Human Resource Knuggets

Mar 14, 2024

Dear HR Professionals,

Today, we will be discussing some of the latest trends and developments in human resource management that can have a significant impact on your organization. From flexible working and employee retention to compliance and ethics, there are several key areas that HR professionals need to stay abreast of to ensure the success of their organization.

First and foremost, the concept of flexible working has been gaining traction, especially with the introduction of new legislative provisions in the UK that give employees the right to request flexible working from day one of employment. This means that more employees will benefit from the opportunity to balance their working lives with flexible arrangements. However, it is essential for people professionals to understand how best to respond to flexible working requests and how to incorporate flexibility into their people plans and strategy. Our newly updated guide and on-demand webinar on Flexible working – the right to request will provide valuable insights on how to handle requests pragmatically and beneficially for your people and organization.

Employee retention is another crucial theme that has been highlighted in recent research. It has been found that employee retention is the biggest consideration impacting on organizational pay policy, and this should be a priority for HR professionals. With two-thirds of respondents in a survey indicating that employee retention is a significant factor, it is imperative for organizations to focus on strategies and initiatives that can improve retention rates, such as career development opportunities, competitive benefits, and a positive work culture.

In addition to these themes, there is also a growing emphasis on compliance, ethics, and legal issues in HR management. From addressing sexual harassment in the workplace to navigating complex employment laws and regulations, HR professionals are faced with a myriad of challenges. It is crucial for organizations to understand the nuances of how to tackle these issues effectively, especially in light of legal and cultural factors. Workshops and training sessions, such as the on-demand workshop on Surviving as a One-Person HR Department, can provide valuable insights on how to maintain compliance and avoid lawsuits while managing HR responsibilities.

Overall, it is clear that HR professionals need to stay informed about the latest trends and developments in human resource management to ensure the success and effectiveness of their organization. By prioritizing flexible working, employee retention, and compliance and ethics, HR professionals can strategically align their efforts with the needs of their organization and create a positive and productive work environment.

Thank you for taking the time to stay updated on the latest trends and developments in HR management.


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1. Flexible Working: Understanding the new legislative provisions in the UK and incorporating flexibility into people plans and strategy.

2. Employee Retention: Addressing the biggest consideration impacting on organizational pay policy and implementing strategies to improve retention rates.

3. Compliance and Ethics: Navigating complex employment laws, addressing sexual harassment, and maintaining compliance to avoid lawsuits.


1. “Getting to grips with flexible working” from CIPD

2. “Learn from AI pioneers” from HRMorning

3. “Surviving as a one-person HR department: avoid lawsuits and stress” from HRMorning

4. “Tomorrow only! The key to halting ACA penalties” from HRMorning

5. “Ethics in today’s work environments” from Expert Training Institute

6. “March 13 – Independent contractor rule: What comes next? | Walmart settles claim for $70K” from Dive Newsletter

7. “Bus driver with Crohn’s disease who soiled himself because company failed to maintain regular shifts awarded £29k” from CIPD Newsletter

Stay Well!