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The importance of information sharing in HR

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The central role social media now plays in society has helped foster a culture of sharing. And, regardless of the fact that most of the content being shared revolves around amusing videos of cats and unfortunate mishaps with gardening implements, we do at least live in a world where people are more inclined to share than keep things close to their chest. In business, such a culture can be transformative. Imagine a staff base that proactively shares new techniques, insights into competitor strategy, market trends and lessons learned from mistakes. What organisation wouldn’t want that kind of culture to thrive?…

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How many innovative ideas are you missing each year?

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Research from part of the EveryDay Innovation 2015 report has found that over the space of a year, the average UK employee puts forward 6 innovative suggestions to improve their business. Unfortunately, the report also shows that 65% of employees do not feel enough is being done to encourage them to put their ideas forward, further than 57% do not feel suggestions are being sufficiently captured and recognised. Take a company with 50 employees, that’s 300 innovative ideas each year! These are ideas that could make your business more efficient, your employees more engaged and your customers more satisfied. At…

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Social Media Snooping: It Works Both Ways

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Earlier this week I was asked on Twitter if I would recommend that recruiters use social media to evaluate prospects. As employers and recruiters have embraced social media as a tool in their recruitment strategy it has become more acceptable to view candidate profiles. However, ethics and legalities have always been called into question on the topic and best practice recommends to draw a distinction between professional and personal profiles, as well as let candidates know in advance. The CIPD even has a publication, Pre-employment checks: an employer’s guide which devotes a whole section to social media in recruitment. The…

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National Minimum Wage October 2015

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National Minimum Wage rates increase on 1st October 2015 for all employees as follows: Band New Hourly Rate Previous rate Percentage increase (approx) Age 21+ £6.70 £6.50 3% Age 18 – 20 £5.30 £5.13 3% Under 18 £3.87 £3.79 2% Apprentice £3.30 £2.73 21% It’s good news for all Apprentices aged 16 – 18 and those aged 19+ in their first year, as they will benefit from the largest increase to their rate that we have seen over recent years. The apprentice rate is also the largest percentage increase across all bands at a 21% uplift over last years rates….

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Disconnect between students and what the economy wants

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Today HR Magazine1 made headlines with a report which found that 40% of MPs believe employers should have more influence over university programmes. I’ve taken a look at the report itself called Education: what our politicians think2 and the following line taken from it really resonated with me ‘Politicians see a disconnect between the people that educational establishments produce and what the economy wants.’ I could not agree more with this line. From my articles and Linkedin profile you will see my degree of Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in Business Studies proudly displayed as my greatest academic achievement….

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