Member wire #97 - Living to work or working to live?

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HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 97
3 May 2005

1. Editor's Comment: Living to work or working to live?
2. The Couch?! Cooks in hells kitchen
3. Stone speaks: Building female networks
4. CSR and beyond: The pope, the EU and the Election
5. Any Answers: Are exit interviews a waste of time?

Editor's note
Battling through the rush hour to a desk groaning under the
weight of a never-ending 'to-do-list' may trigger the onset of
the post-holiday blues.

If you're a weary worker then the news doesn't get much better,
working until 70 - the much plugged solution to the pensions'
crisis may not look that appealing but is it the only solution?

Editor's Comment looks at the option and debates whether
lifelong learning is the answer.


Annie Hayes
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Towry Law Financial Services Limited provides a wide range of
services for corporate and individual clients across the UK.
This issue of Business Outlook, our corporate newsletter,
features articles of particular interest to HR Zone readers on
absenteeism, pension schemes, sickness absence programmes,
employee benefits and the new procedures relating to
disciplinary action. Click here:

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

Withers LLP; NHS National Services Scotland; DHL Express; RGU
Business School; Royal Mail; Lincolnshire County Council;
Champneys Henlow; Coventry CC; Clifford Chance; Baker Tilly;
Carlton Screen Advertising; Alamosa PCS; Peak Consulting Ltd;
Heinz; MacDonald & Company; Todd Energy; FTSE International;
Bennington Training Services Ltd; MPCS Group ltd; The Laminex
Group; Bank of New Zealand

Editor's Choice

Editor's Comment: Living to work or working to live?
We know the score - the pension outlook for most is bleak;
Editor's Comment looks at the option of life long learning as a
means for plugging the shortfall.

Stone speaks: Building female networks
In a new series for HRZone, Glenda Stone CEO of Aurora, speaks
out about the issues women face in the workplace.

CSR and beyond: The pope, the EU and the Election
Leo Martin looks at world events and explains why anyone with a
view about the right way to conduct business, ethically and
morally should express their opinions about the right way

Payroll Tip: Employee contributions to accommodation
Can a payment by an employee, who is provided with living
accommodation by the employer, towards the improvement of that
accommodation be used to reduce its reportable value?

Insight: Challenges for a super coach
Graham Alexander, is often described as a 'super coach', having
been largely attributed with bringing business coaching to the
UK. Read on to get this unique insight into his methodology.


The Couch?! Cooks in hells kitchen
Inspired by the TV programme hells kitchen the Couch?! team
would like to hear about your dinner party disasters.

And the winner of the 'Beauty DIY disasters' prize draw is ...
Congratulations Emma Crowe, HR Officer at international property
consultants, Jones Lang LaSalle who was randomly selected in our
prize draw.

Got the post-holiday blues?
We'd like to hear your tips and tricks for beating the blues and
boosting flagging motivation levels.

Practitioner's Diary - are you game?
We're on the look out for a willing author to detail the ins and
outs of the HR grind in a diary format to be published as a
regular piece.

Featured Any Answers question: Exit interviews
Q: Are exit interviews a waste of time?

Colin Brown

Members' responses
(Edited comments appear - see the site for full details)

Exit interviews can be a valuable tool to help an organisation
reduce turnover, particularly if the same reasons for leaving
are constantly given. If the reasons are looked at by management
and solutions provided to the issues, turnover can be reduced
with a cost saving to the organisation.

I worked for an organisation where exit interviews were
conducted and leavers were citing safety reasons for going. I
fed this back to the management who made some changes that
reduced turnover.

If the exit interviews are conducted by an independent person
such as HR rather than line managers leavers are more likely to
open up as to the real reasons for going.

Sandra Beale

Read the full responses to this question - and add your own - at

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