Member wire #89 - HR to staff ratios

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HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 89
8 March 2005

1. The compliance burden - is it really all that bad?
2. Opinion: The case for referral schemes
3. The Couch!? asks, do you need an extreme makeover?
4. HDIGH? Talent and Resourcing Consultant, Selfridges & Co
5. Any Answers: HR to staff ratios, I&C, getting into HR

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Editor's note
The chicken and egg debate is an age old deliberation of form
and function. Did the egg determine the chicken or did the
chicken determine the egg?

Any Answers member Michelle tested the old grey cells when she
asked, "How many HR to staff should there be?"

According to Jane Coope the answer isn't a simple 1 to a 100. HR
she says should abandon the ratio and determine what value HR
professionals are contributing to the organisation.

What's your view? Does the value HR brings justify the number of
HR staff or does the number of staff dictate the HR headcount?

Have your say at:


Annie Hayes

mailto:[email protected]

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Welcome new members
This week, HR Zone welcomes members from the following
organisations, among others, to the site:

The British Horseracing Board; The Ceres Partnership; Marconi;
Devon County Council; BUPA; Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development; Whistlebrook Limited; JLL; GSK; Sykes Anderson LLP;
Grapevine HR; Aon Consulting Limited; i2 Technologies; AWD
Consulting; Skills Evolution Ltd; Nestle; London Business
School; Westby HR Consulting; Portman Building Society; Croner;
Lansdowne; The North British Distillery Co; Alderwoods Group

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election pledge of all political parties, yet companies big
and small are still missing out & failing to recruit and retain
key workers. Want to know all the answers - then see this
month's in depth article.

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The compliance burden - is it really all that bad?
It's a truism that small businesses, are struggling under the
weight of government-generated bureaucracy. On a regular basis,
opposition parties and business bodies complain about the
"burden of compliance", and blame the Blair Government for its
existence; Tom Blass Editor of sister site BusinessZone presents
his views.

Opinion: The case for referral schemes
Recruitment concerns are likely to be exacerbated as economic
growth squeezes HR efforts between the need to recruit more
staff to handle the boom as well as the imperative to retain
those staff who might be tempted away by the increasing numbers
of attractive opportunities elsewhere.

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model brings to executive coaching, and suggests there is always
more for us to learn.

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The Couch!? asks, do you need an extreme makeover?
Are you an HR stereotype? Do you holiday in Morocco and get your
suits at M&S?!

HDIGH? Talent and Resourcing Consultant, Selfridges & Co
Victoria Hayden describes the moment of 'enlightenment' when she
realised that a career in retail management wasn't for her and
how her new role in HR involves large-scale recruitment.

Any Answers
Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. A selection of new Any Answers
questions posted this week:

Paul Strange looks for examples of recently established
information and consultation processes:

How do you get into HR? Asks trainer Elizabeth Caro:

Nadine Maggi seeks some pointers on embedding values and culture
following a business merger:

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