Special Reports

Whether you want to learn about the latest developments in HR technology, gen up on master trust pensions or hear the latest thinking on evidence-based HR, our special report repository has a supplement to suit. Put aside some valuable reading and thinking time, and download one of HR magazine’s carefully curated special reports.


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Technology supplement: Futureproofing versus present practicalities

HR and business leaders are constantly told to prepare for, and be the pioneering users of, new technologies such as AI, robotics and blockchain. But on the flip side many HR teams are yet to get the basics right. So before getting carried away with the latest tech trends they perhaps need to look to their current needs and address these first. This technology supplement explores the importance of getting this balance between future-gazing and the here-and-now just right, and how to do it – featuring advice on present practicalities such as the GDPR and gamification, but also on more futuristic possibilities such as VR in recruitment and 'doing HR' for robots.

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Technology supplement 2018

HR magazine is delighted to present you with a series of pieces in this supplement which drill into key HR disciplines– all taking as their jumping off point the questions: what will a future of whizzy, automated and AI-enhanced tech mean for each area of HR? What are the opportunities and what the challenges with how the current tech revolution is informing talent management, recruitment, engagement, L&D…?

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Open University Business School: A year of insight 2017

As the range of thought leadership pieces produced over the last year by our HRMI partner Open University Business School (OUBS) demonstrate, there’s no more important time for academics and HRDs to come together to tackle the people issues of the day. From closing the skills gaps to engaging Millennials with L&D, this book collates the best thinking from OUBS academics over the year 2016/17.


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Guide to Workplace Pensions

At its most basic level, a pension is a legal requirement under auto-enrolment. But there is much more to it than that. HR teams are at the forefront of making sure both employers and employees feel the benefit of pension strategy. So in this report, in partnership with Aon, we share knowledge, insight and experience from fellow HR and pension professionals, including practical tips on how to help your employees become more engaged with their pensions, as well as case studies showing how others are managing retirement savings in their workplace.

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How to win an HR Excellence Award 2018 guide

Last year HR magazine had the bright idea of compiling a handy, all-you-need to-know guide to entering an HR Excellence Award. This year we’ve updated it to once again offer you top tips from our expert judges and the HR team, and to showcase all of the fab coverage that often comes organisations’ and HRDs’ way after an award win brings them to our attention.

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HR Most Influential: Interviews ebook

HR Most Influential is designed to identify and celebrate those individuals who contribute to the profession as a whole, challenging people’s thinking and sense of what’s possible, and freely sharing ideas and experiences. In this ebook, produced in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education, we interview five individuals who featured at the top of our 2016 practitioner list to gain insight into exactly what HR influence is to them.

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Evidence-based HR ebook

In the current unpredictable business climate there’s a greater requirement than ever for HR to take an evidence-based approach. This 32-page ebook brought to you by HR magazine and KPMG demonstrates how an evidence-based approach enables HR professionals to offer a more compelling narrative and so have a stronger voice around the board table when making strong arguments for the allocation of resources based on hard data.

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Special report: Engagement

A narrow focus on engagement is no longer sufficient. Instead, organisations need to take a more holistic and whole-person view, putting the individual at the centre. This special report, produced in partnership with engagement and wellbeing specialists WeThrive, contains everything you need to know about the next era of employee engagement. In it we explore the link between engagement and wellbeing, the neuroscience behind engagement, making your data transparent and more.

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Master Trusts Guide

HR, now tasked with managing DC pensions alongside pay and other benefits, has much to contend with – not least an ever evolving savings landscape they themselves must also grasp. So master trusts, as our definitive guide explains, could be just the thing. This guide, produced with Aon, explores options to suit many requirements – from those who want a totally ‘hands-off ’service to those wanting slightly more involvement, but still with strong peace of mind. The guide covers top tips on choosing a scheme, the employer’s view, the future of master trusts and more.

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Special report: Leadership development

As the world is changing, so is leadership – and leadership development. This special report, supported by Oxford Said Business School, explores the evolution of leadership development. It covers: leading through Brexit uncertainty; leading diverse teams; female leadership; leadership tools; and dealing with difficult leaders.

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Special report: Global mobility

Within the next decade global mobility could be one of the most strategic areas of human resources. The capability to attract and deploy talent around the globe is a strong competitive advantage. Global mobility programmes are an excellent way to foster a leadership pipeline, attract and engage employees, and fill global skills gaps. This special report, in partnership with MOVE Guides, aims to provide the tools to make global mobility at your organisation truly strategic.

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Open University Business School: A year of insight 2016

These pieces from OUBS offer a variety of fresh perspectives on a wide range of business-critical areas. From women on boards to the dark side of productivity, the importance of HR becoming a whole systems thinker to effective leadership, this book collates the best thinking from OUBS academics over the year 2015/16.

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Technology supplement 2016

Our 2016 technology report explored what impact technology, AI and automation will have on the wider workplace and on staff, and how HR can gear itself up to support this. Pieces explore topics including the various workplace scenarios that technology could produce, the rise of the robot, AR and VR in L&D, and the dark side of the email.

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The Culture Handbook

There is no onesize-fits-all approach to culture, and what works for one organisation may be totally inappropriate for another. But this ebook, in partnership with BrightHR, aims to give you somewhere to start, and to inspire you to think about what would work best for your unique business.

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The Future of HR supplement

For this report, HR magazine partnered with law firm DAC Beachcroft to ask our readers how they see the HR function evolving, uncovering some fascinating findings. As well as these results, this supplement covers the macros issues keeping HRDs awake at night, HR models: past, present and future, and whether HR is missing a trick with technology.

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Reclaim Your Time ebook

Exclusive research conducted by HR magazine and IBM for this ebook uncovered that 34% of people check their email as soon as they wake up everyday, without fail, and 38% always check it after work at home everyday. To highlight the issue of HR professionals and their employees drowning in emails and non-useful tasks, our ebook includes: the results of our research on what professionals feel is impacting their productivity; an exclusive article from and video interview with HR Most Influential Thinker Cary Cooper; tips on how to improve your personal productivity at work; and insight into how technology can help reduce email overload.

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Technology supplement 2015

Our 2015 technology report, sponsored by Cascade, covered how to ensure HR-IT collaboration is a success; whether one supplier or a pick-and-mix approach to HR software is best; overcoming the challenges of making HR technology work for a global business; and latest trends in wearable tech.

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What is leadership? ebook

There are millions of articles about the topic of leadership and few barriers to entry to publish your own point of view. The problem is that so much of it is piecemeal – and some it is complete nonsense. This ebook, in conjunction with Oracle, Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, aims to cut through the clutter, offering advice on clarifying why leadership matters, nailing the basics, creating a leadership brand and ensuring leadership is sustainable.

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