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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

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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