Category Archives: HR departments

In which yet another letter comes and we ponder our dongles …

Leaving your employer sometimes feels just as complicated as leaving a long-term partner. Some of the organisation’s behavioral quirks that seemed almost charming once upon a time now drive you rapidly into a paroxysm of face-twitching rage. Of course leaving … Continue reading

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In which we all hold our breath …

There’s a moment before any action when you take that deep breath to calm your nerves and fuel your muscles. The pause before whatever has to come next. I’ve felt a similar sense of tingling expectancy out in the woods … Continue reading

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In which I perform a Saturday stocktake …

Early mornings at the weekend are an ideal time for some quiet reflection particularly during this cold spell. The rest of the RPS family is piled under duvets as thick as the snow on the TV. Another week has gone … Continue reading

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In which ‘sorry’ is the hardest word …

On a lovely summer afternoon about 150 years ago a striking white-haired man stood at the edge of an unremarkable meadow just outside an obscure town in Pennsylvania. What he did next has always struck me as being among the … Continue reading

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In which I notice there’s a ‘war’ on …

I read the ever-excellent We Love Local Government blog today with a terrible feeling of recognition and despair. The poster described how they and their colleagues got the news of their inclusion in various redundancy pools at their council employer. It … Continue reading

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In which I get an unheralded email from HR …

‘Hello, what’s this?’ I asked myself as the email alert told me I had mail. In my twilight days at work emails have become few and far between. Mostly they break down into three categories: stuff I won’t read; stuff … Continue reading

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In which I get to lecture HR professionals …

The following post first appeared on the XpertHR website on 10 November 2010 as part of their series If I could change one thing about HR. The website gives job hunters an insight into what the professional HR community is thinking. … Continue reading

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In which I savour the language of rejection …

This post orginally appeared in Patrick Butler’s Cuts Blog on 10 November 2010 and appears here by kind permission of The Guardian. ________________________________________________ I am growing to appreciate the language of rejection. Sharing learning was why I started to blog about … Continue reading

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In which we hear from an old friend …

A long newsy letter arrived in the RPS household today from an old friend. She’s not a person for the internet favouring instead the old-fashioned virtues of a card, and envelope and a stamp. She’s that sort of person. Solid, … Continue reading

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In which I get to grips with my exit questionnaire …

I posted a little while ago on the trials of being in HR during all this change and times of ‘difficult decisions’. (Have you ever noticed that when a politician or business leader uses the phrase ‘difficult decision’ it usually … Continue reading

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