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  • Managing restructuring – is legal regulation necessary?

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2014

    The past five years have been extremely challenging in economic terms in the European Union, with public sector financial constraints and austerity measures having a massive impact on the labour market in many countries. Many individual businesses have been suffering in this climate and have tried to remain competitive by restructuring, usually involving the shedding of labour.

  • Making apprenticeships more inclusive

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2014

    Although there has been a policy focus on addressing under-representation in apprenticeships, particularly by gender,1 over many years, achieving progress on the inclusion of women and ethnic minorities has proved challenging. For example, gender segregation cuts across ethnic and cultural identifies, and ethnicity can compound the impact of occupational gender segregation. We look at the issues, drawing on recent IES research.

  • Encouraging employers to take on apprentices

    Newsletter articles

    1 Feb 2014

  • IES Perspectives on HR 2014

    Blog posts

    30 Jan 2014

    The 2014 edition of our annual "Perspectives" report has now been published. Rather than focus on a specific theme, this year the report covers a wide range of topics. Some could be regarded as hardy perennials, like talent or diversity, but positioned in a new context. Others (eg outsourcing and zero-hours contracts) report on current areas of preoccupation for the HR function that have important antecedents. Then there are the new(er) kids on the block, like big data and crowdsourcing: novel concepts that again, it could be argued, have long-standing roots in business management.

  • Building HR capability to drive business success

    Newsletter articles

    1 Jan 2014

    There has long been a concern about HR's capability to deliver against its promise of being more business attuned, more strategic in orientation and able to add more value to their organisation and its performance. As business/organisational conditions have become more difficult over the last few years, the delivery challenge has intensified. In particular HR's change management skills are being fully tested. The distinction between what HR, learning and development and OD do has been blurred in the search for greater organisational effectiveness. It is no longer good enough to say that OD does change, learning and development does training and HR manages the exits, there has to be an integrated contribution to enhance people management during these troubled times.

  • Shaping talent management to address real business needs

    Newsletter articles

    1 Jan 2014

  • The Palace - Perspectives on Organisation Design

    Newsletter articles

    1 Jan 2014

  • Corporate Christmas: Drink and be merry?

    Blog posts

    12 Dec 2013

    It's that time of year again when the Christmas parties start to fill up our diaries. The office Christmas party is often a popular way of thanking staff for their hard work over the year, but for some, the December merry-go-round of celebrations can be part of a damaging corporate hangover, implying hard drinking is normal behaviour and resulting in workers coming into work suffering the after-effects of excessive drinking, which, in turn, reduces their productivity.