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Iqbal Wahhab

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HR

Show extremists we mean business

With the government transferring more responsibility to the private sector, companies must start thinking about new strategies to tackle the increasing threat of extremism in the workplace or bear the consequences, writes Iqbal Wahhab
TRAINING

LEADING THE WAY ON SKILLS

Bosses rather than politicians are best placed to design workplace training schemes. So it's crucial small businesses engage with skills initiatives…
CSR

We need local trade not aid

Rather than charitable handouts, companies should throw their weight behind social enterprise programmes.
CSR

Make CSR everyone's business

Which departments and offices could businesses start doing without these days?
FINANCE

Closing the net on loan sharks

Ministers must crack down on shabby financial practices that target vulnerable borrowers, and boost support for ethical lending.
START-UPS

Let's back our foodie revolution

We hear much about funds that nurture tech businesses, but why don't we have the same support for the food sector?
INVESTMENT

Making financial sense of the arts

In this age of austerity, cultural groups must build a stronger economic case to win business backing. Investment rather than funding should be their new watchword
HR

Let's look after the jobless

A government scheme offering financial backing for employers to find work for the long-term unemployed deserves our support. The alternative is economic standstill
SUSTAINABILITY

Red alert on meat habit

After the horsemeat scandal, there must be a sharper focus on healthy eating we could save billions, reduce the carbon footprint and help fight global famine
CSR

Capitalism? It's our survival kit

Let's reclaim the word and show that business is a force for good. After all, everyone benefits when company owners and employees collaborate towards a common goal
HR

From ex-con to entrepreneur

In the US hundreds of former prisoners have been helped to set up businesses. Are we doing enough here to harness the latent skills of former inmates?
HR

Rise of the corporate shrink

In the US and emerging economies, executives readily seek counselling to help them cope, but why is mental health still an off-limits subject in Britain's boardrooms?
ADVICE & TRAINING

Jobless deserve a better deal

Apprenticeships are vital but many schemes are deeply flawed. They squander public money, waste company time and fail those most in need the long-term unemployed
LEADERSHIP

IT'S TIME TO DO CURRY A FAVOUR

A lack of innovation has put the great British curry house under threat but customer feedback, mentoring and a diversified workforce offer a path to revival
ENTREPRENEURS

DON'T BE AFRAID TO SAY 'I GOT IT WRONG'

Telling budding entrepreneurs about your business failures is just as important as describing the triumphs. It shows them there's no easy route to riches
ADVICE & TRAINING

WHOSE LIFE WILL YOU CHANGE?

Business leaders can help reshape the perspective and life chances of Britain's youth – it's a compelling case for mentoring
HR

Shouldn't workers be on our boards?

In the debate about widening boardroom diversity, we often overlook the employees who make things happen. Isn't it time to involve them in making decisions?
MANAGEMENT

Doing good makes business sense

The Business Connectors scheme exemplifies responsible capitalism. It not only helps disadvantaged communities but leaders who take part benefit their companies, too
ADVICE & TRAINING

WINNING WITH APPRENTICES

A more focused approach to workplace training is a win-win for everyone – it makes the downturn more bearable for the unemployed and cuts recruitment costs for employers. Finally, the government is listening to business
HR

COUNTING THE COST OF FAT BRITAIN

If a quarter of employees are obese, it's not only their health at risk... your business may be in danger too. We need to do more to tackle the problem - but so must ministers
MANAGEMENT

THE OLD-BOY NETWORK CAN DAMAGE BUSINESS

There's no room for public school connections in the modern workplace. Executives who recruit and engage only with people like them are missing out on new talent
HR

WHY OFFICE ROMANCES MAKE SENSE

A good old-fashioned love affair between colleagues is healthy for business and should be encouraged, so why not play your company Cupid this Christmas?
HR

Are cash offers too good to be true?

They come from as far afield as Russia and Abu Dhabi and they're paying millions for UK businesses. But are the mega-rich helping or hindering our economy?
HR

Understanding the i-generation

Steve Jobs may have changed the way we use technology but he has also fostered the "I" society. Companies must learn how to harness it if they want to stay relevant
HR

Why hard work wins

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has urged businesses to focus on recruiting British workers. But he doesn't see the bigger picture
management

More elbow room for office grown-ups?

The transition from small to medium-sized company means a smart, roomy head office but extra management challenges
HR

Wake-up call on outsourcing

If it's cheaper to run call centres in the UK than it is abroad, why don't companies bring business home and cut the dole queues?
education

Big Society needs you

Can't find the right staff? Employers who invest time at schools and colleges will find the next generation of talent is on their doorstep
investment

A tale of two cities

Foreign investors are pouncing on failed New York businesses. UK private equity firms must act fast to save London from a similar fate
Ethnicity

Mirror in the workplace

We rarely shy away from discussing gender equality in business but what about ethnic balance? It's an equally important priority
hR

Out of the shadows

A chance encounter at a charity ball made me sharply aware of the ordeal faced by job-seeking teenagers living with HIV
happiness index

What price happiness?

David Cameron misses the point... you can only claim there's more to life than money if you have some in the first place
technology

Mind your email manners

Technology allows us to work quickly on the move but it's also an unacceptable excuse for bad behaviour. Let's improve our netiquette
HR

Sorry for being a Scrooge

Christmas parties... who needs them? They always end in tears. Be more creative when you thank your staff for their hard work
reputation

Banking on a fresh image

How do bankers repair their tarnished reputation? More help for start-ups, longer opening hours and an end to holidays taken in their name
HR

Giving staff a seat at the table

Death threats, media disdain and a quiet word from a Coca-Cola chief made me reassess my attitude towards customer service
HR

Britain's got business talent

Let's not squander cash on training people for jobs that don't exist. Social enterprise is a trigger for economic revival
HR

The crying game

More men are struggling to hold back tears. But, please, let's not have any blubbering in the boardroom
HR

Tackling the enemy within

The next suicide bomber could be working for you. So employers have a duty to engage with the government's Prevent strategy on fighting terrorism
HR

Talent for tomorrow

Private equity groups working at the grass-roots may inspire youth, but they're also nurturing financiers of the future
management

Too close for comfort

When ex-offenders are offered jobs it's a signal from business that there's a survival route away from a life of crime
HR

Beyond the prison gates

When ex-offenders are offered jobs it's a signal from business that there's a survival route away from a life of crime