How are work and poverty linked? Developing an evidence-informed view

Anthony Haynes writes: From the outset of this blog, back in 2013, we have been interested in the stories that research can tell us about the world of work. One of our earliest posts, for example, featured some research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) about the extent to which employment provided a route out… Read More

Pregnancy, career development, and talent acquisition: Jen Watts Welsh’s story

Anthony Haynes writes: By way of contributing to International Women’s Day, I’d like to recommend an article on a key topic — the perception of pregnancy in relation to recruitment and job application. In the article published by Fast Company, Jen Watts Welsh — who is evidently and expert story-teller — reflects on her experience… Read More

Effective talent management: an overlooked factor

‘Morale’ is a well-known term. In informal discussion at work it can feature a lot — usually, for some reason, when ‘morale is low’. More formally, the term is little used, except with reference to troops and, to a lesser extent, sports teams. Generally one doesn’t get invited to conference presentations or workshops on morale.… Read More

How not to recruit: the trap of ‘essential’ attributes

Anthony Haynes writes: Here’s a problem we see a lot. An employer who wishes to hire writes a specification of the type of employee they want. Included in the specification is a list of ‘essential’ attributes (I’ll use the word ‘attribute’ here, even though sometimes other words — such as ‘skills’ — are used, because… Read More

New Year’s resolution: a suggestion for employers

Anthony Haynes writes: In the UK as a whole, the labour market remains buoyant. According to the latest bulletin from Office for National Statistics (11 December 2018), the number of people in work is high and the number of unemployed is low. This, as we’ve noticed when helping clients to fill roles, presents employers with… Read More