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Applying Design Thinking to HR and Talent Management

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Applying Design Thinking to HR and Talent Management

Design thinking is a popular business model that has built a considerable following over the years, through its usefulness in a wide range of industries and use cases. More recently, HR professionals have been taking notice of the benefits it can bring to their organisations, in areas such as recruiting and developing talent. But why exactly has it become so popular?

As a HR Solutions Designer at the John Lewis Partnership – a new role in our organisation – I’m one of a small group who have begun to weave Design Thinking into our work. Our intention? To develop more useful and more relevant HR content, improve ways of working and to make sure our colleagues get the most out of their work. In this article, I want to explore what Design Thinking is and how we can use it to our advantage. I also want to consider if it can provide real, long-term opportunity for the growth and development of many other organisations, or if it may be just another concept in a long-line of trendsetting, but interchangeable, business models. Read more…

Eliminating discrimination in the workplace


Eliminating discrimination in the workplace

Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by the law. Employers can be held legally responsible for acts of discrimination and sexual harassment that occur at work or are connected to the workplace. Discrimination in the workplace is an issue, particularly if it affects you or your friends or family.

A “race disparity audit” ordered by Theresa May due to be published imminently, will give unprecedented insight into how people from different backgrounds are treated in society, including their access to healthcare, education, employment and in the criminal justice system. Read more…

Recruit diverse employees


Reaching out to recruit diverse employees

It’s never been more important to recruit and retain the right workers.  Having the right employer brand can shape how you attract and retain staff, and integrate a culture can help secure the attractiveness of your company.  However, companies are still discriminating candidates based on their disability.  With shocking results coming out of Scope’s latest research with disabled people applying for 60% more jobs than non-disabled job-seekers before they successfully find work. Read more…

Motivation and recognising employee value

staff wellbeing employees doing yoga on their desks at work

Motivation and recognising employee value is not just for Christmas

Better employee engagement can result in increased productivity! In fact, employees who demonstrate their strengths on a daily basis are 8% more productive and six times more engaged!

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Mental Health at Work

Mental Health

Mental Health at work

The Government’s Department of Health advises that one in four of us will experience ill mental health at some point in our lives, affecting how we act, work and feel personally and professionally.  The subject of mental health at work is a rising and pressing topic.

A recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study highlighted the impact that mental ill health can have on organisations, finding that: Read more…