HR Briefing #39 - The Case for Stakeholder Dialogue

HR Briefing #39 - The Case for Stakeholder Dialogue

HR Briefing
Issue 39
31 May 2001
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INFORMATION and NEWS: The Case for Stakeholder Dialogue
RESOURCES: Evaluation and Feedback; Diary Listings
WORK: A European flavour in our HR Jobs
COMMUNITY FEATURES: Kirkpatrick evaluation? Hays Banding?
AND FINALLY… Two old ladies…

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A sample of recent stories from our news pages at

The Case for Stakeholder Dialogue
- a guest feature article by Jane Fiona Cumming

Happy Mondays - regular column from FTdynamo
- Raising more questions than it answers

FE Colleges face biggest strike in a decade
- see a lecturer's reply

What say the Party manifestos on training and development?

A to Z index of the whole site

The land of learning: Industrial Society Manifesto

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Evaluation and Feedback
The gathering of feedback, comments and evaluation results are critical functions for many HR and Training professionals, but in the pressure of day-to-day work these more reflective processes are often overlooked. We believe that both Feedback and Evaluation are critical processes in both good business development and in our own professional development. This resource page summarises the information and resources on HR Zone relating to these issues

Recruitment Resource Centre
In a tight labour market, recruiting the right people becomes a major headache for HR people. Successful recruitment relies on being able to accurately target potential employees. The Recruitment Resource Centre is able to do just that in a direct and simple way by contacting and recruiting professionals in other vertical markets using our established network of Business to Business communities.

Are we successful? Yes! We have top quality results and low user costs; but don't take our word for it! See what our customers say at

The Recruitment Resource Centre is set to grow in the coming weeks, with a whole range of support materials and services being developed to make finding staff and finding jobs easier than ever before. Keep watching

How to avoid bad debts
Bad debt is the most serious problem affecting small and medium-Sized businesses. For two years, we've been able to offer you a way of checking the financial status of companies before they become your clients.

You can check the financial status of all UK companies and
company directors online at:

Diary listings
The HR Zone Diary service has been launched to help you find or promote conferences, events, symposiums and exhibitions - anywhere in the world! You can submit details of your own forthcoming events for inclusion using the online submission form, include hyperlinks to the conference website, and have readers contact you automatically to request further information. Are you running an HR or training event, seminar or conference?
Make sure 32,000 HR and training professionals get to hear about it by listing it in the Diary.


Everybody is jumping on the manifesto bandwagon at the moment. To me it seems a bit of a shame because some good ideas are being lost in the total noise. One of the latest comes from the Industrial Society and Will Hutton, it's Chief Executive, puts forward some valid points:

- Politicians are trawling familiar themes whilst the electorate knows that Health, Education, dealing with Crime etc. will always need more money whichever politician lives at Number 10. If you want to gain wide support, get your story right on how people work and can develop themselves and their way of life.

- Raise people's aspirations by developing 'world-class' (as in Premiere Div. like Man Utd.) education and learning facilities. Make self-development accessible, achievable and worthwhile.

- Encourage a climate that creates, nurtures and rewards 'just companies' (that's 'just' as in fair); that treats all of its employees with respect and consideration.

- Make workplaces 'inclusive' rather than 'exclusive'. Value humans in the workplace for being who they are and cut out the discrimination, bigotry and de-humanising processes.

You get my vote Mr Hutton!

Jon Seaton
P.S. Before the e-mails start: No, I'm not a Man Utd. supporter but I have to recognise them as 'world class'!

Training and HR professionals from places as far away as France, Malaysia and Australia, as well as from the UK have confirmed their attendance for The Hands On Training (H.O.T.) conference at the NEC, Birmingham, 26-28 June 2001. Places are limited and going very, very fast so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment later...


The Recruitment Resource Centre makes finding staff easier than ever before. See

To whet your appetite in our jobs area this week:

(Senior) Consultant Change Leadership
Blue chip employer, exciting position, cosmopolitan location!

HR Manager - Europe
Experienced and mobile HR Generalist, language skills a bonus!

See our complete jobs listing at:


Got Questions? Visit 'Any Answers'!
Some requests for help from this week:

What is the Kirkpartrick method of training evaluation?
Anna Geoghegan

Does anyone know of a good guide on how to write a training plan?
Melanie Hayes

How can I evaluate the effectiveness of executive development open
programmes at international university business schools?
Ian Day

'Hays' Banding
Has anyone heard of this method of categorising learning material?


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overheard conversation between two old ladies in a Lincoln tea-shop

1st LADY:
I'm a bit worried about whether my vote will count in the election.
I've got one of them postal votes.

2nd LADY:
Why are you worried?

1st LADY:
Well, I shall be on holiday. We're staying at our Irene's you know.

2nd LADY:
That'll be nice. Where does Irene live now?

1st LADY:


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