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Where will the HR profession be one year from now?

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The role of HR professionals in businesses has changed significantly during the past decade and the modern workplace has radically transformed. Where we work, how we work and why we work are no longer the same as they were ten, or even five years ago. As the workforce, the economy and technology have changed, so too has the role of the HR department. No longer are they considered as a purely administrative department, but they’re now being recognised as a strategic function that is critical to success. Time moves very fast in HR. With frequent changes to legislation, updates to…

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What is outplacement and why should employers consider it?

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The term ‘outplacement’ was coined back in 1977 by James Challenger, founder of Chicago-based firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. In short, outplacement is a way for employers to support employees that are leaving. Often provided to employees that have been affected by redundancy, outplacement services can also support those that are retiring, starting their own business or simply moving on to pastures new. While there is no legal obligation to provide outplacement, many employers offer employees a range of support that will help them to navigate the job market and find a new role as quickly as possible. Outplacement can…

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Cutting HR costs

3 ways to cut HR costs and improve employee engagement

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Businesses of all shapes and sizes are under constant pressure to cut costs and improve profitability. For HR departments, this challenge can feel unsurmountable as they are tasked with cutting HR costs, without reducing headcount, and boosting productivity and employee engagement. The phrase ‘cost-cutting’ can be a time of concern for your employees and as such, can be detrimental to engagement if it isn’t handled properly. But it is entirely possible to cut HR costs and boost your employee engagement at the same time. Here’s how: Making the right hires While recruitment is often the first initiative that many businesses…

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HR Advice

14 experts share their best advice for HR success

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The HR department is often the lifeblood of many organisations, and with good reason. With your people often being the largest outlay that a company will incur, the success of your HR team is often reflected in that of the wider business. Long gone are the days when HR was considered to be little more than an administrative function; HR teams are now being recognised as a department that is critical to success. Here at Natural HR, we are lucky enough to work with some of the very best and brightest people in the profession: from our fantastic customers at…

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What is a business continuity plan

What is a business continuity plan and how can HR support it?

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A business continuity plan (also known as BCP) involves establishing procedures that will keep your business operating as normal after a disaster or unforeseen event has occurred that means typical working practices are changed. For example, workers may be asked to work remotely or to use different tools and processes in order to continue working. It is worth noting that BCP differs from Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) in that DRP is more concerned with restoring normal business operations after a disaster has taken place. In times of crisis, many businesses will be challenged to safeguard and support employees while continuing…

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