This week's letters…
Development is in your interest too
HR professionals are taught and aim to achieve best practice, which can be difficult when the agendas are long and daily activity is demanding.
However, all the demands often mean that employees in HR are lacking career development plans ñ ironic, really. I am not alone in my quest to obtain development in certain areas, several of my colleagues feel the same. There is often a reasonable gap between an HR support role and that of HR manager. I actively seek opportunities to develop my skills, however more senior staff do not have the time to accommodate my needs.
It would appear we are all in a Catch-22 situation, managers without time to assist in staff development and support staff being unable to gain the much-needed opportunities to develop.
The situation is slightly ridiculous when you consider that if time was set aside support staff could aid managers to a higher degree, so reducing workloads.
How many more people are in the same type of situation?
Time set aside to develop staff will pay rewards, they will feel recognised and motivated and can reduce those workloads. Remember that without the development, people will look for other opportunities and leave. How much time will then have to be put aside to recruit and train a new employee ñ and so the workloads increase further?
So the answer is develop or recruit.
Pam Moore, Solihull
Data code authors are out of touch
It is absolutely vital in a democracy that the rights and privacy of individuals are properly protected, but once again the people charged with dealing with these issues have got the balance wrong.
Rights will only truly be protected if obligations are accepted in equal measure. A generous sick pay scheme, for instance, cannot be sustained if it is abused. Keeping records helps us to remind people about their obligations.
This draft code of practice has done the whole process of Data Protection a serious disservice as it portrays its authors to be academic and out of touch with the real world.
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