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In this report

Good values go round the world but some HR policies can get lost in translation; with articles on flexible working, treating job applicants as consumers, using pensions to attract and retain staff, training and fringe benefits

New twist on ‘think global, act local’

Core values transcend borders but not all good ideas come from head office

Pregnant mother working on a laptop
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Technology opens way to make best use of staff and build commitment

Well-managed flexible working can boost bottom line

Office birthday party
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Pensions: Going beyond the bare minimum is vital to boosting staff engagement

Bigger contributions by employers can bring benefits

Two elderly persons on the beach
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The right package ‘will bring benefits’

Only one in three job hunters asks about their pension

job applicants
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Job applicants are consumers, too

Candidates can hit back on Twitter if treated badly, damaging a recruiter’s brand

Waitrose employees
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Lesson for businesses on training needs

Companies want learning tailored more closely to their priorities

Health benefits trump cheap yoga

Creative freebies can only go so far in attracting talent

April 2013
David Plink, chief executive of the CRF Institute

Employers: Golden rules are to listen and measure

Sharmila Devi reports on the key findings from a study that identifies the world’s top employers

Line managers: Bosses expected to master HR skills

An expert argues that developing talent should be a specialist task

Communication: Benefits of a job go beyond pay packets

How organisations get the message across to employees about the positive side of work

Missing the workplace: The positive side of having a job

Being unemployed brought loss of confidence and self-worth

Engagement: Culture, values and vision create common purpose

Organisations found to benefit from efforts to create a clear ‘strategic narrative’

Differentiation: Companies strive to avoid uniformity

Organisations seek simultaneously to adopt best HR practices while projecting a unique brand

Employee satisfaction: Value of benefits changes with stages of life

Flexibility and bespoke packages are the most popular incentives to offer to staff