HR department of one? Here’s how to make a difference

It’s lonely to be in a one-person department. It’s even worse to be a one-person Human Resources department – partially because of the less-than-flattering perception of HR, and also because there’s simply too many HR-related tasks for one person to handle. Both...

5 things that HR doesn’t have time for

There’s only so many hours in a day. And there’s even fewer working hours… in theory. But for a lot of HR professionals, the sheer quantity of ‘jobs to be done’ means that the work day can go on, and on, and on… long after everyone else has logged off. That’s because,...

Seriously, what does HR do for employees?

“Oops, watch out – HR might be listening” “Don’t tell HR I said that!” “I’m not sure HR would be happy with that” “Do we have to go through HR?”   It’s fair to say that HR has got a certain… reputation. And it’s not necessarily a positive one. Feared by...

Pay transparency is business critical: here’s why

‘Competitive’. What does the word mean? What is it hiding? Do people writing job advertisements know that it makes prospective candidates assume that this mysterious ‘competitive salary’ is almost anything but? Let’s be clear: organisations need to be transparent...

3 reasons bosses avoid ‘pay chats’ (and how benchmarks help)

No-one actually enjoys talking about money, do they? Whether you’re the employee or their manager, sitting down to have a conversation about pay can be excruciating. And that’s often because both sides are missing a lot of key information… That can mean people delay...