HR vs. Line Manager responsibilities: end the battle

  “Who is responsible for this?” What a loaded question. It can be punishing or praising. Offload work, attributing blame, or seeking a recipient for adulation. And inherent in any answer, there’s a sense of hierarchy – of someone having to answer to...

The HR paradox: how do you spend time?

“We’d love you to paint the Sistine Chapel, but first could you do some paperwork?” “Walking on the moon? Go for it! As soon as you’ve logged all these data points” “Solving world hunger is definitely something I want you to focus on, once this filing is done”  ...

Why HR deserves more respect (and how to get it)

When you’re sat in the passenger seat giving directions, you don’t expect the driver to ignore you completely – especially when they turn right instead of left, and speed directly into a river. Soggy shoes aside, it’d be reasonable to be slightly irritated at...

HR on a budget: building an employee engagement strategy

Ping pong tables and beer fridges.  Gym memberships and health insurance. Bonuses and awards ceremonies.  Whatever your take on employee engagement activities, they all come at a cost. And it’s not just the initiatives themselves that require a budget, it costs time,...

HR on a budget: building an employee development plan

‘What would you do if you won the lottery?’ It’s a good conversation starter at a dinner party – and people’s financial ambitions can range from ridiculous (go to space!) to realistic (get a new kitchen!). But even down the ‘realism’ end of the spectrum, these...