Monthly Archives: January 2010

Targets and performance management – the key to public sector reform

Last week’s report by the Nuffield Trust, showing that England gets better value for money from its NHS spending than Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, was bound to stir things up a bit. The NHS outside England is, on the whole, run more … Continue reading

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Seniority ain’t what it used to be

According to the Telegraph and Radio 4, the mid-life crisis is now passé. Instead, a graceful ‘midlife transition’ is now the fashionable way to deal with the aging process. “Gone are the clichés of adultery and Harley-Davidsons,” said Radio 4’s Justin Webb. Damn! I … Continue reading

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Who gains from takeovers?

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last week or so. I have been out and about again. Still, a few long train journeys gave me the chance to catch up on some reading. The hullabaloo over Kraft’s takeover … Continue reading

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Giving 100% at work

This seemed like an appropriate Friday Funny for the first week back after Christmas. Well, it made me laugh anyway. I like the way the work effort peaks on Wednesday and then tails off again as the weekend gets nearer. … Continue reading

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HR Strategy – Myth or Reality?

That the HR function needs to become more strategic is a mantra I first heard over twenty years ago when I started working in HR. It’s one that people must like, because they are still repeating it. Back then I … Continue reading

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RBS was brought down by 0.2% of its staff

At least, that’s what HR Director Neil Roden reckons. In his recent interview with HR Magazine he claims that only 300 of the bank’s 155,000 employees were involved in the activities which brought about its collapse in 2008. If ever there … Continue reading

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‘Nowt to do with us guv!’ says RBS HR Director

The HR director of RBS has denied that the bank’s HR strategy contributed to its collapse.  Neil Roden, in an interview with HR Magazine, said that the financial crisis was “not all the fault of bankers’ bonuses or the fault of Fred Goodwin either”. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – and good riddance to 2009

Happy New Year folks. I’m sorry there has been so little here over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been too busy doing work to write about any of it. That’s often the way in the run up to Christmas; … Continue reading

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