HR

26
Oct

Fly on the wall – A more strategic approach to HR

Inside the October HR Strategic Positioning Event October saw our 6th Elysian Executive HR Strategic Positioning Event being held in Bristol with HR and OD leaders from financial industries, public services, national rail, retail, global manufacturing and charitable trusts all signing up for a seat at the table. If you have missed out on the chance to join one of these exclusive sessions or you’re wondering what all the excitement is about then wonder no more, as this ‘fly on the wall insight’ offers a glimpse at the key discussions, signposts thinking and shares light bulb moments from the latest event. Expertly guided by Elysian’s Paul Tuck, delegates considered themselves against the role description of a Strategic HR Business Partner. Through the discussions all delegates reached the conclusion that, in order to ...

10
Oct

3 Reasons why attitude is more important to your company than aptitude... Ideally we want to hire people with both the right attitude and the right aptitude. However, if I can only choose one of those two I will choose the person with the right attitude every time. This approach is backed up by studies which have shown that our 80 percent of our success is based on our EQ, compared to 20 percent for our IQ. This means that aptitude only accounts for a paltry 20 percent of our success. Here are three reasons why it's better to recruit for attitude, than just aptitude. 1. It's easier to train aptitude than attitude When people have the right attitude they are both motivated and adaptable which makes them more open to learning new skills. With the ...

18
Jul

Brexit: How to Support Worried Employees

Brexit: How to Support Worried Employees Keep a close eye on your staff so that post-referendum anxiety doesn't spiral out of control Employers will be facing many questions about how business is going to proceed following the referendum vote to leave the EU. Larger organisations will have already planned for the outcome and for some, in the short term Brexit may mean cuts in research and development, training, benefits and even jobs. Smaller businesses may be hard-pressed too – and face a situation made more challenging by their relative lack of resources. One thing is certain. Employees will be concerned for their jobs – in the near future and beyond – and if you are a European working in Britain you may be feeling alienated. Whatever the future brings, uncertainty is neither good for business nor ...

10
Jun

Engagement Under The Spotlight

HR professionals spent a few hours immersed in an insightful discussion on engagement strategies, hosted by Elysian and facilitated by top engagement expert Chris Atkinson. There was much common ground to be found amongst the HR professionals as discussions explored the impact on employee engagement caused by merger and corporate acquisitions. They felt a key challenge centred around  maintaining a consistent corporate identity and value set in the face of all of the change.     In addition to the feel good aspects, there is also a significant commercial benefit in engagement and Chris led an active discussion that explored stats and findings from the largest global research studies into employee engagement. Perks and benefits are not key levers. They are likely to lead to dissatisfaction especially if they have to be removed due to budget decreases ...

27
Jan

74% of HR Leaders Label Succession Planning as Biggest Concern  Almost three quarters of HR professionals have identified leadership succession and speed of development as the primary internal challenges they currently face, according to a new survey. The report, commissioned by Lumesse, interviewed over 840 senior HR leaders, and found that the majority of them claimed that succession planning was the biggest threat to their business in the coming 12 months. Research teams at Loudhouse explained that it was the speed at which businesses were developing and engaging future leaders that was the most worrying, with many respondents noting that they were quickly running out of time. Speaking to HR Grapevine, Steve Hewitt, HR Director at Lumesse, urges HR departments to take action. He said: “HR must be pro-active in addressing any skills gaps in its ...

29
Oct

77% of workers don’t take their full allotted lunch break, a recent survey claims. Are you one of them? Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes via Compfight cc UK-based AirConUK.co.uk conducted a survey amongst 1350 workers in office and industrial environments, finding that only 23% actually took their full lunch break. Research has found that workers have a higher rate of productivity after taking a break and those who don’t take the time have lower concentration and work slower in the afternoons. The survey also found that another 23% chose to eat lunch at their desks or work stations while 36% chose to end their lunch break early. Additionally it revealed that 41% admitted they didn’t take tea or screen break during the day and 18% didn't take a lunch break at all. From the selection of ...

29
Oct

Major Shift in HR’s Role Predicted

Major changes in the world of work will occur over the next decade that will require a tectonic shift in the concept of HR as a profession, a group of high-level HR professionals, academicians and other thought leaders are predicting. Progress within HR has occurred at a “glacial” pace and isn’t keeping up with the rapid acceleration of change in the world as a whole, said John Boudreau, research director at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. “There is this tipping point. This profession is in danger of simply not being relevant to the demands that are going to be there for it and the opportunities that are going to be there for it,” said Boudreau, who presented the findings of a two-year inquiry involving ...

25
Sep

Employees are more likely to lie about an absence if the cause is mental health rather than physical health related, according to research from healthcare provider AXA. The report found that more than three-quarters (77%) of employees would tell their boss the truth if their sickness was due to a physical ailment such as back pain, flu or an accidental injury, but only two in five (39%) would tell the truth if they had to call in sick because of stress, anxiety or depression. The problem was worst in SMEs, with only 37% of SME employees claiming they would tell their boss if they were absent because of mental ill health. In larger firms 44% of workers felt comfortable confiding the real reason for such an absence to their manager. Emma Mamo, head of workplace ...

11
Sep

Most multinational organisations have been recruiting and running graduate development programmes for many years. With greater resources and a wealth of experience to be gained, they naturally attract the ‘A’ graduates and can be highly selective in who they take. I want to focus our attention for a while on how ANY business can attract, nurture, develop and retain graduates. I believe a great starting point is to look at what the current ‘attitude’ is within management. We are looking to bring in fresh, dynamic, aspirational new blood, we are hoping that they will help us to develop new business, new products, grow, improve, keep up-to-date, innovate, etc. Well that’s what we should be thinking; yet many graduates find it tough going in their first job and in fact, have often moved on quickly within ...

27
Jul

Focus on Your Strategic Voice

This July saw the first of Elysian's free HR Strategic Positioning events launch at The Cheltenham Chase Hotel with HR & OD professionals from Education, Public Sector, Manufacturing and Retail coming together to share experiences and explore new and powerful ways to ensure their departmental voice features clearly in their Business’s strategic conversations. We’ve increasingly heard from our clients that they are often competing with commercial priorities to get HR onto the agenda with the senior team. For many, it seems there is often a more important or urgent issue to address and the people agenda is getting pushed down the list. With such an important agenda we found right from the start of the day that participants quickly started tackling topics including HR strategy, corporate performance, growth and expansion, management development and succession planning. ...

24
Jul

As of September, one of the largest companies in the world will do all of its employees and managers an enormous favor: It will get rid of the annual performance review. Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme told The Washington Post that the professional services firm, which employs hundreds of thousands of workers in cities around the globe, has been quietly preparing for this “massive revolution” in its internal operations. “Imagine, for a company of 330,000 people, changing the performance management process—it’s huge,” Nanterme said. “We’re going to get rid of probably 90 percent of what we did in the past.” The firm will disband rankings and the once-a-year evaluation process starting in fiscal year 2016, which for Accenture begins this September. It will implement a more fluid system, in which employees receive timely feedback from their ...

22
Jun

Long-term Sickness Absence Rises in Manufacturing

Employers ‘struggle’ to manage growth in mental ill-health at work Two fifths of manufacturing employers saw an increase in the number of work days lost to long-term sickness absence in the past year, the biggest rise in five years, according to research from manufacturers’ organisation EEF. Overall sickness absence in the sector remains low at 5.1 days (2.2 per cent) but the research revealed a “marked difference” in the causes for absence. Results in the 2015 Sickness Absence Survey, published by EEF and Jelf Benefits UK, showed that back pain and musculoskeletal disorders are still the main cause of long-term absence (38 per cent) for most employers. However, one in four companies surveyed said they now lose more working days to stress and mental health disorders than musculoskeletal causes. The survey suggests that employers and GPs ...

15
Jun

In this article, New Study Reveals HR Strategy Tied To Company Performance, Mike Etting of SAP, confirms (as the title suggests) that HR strategy is tied to performance. It is not surprising that a better prepared workforce delivers better results – indeed it is refreshing that a global study has been able to provide evidence of this relationship. High performing companies make HR a strategic priority, they are adaptive and agile in redefining their business models and responding to market opportunities and pressures. These companies are forward looking and are prepared to react quickly to workforce trends such as losing core know how and leadership experience, or finding enough people with the right capabilities at the right time or meeting he demands of the millennial workforce. What Mike Etting is describing is strategic ...