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Another Apprenticeships Review

In mid-November, the onlineHR Magazine cited the 20% youth unemployment rate (still far below the 50+% in Euro-neighbours such as Spain but still not good at all, economy-wise) that is costing the UK in the region of £25 billion, according to the Audit Commission. It then went on to imply that apprenticeships are the answer to the problem. Apprenticeship barriers HR Magazine has recently taken to…

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Does Absence Make the Budget Grow Smaller?

The year 2012 saw some interesting (and not necessarily congruent) figures being published regarding the cost of employee absence to the UK economy. An article in the Telegraph cited research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) placing the annual cost at £3.1bn for the private sector and £3.4bn for the public. However, the 2012 CBI Absence Survey calculated a figure of £17 billion.…

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Five HR Resolutions for 2013

As we dust ourselves down after the (at times) traumatic business year that was 2012, it’s time to look ahead to the fresh year and think, onward and upward…, or to put it another way, if we want each HR year to be better than the last we need to ask ourselves, what next? As with any other aspect of life, work, business or market gardening, there are plenty of New Year resolutions on offer; here…

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New Thinking on Engagement?

‘Thought Piece’ may well be one of those modern, jargon-y, David Brent-like buzz phrases that set your teeth on edge like nails on a chalkboard. On the other hand, you may admire its simple descriptive elegance. Either way, the CIPD has commissioned a series of them, looking to pick the (reputedly) finest brains in the HR world and present their musings for our reading and business improvement…

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Talent Management Basics

You may have an intricately-detailed, finely-tuned, flexible and business-aligned talent management strategy already in place. On the other hand, you may not. What’s certainly apparent is that while decisions on employee development and movement between roles are just as crucial in SMEs as they in huge corporate entities, much of the existing commentary and advice focuses on helping smaller businesses…

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The Economy's Impact on Your Employees

July may have brought a drop in the UK unemployment figures but the downside is a still-stagnant economy with as yet little sign of real growth. In such times, it may seem necessary to focus more closely on bottom line issues such as sales, overheads, turnover, and profit. But employee engagement is often a deciding factor in business performance (and survival). In other words, as a manager or business…

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Sustainable Performance: Case Study 3 - Innocent Drinks

Innocent is a well-known brand, with smoothies, juices and veg pots from this Coca-Cola-backed company appearing on the shelves of supermarkets, delis, takeaway lunch venues and upmarket sandwich shops… throughout the UK.Innocent is the third SME business featured as a case study in the CIPD’s research reportAchieving sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs which was published…

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Sustainable Performance: Case Study 2 - Harrod UK

First of all, this case study is not about the little shop in London once owned by Mohamed Al Fayed.However, remove the “s” and you get Harrod UK, the second SME business to feature as a case study in the CIPD’s research report Achieving sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs which was published earlier this summer.That research identified the different stages of SME business…

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Learning To Work The CIPD Way

The subject of youth employment crops up every now and again; in this very blog there have been posts onGeneration Y and the retention of younger employees. But the other side of the coin – youth unemployment – is similarly topical, perhaps even more so with the BBC quoting a figure of 22.2% in April of this year, and David Miliband’s May warning that the cost of youth unemployment will be…

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The Impact of Pay on People

Not many of us come to work for completely altruistic reasons. There’s usually a mortgage or a gas bill on one side of the equation and some form of paid employment on the other. So it’s not unreasonable to imagine that a company’s approach to how it pays and rewards its employees will have a fundamental impact on them.  A Recent CIPD Report On this very issue, the CIPD have published a…

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