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HR Zone Briefing #216 – What is HR strategy?

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HR Briefing Issue 216
11 November 2004
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1. The New HR Charter: Part 12 – What is HR strategy?
2. Migrant workers plug rural jobs gap
3. M&S HR Director makes exit
4. Car number plate ‘1 HR’ revs up for five-figure offer
5. Any Answers – holidays, job ads, dry cleaning training
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Editor’s note
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The greatest myth in HR is the concept of strategy, announced
Paul Kearns this week in his latest addition to the New HR
Charter feature series. A statement that has got HRZone member
Martin Schmalenbach thinking: “In having these strategies isn’t
there a danger of losing focus on what is really important?”

Join the debate and tell us whether you support or refute
Kearn’s views.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133171

HRZone will be revisiting the issues of ‘corporate strategy’ in
a special bespoke newswire later this month. Check out the site
in forthcoming weeks for interviews with key HR spokespeople and
strategy gurus for further insight and analysis.

If all this academic talk bores you silly and you’re up for
some fun and feeling flush then why not bid for personal car
number plate ‘1 HR’ – listed with Newreg.com with a value tag of
68,995 pounds – a figure that is incidentally more than the
average public sector HR Director salary of 60,019 pounds per
year.

Read the full story at:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133136

Regards

Annie Hayes
Editor
mailto:[email protected]


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News and Features
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A selection of newsworthy items from the site this week:

The New HR Charter: Part 12 – What is HR strategy?
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Paul Kearns is an outspoken critic of HR practices that cannot
clearly demonstrate the value they add to organisations. This
week Paul looks at HR strategy and its practical application in
the workplace.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133171

Feature: The Idler Culture
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Justin Lewis examines the new values of the young working
generation and urges businesses to review their rewards packages
to make allowances for lifestyle benefits.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133230

Migrant workers plug rural jobs gap
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A Trades Union Congress (TUC) published report shows that since
the accession of 10 new countries into the EU on 1 May workers
from central and Eastern Europe are being recruited to work in
food processing, hospitality and agriculture, industries that
have traditionally experienced difficulties in filling vacancies
in the past.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133190

M&S HR Director makes exit
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Troubled retailer Marks & Spencer has announced cuts to its
board of directors including Jean Tomlin, Human Resources
Director.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133132

Car number plate ‘1 HR’ revs up for five-figure offer
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HR car enthusiasts are in for a treat as unique car registration
plate ‘1 HR’ goes up for grabs.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133136

NHS get minimum wage rate rise
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A new improved NHS wage of 5.69 pounds per hour was voted in by
UNISON’s health members by three to one.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133195

EOC calls for better maternity leave planning
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The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) are backing calls for a
‘green light’ to ask women to indicate their return dates much
earlier during maternity leave.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133187

Women entrepreneurs on the rise
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Thousands of women have made the bold step of going it alone
over the last year; a move that has been applauded by Industry
Minister Jacqui Smith.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133223


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How Did I Get Here?
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Any Answers
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Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. See the latest questions here:

“What are other companies experiences of holiday buy and sell?”
asks Sam Lewis.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133224

Catriona MacAulay is nervous about the implications of
advertising a job which is currently occupied. Can you offer any
advice?
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133217

Dry cleaning training: yes you heard it correctly! Sandra Beale
is looking for some recommendations – have you any?
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/133215

Read all the latest questions and add your own:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/anyanswers


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