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Pensions outlook bleak

State Pensions look fine on the surface. In April the basic state pension rises from £90.70 a week to £95.25, a five percent increase. The minimum annual increase is 2.5 percent. However pensioner inflation runs much higher than average inflation; while the January RPI figure was almost zero, estimates put pensioner inflation in the same month at above five percent.

Article by: | Published: 25 March 2009

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Recession is only temporary…honest

Many line managers and HR professionals feel stressed, anxious and fearful during the current recession. This can stem from the external climate of anxiety as much as specific operational realities. Stress shows itself in a number of ways, including long hours, self protection and withdrawal.

Article by: | Published: 12 March 2009

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Diversity – understanding the individual

Common misinterpretations include assuming that people know and understand what is meant by the terms equality, diversity and inclusion, which are often used very differently by organisations. In addition, many organisations still see diversity as either a fearful legal entity that must be complied with, or simply as a 'nice thing to do'. Few seem to have really grasped the wide range of business benefits of embedding a culture of diversity and inclusion. Not establishing a clear business case is a key factor in organisational diversity strategies failing in the early stages.

Article by: | Published: 10 February 2009

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What do points mean?

Employers' attitudes to personnel in tough times can be a key factor in influencing a successful outcome, as businesses that neglect staff during difficult trading conditions run the risk of de-motivated staff. But most personnel will feel motivated and satisfied if they believe their efforts are being rewarded, and will be better prepared when a recovery happens.

Article by: | Published: 10 February 2009

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Obama’s lessons on leading change

Careful study of President Obama's inauguration address reveals his masterly approach to inspiring people to pursue change rather than remaining comfortably in the status quo.

Article by: | Published: 9 February 2009

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Compromise early to avoid redundancy headaches

As some employers have learned the hard way, botched redundancies can wipe out any payroll savings they had hoped to make, through the cost of going to tribunal and eventual payouts to wronged workers. Therefore, when financial certainty is the watchword of the day, it is perhaps understandable that many businesses are turning to “compromise agreements” as a means of settling disputes early, for example, over pay or redundancy terms.

Article by: | Published: 6 January 2009

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Arrested development?

The coming year is going to be a difficult one for many large and small businesses alike. Central to every business is the HR team, and staff and senior management will be looking to HR to hold things together when the going gets really tough.

Article by: | Published: 6 January 2009

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Safe haven for dangerous times

Where in the rule book does it say that government’s can bail out the banker? How can the winning tactics that rewarded our most celebrated business players yesterday suddenly be labelled short-sighted and critically flawed today? What is the new objective in the business environment now rising from the chaos and how can the coolest players in enterprise learn to win with confidence in a new world order where the basic rules of commerce seem to be changing by the day?

Article by: | Published: 4 December 2008

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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