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HR Zone Briefing #285 – HR’s Working Hours – The Real Story


HR Briefing Issue 285 – 2 March 2006
Editor’s Note
We sent our roving reporter, Sarah Fletcher out onto the HR
streets last week to find out the real story behind working
hours. Don’t miss her exclusive article, reporting on what hours
HR workers really do:

And there’s plenty more to excite in this latest newswire
including employment law briefing notes on corporate
manslaughter, HR tips on the value of informal warnings and the
latest HR book reviews.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

HR Compliance whitepaper
External factors have compelled HR to devote escalating time and
resources to compliance. However, there is now growing
recognition that conventional HR processes and tools can’t keep
pace with demands on the HR infrastructure. This whitepaper
reviews how HR organisations can deploy automation technologies
to help meet their Sarbanes-Oxley obligations with less time,
effort and resources.

Regular Features & Tips
The real issue: Management inability to handle performance
Joe Espana, MD of Performance Equations presents his beliefs on
why this is the real performance issue.

Insight: ‘Tick the box’ communication
Why ‘tick-the-box’ styled internal communications fails to
address employee needs.

Top fleet management tips from Fleet News
John Maslen, Supplement and Events Editor for Fleet News,
presents his top tips for managing a fleet, successfully.

HR Tip: Value of informal warnings
How useful are they?

Time to take a fresh look at the people who matter most
Investors in People can help you to maintain that crucial
competitive edge over your rivals. They’ve come up with the
Investors in People Profile – a flexible framework designed to
help you achieve continued improvement through people. Find out

Interviews & Comment
Proper hours? HR professionals discuss unpaid overtime
Sarah Fletcher asked HR professionals their views on the TUC’s
recent research claiming that five million workers in the UK
work unpaid and uncompensated overtime.

Opinion: Cultural fitness and commercial health
Norrie Johnston, Managing Director of Executives Online,
explores whether in the bid to find candidates who ‘fit’,
companies are making themselves unhealthy.

Corporate manslaughter: Implications for HR managers
Briefing notes for HR professionals looking to keep on the right
side of the law.

The Couch?! Hears your working hours horror stories
HR Zone asked its members for their horror stories, including
extra hours, exploitation and prison cells.

Book review: 24 carrot manager
Our reviewer says: “As the word carrot in the title might
indicate, it deals with employee motivation and recognition. It
is a very easy book to read, short (just over 100 pages) and
clearly set out.”

Jobs of the Week
Provided by the
The specialist human resource and change management job board

HR Manager
Sanofi Aventis
50k GBP package

Head of Employment Policy
Competitive salary + excellent benefits

HR Consultant – Learning and Development
45k GBP + benefits (including potential relocation)

HR Manager
Competitive salary + excellent benefits

Leadership Development
Central London
90k GBP + 30% bonus to attract the very best

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