Crunch! The word has a fun ring to it, doesn't it? "Crunch!". It's the sound you hear when you tuck into your favourite cereal. It's what you do when you're trying to flatten your stomach. It's the feeling you have when you crash into a tree when skiing and break both of your legs. All… Continue reading Crunch Time
This week the chancellor of the UK, Mr Phil Hammond, caused something of a stir when he appeared to suggest that worsening productivity figures in the UK economy were somehow the fault of disabled people. What did he actually say? Like most politicians, one must look carefully at the words spoken and not just what… Continue reading Productivity, disability and some facts
My cat doesn't know much about art, but she knows what she likes. My husband would tell you that I know a little about art but I have no idea what I like. I can say with absolute certainty that, when it comes to the art of film, I don't like what he likes. One… Continue reading Managing creative people, creatively.
A little known recent ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has interesting ramifications for employers who have pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers on their payroll. The case, Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude, was brought by Ms Ramos, a nurse who worked in an emergency medical department of a hospital in Spain, after… Continue reading Case law time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and work.
After watching the Avengers for about the fourteenth time at the behest of my husband I began to realise just how poor the human resources department of S.H.I.E.L.D. really is. Not only were there some members of S.H.I.E.L.D. engaged in extremely unsafe working practices, but there was also a lot of horseplay and a general… Continue reading Avenging a HR department
I watch Screen Junkies a lot. Hal Rudnick's show on what is going in the world of movies is fun, as Hal is a very entertaining guy, the honest trailers can be absolutely hilarious, and movie fights is a show lasting about an hour and a half that is perfect for me and my husband… Continue reading How to handle sexual misconduct without ruining your company’s image
"Many Australian firms have accessed the EU via Britain. With the uncertainty surrounding what a post-Brexit Britain will look like, I believe Australian firms will look to Ireland to fulfil that role. Ireland is superbly positioned to attract that kind of engagement from Australian business. I see this as a great opportunity of how we,… Continue reading Brexit: An opportunity for the EU
Brexit is a difficult topic for Britain at the moment. As a citizen with nationality of both the UK and another EU nation I've not really got much of a dog in this particular race, though I do worry what will become of the UK post-Brexit. In any case, I don't really want to get… Continue reading The skills shortage and Brexit. Turning a crisis into a catastrophe.
I wanted to blog a bit about how HR can and should play a vital role in defining and maintaining the relationship between the employee and the employer. It’s generally not something that is commonly taught on HR courses and thus, at least in my experience, it is something that a lot of raw recruits… Continue reading The employer, the employed, and the fulcrum between them
If anyone has been tuned into the goings on in the HR office of late you may have seen people frantically running around or rocking back and forth, notepad in hand, with the acronym GDPR scribbled at the top. So what is this GDPR and why does it have some HR professionals in a panic?… Continue reading GDPR, a brave new world