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HR Zone Briefing #309 – CSR: PR Exercise or Employee Incentive?


HR Briefing Issue 309 – 17 August 2006

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Editor’s Note
Rosena Robson, head of business marketing at the Energy Saving Trust,
says proving the business case for corporate social responsibility
programmes has always been an issue and believes that many
organisations wouldn’t bother with them if the only benefits were a
sense of ethical virtue and a general rosy glow. So is this the
universal case? In our feature of the week, Sarah Fletcher reports on
whether CSR can ever be more than a cheap PR exercise. Scroll below to
see this article and others.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
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Corporate social responsibility: PR exercise or employee incentive?
Sarah Fletcher looks at how CSR policies influence employee retention
and productivity and asks if it’s really worth the trouble.

Opinion: Remedying short-term absence
Persistent short-term absences are frustrating for most, if not all
employers but with the right approach this does not actually have to be
a burden; this article explains some of the ways in which organisations
can combat the issue.

Colborn’s Corner: We had to let him go…
The news this week that David Beckham has been dropped from the England
squad for the forthcoming friendly with Greece may be of little
interest to HR Zone members but it does raise interesting issues about
how we treat those who are no longer required.

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Company of the Week and HR Tip:
Company of the Week: The Prudential
Helen Jackson, Director of Reward, Policy and Shared Services for the
firm explains the background and successes of the ‘You Choose’ flexible
benefits scheme.

HR Tip: Job share contract
“We have agreed to allow two of our employees to work part-time on a
job-share arrangement. We feel we should set out the arrangement in a
contract. What should we include?”

Breaking News
Age discrimination forcing baby boomers into retirement, say TUC
New research from the TUC indicates that around a million people aged
between 50 and 65 can’t get a job because employers won’t recruit older
workers or retain the workers they already have by making adjustments.

Court appeals threatened
A new ruling from the Court of Appeal could see a cut in the number of
appeals allowed from employment tribunals.

Small businesses struggle to cope with HR
Small businesses are struggling to cope with the demands of HR and are
more likely to end up in a tribunal than their larger counterparts,
according to a new survey.

Two million made ill by work
The final results of the HSE’s self-reported work-related illness
survey have been published – revealing that two million people think
work has made them ill – or made an existing condition worse.

Sector research into age discrimination published
The Department for Work and Pensions has published new research by the
Age Partnership Group into sector-specific treatment of older workers.

Tackling the pensions gender gap
Tackling the pensions gap between men and women isn’t just about
reforming state provision; it’s also about tackling the savings culture
say ministers.

Insider fraud on the increase
Fraud by employees and managers now accounts for nearly half the fraud
cases being brought to court, according to KPMG Forensic’s Fraud

Bosses told to ‘plan ahead’ for smoking ban
Employers are being urged to plan ahead for next summer’s smoking ban
after research revealed unsuspecting bosses could be walking into a
legal minefield.

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