On the seventh day of Christmas, my employee brought to me…Christmas party misconduct

On the seventh day of Christmas, my employee brought to me…Christmas party misconduct  If your CEO was an HR professional, they would probably cancel Christmas parties but as they are not, you will need to be prepared to deal with any issue arising. Thankfully, the majority of Christmas parties take place with very little drama.… Continue reading

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Only 5 per cent of new fathers opt for shared parental leave

___   Four-fifths of employers have received no SPL requests, according to new CIPD data Just 5 per cent of new fathers and 8 per cent of new mothers have taken up shared parental leave (SPL) since it was introduced in April 2015, according to new data from the CIPD. Only one-fifth (21 per cent)… Continue reading

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Could instant messaging tools replace email at work?

___   As a new generation of corporate messaging tools makes its mark, Glenn Elliott discusses how they can drive organisational performance It would be hard for many of us to imagine what it would be like if we suddenly lost access to SMS texts, iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or whatever your personal poison is.… Continue reading

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Calls to ‘axe the appraisal’ are often misguided, suggests CIPD report

__   Regular conversations, and awareness of ratings bias, are more important than technicalities of performance management processes The trend to move away from annual appraisals risks damaging employees’ development opportunities if businesses do not think more deeply about the performance conversations they conduct, according to a significant new study from the CIPD. Could do… Continue reading

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Gender pay gap reporting extends ‘employee’ definition to contractors

___   ‘Snapshot’ date also changed in finalised regulations that take effect in April; experts warn gathering data will be ‘big challenge’ for HR in 2017 The government has published its final gender pay gap reporting regulations, which will take effect on 6 April 2017, confirming many requirements from the draft versions but also introducing… Continue reading

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