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Gender blender

It is high time the traditional approach to diversity and gender equality in the workplace was turned on its head. For a modern organisation to truly succeed, it needs to embed equality as an outward facing value which affects everything the business does. Article by Angela Williams, HR Director at Sodexo (UK and Ireland).

Article by: | Published: 9 May 2014

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The people-less office?

How will offices of the future differ to the traditional workplace, the blueprint of which was designed generations ago and is still widely prevalent? Asks Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the British Council of Offices (BCO).

Article by: | Published: 9 May 2014

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Offshoring in unchartered waters

The idea of using skilled, capable workers overseas for a fraction of the cost of local employees makes sense. But when you are delving into the deeps of offshoring, it reveals risks that are hard to mitigate from the other side of the globe. Katie Davies, Senior Director at Radius, is at the helm.

Article by: | Published: 9 May 2014

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Seeking the safety of harbour

Chasing low cost production abroad is increasingly not delivering negligible benefits, and many companies that once offshored processes or services in China and India, for example, are now looking closer to home. Emma Scott, Representation Manager at The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, explores.

Article by: | Published: 9 May 2014

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Government must stop “banker bashing”

The Treasury needs to understand the private sector better, says Will Davies, who worked at Societe Generale for seven years before entering the property maintenance business as co-founder of aspect.co.uk, London’s largest of its kind.

Article by: | Published: 7 May 2014

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The stereoptypes

Having worked in the sphere experts in unconscious bias, Professor Binna Kandola OBE Senior Partner Pearn Kandola has co-written a new book called “The Invention of Difference: The Story of Gender Bias at Work.” As this article demonstrates, bias is manifest in the mind and consequently ever-present in the workplace.

Article by: | Published: 6 May 2014

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Lead me to your taker

We need leaders, but design by committee has never been a good solution and the natural order usually means one person emerges, and the rest dutifully follow. Is that right? If recent events are anything to go by, if we don’t improve our leadership, we will become a second rate nation within 20 years. Warns Richard Baker, CEO of the Executives Mentor.com

Article by: | Published: 30 April 2014

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Leadership? There’s no magic wand…

Christmas seems a distant memory, but the children and I were watching Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows, when the words of Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School set my mind racing about the next generation of leaders and the responsibility we have as HR professionals to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Recollects Graham White, HR Director at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust…

Article by: | Published: 29 April 2014

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Careering orienteering

Globalisation, technology and changing attitudes have brought the need for different ways of plotting a career path for the ambitious.

Article by: | Published: 29 April 2014