Going freelance in training or HR – how much to charge

Going freelance in training or HR - how much to charge With organisations laying staff off, HR and training are no exception to potential job losses. This leaves many to think about going freelance. Knowing how much to charge is one challenge. Often people in the consulting and freelance world under value their services, and equally purchasers are increasingly unrealistic about what they expect to pay.Some time ago I was asked to present to a local CIPD group about 'going freelance' and in … [Read more...]

When interviewing goes beyond HR and the Line Manager

Many organizations are starting to explore a new approach to improving retention through participative selection. There is a belief that when staff are involved in the recruitment decision they are more likely to support the new staff member, and as a consequence retention is improved.Many local authorities have been doing this for some time with mixed results. For the process to be meaningful (and legal) each person must be selected or rejected on defined criteria.  This makes employee … [Read more...]

Applying LEAN to HR, Training and other administration based departments #HRBlog

The term Lean has been in manufacturing organizations for many years. Increasingly organizations are applying Lean to HR and Training departments too. Lean Thinking Many take it to be a process to do with the improvement of manufacturing efficiency. Indeed it was in the Toyota factories that the process started. Even in Toyota in the early days it was about a lot more than manufacturing processes. It covered supply, sales, logistics and administration of all kinds.In the last 5 years, … [Read more...]

HR trends survey 2016 in just one word #hrblog #cipd #oneword

Introduction to One Word HR Trends SurveyWhat is the One word HR trends survey 2016? Early in 2015 we ran a simple survey among HR professionals. They were given 10 topics and asked for one word which represented there understanding or meaning for that word or phrase. This produced some interesting results. So twelve months on I thought we could repeat the process. The results are fascinating. In the first survey we had just over 500 responses, in this later version we had just under 400 … [Read more...]

Demystifying the Psychological Contract

If I put five HR Professionals in a room and asked them to define the Psychological Contract and its value, why would I expect to return later to find at least four different opinions? What is the Psychological Contract? As so often in HR, we have before us a term which has been created, in all good faith, to describe observations of human behaviour in employment that we cannot quite quantify, but can see are significant. “Engagement”, “Motivation”, “Job satisfaction“ and even “Leadership” are … [Read more...]

The future of HR in an ever shrinking world of work

The world of work has changed, but is HR changing fast enough? What is the future of HR?It is all very well saying that HR needs to do things differently as well as different things, but what things? How? Why? Where has HR come from? It helps to understand the history of HR a little.In the UK the CIPD track this on their web site and capture the early journey in this statement: The CIPD, as we know it today, started life in 1913 as the Welfare Workers’ Association. We’ve been helping … [Read more...]

Human Resources #oneword #HR #CIPD

In 2015 100s of HR professionals were asked a simple question in a survey… in one word describe…Human Resources Participants were invited from the CIPD Members LinkedIn group, the CIPD communities, and the CIPD Facebook group. 613 participated. Of those, over 70% have been in HR for more than 11 years. Not all questions were mandatory. The response rate for this question was 614 out of the 616 participants. The demographics for this were: Processing the Survey Data During data analysis, … [Read more...]

Who owns training in your organization?

This is a perennial question, and from time to time the ownership and drive moves from one area to another. As a Training Manager I have operated within HR and Operations. And without doubt the best impact comes when Operations owns and indeed demands training.This does not mean to say that HR or a Training function should not be involved in the process, and could help to develop standards and help operations look to the long term, not just a "quick fix". Why in operations? When operations … [Read more...]

Aligning HR to the Organization

We have a perception problem in HR the world over. We are often seen as the function internally that is used to “outsource” the hiring and firing of people from the operations side of the business. Some would say doing the dirty work of managers. Human Resources is supposed to add value to an organization. Sure undertaking tasks that one manager may not do very often can help improve consistency, but it's about much more than that. If a manager hires their own people, they have a vested … [Read more...]

50 shades of CV

How to format your CV Every years thousands of us update or create our first real CV in the hope of landing our dream job. But what makes a successful CV in 2013? How to format your CV for best impact?This was a question asked in a HR professionals group on LinkedIn this month. With so many different forms and structures available, this could be an impossible task. So a few members of the group met on a collaborative online meeting to review some CVs to see if there were any common things … [Read more...]

Social Media and Social Business – what do we mean?

As we move into a world where "social" is put on every HR and marketing strategy, much like "i" has been put on technology, are we at a risk of over complicating and confusing people.We are in the early hours of a new revolution, and I fear that many people are using what they consider to be "cool" or "sexy" titles rather than describing what is happeningSocial - It's not the emperors new clothesThere really is a sea change happening in the way we communicate - and this tide cannot … [Read more...]

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning is one of those things that is often talked about, but often considered too complex for many smaller businesses to understand - or even justify the perceived cost of undertaking such activity.And yes to those in the know, Succession Planning can be one of the most important human resource functions to sustaining business performance. What is Succession Planning? The CIPD define Succession Planning as: as a process for identifying and developing … [Read more...]

HR Must Embrace Social Media

Human Resources - gate keepers or enablers According to a survey by SilkRoad, over 75% of HR professionals feel that they are being left behind when it comes to social media.With a 91% of firms claiming to use social media to evaluate potential candidates, what we all do online can make or break our next career change. Knowing what we should (and should not be doing), is becoming increasingly important. Collaboration through Social Media One of the nirvana of HR is employee engagement. … [Read more...]

Gamification in business – the war on leadership and talent

Gamification in business - the war on leadership and talent Gamification - It's here, its there its everywhere - are you taking part? Do you even know its a game?What am I talking about? Gamification - turning potentially mundain tasks into game activities, where "points make prizes"In the business world this has been happening for years under the guise of Management By Objectives (MBO) and bonuses. Set a target, when people reach it - reward them. Social Media … [Read more...]

Top 100 Tweeters on Human Resources April 2012

RapidBI in top 100 Tweeters on Human Resources April 2012 Many of you may know Evan Carmichael’s site. Using a range of tools Evan measures and publishes top blogs and tweeters on a range of business related topics.His current one is the top 100 tweeters on human resources. And I am proud to say that @RapidBI is not only in the top 100, but we are number 6, Having been in the top 10 three out of the last four months.We include only the top 50,  It’s a great list of twitter folk to … [Read more...]

Working from Home on Fridays #infographic #retention #talent #HR

Working from Home on Fridays This graphic from Splashtop shows some of the health and economic reasons for working from home.But why limit it to Fridays?Some time ago I did some work for a professional services firm, at their instance a number of us had to work from their office, but 90% of our work was with overseas teams on very different time zones. Equally that was true for may of their employees.There was no real value in having people sit at a desk, as often their managers … [Read more...]

Second month running RapidBI in top 100 Tweeters on Human Resources #HR #CIPD

RapidBI in top 100 Tweeters on Human Resources - again! Many of you may know Evan Carmichael’s site. Using a range of tools Evan measures and publishes top blogs and tweeters on a range of business related topics.His current one is the top 100 tweeters on human resources. And I am proud to say that @RapidBI is not only in the top 100, but we are number 4! last month we were number 5.Looking at the list (only very quickly) I can see quite a few UK based tweeps here – keep flying the … [Read more...]

HR, Leadership & Work Life Balance

HR, Leadership & Work Life Balance In any business we need our people to both work hard, and yet we need them to remain fresh so that the performance is sustainable - that means each employee having a healthy work-life balance.Evidence from recent research suggests that there are more women in "balance" than men. The good news is that over the last 5 years the data suggests that we are getting better at achieving balance. … [Read more...]

HR It’s all about the business customers #cipd11

HR It’s all about the business customers An interesting first day at #CIPD11 yesterday.Through a diverse range of sessions:Leadership, People Management & Growth – Sir Terry Leahy (ex tesco) Building Organisational Culture – William Rogers, CEO UKRD Managing Change Successfully – Natalie Woodford, GSK Challenging Traditional Management Thinking – John Seddon, Vangard Turning Customers into Fans - Nicky Brimmer, O2 Telefonica UKOver the next few days I am sure that each … [Read more...]

9 Signs Your HR Manager is Bad

Signs of an Ineffective HR Manager This morning I came across an article with an unusual angle on HR at bnet – it is called "9 signs your hr manager is terrible" compiled by Suzanne Lucas.This would be an interesting article to read if it were not for the “clipart photo gallery” style of this piece. Here I have taken some of the key points and raised some of the factors they raise. I'm not sure that many HR managers would disagree with many of these statements, however if we … [Read more...]

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