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first_img Comments are closed. LettersOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersI’m a convert to HR director skills I am embarrassed to admit it, but when I became Servite’s chief executivethree years ago, I didn’t have high expectations of our HR director. I was thinking of shoving him and his team under the finance director, basedon my previous experiences. But I am now an enthusiastic convert to themessages promoted by your magazine (News, 23 July). I now appreciate the value of having such a high-calibre individual – GregBrown – who has established credibility at all levels from the frontline to theboard. He has created a strategic vision and demonstrated the impact of good peoplemanagement on bottom-line business performance. He is earning the right to be amajor influence on business decisions, leading high risk, high-profileprojects. Brown has introduced HR policies and practices that focus on the endproduct, meeting the customer needs of 10,000 tenants and care home residents,but his work is also contributing to Servite’s business and organisationaldevelopment well beyond a narrow HR brief. Furthermore, he acts as my ‘confidante’ with an ear to the ground, spottingthe potential problems and dealing with them. Maybe I’m just lucky? Kate Davies Chief executive, Servite Houses Confident in our MBA selection I want to respond to the letter ‘MBAs give false expectations’, whichquestioned the approach of universities to recruitment of MBA students(Letters, 23 July). The Association of MBAs’ criteria for accreditation of MBA programmes statesthat students must have at least three years’ appropriate work experience. In exceptional circumstances, individual students may be admitted with lessthan the minimum required, provided the overall average is met and it is in thebest interests of the student body. We are confident that business schools with accredited MBA programmes areselecting students on the basis of the contribution they can be expected tomake, as well as benefits they may gain. Robert Owen Manager, The Association of MBAs Temps law will limit flexibility One solution to the problems raised by the fixed-term employee regulationslies with recruitment agencies (News, 2 July). Temporary staff and contract workers supplied through agencies arespecifically exempt from the rules, and, for the immediate future, couldprovide an easier, more cost-effective way of meeting non-permanentrequirements. I am not suggesting that agency staff are a way of ‘bending’ the rules, butthat the burden of ensuring fair treatment falls on recruitment agencies,rather than on clients’ staff. As a professional recruitment agency, we support the new fixed-termregulations for protecting workers rights and preventing the abuse ofsuccessive fixed-term contracts, but they will reduce the ability of companiesto use staff flexibly and respond quickly to changing business needs. The strategic use of agencies – not just to cover short-term absences – canprovide a flexible pool of staff over the longer term, and could help tomaintain a competitive advantage. Christine Peace Head of HR and development, Aptus Personnel Too young to gain job in HR I have recently completed a degree, and am already experiencing difficultiesgetting a job in human resources. Reasons for my rejections have included “you are over-qualified”,”you do not have enough experience” and “you are not yet CIPDqualified”. I was amazed, however, to experience discrimination based on my age theother day. I was under the belief that this problem only affected the oldermembers of society, and not 22 year-olds. After initially saying I did not meet the client’s requested criteria, theyadmitted that my age was the real problem. What makes it even worse, is that this feedback came from a well-knownrecruitment agency in Aberdeen. I have two years’ supervisory experience, two years’ customer serviceexperience and 15 months’ HR experience. Surely this must be a good example of recruitment agencies not displayingbest personnel practice? Gary Aberdeen, Full name and address supplied Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more