Look out for our free special issue on interim managers

Personnel Today readers will receive a free interim management supplement with the next issue. Its range of features, comments and interviews provide an overview of the interim management sector.

Nick Robeson, chairman of the Interim Management Association, gives his views on the market. He provides insight into current recruitment trends, plus a round-up of essential information, including average interim salaries.

Dale Cox, current interim head of HR at Ofsted, gives us an insider’s view of the realities of the day-to-day role of the interim.

With a CV that includes time at the International Stock Exchange and Standard Chartered Bank, Cox gave up a high-ranking HR role for an interim career instead. In his exclusive article for Personnel Today, he talks frankly about his experiences so far.

Reflecting on his role at Ofsted, he says: “This job has really brought home to me how you can make a difference in a very short space of time. The opportunity to shine in the right role where you can use your expertise from day one, in an organisation that has chosen you for a specific purpose, is greater than in any other situation I have experienced.”

If you are thinking about embarking on an interim career, the supplement also provides a comprehensive guide on what you need to consider before taking the plunge. From working out whether an interim life would suit you, to marketing your skills, we provide everything you will need to take your first steps. We also chat to a range of interim managers to find out why they chose this path, giving you the top 10 reasons to become an interim.

For those who are not considering an interim career but are looking to hire one, the supplement also includes valuable case studies. Focusing on the public sector, which is seeing a continued increase in the use of interims, we report on how they have managed change at a number of organisations, and the different outcomes.

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Publications round-up

– Whether you work within the health service or not, the NHS will impact on your professional life through occupational health. In the March issue of Occupational Health Extra, we examine the ways in which the NHS is rising to the challenge of both supporting other employers in their provision of occupational health services, as well as safeguarding the health of its own employees at work. We also reveal the pros and cons for OH practitioners of working within the NHS.

Recruitment Trends and Forecasts (RTF) – the quarterly newsletter on recruitment issues – has now been launched as an internet-based magazine, and Personnel Today readers can get a 20% discount on the annual subscription fee of 125.

The digital version of RTF has several new benefits for readers, including a word search facility, and the option of cutting and pasting graphics and text into your own presentations and reports.

The newsletter is essential reading for everybody involved in recruitment. It provides in-depth analysis of all major recruitment research, as well as authoritative data on the economy and its impact on recruitment, including advance warning of recruitment hot spots.

Packed with data and analysis, RTF will support your recruitment planning and decisions, and includes:

– Authoritative economic analysis allowing you to make key decisions on future recruitment campaigns

– Exclusive analysis of Cranfield Management School’s Recruitment Confidence Index, showing expected recruitment activity six months in advance, enabling you to benchmark against other employers in your sector, identify recruitment hot spots and keep abreast of trends in recruitment methods

– Updates on research on hot topics including age and recruitment, diversity, graduate recruitment, senior management recruitment, retaining top talent and other key issues

– Reliable hype-free information on the impact of internet recruitment

– Comprehensive coverage of all the major recruitment research in one place

– Updates on international recruitment trends

To subscribe, go to www.personneltoday.com/28834.article and register now.

– Personnel Today’s management resources series is to expand with the launch of the One-Stop Guide to Absence Management. The new guide, which will be available to order from the end of April, provides essential information and practical advice on preventing and reducing absence in the workplace. The guide is written by Mike Walters, director of Whitmuir HR, who is a leading authority on HR strategy and practice, and the author of numerous HR management books.

As well as a number of practical case studies, the areas covered by the guide include:

– How to assess absence levels

– What causes employee absence?

– Developing an absence policy

– Establishing absence procedures

– Handling ‘problem’ absence

– Developing positive initiatives

-Legal implications

Look out for details on how to order your copy at a special introductory price in Personnel Today over the next few weeks.

For more information on the other guides in Personnel Today’s management resources series, visit www.personneltoday.com/resources

Other guides in the series include:

– One-Stop Guide to Managing Stress

– One-Stop Guide to New Equality Law

– One-Stop Guide to Employer Branding

– One-Stop Guide to Managing Reward

– One-Stop Guide to Information and Consultation at Work

– One-Stop Guide to Human Capital Management

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