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In this report

There is a wealth of evidence to show a correlation between employee engagement and business performance

Great employers deliver on promises

The best companies communicate effectively with their staff and get things done

Giving support to employees makes good business sense

Domestic abuse and mental ill health are costly issues for organisations

David Plink

Leaders exert influence rather than manage

Technology and need for collaboration in the workplace are driving influences

Disasters can lead to vast workplace transformation

Accidents prompt considerable upheaval in human resources

GoCardless caters to its young staff

The office as somewhere to enjoy

Ethical social purpose and a good work-life balance matter more than money

To attract top talent it pays to have an authentic — and transparent — conversation

Companies need to post content on social media that reflects what it is like to work at their organisation

Second Home, London
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Creative designs snub the office cubicle purgatory

Changes in technology, rather than taste, have long influenced innovation in workplace architecture

Gays hold hands during a Sunday prayer service at the Free Community Church (FCC) for gays at a commercial building in the heart of Chinatown district in Singapore, 19 June 2005
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A balance of global and local HR policies

Companies must offer uniform standards while acknowledging cultural sensitivities

Belinda Parmar

Comment: Empathy is not for wimps, it is for survival

Empathy is like a muscle that needs to be exercised, writes Belinda Parmar


New twist on ‘think global, act local’

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

Technology opens way to make best use of staff and build commitment

Well-managed flexible working can boost bottom line

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

Bigger contributions by employers can bring benefits

The right package ‘will bring benefits’

Only one in three job hunters asks about their pension

Job applicants are consumers, too

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

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

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