How to get on the HR speaking circuit


Trying to get on the HR speaking circuit can feel like being at the back of a long queue of a VIP nightclub. If your name’s not on the list, you’re not getting in until you build your professional profile, become a subject expert and attract the attention of event organisers. It may be a […]

Book review: Riding the Leadership Rollercoaster


HRZone has a range of books available for review. If you would like to receive one of our business books, free of charge, please contact the editor on editor at hrzone dot com and we can send you a list of what’s available. In return, we ask for a 400-700 word review of the book, […]

I wanna be a famous HR writer!


“Blogging isn’t writing. It’s just graffiti with punctuation.” This line from the viral thriller Contagion made me wonder if the writing bug spreading through the HR profession is making it difficult to stand out from the crowd and become a respected writer. Like politicians and celebrities, HR bloggers can bypass the conventional media channels by […]

Falling into an HR hole? What potential pitfalls are ahead for HR.


The latest CIPD HR Outlook [PDF] has found that the top three current and future priorities for the profession are cost management, talent management, and the increasing agility or flexibility of their organisation. These top three priorities should come as no surprise – they are perennial to the HR Industry. In fact, talent management is taking […]

Redundancy recovery: how to get back on track


Redundancy is something many of us will have to deal with during our careers, and it's never a nice experience when it does happen – no surprises there.  But what may raise a few eyebrows is just how many people would choose to keep news of their redundancy to themselves. Almost half of those who […]

How far up your list of priorities are you putting yourself?


I have recently been conducting research for my next book about stress. It’s certainly a fascinating topic and I have been involved in lots of interviews, with an eclectic mix of people, attempting to establish what tips people into a state of distress. Of course we are all unique, and like snowflakes everyone is different. […]

Bagging a lucrative highly-paid role takes effort and time. Here’s how to focus that effort and shorten the time


There are few common traits and experiences amongst people that succeed in securing highly-paid roles. Personality, innate talent, professional networks, education, available opportunities, even chance encounters, can all play a part. To add to this, organisations are becoming increasingly meritocratic. This is a good thing, especially for those previously overlooked. However, for all those ambitious […]

How to pass your CIPD exams


Everyone has an opinion on how to pass the CIPD exams. Some people listen, some already know they are not ready, while others plot their own path to exam success. The case studies and questions are split between seen and unseen, but you need to open your eyes to the reality of HR academia months […]

Control to influence? Mahatma Gandhi on leadership


This piece was originally published on our sister site TrainingZone to mark the 65th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. What can be learnt from his life and leadership? "Those with self-control don’t need to control others" is a quote attributed to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi was awarded the honorary name of Mahatma meaning Great Soul in […]

Get help by creating a personal following


Regardless of how prepared, knowledgeable, and organised you are, the ability to access the support, time, and guidance of those around you is a major advantage. Gaining the assistance of others or getting them on your team, however, is easier said than done. One of the best ways to earn the consistent support of a […]

Develop your personal resilience for career success


This article was written by Jill Flint-Taylor and Alex Davda, both Ashridge Business School. We respond to external forces that impact on the workplace in different ways. A minor knock back can weaken self-esteem in some people with a measurable impact on their performance, whilst others deal with adversity with little or no effect on […]

How do the ‘HR elite’ spend their time?


Do you know what your HR leader does every day? Understanding how your colleagues work is fundamental to being a key cog in an efficient and effective HR team. Additionally, when you’re looking to secure your dream HR job, knowing how effective HR teams work together can be invaluable. Knowing the professional priorities and patterns […]

Compassion at work – what’s your business case?


There’s so much rich insight coming out of the academic sector that HR professionals need to know. At Academics’ Corner we feature the best HR researchers that tell you what they’ve found and what you need to do differently on the back of the research. Get connected to the academic sector through Academics’ Corner and […]

The not-so-good, bad and ugly of management


A good manager should make people feel appreciated, valued and respected. Good managers build positive relationships with their teams and a culture of trust and engagement which motivates people to do well. A poor manager, on the other hand, can make employees feel under-valued, demotivated and demoralised. Employees with poor managers work in an environment […]

The 10 habits of successful managers


The quality of management is critical to the success of any business from the leaders at the top who set the strategy and direction to the army of line managers who, through their teams, help deliver the goals.  What differentiates managers in high performing organisations from those in low performing businesses? The answer is trust.  […]

How to create sustainable employability


Our career is essentially a pathway through our working life. This is a route that we build ourselves and one that requires construction through the social, economic and personal aspects that we are born into and we come across as we develop. We know that, as adults, the biggest single factor to any achievement is […]

Is it time for HR to come down off its pedestal?


No names, no job titles, no companies. HR After Dark features totally anonymised opinion pieces from HR professionals, consultants and industry commentators. No holds barred, no censorship, nothing but raw opinions on issues that matter to HR. When the lights go down, HR After Dark comes out to play. See it all here first. Want […]

Overcome impostor syndrome once and for all


Do you suspect that you are a fraud and do not deserve the success you have achieved? Have you ever worried that you’re not really as good at your job as everyone says you are? Do you dismiss your successes as being down to luck, the work of others or timing? Are you worried that […]