Do you need guidance or information of a particular topic?

Perhaps you want to research a new area, or need advice on a specific HR
issue. Other readers may be able to help. Exchange is a new column that HR
professionals can use to ask for advice, share best practice or set up an
informal network. Readers interested in using this service should e-mail with
their messages.

Contemplating staff cuts?

DBM experts counsel organisations to avoid a piecemeal approach when
thinking about staff cuts. A single, well-planned reduction in force is far
preferable to successive small layoffs, which prolong organisational turmoil.
Likewise, voluntary programmes are less likely than dismissals to generate
negative backlash. To find out how to design incentives for voluntary
programmes and set objective criteria for eliminating jobs, visit

HR in Asia

Pacific Bridge, a US-based consultancy specialising in HR issues in Asia, is
offering a free, 30-minute phone consultation with its president Ames Gross, on
any issue relating to HR in Asia.

Questions you may want to ask could include:

– What are the benefits and drawbacks to hiring a Taiwanese manager for your
mainland China operation?

– What are the legally required and industry standard severance package
requirements in Japan?

– What kind of compensation package should I offer a "returnee"
candidate? Do most returnees expect expat-type benefits?

To arrange for a free phone consultation, e-mail Shawna Lepage ( and
indicate your availability. The offer ends on 31 October.

Theatrical techniques

Using theatre to explore diversity issues is just one area of expertise
offered by MaST International, a training and development consultancy, Expert
advice is also available on:

– Communication

– Diversity (using theatre techniques)

– Employee development

– HR legal issues, such as employment tribunals

– Strategic influencing

– Leadership

– Virtual teams

– Change management/teambuilding

– Stress management

– Talent management

For further details e-mail Simon Hepburn at

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