November 2019

Cover Feature
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Regulars
Behind the HRD
Andi Hirons, People Director, The Grand Brighton

Andi Hirons, People Director, The Grand Brighton

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Perspective of HR
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Which companies have the most forward-thinking office space?

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From our Editor
November 2019November 2019

“Breaking with tradition”

These days, most people function practitioners know that ‘disruptive’ is merely a byword for how HR has to work. Whether it’s becoming less risk-averse and learning how to fail, or allowing core operations to be given over to the robots, algorithms and chatbots, HR is certainly beginning to feel a lot less like the rigid, uncertainty-averse, traditional operation it once was.

In fact, HR, for all the jokes about it being run by the ‘fun police’ and the ‘by-the-bookers’, is starting to properly challenge how workplaces should look. Whether it’s taking a more active role in protecting employees’ mental health or looking at how office space is designed – and even querying how the organisational hierarchy is set-up – some HR departments are just as open to breaking and shaking rather than blocking and stopping.

This new HR ethos broadly aligns with the mindset of John Athanasiou, Director of People at the UK arm of US publishing giant HarperCollins. Despite working in a very traditional industry, Athanasiou has actively challenged recruitment practises, leadership mindset and cultural practise to re-imagine how diversity and inclusion works. He spoke exclusively to HR Grapevine for this month’s cover feature to explain how he did it and what he hopes it will drive.

In keeping with this tradition-breaking output: we look at where HR has been going wrong when it comes to driving engagement (and how to get better at it); the different schemes forward-thinking HR functions are implementing to protect the mental health of their employees; and why HR needs to embrace failure.

As ever, enjoy.

 

Sophie ParrottSignature Sophie
Daniel Cave - Head of Content

 

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