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LINKLATERS INITIATIVE TO BOOST TALENTED BAME STAFF

Linklaters is piloting a talent development programme to support BAME staff in progressing their careers and to help the law firm understand and overcome any barriers to advancement. The nine-month programme will use behavioural sciences to increase engagement and empowerment through a series of workshops, coaching sessions and online resources. As part of Linklaters’ Diversity & Inclusion efforts, the programme is designed to help identify how differences can be harnessed to drive transformational inclusive culture change. It has been developed with Dr Doyin Atewologun from Delta Alpha Psi, a leadership and diversity consultancy. The programme brings together participants with their line […]

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BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Employers are prioritising professional development over the next two years. Research from the CIPD and LCP reveals that professional development is the top benefit employers plan to increase funding to over the next two years, followed by health and well-being. In the latest Reward Management report, 568 HR practitioners were surveyed about their organisation’s benefits provision. Respondents said they are most likely to increase investment in professional development (43%), which includes training, paid study leave and professional subscriptions. Some 29% were planning on investing more in health and well-being, including employee assistance programmes. The research also reveals that one in […]

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LEGAL & GENERAL INITIATIVE BOOSTS STAFF PROGRESS

Embedding coaching in Legal & General’s talent development programme has improved retention, employee engagement and performance. Legal & General created the Step Forward programme in response to a perceived lack of development opportunities for staff at lower grades. The programme, which focuses on supporting a coaching culture, has become embedded in the organisation and is now oversubscribed. Managers at all levels are involved as either mentors, coaches, project buddies, delivering parts of the programme or through encouraging their own team members to sign up. Staff retention and promotion of attendees have also increased and the programme is contributing to a […]

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L&D BEST PLACED TO ‘OWN’ BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY

Learning & Development (L&D) departments are best placed to improve productivity – which 82% of business managers say is an organisational challenge and 96% say is an organisational priority for the coming year, according to research. More than three-quarters (85%) of business line managers believe L&D is best placed to take ownership for workforce productivity, while 79% of L&D professionals agree they are the rightful ‘owners’ of it, according to research from Knowledgepool, Capita’s learning solutions business. Some 113 L&D decision-makers and 102 line managers at businesses with at least 100 staff and a dedicated L&D function were consulted for a […]

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UK PROFESSIONALS: COACHING IS ‘CRITICAL’ TO SUCCESS

Coaching is integral to productivity and performance, with 84% of workers saying that coaching should be part of every business’s management and development programme, according to a survey of more than 1,000 UK professionals by City & Guilds Group. The survey asked professionals their thoughts and experiences of coaching in the workplace. Some 76% of employees believe coaching is helpful when going through periods of organisational change, and 79% say it’s useful for adopting new technologies and ways of working. In addition, as businesses begin to see staff from five generations working side-by-side, two-thirds (64%) say that coaching has already become […]

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STAFF ENGAGEMENT MEASUREMENTS OFTEN UNCLEAR

Engagement surveys can give an inaccurate measure of true engagement – many staff who seem engaged are not at all, according to research by Ashridge Executive Education, Engage For Success and Oracle. Engaging employees is still proving to be challenging, finds the research. Only a quarter (25%) of teams were engaged while almost a third (32%) were actively disengaged. There are four engagement types, according to the research. Teams in the ‘zone of disengagement’ were found to be inward-looking, prone to high levels of mistrust and form cliques. Disengaged team members described themselves as over-worked, stressed or burnt out. Team […]

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TRUE POSITIVE GROWTH POST-TRAUMA IS ‘UNLIKELY’

A growing body of research suggests that post-traumatic growth is widespread, but very few studies have assessed people before and after traumas to establish whether positive changes have actually taken place, suggests a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. The idea of such growth is more likely to be mostly illusory and due to a positive reappraisal, suggest researchers Meghan Owenz and Blaine Fowers in Perceived post-traumatic growth may not reflect actual positive change: A short-term prospective study of relationship dissolution. They recruited 599 undergraduates in a romantic relationship and assessed them on a range of measures […]

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BITC EMPLOYEE GUIDE TACKLES DOMESTIC ABUSE

Business-led charity Business in the Community (BITC) has launched guidance for supporting employees who may be affected by domestic abuse. An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16-59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year in the UK while two women each week and one man each month are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner (http://bit.ly/2UiOqBF). Yet only 5% of organisations have a specific policy or guidelines on domestic abuse, according to a report carried out by Durham University for the Vodafone Foundation in 2018. The report, Domestic Violence and Abuse: Working together to transform responses […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Step up support for those retiring As State Pension changes come into force in the UK, the Centre for Ageing Better urges employers to talk more and support staff more to help them plan for retirement. The Centre’s report on retirement says a significant number of people worry about retiring, and that there’s a general lack of both preparedness and planning for retirement across society, particularly among those on lower incomes. It also shows that women tend to engage in planning for life after paid work even less than men. The Centre urges employers to take a much broader approach […]

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TECH STILL BIASED AGAINST WOMEN

It will be another 12.5 years before the UK tech sector achieves gender balance, according to research by specialist IT recruiter, CWJobs. By Liz Hall The research found that most companies are struggling to level the playing field, and almost nine in ten (87%) respondents agree that a gender imbalance still exists. This imbalance is across both pay of female tech workers and overall female representation in the industry. This inequality comes in spite of nearly three-quarters (70%) of industry professionals agreeing that gender balance is very important or crucial within these roles. Reasons to strive for diversity include greater innovation […]

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