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Eye care saves lives!

Routine checks A routine eye examination will of course check any visual issues an individual may have and provide a prescription for corrective glasses or contact lenses. More than this, it will also enable the optometrist to consider the health of the eye itself – checking for signs of conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. What may be less obvious, however, is that an eye examination can tell the optometrist a great deal about the overall health of the individual and about systemic conditions, not even related to eyesight.

Article by 29 June 2018


Three ways to beat recent price rises when buying IPMI

Has the cost of your international private medical insurance (IPMI) ballooned? If so you are not alone. There have been significant increases in the cost of international policies for many employers, with prices up by as much as 50% in some cases.

Article by 27 June 2018


World Cup 2018 Fever

The games kicked off on 14 June 2018 with the final whistle set for 15 July 2018.  As is now customary, ACAS have produced an updated guide to employers (and employees) on surviving the World Cup.  Ultimately, the goal is to strike the right balance between keeping employees happy but not getting caught offside.

Article by 26 June 2018


Transforming HR through strategic data

Across all the business departments, Human Resources has potentially the most to gain from the intelligent use of analytics. From improved resourcing and performance reviews to identifying problem areas that can improve policies, data analytics can drive deeper insights into management and operational issues that can improve overall organisational performance, argues

Article by 21 June 2018


The value of specific mental health training as a part of health and wellbeing

If the UK's workplaces want to achieve the goal of having happier, healthier and more productive environments they need to address mental health in the workplace. Mental health charity Mind reports that even though the incidence of mental health issues is not increasing, our ability to cope is diminishing, as more people are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts*. They estimate that in the UK one in four will experience a mental health problem each year.

Article by 18 June 2018



Businesses with ‘best-of-breed’ solutions soon became frustrated with the limitations imposed on them and as such, ‘best-in-class’ solutions proliferated. Organisations began to select these alternatives which could perform a range of functions. However, of the plethora of functions offered, only a small percentage would be relevant to individual businesses and they found themselves paying for features which they did not use.

Article by 14 June 2018


Make work a medium for learning

People not involved in teaching, facilitation and HR may be forgiven if they lose sight of the difference between learning and “learning about”. Given the buzz of modern media, people learn about many things without ever experiencing them deeply. It is easy to know more and more about less and less until we might expect to know everything about nothing. All buzz and no substance.

Article by 11 June 2018


How to negotiate an executive job offer

If you have recently run an executive search process, you will know that it’s likely that a fair amount of time will have been spent with your first choice candidate.  They will usually have been put through several interviews, one or two psychometric tests and maybe even have prepared a document or made a presentation. This will represent quite a strong level of commitment for someone who is probably quite time poor if they are currently working full time in another role.

Article by 6 June 2018


Going Back to Basics

March to April seems to be my conference period, that time I take to re-energise, see what the latest thinking is and hang out with my tribe. This year I attended the Engage for Success Conference and the Organisation Development Network Europe Conference. I am not going to talk about highlights as I’ve done that through my various social media channels already. Instead thinking about all the HR Directors that are reading this, thought I’d share what keeps coming back up in my mind; this is a reflective piece rather than a tip and hints one.

Article by 4 June 2018