HR: Time to take steps to recovery

It has been a gruelling 2009 for HR. The inevitable impact of recession – restructuring, redundancies and delicate talent management – has swung the spotlight onto the profession like never before. But every downturn comes to an end, and HR must now switch its skills to focus on the upturn.

Our special steps to recovery content is packed full of advice, opinion and case studies to get you set for a great 2010. It’s time for HR to take steps to recovery.



North stars
This year’s CIPD conference, which starts today, is being held in Manchester for the first time, bringing the city firmly into the spotlight for HR professionals. Four Manchester-based HR directors outline what the city has to offer.

Restructuring for recovery
An exclusive survey and case study suggests a proactive rather than reactive HR profession is already planning to drive recovery.

HR’s report card 2009 
Everybody knew 2009 was going to be grim, but did HR rise to the challenges it posed? We ask experts from the worlds of academia, economics and workplace policy for their end-of-term assessments.

Quiz: key legal challenges in 2009 that affected HR 
How much attention have you been paying to the employment law developments throughout 2009, and the government’s proposals for further legislation? Test your knowledge with the XpertHR quiz. 

Recession lessons
HR professionals across a range of sectors reveal what they have learnt from this gruelling recession, how the downturn has affected the profession’s standing, and their priorities for 2010.

Quiz: answers and useful links
Completed our quiz in the magazine? Here are the full answers, together with a wealth of useful links to XpertHR content to ensure you stay up-to-date with legal changes throughout 2010.

The end of the Ulrich era?
Personnel Today’s exclusive roundtable brought together HR and recruitment professionals to discuss the beginnings of recovery in recruitment, the upskilling of HR, why the Ulrich model isn’t working, and a reassessment of what talent means. 

Top 10 legal implications of the recovery 
Everyone is eagerly anticipating the recovery, but be careful not to leave yourself in legal hot water as things go back to normal in the workplace.

Exclusive recruitment survey
Personnel Today’s exclusive survey of 500 HR professionals, carried out with Hays Specialist Recruitment, reveals a profession optimistic about the future.


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