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How to Make Homeworking and Home-Schooling Work During Lockdown

Posted in: HR Updates on 30/04/2020 With schools across the UK now closed to the vast majority of pupils, thousands of students have temporarily become home-schoolers while we wait and watch to see how the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. The working world have been turned on its head with many of us now struggling to simultaneously balanc...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Have Competency-Based Interviews Had Their Day?

Posted in: HR Updates on 14/04/2020 For many of us in the world of identifying talent, competency-based interview techniques have been a great step forward from the unstructured “conversation”. For most of us gone are the days when managers would ask interviewees questions like: what would your last boss say about you? Or what is ...
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Recruitment and Selection
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Remote Working and Bullying and Harassment

Posted in: HR Updates on 06/04/2020 In ‘normal’ times a request for home working/remote working would typically take time to consider and set up, while the business and the employee discuss what steps would need to be put in place in terms of technology, support, communication, ‘fit’ with the role requirements and whether this would ...
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Maintaining Effective Communications with Remote Working

Posted in: HR Updates on 03/04/2020 The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place - George Bernard Shaw. Recent months have seen a dramatic escalation of the much-predicted practice of working from home. The reasons for the escalation will be well known and let’s try and avoid the dreaded C word ...
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HR Matters NI Coronavirus/Covid-19
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What the coronavirus has taught me about life, work and togetherness

Posted in: HR Updates on 01/04/2020 When I left the office on the 14th March to work at home for a week, I never dreamt that it would be the last time I would see my work colleagues for a very long time. Further to the recent strict ‘stay at home’ measures put in place by the UK government, I like many thousands of others, have sudde...
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HR Matters NI Coronavirus/Covid-19
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National Minimum Wage – Avoid the ‘Name and Shame’

Posted in: HR Updates on 22/03/2020 National Minimum Wage – Avoid the ‘Name and Shame’ The Government recently announced the “biggest cash increase ever” in minimum wages. In April 2020 the National Living Wage is set to rise by a whopping 6.2% and younger workers who receive National Minimum Wage (NMW) will see their pay boosted w...
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Pay
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Becoming an Employer of Choice

Posted in: HR Updates on 03/03/2020 How do we become an Employer of Choice? This is the million-dollar question that many employers ask. Some of us are on a journey towards becoming this; others already there and the rest possibly don’t even know what it is. For those of us that aspire to be a great place to work, here are my essen...
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Harness Psychology and Neuroscience to Improve Your Learning Programmes

Posted in: HR Updates on 20/02/2020 In the last 20 years there have been staggering advances in the field of neuroscience (the scientific study of the brain). The surge in knowledge has been enabled by technological developments such as functional magnetic resonance imagining (fMRI), which enables scientists to accurately measure bra...
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HR Matters NI
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Why wouldn’t you want to know your own pay gap?

Posted in: HR Updates on 12/02/2020 Companies with fewer than 250 employees or companies in Northern Ireland* may feel that they are free to ignore gender pay gap reporting and that it’s a waste of time and effort even calculating their gender pay gap. However, I can think of 3 main reasons for wanting to know your gender pay gap: T...
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Discrimination and Equality Pay HR Matters NI
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Attracting and Retaining Talent through Employee Wellbeing Initiatives

Posted in: HR Updates on 05/02/2020 As the modern workplace becomes more complex and deeply reliant on a network of people, it’s critical for employers to grow a workforce that is talented and engaged. Talent acquisition is important, but retaining your current talent is equally as important. One key factor to achieve both is keeping...