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Comment: Everything, everywhere

I was talking to a colleague the other day whilst she also continued a long conversation on the company landline telephone and replied to an email on her laptop. After a minute or so, a WeChat message came in on

Comment: Sifting the Chaff

According to HEDD, the official University degree checking service in the UK, a third of people applying for jobs falsify important information on their CV, 40% exaggerate their qualifications, and 11% falsify their degree altogether. It would appear that very

Comment: Being Nobody

I was sitting in the bank the other day, waiting for a colleague to finish a transaction at the desk. In front of me was a longish queue of people all seeking their few minutes with a bank teller. I

Comment: Bring on the wet towels

Back in the 1980s very few people, apart from me, seemed to take any interest in data protection. My first seminar on the subject attracted just 7 people. Things hotted up a little immediately after the passing of the EU

Comment: Crossing the street

It’s ironic that however much national or international laws seek to achieve social engineering objectives, they are often frustrated by judicial or local legislative sabotage, apathy, or indifference amongst those they seek to empower or control.

One of the biggest

Comment: The message is the medium

It’s many people’s favourite letter, the world’s most powerful sound, and the delightful Chinese word “Mamahuhu” (horses, tigers, or so-so) says it all. The letter “m” is everywhere that’s anywhere and a very important sound to note if someone is

Comment: Thermodynamics of the workplace

In trying to understand the world, we all seek shortcuts. The most intellectual of these is called a ‘conjoncture’ – a set of benchmarks against which all events can be compared, ordered and contrasted. The holy grail for HR, for

Comment: The fallacy of talent

There are few subjects that attract bigger audiences to HR conferences than talent management. In many ways, the modern HR professional defines their reason for existence by the acquisition, development and retention of highly talented individuals – because that is

Comment: The new political morality

What modern US Presidents have learnt from the social media age is that both well-drafted laws and brute force have less political clout than fighting moral turpitude – and that moral life is not built on the continuum of right

Comment: False fraud

When posting workers to another EU country employers should beware of failures on behalf of the social security authority in the posting country, as this will allow the host country authorities to declare that E101 social security certificates are fraudulent

Comment: A legal qualification for HR

Why is it that even though companies invest heavily in HR systems they still find themselves suffering from legal compliance or HR standards problems? Surely, having an ERP or HR Service Delivery system in place and using its powerful, easy

Comment: Why politics matter

The two subjects people are most commonly advised to avoid talking about at work are politics and religion.  Yet for multinational organisations both subjects cannot be totally ignored – especially the political situation in countries where they operate.

The conventional

Comment: Masks of normality

Although concern about disability is now well within the radar of most HR professionals, mental health problems remain an often neglected dot on the screen. One reason for this is that many psychological conditions are difficult to detect and the

Dealing with AWOL

What happens when an employee does not turn up to work and no message is received from them? Do employers have the right immediately to dismiss them?

The answer for most jurisdictions around the world is “no”. In the US,

Comment: When things fall apart

Although many employers give time off for employees to get married or form a civil partnership few have in place policies to deal with the often emotionally devastating experience when marriages and partnerships fall apart.

The collapse of relationships can

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