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Business Blockchain at scale is three to five years away

In the short-term, blockchain’s strategic business value is mainly in cost reduction in record keeping and transactions. HR is starting on this journey too. The easiest place to start is single-use applications, which minimize risk because they aren’t new and involve little coordination with third parties. Financial services companies are finding that the private blockchain […]

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Working Carers: Emotional and Financial Wellbeing

Family relationships and arguments are a bigger concern for employees seeking emotional counselling than mental health issues. That can be compounded when the employee is also a working carer, trying to juggle career with caring. The UK government has published an action plan setting out how employers can support employees who are working carers. The […]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Making It Work

There are a multitude of Artificial Intelligence techniques. To realise AI’s full potential these require investment in the ‘first mile’ – acquiring and organising data – and the ‘last mile’ – integrating AI output into everyday work. But AI is only as effective as the human who works with it. Just adding AI tools does […]

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Working patterns that aren’t working

Delivery drivers used by Amazon are fighting for improved employment rights. They argue they are doing the equivalent of an employed person’s role, with fixed hours, without the benefits.  Similarly, outsourcers’ trainees claim they are being treated as ‘indentured labour’ with the expectation that they will train for no salary and then remain with the […]

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Time will not heal the pay gap

The results of the gender pay gap reporting confirm that there are more men at the top of organisations, which creates a disparity in average earnings of men and women.  The typical timing of childbirth, between 25 and 35, has an impact; and difficult to control schedules get in the way of women stepping into […]

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