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Employees would rather suffer a hangover or receive a credit card bill than talk to their boss, global survey shows

February 9, 2012 15:30 by Ann Pace

(From HRmagazine.co.uk) -- Leaders lack empathy with their staff, have poor leadership skills and that a third of them are ineffective, according to global research published this morning by talent management firm DDI.

The report found one in three respondents (34%) only sometimes or never consider their leader to be effective, and over a third (37%) are only sometimes or never motivated to give their best by their leader.
 
Lessons for Leaders from the People Who Matter includes data from an online survey undertaken for DDI by Harris Interactive.
 
This polled more than 1,250 full-time employees in non-management positions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, India, Germany and South East Asia (Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore), and found they would rather suffer a bad hangover, do housework or see their credit card bill arrive in the mail than face the prospect of sitting through a performance discussion with their boss. And only 40% of respondents report that their boss never damages their personal self-esteem, leaving 60% saying they do sometimes, most of the time or always.

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Survey reveals lack of UK workplace training

February 7, 2012 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Thomsons Online Benefits) -- Despite the fact that workplace training is one of the most popular employee benefits among staff, new research has shown that 41 per cent of UK firms failed to train any of their staff in 2011.

The UK Employer Skills Survey also revealed that 46 per cent of workers in the UK were not given any training during the year - equating to around 13 million employees.

These findings were condemned by Unionlearn, the Trades Union Congress' (TUC's) learning and skills organisation, saying they represent "a massive loss to the economy".

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UK: Top Learning Trends for 2012

January 12, 2012 14:00 by Ann Pace

(From hrzone.co.uk) -- Following the economic events and strategies of 2011, the theme of 2012 will be doing more with less. When it comes to learning management, cost cutting and time cutting have always been initiatives that seemed difficult to incorporate while still delivering learning effectively. But technology has progressed, and learning management solutions can be integrated and centralized, delivered on-the-go with formal or informal learning, created for consumption by a variety of audiences, and updated and innovated with behind-the-scenes smoothness.

It is these technologies and motivations that are influencing the five trends in today’s learning management space: the continued convergence around integrated solutions, the emergence of using social media for effective informal learning, the adoption of mobile learning, the importance of progressive SaaS model, and the evolution of a global understanding in learning content. Though not all novel, the more familiar trends tend to focus on increasing the reach and potential of existing solutions so companies can leverage their existing systems instead of replacing them. Recognizing the relevance of these trends is the first step in maximizing them for your organization in the next year and the years to come.

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All Cream and No Bottle—The Talent Management Challenge

January 10, 2012 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From HRMagazine.co.uk) -- Talent development and talent management are not entirely synonyms: the former is an intervention applied to some or all of the people in an organisation, while the latter is a matter of strategy that should ideally be seen as 'husbandry' activity – maximising the human resources of the organisation by the judicious and informed application of its non-human resources. (Or 'time, money and energy', in plainer speech.)

Talent management is a far more complex discipline than simply skimming the cream from the milk – good use has to be made of the skimmed milk and care taken to prevent the cream from curdling. Simple pampering of the 'winners' is not the answer, although an element of it will be required – those with the ambition to rise tend also to expect more than a modicum of special treatment to keep them onside. A 2010 Harvard Business Review article showed that 25% of Hi-Pos expect to be working elsewhere within a year (no doubt a higher percentage were less candid with their current employer).

One of the conundrums for the talent manager is to strike the right balance between talent identification and fairness. Grounds for the identification of potential are not as straightforward as they might seem: current performance is no guarantee of future potential, especially when what will be performed may be substantially different from the individual's current repertoire. Selection needs to factor in more nuanced criteria: individual learning agility and the motivation to learn and improve are just two, and they are in turn influenced by reward and recognition practices. That does not mean that informed selection is impossible, but it does take more effort and insight than is often allowed.

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Britain sees 'seismic collapse' in workplace pensions

January 3, 2012 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From The Telegraph) -- The Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) said that in the last year alone a fifth of all private sector final-salary pension schemes have closed to existing members because companies can no longer afford to run them.

It also found that one in three large companies is looking to cut its overall spending on pensions in the future.

More than 3 million people are active members of occupational pension schemes, which both they and their employers contribute to.

The schemes include final salary schemes as well as less generous defined contribution schemes. This is a fall from 8 million members in the late 1960s.

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Research Shows Productivity of UK Workers Stifled by 9 to 5 Working

December 13, 2011 09:08 by vstgerard

(From onrec.com) -- Research released by 2e2, the ICT services company, has shown the need for UK businesses to change traditional working practices while at the same time maintaining informal employee interaction.

In a survey of nearly 2,000 office workers, 63% said they feel restrained by traditional 9 to 5 working and felt that they would be more productive if there was more flexibility around the hours they worked. Furthermore, 55% admitted to being more productive from working from home as opposed to the office, while 73% said that technology was no longer a barrier to home working.

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UK skills providers eye India to train its young workforce

September 14, 2011 19:18 by jllorens

(From TimesofIndia.com) LONDON: A delegation of over 60 UK skills providers are exploring opportunities to strike partnerships in India, which is looking at converting its young population into trained workforce to sustain phenomenal economic growth.

The delegation, led by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), brings in a range of skills and education providers including, A4e, City of Westminster College, Tribal, Edexcel, City & Guilds and Hull College.

The delegates, including senior government officials and skills providers will participate in an interactive seminar, being jointly organised by UKIBC and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) along with the British Council, UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

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Scotland: Review calls for training shake-up

August 18, 2011 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From Press Association) -- Workplace education and training should have the needs of individual learners at its heart, according to a new report.

A review of vocational education was carried out by Willy Roe, chairman of Highlands and Island Enterprise and commissioner on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

The report provides a number of specific recommendations aimed at improving education and training for the workplace, providing better value for money and improving support for unemployed young people.

It states: "The report argues that the post-16 education and vocational training arrangements should be strengthened and better integrated with other parts of the education and employment systems.

"In addition, Scotland should commit to creating a truly coherent and high-performing system with the individual learner at its heart."

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UK: £275m a year 'wasted' on ineffectual training is 'the tip of the iceberg'

July 29, 2011 10:33 by jllorens

28-Jul-2011 » Training Press Releases » A government report exposing the £275m wasted on ineffectual training courses by the Civil Service has been described by a North East expert as 'the tip of the iceberg of Britain's culture of poorly-targeted staff development.' A newly-published report by the National Audit Office estimates that the Civil Service wastes hundreds of millions of pounds every year putting staff through expensive training courses that do not work. Under half of staff questioned felt the training they received in the past 12 months had helped them to do their job better, the report found.

Kevin Beales, Managing Director of North-East-based online assessment specialists The Test Factory said: "I'm sad to say that these figures don't surprise me at all, and if anything they're just the tip of the iceberg of Britain's culture of poorly-targeted staff development.

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UK: Older workers still neglected over training and performance issues

June 21, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From hrmagazine.co.uk) -- As the Pensions Bill makes its way through The Commons, older workers are still often neglected when it comes to training and performance management according to a report this week from the CIPD.

The Employee Outlook: Focus on an Ageing Workforce survey of 2,000 employees found less than half of workers (46%) aged 65 and above report they have had a formal performance appraisal either once a year or more frequently, compared to 65% of all employees.

In all 44% of employees aged 65 and above have not had a formal performance appraisal in the last two years or never, compared to a survey average of 27%.

Older workers are also much less likely than younger workers to have received training, with 51% of those aged over 65 saying they had received no training in the last three years or never, compared to 32% across all age groups.

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