articles

I enjoy writing and contributing to on line and print articles on HR and management issues to share my perspective and have featured in a number of leading HR publications. The following also includes news items that have referenced myself following a piece of work being done or awards being achieved.

Could HR solve ...? Venom

People Management Magazine Article: District attorney Anne Weying leaves classified documents describing dubious experiments at a bio-engineering corporation open on her laptop at home. Her fiancé, journalist Eddie Brock, reads the documents and leaks them in a live televised report, resulting in Weying losing her job. What more could HR have done to stop this sensitive information falling into the wrong hands?  

Company culture: by accident or by design?

HR Zone Article: We in HR need to understand that culture doesn’t just ‘happen’, it’s something we create. We have an opportunity now to recreate organisational culture, making it more inclusive and fit for the future – will we take it?

What is HR? (And what should it be?)

People Management Article: The areas falling under HR’s remit are often many and varied, But should they be, and how can the profession better attract fresh talent?

Why is HR so white?

People Management Magazine Article: The HR professional community lacks the diversity it is seeking to address in the workplace so the phrase of ‘physician heal thyself’ comes to mind. Shakil Butt shares his thoughts alongside others. 

Pushing for progress: the workplace's role in political and social movements

HR Magazine Article: With workforces becoming increasingly active in political and social movements,  Jo Gallacher explores the benefits and potential pitfalls HR should look out for with contributions from Shakil Butt, Tolu Farinto, David D'Souza, Jamie Love, Kris Karsten and Marc Weedon, 

Is it because I is Black? Why Ali G's catchphrase is a tragic reality

Personnel Today Article: As organisations make sense of the recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and how they can do something about racial bias and representation in their own workforce, Shakil Butt explains why an early 2000s TV catchphrase contained an unfortunate grain of truth.

Not all racism is malicious – but it's still devastating

People Management Magazine Article: Exploring how micro aggressions whilst less overt, over time can have a cumulative effect, leading to macro aggressions including even murder.

BAME workers feel they have to mask identity at work

HR Magazine Article: Commentary on new analysis by culture change organisation Utopia that shows nearly half of BAME workers in the UK said they have to mask part of their identity to fit in at the office.

Do Better

Accounting and Business Magazine Article: Shakil Butt FCCA shares his personal experience of racism at school and professionally, and urges employers to step up and help create a fairer world

Why the far right 'protests' this weekend were far from our finest hour

HR Magazine Article: Racist descending in London, defending Churchill, the British Empire, racism  and what can the world of work do to be part of the solution 

HR Needs to take the lead in calling out racism at work

People Management Magazine Article: People professionals are in a unique position to counter racial discrimination in organisations, but they need to grasp the opportunity

How HR can help Muslims during an unusual Ramadan

HR Magazine Article: Ramadan has always been a communal event, impacting approximately 1.8 billion Muslims globally. This article explores what fasting involves and how employers can support and engage with their Muslim stakeholders during the coronavirus pandemic 23/04/2020

The NHS is doing an amazing job but is it at risk of being white-washed?

HR Magazine Article: Media coverage of our appreciation for our NHS was whitewashed. The tragic loss of BAME doctors and nurses reminds us of the actual ethnic make up of the NHS & our debt to these heroes risking themselves everyday for all of us.
 

Diversity and inclusion in project teams

Knowledge Train Article; What is Diversity and Inclusion, a quick history, its' importance and some success stories with contributions from Shakil Butt, Garry Turner, Roianne Nedd, and Mostafa Al Hadla

Is HR a hypocrite when it comes to D&I?

HR Magazine Article: With CIPD data showing the HR profession is overwhelmingly female, white and straight, is HR itself walking the talk on diversity and inclusion?

To say we ‘don’t see colour’ is extremely unhelpful

People Management Magazine Article: Often it is claimed that we don't see colour which begs the question - What do you see? We do see colour, age , gender and everything about the person but the bigger question is what we do next with all that information.

People over profits? The way we do business has to change

HR Zone Article: Should businesses be socially responsible? We're already seeing the catastrophic results of what happens when they aren't so why aren't more organisations doing something about it? 

The Rise of Skywalker or the Rise of the Robots?

HR Zone Article: Over 40 years to tell a story of ‘A New Hope’ to The Rise of Skywalker’. As we reach this ‘end’ point it poses the question; where to next? Advances in technology are impacting the film industry and the acting profession.  Is this really the end or just the beginning? Could the story go on ... forever?

Should employers offer staff hangover days?

People Management Magazine Article: Industry experts assess the pros and cons of giving employees a day to recover from a heavy night 

From Birmingham to Baku and beyond

People Space Article: HR professionals in Azerbaijan gather for the HR Summit of the year with International Speakers from all parts of the world, excited to engage, network and to co-create the future of HR 

Is The Apprentice racist? Lessons for race at work

HR Magazine Article: Seven BAME candidates fired in seven weeks. Is the BBC Apprentice racist was the question posed by the Guardian newspaper. I share my thoughts I share my thoughts with HR Magazine on whether the show has been firing people from a BAME background or not and the parallels with the world of work.

CIPD annual conference round-up: Day one

HR Magazine article: Highlights from Day 1 of the CIPD Conference including a panel discussion on a range of protected characteristics featuring Shakil Butt (religion), Ian Iceton - Group HR Director, River and Mercantile (Neurodiversity), Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo UK & Ireland and Global disability leader (Disability), Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS (Age) and Nelarine Cornelius, Chartered FCIPD, Vice-President Membership and Professional Development (Race). Chaired by: Claire McCartney, Research Advisor,

Accountants as moral arbiters for SMEs

ACCA AB Magazine Article: Exploring the critical role accountants have to play in organisations especially SMEs where they are well placed to champion behaving ethically.

HR's Most Influential Movers and Shakers: Hall of Fame

HR magazine: Annual HR's Most Influential list recognises the HR practitioners and academics/thinkers that are pushing the field of human capital management forward

The HR news briefing: Female and BAME military staff raise concerns

HR Magazine Article: HR perspective on a Commons Defence Select Committee report that found a disproportionate number of female and BAME staff in the military file internal complaints

Racism is not black and white but it could be 50 shades of blue

People Space Article: Exploring where racism comes from and what drives us to perceive someone differently. Is it a learned behaviour or can we do something about it?

Could HR solve...? Spider-Man: Far From Home

People Management Article: Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, is enjoying a hard-earned holiday. But SHIELD agent Nick Fury demands he return to work to deal with a mysterious, and potentially serious threat.

 

Are Fury’s demands reasonable or is his management technique outdated? What advice would HR give? Regular feature in PM Magazine wherein HR are asked to solve a pop culture problem from the big and small screen.

How to use networking to help you get back into a flexible role

ACCA Careers Article: Advice from Shakil Butt: an ex-accountant, multi-award-winning HR executive and writer, Helen Morgan: a financial director from the technology and financial services sector and Zoe Whitman: founder of award-winning bookkeeping start-up, But the Books on the best ways to use networking to help you find the flexible role that's right for you. 

How to make the case for flexible working

ACCA Careers Article: Advice from Shakil Butt: an ex-accountant, multi-award-winning HR executive and writer, Helen Morgan: a financial director from the technology and financial services sector and Zoe Whitman: founder of award-winning bookkeeping start-up, But the Books on the best ways to turn a full-time role into a flexible one when negotiating with a prospective employer.

How to tackle your CV after a break

ACCA Careers Article: People take a career break for many reasons. But how do you reflect this in your CV? A panel of accountancy professionals share their top tips with Shakil Butt: an ex-accountant, multi-award-winning HR executive and writer, Helen Morgan: a financial director from the technology and financial services sector and Zoe Whitman: founder of award-winning bookkeeping start-up, But the Books

Interview with Shakil Butt

Recruit Human Article: Interview as part of the HR leaders series conducted by Amy Stephenson answering those burning questions.

1) How did I get into HR and why?
2) What are the challenges I am seeing across the HR sector?
3) What career advice would I offer to someone either working towards a career like mine, or someone just getting started in their HR career?
4) Do I think that more should be done within the school system to open students’ eyes to HR as a career or do I think it’s more valuable for them to gain some work experience and fall into HR because then like you say, they’ve got that context and that understanding?

Hr and race in the workplace

HR Magazine Article: Discussing the role HR has to play within organisations championing race and exploring some of the obstacles.

A royal arrival: Lessons in engagement and inclusion

HR Magazine Article: The story of two very different people coming together across class divides and racial backgrounds now ushering in the next generation of royals is a powerful message. This showcases what love can do.

Opportunities in HR unequal feel BAME HRs

HR Magazine Article: Commentary on research showing a disconnect exists between BAME and white HR professionals' perceptions of racial equality within their profession. 

HR hero lessons from Avengers: Endgame

HR Magazine Article: There are many things HR can learn from superheroes, including how to tackle complacency, mediocrity, fear, poor management, hierarchy and loss of voice.

Shaping the Future

Accounting and Business Article: Write up of ACCA annual conference which included Shakil Butt's key note address on Managing a Changing and Diverse Workforce 

Taylorism, here, there and everywhere: the sytemisation of our lives

People Space Article: Taylorism, the ideas of scientific management and the pursuit of efficiency proposed by  Frederick Winslow Taylor and their impact on all of us are explored through a return flight to the UK serving cold coffee.  Indebted or enslaved to the system? When presented with the red pill or blue pill what would be preferable - the beautiful lie or the ugly truth?

Ask the HR agony aunt... Unearthing illicit behaviour

HR Magazine Article: Does HR behaviour itself need to be ethical in order deal with the unethical behaviour of others? This is the question being addressed by a number of HR leaders.

Shades of Grey

HR Magazine Article: There’s no such thing as a black and white ethical dilemma. So how can HR practitioners develop their personal ethics so they can help their organisations navigate the grey areas? 

Workplaces can improve inclusion by learning from jury decision making and selection

People Space Article: Juries are living proof that an inclusive approach enables collective decision making, problem solving and equal voice. A model for today’s workplaces?

HR's stance on office romance

HR Magazine Article: Falling in love at work with a colleague. It happens. In the backdrop of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, when is it love and when is it 'bosses' behaving badly? Does HR have a role to play? If so, what?

Book review of 'Strategic HRM: A HR Practitioner’s Toolkit’

Book review of Strategic HRM: A HR Practitioner’s Toolkit’ by Karen Beaven (multi award winning former HRD of River Island. In summary Karen brings her ‘A’ game in the strive towards HR Excellence.


Could HR solve...? Luther

People Management Article: A freelance worker with a murky past is clouding a star employee’s judgement. What advice would HR give? Regular feature in PM Magazine wherein HR are asked to solve a pop culture problem from the big and small screen.

Quick fire with award-winning HR director Shakil Butt

People Space Article: What makes a HR hero? Who is my HR hero? How scary was it moving from a big, permanent HR role to setting up my own consultancy last year? What was my favourite book last year? What is my favourite coffee? What can The People Space audience expect from my contributions? Zombies?

The time to act on ethics is now

People Management Article: In light of the many business scandals of 2018 does HR have a role to play and if so what is it and what support does the HR professional have from the CIPD. 

Conference round-up

People Management Article: Write up of CIPD's annual conference including a sound bite from Shakil Butt on the topic of ethics from a panel session.

How to win a HR Excellence Award 2019

HR Magazine Article: Special supplement edition with advice on how to win a HR Excellence Award from past judges.

Employee Performance Management: The Ultimate Guide

Grosum Article: A comprehensive guide that defines performance management, its' history, how it has evolved, its' purpose, concerns, components, its' importance and process with contributions from a number of HR professionals and leaders of industry. 

That HR Podcast episode 8: CIPD Annual Conference special edition

People Management PodCast: Join People Management junior writer Lauren Brown as she catches up with a host of expert speakers from the conference, including: CIPD CEO, Peter Cheese, HR Hero, Shakil Butt, Shell International's leadership assessment lead for HR analytics Sathi Banerjee and Artificial intelligence expert Megan Marie Butler, 

Changing the world one day at a time: CIPD 2018

Relocate Magazine Article: A round up of the CIPD's annual conference 2018 featuring key messages and themes from across the 2 days

The good, the bad and the indifferent

HR Magazine Article: Traditional and contemporary approaches to performance management are considered with a view on what can actually really raise performance.

Time for a new approach to tackling sexual harassment?

Cezanne HR Article: Approaches to sexual harassment and the role HR has to play explored following a white paper issued by the TCM group. 

If Doctor Who can be inclusive, we all can

People Management Article: Opinion piece reflecting on the bold move by the BBC to appoint Jodie Whittaker, a woman in what until now had been a male only role and the implications for the world of work.

One in five staff at Save the Children UK have faced harassment or discrimination

HR Magazine Article: 1 in 5 staff at Save the Children UK have experienced discrimination and harassment. Along with Daniel Peyton I share my thoughts with HR Magazine on the challenges faced and what HR can and should do.

HR's Most Influential 2018

HR magazine: Annual HR Most Influential list recognises the HR practitioners and academics/thinkers that are pushing the field of human capital management forward

5 Questions on Performance Management

Gro Sum Top Talk Article: Addressing the following 5 questions on performance management.

1) What is currently missing in the way overall employee performance is being managed?

2) Given that a company’s workforce now has a significant proportion of virtual and freelance workers, how should performance management include them?

3) What are employees, managers and decision makers looking to make performance management more effective?

4) What are some of the new things being introduced in Performance Management that are working/not working?

5) If not periodic appraisals, then what & how?

Life after full time employment

People Management Magazine Article: After 30 years as an employee I reflect on the last year since leaving the world of work, its impact on purpose, personal relationships and dealing with change.

Racial and ethnic prejudice is holding us back

HR Magazine article: Why are there so few BAME leaders in senior roles? Does race and colour present additional challenges in the employment market? I share my thoughts and experiences being a minority looking for opportunities. 

It may be time to ditch hierarchies

HR Magazine article: An analysis of hierarchies, where they originate from, questioning whether they work and the impact on the C suite perpetuating sameness. Is it time to call time on the parent-child relationship in favour of peer to peer relationships in flatter structures?

We must tackle entrenched sexist mindsets

HR Magazine Article: Exploring some of the mindsets that have led to work cultures wherein women are objectified and sexually harassed.  

Time's up on sexual harassment in the workplace

HR Magazine Article: Detailed analysis into sexual harassment and how HR can genuinely end it by being the moral compass and a voice to power with commentary from industry leaders addressing issues such as gender, power dynamics,culture and hierarchies. 

The Knowledge Club launches 2018 launches HRDME Conference

Kuwaiti Times Article: Promoting HRD Middle East Conference in Kuwait wherein Shakil Butt is speaking on the topic of Strategic HR in the boardroom and beyond.

MPs: “Collective failure of leadership” in charity sex abuse “endemic”

HR Magazine article: A governmental report has accused the aid sector of “complacency verging on complicity”. Along with Helen Giles and Guy Pink I share my thoughts with HR Magazine on the challenges faced and what HR can do to proactively address this sickness.

What can HR learn from problem-solving squirrels?

HR Grapevine Article: To navigate in a VUCA world what are the key skills needed by business leaders to be successful.

Does the BAME label help or hinder workplace diversity?

People Management Magazine Article: Experts debate the role of terminology after MP’s concerns over ‘patronising’ language. 

Why Black Panther is a lesson in Diversity & Inclusion

People Management Magazine Article exploring how to do diversity and inclusion effectively and profitably through analysis of Marvel's Black Panther movie  – not just by having a token character in the supporting cast, but allowing space for difference to rise and take its place as equals among the many.

How do we stop a repeat of the Oxfam Scandal

HR Magazine: Helping others? Or helping yourself? How do we stop a repeat of the Oxfam scandal? Sexual predators in senior roles taking advantage has once again hit the headlines with more likely to follow.

What makes staff lazy?