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Wendy Hirsh
Revisiting the spirit, wisdom and relevance of workforce planning pioneers

13 December 2018

What developments have we seen in workforce planning since IES' foundation in the 1960s? Wendy Hirsh considers the need to ensure that workforce planning is re-positioned as a central part of effective people management.


The productivity puzzle: are we looking in the right place?
Stephen Bevan, 6 December

Moving from flexible working rights to effective employer practice
Rosie Gloster, 2 October

Ten years on, has HR learned any lessons from the financial crash?
Stephen Bevan, 3 September

Skills-, competency-, and capability-based pay: the magic bullet to solve public sector pay (and UK productivity) problems?
Duncan Brown, 13 August

Fifty years of organisational change: a story of process before people?
Dan Lucy, 19 July

The NHS at 70: reflections from a HR Director
Guest blog: Dean Royles, 5 July

Learning from Marks & Spencer closures: four ways to build a resilient organisation
Dan Lucy, 7 June

Committing to employee mental health and wellbeing: where can employers start?
Sally Wilson, 17 May

What can HR learn from the NHS
Peter Reilly, 2 March

Mind the (real) talent gap
Duncan Brown, 31 January


Employee engagement: Dying, or a happy ending?
Duncan Brown, 15 December

Market pay supplements: sticking plasters or longer-term solutions to recruitment and retention pressures?
Catherine Rickard, 12 December

Gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps: policies and practices changing minds
Adam Elston, 16 November

Going horizontal? Where next for HR and people management?
Duncan Brown, 24 October

The alpha effect: why the civil service will soon need more part-time roles
Guest blog: Kath Atkinson, 9 October

Working with arthritis: more common than you think
Stephen Bevan, 21 August

Talent management - for the many or just the few?
Wendy Hirsh, 18 July

Is there a mental health 'time-bomb' ticking away in the public sector?
Stephen Bevan 1 June

Mind the (gender pay) gap: Will gender pay reporting make any difference?
Duncan Brown, 5 April

An opportunity to be bold for gender pay equality
Catherine Rickard, 8 March

Should HR focus more on prioritisation?
Peter Reilly, 6 March

Build bridges not walls, inclusion over diversity
Duncan Brown, 3 February


It's Financial Capability Week; what are you doing?
Catherine Rickard, 14 November

Ageing and learning in the workplace: Is age just a number?
Guest Blog: Dr Kath Atkinson, University of Leicester, 26 October

Meaningful work: Part two: How to destroy the meaning of work
Professor Katie Bailey, 6 October

Meaningful work: Part one: Where can we find it?
Professor Katie Bailey, 29 September

Post-referendum uncertainty demands a focus on employee engagement
Stephen Bevan, 30 August

Pension deficits, bond yields and quantitative easing: Why HR professionals need to take note
Stephen Bevan, 26 August

Don't get 'sniffy' with hay fever victims at work
Stephen Bevan, 24 August

Back to the future: from pay benchmarking to Brexit-induced strategic HR planning
Duncan Brown, 17 August

Poor musculoskeletal health and workforce productivity
Stephen Bevan, 5 July

Changing change management: From executive edict to empowered employees
Duncan Brown, 12 May

Older worker health - a looming crisis?
Stephen Bevan, 22 April

Moving the mountain. Can HR open minds to unlock learning?
Amanda Callen, 18 April

Gender pay gap reporting: Let's get on with it
Duncan Brown, 8 March

New year, same old problem: Low reward, engagement and productivity
Duncan Brown, 26 January


Some questions to ask yourself on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Catherine Rickard, 3 December

Five reasons for the death of an HR practice
Penny Tamkin, 23 November

Heightism: an unacknowledged bias?
Dilys Robinson, 14 October

It's the job, stupid!
Peter Reilly, 5 October

HR Business Partners: Yes, please? No thanks? ...or somewhere just-right in-between?
Duncan Brown, 25 August

Organisation Design without the drama
Sharon Varney, 28 July

Firms offering innovative options for working families are coming up trumps
Mary Mercer, 16 June

Gender Equality: Who cares, why care?
Duncan Brown 10 June

Does ‘talent’ help or hinder?
Wendy Hirsh, 5 June

Laughing all the way to the bank
Amanda Callen, 26 May

Consulting to Change and Sharing in Success: Lessons from IES’s HR Directors' Retreat
Duncan Brown, 15 May

Making analytics count
Peter Reilly, 14 May

Fair Pay: What do the Politicians and HR Directors want?
Duncan Brown, 22 April

Mary Parker Follett: an unsung heroine
Dilys Robinson, 16 April

Shared Parental Leave: Parenting revolution or business as usual?
Mary Mercer, 30 March

‘Gender Pay: A moving target’... but one where more transparency and HR action will help
Duncan Brown, 23 March 2015

What is in a name?
Peter, Reilly, 15 January


Unsung Heroes - Samuel Plimsoll
Dilys Robinson, 17 December

A visitor's eye view
Wendy Hirsh, 7 October

Strategic HR and lessons from history
Peter Reilly, 4 September

Using mediation to deal with conflict at work
Andrea Broughton, 15 July

'Bad News' and its Impact on Engagement
Dilys Robinson, 4 June

You can't always get what you want...
Linda Miller and Dilys Robinson, 23 April

Employment Law and other statutory changes - Spring 2014
Jenny Holmes: 7 April

Compassion: an on-trend phenomenon
Penny Tamkin, 3 April

Name calling
Peter Reilly, 26 March

IES Perspectives on HR 2014
Mary Mercer and Peter Reilly, 30 January


Corporate Christmas:Drink and be merry?
Catherine Rickard and Jenny Holmes, 12 December

Stubborn firms and poor decisions
Penny Tamkin, 18 November

Social media and HR: avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits
Andrea Broughton, 28 October

Stop knocking the employee survey
Dilys Robinson, 11 October

Employment Law and other statutory changes - Autumn 2013
Jenny Holmes, 17 September

High-performance AND fulfilling work
Paul Fairhurst, 2 September

Heading to zero?
Peter Reilly, 5 August

Are you just paying lip service to diversity?
Mary Mercer, 2 August

The NHS at 70: reflections from a HR Director