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Pay and Rewards 2020: depression, hope and anger. My hopes for ‘more of’ and ‘less of’ in the decade ahead
14 January 2020
In his first blog of 2020, Duncan Brown, IES head of HR consultancy, compiles his pay and reward wish list for the year ahead.
The right to disconnect: are you switching off this Christmas?
Stephen Bevan, 19 December 2019
Party manifestos and the big jobs gamble
Ed Griffin, 09 December 2019
Guest Blog: Alcohol Awareness - What Employers Need to Know
Lauren Booker, 13 November 2019
The UK’s gender pay gap: two steps forward and one step back? Or is that two steps down and one up?
Duncan Brown, 31 October 2019
World Mental Health Day: Raising both Awareness andAction at Work
Zofia Bajorek, 10 October 2019
Job crafting: An employee led approach to job redesign
Stephen Bevan, 27 September 2019
Stop dithering, start planning!
Wendy Hirsh, 20 September 2019
What happens when you get a new boss and then your job comes to an end?
Ed Griffin, 5 September 2019
The end of retirement?
Stephen Bevan, 21 August 2019
Mental health training for managers? A case of caveat emptor
Stephen Bevan and Sally Wilson, 9th August 2019
‘Operation Preparation’: parallels between the UK’s business and employment planning for Brexit and WWII
Peter Reilly, 6th August 2019
Workforce Planning - the lost (but critical) HR capability?
Ed Griffin, 26 July 2019
Who's afraid of evidence-based HR?
Ed Griffin, 3 July 2019
Carrot or stick? How are UK employers managing absence?
Stephen Bevan, 27 June 2019
Do you trust HR (to deliver good work)?
Duncan Brown, 25 June 2019
Mind the gender pensions gap too
Duncan Brown, 18 June 2019
Closure at Ford Bridgend - what next for the workforce?
Stephen Bevan, 7 June 2019
How to retreat to progress on people management and performance
Duncan Brown, 5 June 2019
Are managers really ready for change?
Ed Griffin, 8 May 2019
The vital role of strategic people management in these uncertain times
Duncan Brown, 18 April
Barriers to re-entry: a diversity and inclusion challenge
Catherine Hogan, 8 March
My Fair(ly paid) Lady? Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Act 2
Duncan Brown, 12 February
Hiring a chief meaning officer? You're missing the point
Stephen Bevan, 16 January
Revisiting the spirit, wisdom and relevance of workforce planning pioneers
Wendy Hirsh, 13 December
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
The NHS at 70: reflections from a HR Director
Guest blog: Dean Royles, 5 July
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
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
Peter Reilly, 26 March
IES Perspectives on HR 2014
Mary Mercer and Peter Reilly, 30 January
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