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On the front line

HR professionals spend most of their time developing their personnel. But they can’t afford to forget about their own progression. Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of The Aziz Corporation explains that HR directors need to share good and bad news, communicate change and implement strategies amongst seniors and staff. In short, their communication skills must be second to none.

Article by: | Published: 11 April 2008

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Ethical Communications

In the modern workplace employees have the ability to communicate in a manner that would be unrecognisable twenty years ago. From an era when the majority of work related communications were completed on company letterhead, the professional world has embraced the technology of faxes, pagers, mobile phones, video conferencing, email and instant messaging. With so many different outlets, ensuring that employee communications adhere to a company’s ethical standards can be a daunting task for an HR director.

Article by: | Published: 29 February 2008

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Strategic thinking

Demands on HR these days is more business driven requiring real strategic thinking and a demonstrable contribution to strategic business priorities. The increasing strategic role of HR at Board level is well illustrated at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), responsible for building better services and outcomes for young people and their families.

Article by: | Published: 30 January 2008

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Unlocking innovation

Many of today's business leaders see innovation as the key to sustained business growth. Dr Graeme Ditchburn, research director at Towers Perrin ISR, examines how organisational culture sets innovative organisations apart, suggesting that they have cultures that enable them to generate new ideas, select the products and services that capture the imagination of their customers and launch them before the competition.

Article by: | Published: 29 January 2008

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Planning for your future talent

Few actually believe that their organisations are able to adequately respond to the growing issues and challenges of workforce demographics and changes around the world. A Global Awareness Tracking Survey released by Accenture at the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, found that issues around talent dominate the thoughts of senior executives at some of the world’s largest companies.

Article by: | Published: 29 January 2008

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Communication – we’re loving it !

A dedicated, engaged workforce makes for a thriving business, but what role can internal communication play in motivating your people? One organisation that recognises the need for effective internal communication is McDonald’s. The company has built an internal communication culture that nurtures, develops and ultimately places trust in its 67,000 UK employees to create strong growth. This is demonstrated by the fact that around 80% of its restaurant management started their careers on the restaurant floor as crew members, as did one in five McDonald’s franchisees and half of the company’s executive team.

Article by: | Published: 24 January 2008

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A celebration of communication

Today, BT has c107,000 employees globally and just 22% of those are women. The BTWN, run by a dedicated committee of volunteers, has over 4000 members with branches across the UK, in Europe and North America and an expansion plan for Asia Pacific.

Article by: | Published: 8 January 2008

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Money Matters

As if the recruitment process wasn’t tricky enough, it can be even harder for a mainstream financial services firm. Not only are they trying to find the best person, but they then need to get senior management and customer facing staff such as sellers, advisers and brokers approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

Article by: | Published: 8 January 2008

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Top Marks

The recent Leitch Report highlighted the extent of the skills problem, which has steadily worsened over the last two decades. According to the report, the UK currently has about 75% of the population of working age actually in employment.

Article by: | Published: 8 January 2008