Monday, December 19, 2011

UK - Hiring and managing in the cloud

One of the most exciting new trends in recent years has been the emergence of the human cloud, as more and more businesses go online to hire and manage talented staff on an hourly or project basis.

Hiring and managing in the cloud - a guide for SMEs

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Global - Recruitment and Employer Branding

Recruiting practices need to be consistent with branding strategies or organizations risk missing out on top talent and potential revenue and social media amplify the consequences with more recuiting organizations likely to turn to social media in 2012.

Recruiting Practices and Employer Branding

UK - Basic Skills Need Improvement

Graduate unemployment is at a record level but many organizations say they cannot
find the right talent.

Basic Skills Need Improvement

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Five Steps to New Thinking

An expert in any field learns to organize and group information around principles. That allows the expert to quickly draw information when he or she needs it. Doctors see a symptom, scan through a database in their heads, and ask a series of questions to quickly winnow down the possible causes. Peyton Manning can scan a football field, see opportunities and risks, and make snap decisions with great success. A novice organizes information in a more random and error-prone fashion. By putting a thinking model in your head, you are organizing important steps and information, which helps you learn more quickly and efficiently. A model, like a recipe, helps you see the ingredients and steps for success. So, let’s look at five steps of a model that can become a valuable part of your own thinking.

More at: Five Steps to New Thinking

Friday, December 09, 2011

Expense Management App

The ExpenseAnywhere Mobile App empowers users to instantly add expense details and capture receipt images from anywhere at any time. With the ExpenseAnywhere App available for Blackberry, iPhone, and Android, users will never miss submitting another expense or receipt. Now they can capture it, track it, and submit it, all from the convenience of their smart phones.

ExpenseAnywhere Announces Mobile Apps for Expense Management

UK - Certification for MJ Church

MJ Church has gained certification for quality, environmental & health and safety standards through Certification International.

MJ Church reaches new standards

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Australia - Underemployment

1.7 million Australians over 18 are prevented from working as much as they want for a variety of reasons, according to a new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) study.


Using Social Media To Improve Job Chances

Today’s job seekers rely more heavily on social networking and referrals to find a job.

Using Social Media To Improve Job Chances

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Internet job-hunting is effective

Using the Internet for job-hunting reduces time spent unemployed by an average of 25%.

Internet job-hunting is effective

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011


Smartphones, tablets and other types of 24-7 technology can make life easier for many people but they make it harder to switch off even when at home and also keep us at work longer.

Technology and work/life balance

Friday, November 25, 2011

Reforming UK Employment Legislation

Vince Cable, Business Secretary, announced on Wednesday a package of measures intended to modify the way employers recruit, manage disputes and dismiss staff - while retaining key protections for employees.

Reforming UK Employment Legislation

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Trust is not a 'soft' basis for business

In these uncertain times no word is used more often than 'trust'. This creates some beautiful discussions but all the more misunderstandings.

Trust and its derivatives in business are frequently seen as 'soft' and impossible to explain in concrete terms. The outcome is that organizations find it is easier to talk about financial results, good or bad percentages and other information in figures than to talk about the most important subject in the relationship between people and organizations and that is trust.

Trust is not a 'soft' basis for business

Monday, October 31, 2011

Australia - Qantas Dispute Suspended

A tribunal of judges appointed by Fair Work Australia has determined that the industrial dispute called by three unions that triggered the airline's lockout must end.

Qantas Dispute Suspended

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wasting Talent Reduces Profit

When organizations actively want to participate in the changing environment a question arises: why is available talent not being fully utilized? Of course employees who are classified as a "young and high potential" are important to these organizations but beyond these individuals a complete scenario is obscured: the individual talents of every single employee.

Wasting Talent Reduces Profit

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Canada (Alberta) - Healthy Workplaces

The Premier's Award for Healthy Workplaces is open to all employers in Alberta and recognizes Alberta employers with healthy workplace programs.

Alberta - Premier's Award for Healthy Workplaces

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

UK - Stress is number one cause of long-term absences

Stress has been identified as the most significant cause of long-term absence according to this year's CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey.

Stress is number one cause of long-term absences

UK - Changes to Unfair Dismissal Rules

The announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chancellor George Osborne that the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one year to two years has attracted mixed responses.

Changes to Unfair Dismissal Rules

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Global - HRM = Business Partner

Look at job descriptions for HR manager or HR consultant positions and you will often find the term "HRM as Business Partner". The same expression is frequently used in organizations' HRM policy statements. Richard van der Lee, Manager Retail Clients from Rabobank finds this a fascinating phenomenon and asks whether HRM really wants to be a Business Partner.

HRM = Business Partner. Is building a bridge over the 'Grand Canyon' possible?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

UK - Integrated Welsh Language Recruitment System

Powys County Council is the first Welsh authority to implement a Welsh language recruitment system that is completely integrated with its HR and payroll system.

iTrent enables Powys County Council to launch first integrated Welsh language recruitment system

Monday, July 18, 2011

Canada - Integrating and Engaging New Recruits

A new Canadian study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows the value of structured approaches to orientation (induction) training and mentoring.

Integrating and Engaging New Recruits is a Key Element of Employee Retention

USA - Charisma and Leadership Skills

Research findings reported in the Journal of Management shows that we consider some leaders to be charismatic because we attribute 'magical thinking' to them.

Charisma and Leadership Strengths

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Australians a Happy Lot

Australian workers have a low-pressure, stress-free working life, and are not worried about losing their jobs, according to findings from ORC International’s perspectives database.
Australians a Happy Lot

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

U.S. Employee Trust Still Low

Employees still do not trust company management, nearly three years after the
beginning of the economic downturn, according to results from a Maritz© Poll conducted by Maritz Research.

U.S. Employee Trust Still Low

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Zealand Facing Skill-shortage 'Epidemic'

People with skills, qualifications and experience can pick and choose the country in which to live and work and this is leading to an international battle for skills with New Zealand losing out.

New Zealand Facing Skill-shortage 'Epidemic'

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

UK - Netherlands’ leading portal for HR professionals launches in the UK

Only 6 weeks after its launch in the United Kingdom, over 7,000 courses and education programmes can be compared at The market leading Dutch company compares itself to the likes of and PriceRunner, but focuses on the Learning & Development sector.

Netherlands’ leading portal for HR professionals launches in the UK

Monday, May 16, 2011

Canada - Knowledge Hoarding

Knowledge transfer may not be happening as often as organizations would like because staff don't always want to share.

Hoarding Knowledge

Saturday, April 23, 2011

UK - Employment Tribunals Survey

Employers are concerned that they are vulnerable to frivolous or unjustified employment tribunal claims according to a Conflict Management survey published prior to a recent CIPD conference.

Employment Tribunals Survey

Friday, April 22, 2011

USA - Performance Reviews

A half of the participants in an online survey conducted for Globoforce think that employee performance reviews do not provide accurate appraisals of their work.

Employee Performance Reviews

Asia - Tourism and the Next Generation

Addressing some of the most senior tourism industry officials in the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Beijing last week, TMS Asia-Pacific CEO Andrew Chan has warned of the pressing need to develop the strategies required if the sector is to attract and engage the 'next generation' of employees.

"A Grim Reality" - new strategies critical if tourism sector to engage 'next generation'

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

USA - Discrimination and Job Loss

It has been known for some time that there is bias against the unemployed in the job market. Research at UCLA and the State University of New York-Stony Brook now shows that jobless Americans face discrimination unrelated to their skills or to ways in which they lost their previous jobs.

Discrimination and Job Loss

Asia - Sportswear Supply Chain Report

The Global Union representing workers in the garment industry has today released a damning report on working conditions in Asian sportswear supply chains.

ITGLWF releases damning report on working conditions in sportswear supply chains

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UK - Youth Unemployment Overstated

The notion of a 'lost generation' of young jobless people is simplistic, according to the latest Work Audit report on official labour market statistics "Getting the measure of youth unemployment" from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Youth Unemployment Overstated

Australia - Bad Jobs Harm Mental Health

A bad job can be as harmful to mental health as being unemployed, according to
results from a longitudinal Australian household panel survey.

Bad Jobs Harm Mental Health

Saturday, March 12, 2011

USA - Honesty is best for job-seekers

A recently published study indicates that honesty pays off for job applicants. Job-seekers in the study were warned that a pre-employment test could detect fake responses. Consequently, their answers were more honest than average - possibly improving their chances of being hired.

Honesty is best for job-seekers

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

UK - Public Sector HR

Successive Governments have seen public sector HR as either a cost to be managed or a means of dealing with redundancies, but not as a crucial strategic function, according to a recent CIPD report.

The HR Role in Public Sector Reform