Getting the right person for the job

Is your recruitment process inclusive to those with disabilities? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against during the recruitment process for the Government’s Legal Service (GLS), we look at how employers can update their recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive and non-discriminatory to those with disabilities.…

BHS or ASOS? The next big choice for local government

Councils are becoming ever more business-like. Every council with responsibility for social services is facing its own Jaws of Doom of declining government grants and rising demand for services. So, looking for lessons from dominant commercial models makes sense. Or does it? It’s not like the privatisation of adult social care has been a resounding…

Role of business in social mobility

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission group indicates that only 1 in 8 children from low-income homes goes on to achieve a high income as an adult (State of the Nation, 2013). According to the OECD, Britain has some of the lowest social mobility in the developed world. 71% of senior judges, 62% of…

Technology’s influence on business in 2017

The economic forecast for 2017 is not looking great according to the majority of economists surveyed by the Financial Times. Howard Archer, Chief European and UK economist, predicts GDP growth to slow to 1.3% in 2017. He also highlights that “businesses will probably be cautious over investment and employment” due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit and…

Caja speaking at HPMA Yorkshire & The Humber Branch

Sally Campbell and Anne-Marie Saunders will be speaking at the relaunch event of HPMA Yorkshire & The Humber branch. The relaunch will be on Friday 16th in Leeds. The HPMA believes that health and care organisations should excel in people management. They aim to assist organisations by creating a culture which supports HR professionals. Sally…

Working with the Crown Commercial Service

Caroline Brown has been appointed to the SME Panel, she will be working with the Crown Commercial Service to help ensure small businesses win government contracts.    

GOV.UK cost me my job – but I’m not bitter.

I like the Institute for Government. Its latest report on making a success of digital government is a good read. As the title says it doesn’t dwell on failure, but makes recommendations about what government must do to improve its track record. Sadly, some recommendations like ‘join up policy and implementation’ are, shall we say,…

With a little help from my team – Teamwork in Change Projects

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford Teamwork. This is a term that is widely accepted as being paramount to success in all aspects of life; from kids playing sports, to local fundraisers or a group of students making a presentation. Therefore, I think it is prudent…

In The face of Organisational Inertia…Spread a Little Love

They say that history repeats itself and the country that forgets its history is cursed to live through it again. I think something like this also applies to companies where IT management is concerned: continually in my working life, I have seen the same simple mistakes being made by senior managers who seem oblivious to…