Talent matters, so attract the best

Written by Alex Keighley

Despite the relentless rise of technology disrupting aspects of business, and artificial intelligence becoming ever more intelligent, people are as crucial to success as ever. Look at any list of challenges facing business today and there’s one thing you won’t find missing in any of them. Against the backdrop of political instability, the unpredictable cycle of macro-economics or keeping up with the relentless charge of globalisation, how to recruit and retain highly capable, engaged and diverse talent is ever-present. People are almost inevitably a business’s most important but least stable asset; yet no matter how many CEO’s espouse the importance of their employees, levels of employee engagement are frighteningly low.

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Zero-hour contracts are not a bad thing

There has been a lot of coverage in the press recently around zero-hour contracts, most of it negative.  We hear how they are used by business to exploit their workforce, how they lead to uncertainty over pay and distort employment figures.  There are even calls for them to be banned.

I’m going to stick my neck out here and make a clear statement.  Zero-hour contracts, in themselves, are not a bad thing.  It is their misuse that causes the problems.

Let’s look at the pros and cons.

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