Strategy

How Fitness First whipped employee engagement into shape

In the face of competition from low-cost, budget gyms, Fitness First has been on an 18 month journey to transform its service levels to deliver a different and unique fitness experience by offering members “beyond five-star hotel service”. Craig Donaldson speaks with Anne Jaakke, HR director for Fitness First, about […]

Asia Pacific M&A market activity on the rise

The Asia Pacific region cemented its position as the world’s second largest merger and acquisition (M&A) market in 2013 and outbound Chinese M&A activity is likely to increase in 2014, according to a global professional services firm. Last year, acquirers in Asia Pacific enjoyed their best performance since the 2008 […]

What are the top 5 talent trends of 2014 companies?

Companies will increasingly adopt a more strategic approach to workforce planning in 2014, as employers seek to build genuine competitive advantage through effective talent management initiatives, according to Futurestep. Forward-thinking companies are already realising that hiring for today’s skills means workforces could become quickly outdated, and Futurestep said 2014 will […]

3 keys for HR to maximise ROI

HR should focus on measures to increase innovation, speed and collaboration, as they can have as much as five times the ROI when it comes to improving worker efficiency, according to John Sullivan, a global expert in HR strategy and talent management. “This will allow you to get the bugs […]

Doing more with less: the lean, talented workforce

The HR function has been under increasing pressure to do more with less. However, as Craig Donaldson writes, effective talent management is critical to developing a lean but productive and talented workforce Doing more with less is a common challenge faced by HR departments and professionals. from increased reliance on […]