HUMAN RESOURCES

Why charisma matters if you work with ethics

Why charisma matters if you work with ethics

A leading private bank recently advertised for a new Head of Compliance with The gravitas to deliver a successful compliance programme.” (FT 20 August 2015) At £150k a year plus benefits, anyone applying had better know what it means to have gravitas, how to acquire it, and how to use […]

Human resource professionals missing in action

Human resource professionals missing in action

On too many occasions in recent years stories have surfaced of human resources professionals making little fuss about their organisations’ dubious practices. Sometimes they’ve gone silent in the face of the use of child labour somewhere down the supply chain. Or it has been turning a blind eye to  excessive […]

The harsh reality of human resources

The harsh reality of human resources

BUSINESS PRACTICES In late August 2013, Lucy Adams the BBC’s head of HR resigned without a pay-off. Her decision confirmed the harsh reality underpinning the now expanded scope of HR ethical responsibility. In the parliamentary committee enquiring into BBC severance payments, she was accused of presiding over corporate fraud and […]

Is your performance management doing good or harm?

Is your performance management doing good or harm?

PERFORMANCE Does performance management have an ethical dimension? If you are involved in this kind of work you quickly discover its potential for good or harm. For example, a line manager who conducts faulty or biased appraisals can fundamentally damage someone’s life. This may partly explain why so many managers […]

Putting your reputation on the line

Putting your reputation on the line

REPUTATIONS [1] “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it,” warned Warren Buffet, renowned for his long-term investment perspectives. “If you think about it for a moment,” he continued, “most people would do things differently.” His remark seems ever more apposite in the wake […]

Why HR must be willing to show ethical leadership

Why HR must be willing to show ethical leadership

EXPERTISE How crucial is HR to any company wanting to be seen as a responsible business? Some years back the answer would probably have been “not much.” Today, the situation is entirely different. Now HR can play at least six essential roles that potentially influence the approach of any business […]