Virginia Matthews

About Virginia Matthews

Virginia Matthews is a freelance journalist.

How to start a career in HR

13 Jun 2016

The number of potential routes into a career in HR is growing – from starting as an apprentice to a...

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HR education: should I study for a Masters qualification?

13 Jun 2016

A popular option both for new graduate and mid-career HR professionals is to study for a Masters degree in human...

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Transgender employees: towards equal treatment

15 Mar 2016

Despite new guidance on recruiting and retaining transgender staff, employers remain confused about the law and good practice. Virginia Matthews...

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Are sit-stand desks the solution to back pain at work?

23 Dec 2015

Sit-stand desks have been hailed as the answer to back and neck pain at work, but what is the evidence...

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Mobile workers’ working time: “Unworkable, illogical and open to abuse”

28 Sep 2015

Employers are just starting to get to grips with the recent ECJ ruling that travel to...

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Gender pay gap reporting: sharing is caring at Genesis Housing

2 Jun 2015

From next year, more than four decades after the 1970 Equal Pay Act became law, all employers with more than...

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Menopause at work: how employers can help staff manage “the change”

29 Apr 2015

It may be inevitable for all women, but the menopause is generally seen as a personal matter rather than an...

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HR roles: do you have a split personality?

24 Mar 2015

Can you really split transactional and transformational HR in two? Housing group Gentoo has done just that. But will others...

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Should HR be the guardians of protected disclosures?

Whistleblowing: do we need “guardians” or should this fall to HR?

4 Mar 2015

The latest report by Sir Robert Francis looks at how employers in the NHS should deal with whistleblowers fairly. But...

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NHS Employers chief: “Workforce supply is the biggest single concern”

11 Feb 2015

With the NHS constantly in the headlines as we approach an election, new NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer has...

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Man versus machine: how to handle resistance to technological change

2 Dec 2014

With some employees in China smashing machines over concerns that their jobs are being replaced, Virginia Matthews asks: are we...

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Kiss and tell? HR’s role in relationships at work

27 Aug 2014

When does a relationship at work need to be declared? How does an employer strike the right balance between respecting...

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Is Oxbridge losing its appeal? Why a 2:1 degree is not the only talent benchmark

16 Jun 2014

Employers are increasingly turning their back on the idea that to work for them you need at least a 2:1...

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Social media background checks – a minefield for recruiters

15 Sep 2011

At a time when social media profiles are the norm and many people are falling into the trap of “over-sharing”...

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There’s more to interns than cheap labour

18 Jul 2011

Recent headlines have focused on the ethical controversy surrounding internships; not only the nepotism involved in obtaining an internship in...

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