If there’s one skill that line managers need to hone in 2017 it’s people management, according to recent CIPD research. Why? Because many line managers are not being given the training and support they need, in particular when they take on new responsibilities. This is something that should be of serious concern to HR. This […]


8 top skills for L&D professionals for 2017 and beyond


There are eight essential L&D skills needed by organisations in the year ahead. So says the benchmarking organisation, Towards Maturity, in its 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report, ‘Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning’. What are those top eight skills? They are: 1. Facilitating social and collaborative learning (cited by […]


Make your CPD a top priority in 2017


If there is one new year’s resolution that every HR, L&D and manager should make this year, it is to ensure that your professional self-development is a top priority. Too often HR, L&D and managers are so focused on helping others develop their skills, their knowledge and careers, that your own CPD (continuing professional development) […]


The benefits of getting qualified in HR


Every HR professional knows that organisations operate in a constantly changing world. Technology, the economy and new ways of working such as the gig economy present new challenges for all employers. To succeed and grow in this business environment, employers need the very best HR professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills. So how can HR […]


Are you ready for the new apprenticeship levy law?


It’s not long now until the new apprenticeship levy becomes law. In spring next year, the government will change the way it funds apprenticeships in England. These changes affect how apprenticeship training is funded for all employers, with employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million becoming liable to pay the levy. In […]