UKIP and entitlement

I've heard two truly great speeches live. One was by Tony Benn and the other was by my A-Level economics teacher. I know this blog is about HR(ish), but some of the noise from UKIP has stirred a memory of that speech by my teacher. I was lucky enough go to grow up in a [...]

HR Social – Unicorns, rainbows and pixies

Emotivism - I feel a bit bored of social media without the fighting Prescriptivism - everyone should fight, because I'm a bit bored of social media Yes, it's a trite summary of someone else's position - but it's provocative, likely to start an argument and possibly upsetting so it's actually ok. -------------- Yesterday I read [...]

Simple things – language and HR

It isn't that hard. I'm not saying it's easy, but the things we do actually aren't rocket science. Unless you are currently a very involved Business Partner for NASA ( in which case, apologies - but it's hardly brain surgery). It does seem that s all too often we require the comfort blanket of credibility [...]

Why only 5% of recruitment agencies are useful

(I'm happily consulting now - this was published back in May - my experiences didn't get better....) Ugh. I'm currently 'looking for new opportunities' which, apparently, together with 'freelance', is what you say so that people feel comfortable talking to the person who hasn't got a permanent role.    I've been lucky enough to do some consultancy [...]