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The search is on for the cream of HR to be honoured in the Personnel Today Awards 2005.

We want to know about the teams that are making a difference in organisations of all sizes and in every sector across the UK.

These teams deserve recognition for making an impact with their people policies and for delivering great bottom-line business benefits.

If your HR department has spearheaded an innovative project, driven down costs, been courageous in implementing change, or has achieved great results in the past 18 months, then you could be one of the winners this year.

There are even more opportunities to become a finalist. For the first time, we have introduced a Lifetime Achievement Award to recognise the outstanding contribution an individual has made to the HR profession, throughout their whole career. We also have a category for rewarding excellence in outsourcing and shared services.

With a total of 12 main categories in the 2005 line-up, 48 teams will be spotlighted in the pages of Personnel Today and
If you are keen to reward the initiatives your department has undertaken, hurry to get your entry in now.

All shortlisted teams will be invited to a dazzling awards dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on 24 November, where the winners will be announced.

Last year’s celebration welcomed 1,200 guests and was sold out weeks before the big night.

To enter the award costs you nothing, and – simply by making an effort – you could give your team and organisation the recognition they deserve. The closing date is 10 June 2005.

To book a table for the HR event of the year, go to

To find out about the entry criteria, go to

Publications round-up

– Dyslexia is such a common syndrome that few people are aware it is a disability recognised under the Disability Discrimination Act. In the March issue of Occupational Health Extra, we look at the sort of problems a person suffering from dyslexia may experience in the workplace and suggest ways in which OH and HR teams can help and support their dyslexic colleagues. We also provide a guide for employers to ensure the health and safety of employees working abroad.

– News and features in the latest issue of Training Magazine look at how to add depth to training in diversity awareness and ask why it is so hard to prove return on investment for training. We meet the HR director of Compass who tells us how the catering giant manages to whet the appetites of trainees and senior staff when it comes to choosing from a menu of training opportunities.

At the BBC, informal learning is not only boosting the personal development of employees, but also raising awareness of corporate social responsibility within the organisation. We find out how.

– On 6 April, the Information and Consultation Regulations begin to take effect in the UK. The March issue of Employers’ Law highlights employers’ options in dealing with the provisions of the regulations and how other European Union member states have implemented the new rules. Employers’ Law also includes an overview of other employment law legislation coming into force in April.

– Don’t miss our interim management supplement – free with Personnel Today’s 12 April issue. Nick Robeson, chairman of the Interim Management Association, will analyse the big issues in the interim market. We will also look at how public sector organisations are using interim placements during periods of change, along with case studies and expert comment on the latest developments affecting interims.

– Leading stress experts Dr Joe Jordan and Professor Cary Cooper are the authors of the latest addition to Personnel Today’s management resources series, the One-Stop Guide to Managing Stress. The new guide provides everything HR managers need to know to help cut stress levels at work.

The guide provides practical information on everything from the legal responsibilities of employers to preventing and managing stress more effectively, and detailed case studies showing different strategies working in practice.

To order your copy at a special introductory price, e-mail or call 01371 810433. For more information about this and all the other guides in the series, visit

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Check out the latest features online this week:

– Milestones or millstones? How workers deal with life’s big events

– Improving HR in higher education

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Don’t miss the pensions special report

With the introduction of the Pensions Act 2004 and the Pensions Regulator next month, pensions will remain an important issue for HR in the year to come.

The Pensions Regulator will start work in April and will build on the work of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority.

Our 29 March issue of Personnel Today will feature a special report on pensions, including a practical update on how new regulations will affect pensions over the next few years. The new chairman of the Pensions Regulator, David Norgrove, will explain the changes in regulation and the powers of the new regulatory body.

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