Leaders should rank attitude ahead of skill when hiring staff, argues René Carayol
Lyndsey Simpson, co-owner of The Curve Group, explains how RPO can reduce your HR costs
Where to have your festive party this year - the dos and don'ts
Businesses that offer youths work and pass on skills through apprenticeships
Want a festive celebration for your staff or clients that's a bit different this year? We've discovered a whole host of merrymaking techniques
The government is heavily reliant on the private sector to create jobs. But with so many applicants for each vacancy, where should businesses look to bolster their teams and find the best quality?
New rules safeguarding the rights of temporary workers come into effect in the autumn. Are employers prepared for the legislation and will they benefit?
Directors are shaping tomorrow's workplaces with an array of training and mentoring schemes for young people. The initiatives also help to motivate and retain their own staff
In a crowded jobs market, internships offer valuable work experience, but unpaid placements can put employers in a bad light. What is the right strategy for directors?
I lead a customer services team at the head office of an advertising company. We are always very busy, but I want my team to be more inspired and creative. How can I achieve this?
Few directors make the journey from HR boss to chief executive despite a rising demand for leaders with strong people skills. But boardroom scepticism may be waning as the two roles move closer together
Should the law make it easier to fire employees?
Executive coach Greg McKeown offers a guide to tapping your team's intelligence
I am the HR director for a large advertising agency. What are your views on the work-life balance?
Ballroom dancing lessons, free dry-cleaning and indoor golf... creative staff benefits are good for morale and the bottom line. Here are 10 golden rules
From brushing up the traditional CV to a full embrace of online networking, especially LinkedIn, we look at how executives can boost their chances of landing a rewarding role in a steadily recovering jobs market
Should employees be given additional time off to watch World Cup games?
More than a third of bosses suffered anxiety as they battled through recession. But experts agree stress is bad for business. So how do you create a healthier workplace?
Directors face a heavier workload under a shake-up of occupational pensions in 2012
What help is available to the jobless young and the over-50s?
As signs of economic revival emerge, small firms are being urged to recruit skilled employees before the upturn takes hold, but where do they find fresh talent?
When ex-offenders are offered jobs it's a signal from business that there's a survival route away from a life of crime
Do employers have a right to interfere in office romances?
10 tips to combat workplace bullying
Should the default retirement age of 65 be scrapped?
First Direct staff answer thousands of queries a day in a vast call centre... yet the online bank tops polls for employee loyalty. Why are its workers so highly motivated?
Ten steps to a better work-life balance
Research says employers should do more to look after their youngest recruits
Is it reasonable to ask staff to work for free?
Sir Stuart Rose sets out his graduate recruitment policy—and calls for better links between business and academia
Recession plus redundancy equals risk for ill-prepared directors. But if you tick all the right boxes when handling job losses you'll avoid a costly day in court
That's the message of a new government report into employee engagement. Your bottom line depends on it
Disability charity seeks the views of directors living with disability, ill-health or injury
Cherished workplace benefits are being lost in the battle to control costs and save jobs. But employers need to be creative when cutting perks or face a damaging loss of staff morale
Everything you need to know about redundancy procedures
The extension of the right to request flexible hours should be embraced rather than feared
It’s a win-win situation when small businesses stretched by the downturn offer work experience to jobless graduates
From April this year an extra 4.5 million employees will have the right to request flexible working. But what does it mean for small businesses?
As global economic turmoil spreads, protectionist murmurings are straining relations among EU member states and testing the idea of flexible labour in a single market
A panel of directors, educators and employee reps discuss the continuing importance of work-based training and qualifications
While some companies are freezing pay to avoid job cuts, others have no choice but to axe employees. Which means more directors are seeking to become consultants, freelancers or portfolio workers. We offer advice for directors going solo
Jobless figures cap a bad week for Gordon Brown
UK firms still convinced networking affects productivity
Report shows there is a lack of faith in home workers' productivity
Improve your employees' diet to reduce absenteeism and increase profits
For many smaller businesses, the red tape caused by employment legislation is a good reason to avoid hiring staff
Poor performers can eat away at a company's bottom line and affect the morale of the rest of the team. During an economic downturn, this exposes companies to greater risks. It's time for managers to tackle underperformers
The number of climate change-related jobs in the workplace is growing, which means more UK boardrooms could be welcoming a corporate social responsibility director to the table. But is this phenomenon a must-have or a flash in the pan?
With a different approach to employment, the government could give former prisoners a better chance of succeeding in the outside world—and save millions at the same time, says Jo Owen
Should there be an enforced quota of women on UK boards?
Exaggeration, embellishment, deception and even fraud. Some people will stop at nothing to get a job. So how can a small business, without time and money for lengthy selection processes, be sure a candidate is telling the truth?
In an effort to tighten border control, the government has introduced new rules for migrant workers from outside the EU. What do they mean for employers?
Diversity breeds innovation, says Charles Leadbeater
The rights of women, gay men and lesbians are enshrined in law. But are they respected at work? Al Senter finds that the attitudes of business have been a little slow to keep up with legislation
A new quality mark—Star Social Firm—recognises organisations with excellent business practices and high-quality employment opportunities for disabled people
Human resources strives to be recognised as much for its contribution to business performance, as for its role of enhancing internal operations
Croner's Gillian Dowling explains how directors may get a criminal record for employing the wrong people
With a new report claiming that mental health problems could affect as many as one in six employees, it's an issue directors can't afford to ignore
As additional parental leave kicks in, how are small businesses coping with the new family-friendly policies?
It pays to thoroughly check the backgrounds of potential employees, even at a senior level
Hamish Davidson offers some common sense advice on job hunting at a senior level
How to pick the right recruitment firm for your business
Employers that preclude hiring someone with a criminal record could be missing out on a potential source of labour
An inclusive culture that values the opinions of employees can be a stronger motivator than any financial reward
Want engaged employees? Employee ownership of companies is striking a chord in the UK and creating successful businesses
While we all enjoy a good rant about silly health and safety regulations, directors must recognise the need to take staff and customer safety seriously
Economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett urges organisations to re-think their structure to support "non-linear" careers or risk losing valuable talent
The cost of staff absence through sickness continues to ratchet upwards
The mantra's clichéd: our greatest assets are our people. But how many directors know what it takes to find valuable people for their companies?
Only a handful of UK women are reaching senior roles, and many are leaving business. Should companies fight harder to keep them?
Employees are choosing to work from home in ever increasing numbers. So what can you do to make the office a more desirable and productive place to work?
The latest extensions to flexible working regulations present some "real challenges" for SMEs
Any change—be it restructuring, rebranding or relocation, must be dealt with carefully to get buy in from employees
The top business figures may be taking home millions, but the majority are earning far more modestly, as the annual directors' pay survey reveals
HR professionals expound the benefits of taking part in initiatives that highlight how nice you are as an employer. But how much impact does this have on the bottom line?