L&D: The divide continues to grow

9 December 2015

Recent research shows that the divide in Learning and Development (L&D) between the most successful organisations and the remainder continues to grow. Traditional L&D is stopping many organisations from being successful, while those L&D functions that have embraced major change are growing further and further away, and demonstrating great success in the process. Here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at the current state of play and what distinguishes those on one side of the divide from those on the other side.

Working time — recent changes and how they affect employers

19 November 2015

Amy Cunningham, Senior Associate at SG Employment Law, looks at recent case law that has confirmed that time spent travelling to and from work is counted as “working time” for employees with no fixed place of work and, the implications of this for employers.

Employee surveillance

11 November 2015

Gudrun Limbrick looks at the extent to which the monitoring and surveillance of employees can be justified, and when it becomes an invasion of privacy.

Going forward!

11 September 2015

Going forward, can we action a root and branch review, or perhaps execute a drill-down, of management speak? And then get rid of it for good says Gudrun Limbrick.

Formalising employer-supported volunteering

4 September 2015

Many employees carry out voluntary work. The Government has plans to formalise this in law. Gudrun Limbrick looks at the advantages and disadvantages of doing this.

Being more physically active at work

28 August 2015

We have a fundamental problem as it seems, most office jobs, and many factory jobs are sedentary, and being sedentary is very bad for our bodies. A recent report commissioned by Public Health England has found that office workers spend 75% of their working day sitting down — and the impact of this on our health can be anything from mild back pain to premature death from heart disease. This is serious stuff but “how can we change?” asks Gudrun Limbrick.

Whistleblowing — the parties’ rights and responsibilities

21 August 2015

Whistleblowing appears to be a growth industry. Certainly, it is a highly newsworthy topic, especially following Edward Snowden’s revelation of some of the US National Security Agency’s activities, which embarrassed the USA and allied governments. Focus this down onto your own organisation and recognise that an employee with a grudge could greatly harm your organisation, even if the revelations are false, says Bob Patchett. Regrettably, humans maintain a belief that where there is smoke there is fire.

To err is human?

12 August 2015

Judith Tavanyar highlights the flawed art of corporate decision-making

What has gone wrong with flexible working?

7 August 2015

Anecdotally, it seems that there is a general move away from the 9–5 “standard” working practice and a tendency towards greater flexibility in the working day. Modern life very often needs a very modern approach to how work fits in with the rest of who we are. Zero-hours contracts and home-working are both growing at a rate of knots and adding to the options available to employer and employee, but is this new flexibility only available to a select few? Gudrun Limbrick examines a new study that has found that this might be the case.

The demise of the recruitment interview

31 July 2015

The basic structure of recruitment, on the face of it, has changed little since we first came up with the idea of not simply giving jobs to our children in the order in which they were born. We make these important decisions based on the application letter, form or CV and the interview. The process has got tighter as our concerns for fairness and equality have increased and we have a greater tendency to hand all or part of the process to agencies but, whether the process has become any more effective or any less stressful for all concerned is another matter entirely, says Gudrun Limbrick.