HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 72
2 November 2004
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1. Editor’s Comment: Reflections on the CIPD annual conference
2. CIPD speakers warn of stress dangers
3. Coaches should consider their mistakes
4. Reward professionals cash in on top salary
5. Any Answers: terrorism, staff to manager ratios, skills
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We want to hear your views. Why not get on your soapbox and
share your impressions of the annual Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development(CIPD)conference held last week.
As reported in the latest newswire ‘innovation’ and ‘change’
were the much touted phrases with many of the prominent
speakers urging HR to pick up the baton and champion the path to
success for business. Do you share this notion? Is it just
management speak? Let us know your thoughts by posting your
comments below the articles or at Any Answers.
If you didn’t make it to Harrogate or were stuck behind in the
office then don’t worry you can check out HRZone’s CIPD news and
features round-up to catch up on the top stories and review the
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CIPD round-up news and features
Editor’s Comment: Reflections on the CIPD annual conference
The key messages at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD) conference this year are clear; it is time
for HR to pick up the baton of innovation by championing
employee engagement and change management to ensure that every
business is fit for success.
CIPD speakers warn of stress dangers
Professor Gary Cooper told CIPD delegates that the changing face
of the UK’s working culture had raised stress levels among UK
managers; a view supported by Karen Seward employment lawyer at
Allen And Overy who said that the decision on the Working Time
Directive opt-out clause could have a huge impact on employee
Coaches should consider their mistakes
One of the most important questions a training manager can ask
when interviewing a potential coach is to talk about their
failures, according to David Clutterbuck.
Reward professionals cash in on top salary
Specialists in reward remain the highest paid within HR,
according to latest findings. The research conducted by
professional body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD) and Croner shows that reward managers earn
32% above the average salary.
Merseyside Police win People Management Award
Liverpool North area Merseyside Police force have been announced
as the winners of The People Management Award 2004; they are the
first front-line public service provider to win the accolade.
Harrogate: from spa town to conference centre
Harrogate is a wonderful mix of old and new; jammed between
towns including Knaresborough and Nidderdale – names that only a
broad northern accent could give true vocal justice to.
BBC reveals secrets of post-Hutton recovery at CIPD conference
Stephen Dando, Director of BBC People told delegates at the
annual CIPD conference that the challenge following the Hutton
crisis was to manage grief, continue output, re-establish the
BBC’s journalistic credibility and get things back to normal.
More news and features
HR Tip: Returning company clothing
HRD & Payroll Solutions continues to bring HR Zone members a
range of HR tips. This week’s tip looks at returning company
TUC decry civil service job cuts as ‘false economy’
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) say the civil service jobs cull
is a ‘false economy’ that could obstruct real reform.
Liquid lunch back in fashion
A new survey reveals that the lunchtime drink is back; the
findings from Peninsula employment law firm show that 68% of
respondents admitted to enjoying an alcoholic drink during their
Any Answers answered: Job advertisements
Q – If an employee responds to a job advertisement that states
“full and part time opportunities (days, evenings and weekends)”
and is then subsequently given a job following an interview can
they then be made to work on the night shift?
Stefanie Jane Henshaw
A – Given there is a lack of audit trail on the contract issue I
think you need to be very cautious about implementing night work
other than by consultation with the staff. For those who have
previously worked nights and your audit trail on contracts is
robust it is a different matter.
If you have a question – or can offer an answer – go to
Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. A selection of new Any Answers
questions posted this week:
Sinead Buller is sending an employee to work in a country with a
high threat of terrorism – do you have any policies or
guidelines she can review?
Is there a limit to the number of staff a manager should be
responsible for? Asks Martin Schmalenbach
Jane Hayward is trying to find an interviewing skills course –
have you any recommendations to pass on?
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