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Catching the cactus

Instincts are a funny thing. Yesterday, as I went to pull the kitchen window closed, I nudged the rotund, spiny cactus that sits on the window ledge with my elbow and it toppled forwards in slow motion. Had this been

I know we ought to…

I’m now two weeks into life as part of the so-called “gig economy“. So far, it has been fun with lots of variation, some hard work and quite a lot of coffee drinking. I’m speaking to lots of different organisations

What next?

What next? As some of you may have spotted on Twitter, last week I left Brook after just over three years. If you don’t know about what the organisation does, take a look as its (increasingly underfunded) work is vitally

The Social Media PLN

The concept of the Personal Learning Network, or PLN, is gaining a lot of interest amongst the HR community at the moment. If you haven’t come across the term before, a PLN basically does what it says on the tin:

5 steps to employee advocacy

One of the big “future direction of HR” topics for me at the moment is the increasingly close relationship between HR and Marketing/Comms. Nowhere is this clearer than in the  growing area of employee advocacy. Simply put, employee advocacy is

Social media myths

For many of us, social media is part of our everyday life. It is what we do and how we do it – whether for work or personal or a little bit of both. It will come as no surprise to

Preparing for a different future

On 1 December 2016, I participated in a CIPD Liverpool Group event at which we discussed the future of work, in particular: Robotics, Automation, Artificial Intelligence: How will human beings interact with the new technology? Slightly ironically, given we were talking about

The key to great employment policies

Wait: great HR policies? Yes, there really are such things. You are probably more used to long, boring, bureaucratic and legally-worded ones with lots of ‘for the avoidance of doubt’s and ‘up to and including’. You may have even had to sign

Reflections on joining the gig economy

Earlier this year, after 20 years in corporate life, I decided to take the plunge and set up by myself by launching TimScottHR. I decided to do go solo to do what I think I do best – help people

Facilitation and me

Last week, I attended the inaugural Facilitation Shindig, run by the fabulous Julie Drybrough (in the group pic above, you can spot her at the right end of the front row). It was a get-together of a whole range of folks who get

Digital – the new HR space?

Last week I attended a great event called ‘Our Digital Future’ run by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The aim of the day was to bring together people working in the Digital and Creative sectors to discuss the skills

The Top 5 Business Risks of Social Media

I’m a social media evangelist. You’ll usually find me advocating its use to and for everyone from business leaders to small business to HR professionals. But for all its benefits, social media is not completely without risk for the organisation.

The last gig?

I’ve got a job. I appreciate that might come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who know that comparatively recently I set up as an HR consultant. So I thought I’d blog about it. As with