HR business partner models fail to add strategic value
Many years ago, probably 7 or 8 my fellow co-founder of Oxen Park, Ivan Hickmott and I wrote a White Paper expressing our disappointment at the type of education and learning available to those who...More
HR must do more to adopt people analytics
A research report from EY in conjunction with DDI and The Conference Board suggests HR must adopt a more proactive role in adopting people analytics which drive genuine business outcomes. Adam...More
A view from down under - Gender Pay Gap
*/ The gap exists, yes; but are we focussing on the wrong thing? Is the media hype warranted? Lets’ consider some key issues: 1. The numbers are too general In most cases the number that we get to...More
Top-paid men exceed women by four to one - Opinion
"Almost four times more men than women occupy Britain’s highest paid posts, according to new government data. The figures show there were 681,000 men earning £100,000 or more in 2015-16, compared...More
Improbable gender pay gap reported by UK companies
Financial Times analysis finds that one in 20 UK companies that have submitted gender pay gap data to the government has reported numbers that are statistically improbable and therefore almost...More
Communication & Brain Filtration
Have you ever had an argument with someone where you could both swear until you were blue in the face that you were right, despite differing opinions? Or what about a time where you were explaining...More
Current Leadership Development Programmes – fit for purpose?
Nick Petrie at the Centre for Creative Leadership certainly challenges the orthodoxy of today’s Leadership Development programmes - click here . If you prefer a 6 minute taster then view this video...More
Talent management in an era of uncertainty
Fernandez notes that an uncertain political climate and digital disruption, allied to the impact of labour laws and freedom of movement, will place talent management concerns increasingly at the core...More
Psychological safety a common link among top performers
This, says the Harvard Business Review’s Laura Delizonna, allows for “moderate risk-taking, speaking your mind, creativity, and sticking your neck out.” She goes on to detail how psychological safety...More
How does your HR Department rate?
*/ I can hear the howls of protest now from many in HR, but unless you have evidence to the contrary then others will perceive you this way. Maybe get on the front foot and ask your internal...More
Stubborn children grow up to be richer, study reveals
Children between the ages of eight and 12 assessed for personality traits like entitlement, defiance, and academic conscientiousness, were tracked down 40 years later. It was found the stubborn ones...More
Is Diversity is about having the best thinking?
She says businesses must set aspirational targets for diversity to ensure it reaches senior levels and also need to be aware of "unconscious" bias against applicants. "Diversity is about thinking, it...More
Face-to-face requests are far more successful than an email
The researchers found that people tend to overestimate the power of their persuasiveness via text-based communication, and underestimate the power of their persuasiveness via face-to-face...More
Business Partners Falling Short on Strategy
Oxen Park agrees and in fact offers a programme to support BPs develop as great partners, trusted advisers and skilful internal consultants. Click through here to read more .More
Working from home may not be good for you
A report from the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggests working remotely can cause insomnia and increased stress levels. The study, titled Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on...More
Ernst & Young Releases App to Identify Best Graduates
The Times examines how EY is using mobile gaming to help it recruit the most talented apprentices from different backgrounds. Potential recruits who do well at the game, which appears on Debut, a...More
Do top bosses need to treat HR with respect?
But the author says skilled HR practitioners can play a key role amid a growing awareness that organisations will have to change fundamentally to survive in the emerging world. Oxen Park's Geoff...More
What price is too high for elder care we wonder?
A pilot scheme which saw 68 staff at an old people's home in Gothenburg, Sweden, work six-hour days without seeing reduced salaries is to be abandoned. Gothenburg city bosses said less sick leave was...More
Is enforcing employee holidays becoming a business necessity?
Research from advocacy group Project: Time Off shows that 37% of U.S. workers say they don't take their allotted vacations due to concerns over the backlog that will amass in their absence. The study...More
Oxen Park in Agreement with Peter Cheese, CIPD
"Happy New Year! 2017 looks set to be another year of significant political and economic change. The UK’s vote to leave the EU , Trump’s election in the United States, and ongoing corporate scandals...More
Resources from our Network Meeting Speaker, Sarah Harvey
The Savvy People Management You Tube Channel where amongst other things you'll find a series of short videos based on Sarah's e-book Savvy Performance Management: Turn painful performance management...More
Forward Thinking on HR Workforce Analytics
The author of this piece (originally published on the CIPD website ) Olly Britnell is an old friend of Oxen Park and he has spoken on one of our Conversations from your Office on this very topic...More
Hospital Taps Toyota Workflow to Reduce Staff Errors
Nagoya University Hospital in Japan's Aichi Prefecture has started a program in collaboration with Toyota that aims to improve workflow, including eliminating mistakes by pharmacists. The automaker’s...More
Stop Working Longer Hours
Writing in London’s Evening Standard, Russell Lynch notes that UK and Dutch workers are at the bottom of a European holiday league. British workers get a minimum 28 days off a year - but the Germans...More
Someone representing employees on the board... now there’s a novelty
The Mail reports that the UK government is expected to recommend that companies should be 'nudged' into naming a non-executive director and board member to be responsible for employees and diversity...More
Abusive leadership is in the eye of the beholder?
The Wall Street Journal article continues: 'Staff view hard-driving management techniques differently, depending on who is behind the directives and the circumstances of the interactions, according...More
A new philosophy for the 21st century workplace
Geoff Booth offers this thought. This is not a new idea frankly, Patrick Lencioni has put forward this view in his book 5 Dysfunctions of a Team first published 14 years ago. He talks about Trust,...More
Collaboration – why it’s so hard, often fails but still worth trying?
"Collaboration is simple. But not easy. If it was easy people with diverse outlooks would collaborate more often!" Peter Honey is a behaviourist so his primary interest is in collaboration as a style...More
So busy at work, no time to do the job
Managers and executives complain that the push for teamwork, innovation and speed has left them little time to do 'real work.' Researcher Rob Cross calls this phenomenon 'collaborative overload.'...More
The collaboration challenge posed by virtual working
Karen Sobel-Lojeski of Stony Brook University, a veteran observer of technology-mediated interactions, has coined the phrase "Virtual distance" to describe what’s lost when human interactions are not...More
How to Bring Your HR Department into the 21st Century
Originally published by TLNT , Willis prioritises the 5 items as follows: 1. Add a Social Collaboration Manager 2. Get a Data Analyst 3. Utilize a Performance Management Expert 4. Develop a Total...More
Which CEO's have a greater propensity to take risks?
Our own analysis of the paper suggests that functional background is a also a determinant. Indeed it might be said a greater determinant. Those with an output background (Sales & Marketing) have...More
Consulting Skills hits the spot
The programme met my needs, was delivered effectively and I gained additional skills and knowledge to carry out my role effectively. The programme was very enjoyable and informative – I was able to...More
A refreshing look at stress
We recently enjoyed a virtual conversation with our old friend Nick Petrie from the Centre for Creative Leadership in Austin Texas, with some HR leaders. Nick has a very personal and yet refreshing...More
Action Learning and Future HR Leaders
In planning for the 11th cohort for our Future HR leaders programme we were reminded of our white paper on the topic. The way that Action Learning is at the heart of the design, and delivers both...More
How to Have a Good Day - Book Recommendation
Webb, an economist and former partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey, believes we have control over our days and can make positive changes to influence the outcomes. Here at Oxen Park we believe...More
Artificial intelligence – the next workplace revolution?
As we in HR have seen headcounts in transactional roles reduce, our organisations have and will continue to see the growth of robotic and intelligence solutions to tasks currently assigned to our...More
The Future Workplace - The Collapse of the Corporate Ladder?
Speaking to the Guardian, Philippe De Ridder (co-founder of the Board of Innovation) describes an alternative to the traditional corporate hierarchy where millennials have "the freedom to take full...More
Nick Petrie Endorses Oxen Park Conversations
We recently enjoyed a lively and interactive 'conversation from your office' with Nick Petrie, of the Centre for Creative Leadership. It seems Nick enjoyed it as much as we did as you'll see on Nick'...More
Is the Year of Paid Parental Leave Recently Announced by Netflix A Sustainable Policy?
You can read the article here . But can this policy be sustainable? Is it fair and is Netflix truly able to offer this benefit to all levels of employee in the firm? Is it a policy that all employers...More
What Advice Would CEOs Offer Entrepreneurs?
Click here to read the article at source. Do you agree? Would you add any advice to this list? Let us know your opinion .More
Predictive Analysis in HR
"Did you know that scientifically, the only way to guarantee predictive analytics is to set up a randomized double-blind controlled trial? In other words, this is the only way to guarantee that a...More
Stress, Resilience, Mindfulness and Meditation for HR Leaders
In our opinion, these topics are already very well covered in books, articles and white papers but we've found that Nick Petrie of the Centre for Creative Leadership says it differently, more...More
The latest thinking on leadership
We offered 3 provocative thinkers….. Nick Petrie (Centre for Creative Leadership) – vertical development as a new paradigm for L&D practitioners. Binnie, Wilke and Williams – Living Leadership...More
EY one of the best companies to work for
They were also awarded a 1 star accreditation standard acknowledging their excellence in the workplace, and special awards for “best improver” and “learning and development”.More
What Businesses Want from Future HR Leaders - Contributor Opinion
The Neuroscience of Leadership: Practical Applications
The Neuroscience of Leadership: Practical ApplicationsMore
HR Development – why HR folk are like the cobblers children
The majority of development of HR folk that does get prioritised seems to us to focus on knowledge in support of what HR people do, not skills that develop how to succeed in the more challenging...More
Action Learning – why HR should get up-to-date with a 40 year old approach!
Action learning, as a term, is widely used, often misrepresented; and we think is used in a sense that does no service to its creator. (Our aim is to debunk some myths and to clarify some of the...More