Aug 30 2013

August newsletter: Supporting women in the workplace

        According to the Women’s Business Council, there are more than 2.4 million women who are not in work but want to work and over 1.3 million women who want to increase the number of hours they work. In its report, Maximising Women’s Contribution to Future Economic Growth, the council sets out …

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Aug 27 2013

Three tips for advancing your career in HR

HR covers a range of specialties and and within these there are many options for career progression. Here are three tips which you can use right now and at no cost and which will help you with your next step in your HR career. 1. Volunteer to do more work All positions have a designated …

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Aug 23 2013

Recommended video: Why we have too few women leaders

The theme of this month’s newsletter is women at work. Two reports published over the summer by the Women’s Business Council and the CIPD shine the spotlight on women in the workforce and look at how employers can support their career aspirations and development. In this video, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and …

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Aug 19 2013

5 myths of high performing companies

A year ago, Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, launched GrowthAccelerator, a government-backed scheme to help businesses with high growth potential. To mark its first year, GrowthAccelerator has published a report into its work. Included in the report, Where high growth happens, are five myths of high performing companies. These make …

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Aug 15 2013

HE Inform August Newsletter: Leading from within

      [Image credit: Stuart Diamond and Dennis Kendrick ©2009] Leaders in higher education can often be specialists first and leaders second whether they are academic or non-academic staff. But being a subject matter expert does not necessarily make a good leader. Traditionally, specialists are promoted into leadership roles based on their subject matter …

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Aug 12 2013

Lastest Labour Market Outlook from CIPD finds an increase in expected employment growth

The CIPD has just published its latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook (Summer 2013) which has some positive findings in terms of employment growth. The key findings were: There continues to be an increase in employment growth in the private sector with expectations for the coming quarter to be up on the last one at +26 …

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Aug 09 2013

Recommended video: Leading from within

The theme of this month’s HE Inform newsletter is leading yourself and how you bring yourself into your role as a leader. This video looks at the role of the individual as leader as opposed to more traditional approaches to leadership which focus on systems and processes. This approach is based on the idea that …

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Aug 05 2013

The impact of poor conflict management on small businesses

Many small businesses act like close-knit communities so any conflict that arises within the team can have devastating consequences on the company’s performance.  Businesses of that size often don’t have access to in-house HR expertise so they struggle to deal with the consequences. A 2008 survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development …

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Jul 29 2013

Time to develop your ‘intrapreneurs’

New research from the CIPD suggests that businesses could benefit from ‘intrapreneurial spirit’ by helping their employees adopt entrepreneurial behaviours that foster innovation and growth. The UK’s economic growth could be boosted if large firms adopted the entrepreneurial spirit that drives so much value in start-ups and small firms. According to new CIPD research, by …

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Jul 26 2013

July Newsletter: Leading technical teams

In order to become more competitive organisations need to innovate and deploy new technology rapidly to meet shifting market demands. This increasingly requires specific technical expertise from engineers, financial experts, lawyers and experts in media and advertising. BlessingWhite has produced research to understand the role of leadership in technical teams. From February to April 2013 …

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