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Is the time right for Graduates?

With official figures showing unemployment at 1.79 million, the highest since March, these are worrying time for many people with regards to their jobs. Unemployment is rising, companies have to make redundancies, food prices are increasing and in general times are tough.

Article by: | Published: 3 December 2008

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The Jewel in the Crown

The prestigious list of honours says it all. For five consecutive years the jeweller has been voted The Sunday Times Best Retailer to Work for. In 2007, it was crowned as the Financial Times Best UK Workplace – cementing its place this year as the number one retailer.

Article by: | Published: 1 December 2008

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The impact of change

A core strategic driver for the Partnership is the radical transformation of Council services as part of central government's modernisation agenda, through re-engineered processes, updated systems and better skilled staff.

Article by: | Published: 5 November 2008

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Support value through effective communications

It’s a scenario that’s happening time and time again. The phone rings and it’s a journalist from the local evening paper asking for details on the number of redundancies planned for a local business. This is the first time the PR team has heard of the issue and therefore has to call the client for more information. The call confirms the worst – there will be job losses and a buyer is being sought for the firm.

Article by: | Published: 3 November 2008

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Once upon a time… “I resign”

Recent research from the fast-track headhunting company Executives Online indicates that 35% of the time organisations are ignoring clear indicators that a key Senior Manager is set to leave; while more than 75% of organisations have contingency plans that you could drive a hypothetical bus through. Relying on the rapid deployment of Interim Executives is becoming part of the norm.

Article by: | Published: 3 November 2008

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The whole world in our hands?

Globalisation is viewed by top executives at leading organisations around the world as an inevitable, but positive, business challenge that is here to stay and growing rapidly, according to an in-depth study of business leaders revealed by EquaTerra and World 50. The findings also reveal that politically - led trade protectionism or a major economic downturn are seen by study participants as the only major threats to the continued growth of globalisation.

Article by: | Published: 8 October 2008

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Once more into the breech

Our vulnerability is heightened by the increase in mobile working; hot-desking, working from trains, planes, internet cafes and a whole host of other public places. Organisations need to re-assess how they approach and manage the security of mobile workers and can’t rely on out of and date and unrealistic policy’s which simply state that ‘laptops should be kept on your person at all times.’

Article by: | Published: 7 October 2008

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Defining the Benefit of Workforce Planning

Due to substantial cost increases over recent years many employers have been forced to review their Defined Benefit (DB) schemes. For most companies, the decision to close is the only pragmatic approach they can take - both to control risk and to plan ahead with known costs (i.e. rather than it purely being a cost cutting exercise). In our experience, the majority of companies, and in particular HR Directors, are keen to find a solution that does not however disadvantage long serving and loyal employees. The question is how to structure a Defined Contribution (DC) scheme that meets the needs of both the employees and company.

Article by: | Published: 9 September 2008

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Absenteeism and Presenteeism – A Plan of Action

Whether the proposed ‘well-notes’ become the norm or not, amongst the confusion one thing is clear– that both employees and employers have never been more concerned with the issue of employee health. And with the first ever review into the health of the working population revealing that ill health is costing Britain a staggering £100 billion every year, which is more than the annual budget of the NHS, employers have more incentive than ever before to promote a healthier working environment and ethos.

Article by: | Published: 3 September 2008