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    Pandemic increases focus on HR technology investment

    Technology has helped HR support employees to collaborateShutterstock HR technology has increased in importance during the pandemic, according to a survey by XpertHR. Just over 85% of organisations have a formal HR technology strategy in place, or plan to introduce one over the coming 12 months, it found. Almost nine in 10 deployed some form […] More

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    What should we do about digital fatigue?

    Shutterstock The UK head of KPMG Bill Michael suggested told employees last week they should ‘stop moaning’ and ‘playing the victim card’, comments that have contributed in his resignation. His remarks run counter to the consensus that lockdown and particularly digital fatigue are causing a real malaise among employees working from home. Brian Kropp argues […] More

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    ‘HR must focus on employees’ existing skills’

    Illustration: Shutterstock HR leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to quickly find and develop talent with the most in-demand skills, yet 58% of the workforce needs new skills to get their jobs done. According to global business consultancy Gartner, the total number of skills required for a single job has been increasing by 10% year-on-year […] More

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    AXA launches data analytics academy for apprentices

    Fifty-four apprentices at AXA UK are building skills in data analyticsgeogphotos /Alamy Stock Photo Insurance company AXA is to invest £800,000 in a data academy to build skills in data analytics. Fifty-four apprentices at AXA UK are currently enrolled in a data analytics apprenticeship which is being delivered by professional learning provider Avado. The company […] More

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    Perception of the value of HR improved during the pandemic

    Pic: Shutterstock Almost three-quarters of HR professionals say the pandemic has increased their value in the eyes of the business, according to research by software company Sage People. Seventy-two percent of HR leaders said others’ understanding of the role had increased in the past 11 months, and 59% said they now played a more influential […] More

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    5 future-of-work decisions HR must now address

    Image: Shutterstock HR leaders have been facing ‘tectonic shifts’ over the past year but will need to take difficult decisions on work policies, technology, employment models and diversity to ensure their organisations’ success this year. Announcing five priority decisions organisations must make this year, Emily Rose McRae, director in Gartner HR practice said: “2021 will […] More

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    Four-day week affordable for most businesses, study suggests

    Autonomy’s analysis involved calculations around the relationship between productivity, hours worked and profitability. Photo: Shutterstock Working a four-day week on full pay is a perfectly viable way of tackling the UK’s relative lack of productivity and improving health and wellbeing among employees, an in-depth study has found. The report, by progressive independent thinktank Autonomy, analysed […] More

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    The fourth industrial revolution is upon us: do we have the skills?

    Image: Shutterstock Individuals’ adaptability and employers’ understanding of workers’ ‘inventory of skills’ will be crucial if the economy is to thrive with the new technology that is integral to the fourth industrial revolution: AI and automation. James McLeod explains Technology and societal change are two major hallmarks of industrial revolutions. The first industrial revolution in […] More

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    National strategy needed to ramp up digital skills in manufacturing

    Shutterstock Nine in 10 manufacturers have benefitted from adopting digital processes during the pandemic, but the majority are worried the education and training system is not keeping pace with technology advancements. This is according to a new report from Make UK, the manufacturing representative body, and Sage, which calls on the government to work with […] More

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    Tapping into tech: How agile HR leadership drives resilience (webinar)

    Shutterstock Tuesday 24 November 2020, 2:00pm GMT How many times have you pivoted your HR strategy this year? With profound disruption and challenges, HR and People leaders have had to steer organisations through unprecedented change, and adapt and pivot repeatedly as a result. This is despite the fact that, before the global pandemic, less than […] More

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    RSA: UK should adopt France’s partial activity scheme

    Montmartre, ParisShutterstock Future state support for industries threatened by coronavirus needs to be better targeted and take into account the additional risk to jobs from automation, which is being introduced faster in several sectors in response to the pandemic. A new report from thinktank RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) looking at the […] More