Monthly Archives: March 2011

MacLeod to head new engagement taskforce

The Prime Minister has given his backing to a new taskforce headed by David MacLeod which will seek to boost employee engagement in the UK. The industry-led Employee Engagement Taskforce, launched today at 10 Downing Street, will be led by … Continue reading

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HR needs to up skills on ‘futuring’ but the role of middle manager is dead’,

HR needs to develop its skills at understanding the future if it is to provide value to the business, Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business School, told delegates at the HR Directors Business Summit today. Speaking in … Continue reading

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Ways to be level-headed about stress

It is a tough time to be an employee. Having just weathered the worst recession since the 1930s, British workers are bracing themselves for another wave of cutbacks and redundancies. Those in the public sector are especially nervous, fearing that … Continue reading

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Asda offers funded degree course to clothing staff

Asda is the latest employer to offer a fully funded degree course for school leavers alongside paid work at their company. The scheme is to be offered by the supermarket’s clothing brand George, which has just opened applications for its … Continue reading

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Employers favour recruits the same age as themselves

Recruiters show ‘unconscious favouritism’, finds survey More than one in six workers say they have fallen victim to workplace discrimination because employers are hiring people of a similar age to themselves, research has revealed. An online survey of just over … Continue reading

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Bullying causes ripples across business: How to deal with the problem

Bullying in the workplace not only affects staff, it can also affect organisations – both large and small – in their ability to operate. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) claims 70% of managers have witnessed bullying in the past three … Continue reading

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Budget 2011: Equality Act’s third-party harassment regulations to be removed

As part of the 2011 Budget, the Government has announced that it will consult to remove the “unworkable” requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for employers to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment of their staff by third parties. The Plan … Continue reading

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Lecturers set to strike across UK

Lecturers at 500 universities and colleges across the UK will take part in the first nationwide strike for five years today in a worsening row over pay and pensions. Tens of thousands of members of the University and College Union … Continue reading

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Tube workers balloted for action

London Underground workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today. The Rail Maritime and Transport union said its members working in the Tube’s power control room will vote on whether to … Continue reading

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Government scraps local government code protecting staff in outsourced contracts

The Government is to scrap local government’s ‘two tier code’, which protects terms and conditions of staff transferred to firms operating outsourced contracts. Mark Hammerton, partner at lawyers Eversheds, said: “The confirmation of the withdrawal of the Code in Local … Continue reading

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