The Six HR Challenges for (Fitness) Businesses

Introduction In simple terms, human resources (HR) is about the management and development of people. However, as business owners/managers we have to think of our workers as more than numbers on a spreadsheet or database. Like a business, workers have wants and needs, both professional and personal. And, it is important to understand this, as… Read More


What is the Basis on which the British Armed Forces is Exempt from Disability & Age Discrimination?

Legisation The British Armed Forces are exempt from the age related provisions of the Article 13 EC Employment Directive 2000 (Employment Directive 2000/78/EC). This allows Member States to provide that the Directive, insofar as it relates to discrimination on the grounds of disability and age, shall not apply to service in the Armed Forces. The… Read More

British Army: Established Post vs the ‘Black Economy’

An established post is one where a requirement for a service person has been endorsed and funded, and is identified by a Position Identification (PID), to which an individual is assigned. The ‘black economy’ arises when manpower is transferred unofficially from an established post to create a role which is not endorsed or funded. Although this… Read More

RAFVR (T) versus RAFVR (UAS): To Attest or Not to Attest?

Did you know that Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) University Air Squadron (UAS) recruits are attested, as they are enlisted as servicemen and then immediately re-mustered with the status of Officer Cadet, as per Air Publication 3392 Volume 7. In contrast RAFVR (Training Branch) (RAFVR(T)) are not attested because this would then give them the… Read More

Linking Employer Branding with Training & Development

Research Paper Title Training & Development: Enhancing the Employer Brand in a Turbulent Economy Abstract Training and career development has been an important role for human resource (HR) management and by many is considered equally important as talent acquisition is as an HR function. Opportunities for career development now rank as one of the more important… Read More

Delivering Flexibility through People: Harnessing Human Capability [in the RAF]

Discussion Paper Title Delivering Flexibility through People: Harnessing Human Capability. Abstract This is the second of two papers arguing for greater organisational flexibility in the Royal Air Force (RAF). Necessarily broad in scope, they consider the consequences of a systematic move towards a strategy that prioritises flexibility against the components of Kenneth Galbraith’s Star Model. Whilst the… Read More

Outdoor Fitness & Reasonable Access to Documents

Offer + Acceptance = Contract When your employer sends you a contract of employment it constitutes an offer (the first part of a contract between two or more parties). When you sign (and return) your contract of employment to your employer it constitutes acceptance (the second part of a contract between two or more parties). However,… Read More