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    Human resource wish-list for 2018

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 03/01/2018

    » Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our New Year wishes could be granted in the next twelve months? Actually the wishes expressed below could all become realities, or, at least, a start made on them, if government policy-makers have the determination to address these issues. Our New Year wishes for 2018 fall into three categories: some that would enhance the skills of young people entering the labour force; some that would benefit those already in the labour force; and finally some that would benefit those in the evening of their working lives or beyond.

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    Flexible working: the ultimate work/life balancing act

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 07/05/2018

    » Work/life balance and the relative importance of harmonising family responsibilities with earning a living wage have become issues of primary importance in many developed countries. Employers and employees have found innovative ways of ensuring that successful careers can be combined with lives enriched by recreational activities, parenthood, family activities and the care of elderly family members.

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    Women in Business: Thailand Experience

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 18/04/2018

    » In March 2018, we published an analysis of the recent Grant Thornton report on "Women in Business", detailing the worldwide representation of women in the business community. Following on from this, we now recount the observations of three leading business women regarding the importance of women in the Thailand business community. These business leaders are Ms. Noel Ashpole, Partner at Grant Thornton, Ms. Heather Suksem, Deputy Chairperson of OCS ROH Ltd, and Ms. Tiziana Sucharitkul, Co-Managing Partner, Tilleke & Gibbins. The discussion was held at a Dataconsult Thailand Regional Forum dinner meeting, a regular series on significant business topics, on 27 March 2018.

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    Workplace Cooperatives: a sound way to save

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 13/12/2016

    » Recently, we featured the pioneering work of iCare Benefits, a zero interest cost employee benefits program. This scheme now serves over 3.1 million workers in more than 1,300 factories in an increasing number of countries, including Thailand. However, even before iCare Benefits reached Thailand, there were already worker cooperatives undertaking savings schemes. These worker cooperatives now have the opportunity to work together with iCare Benefits, joining alongside factory managements and trade union local branches to provide cost-effective benefits for workers.

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    A worker benefit programme that really cares

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 21/11/2016

    » Many worker support programmes that are supposed to convey great benefits for employees often in fact do quite the opposite. No wonder, therefore, that schemes designed to offer a road to paradise for hard-pressed workers are often viewed with skepticism by employers and employees alike. However, with the advent of "iCare Benefits" to the Thailand market, there is, at last a truly viable, already internationally tested scheme that really does offer and deliver what it claims.

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    Forewarned is forearmed: staff safety training

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 31/10/2016

    » In our series on security, safety and risk mitigation, we have highlighted various risk situations along with preventive measures. But despite every precaution, risks can always arise. We need, therefore, to be prepared to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our families. To obtain guidance on how we can train ourselves and others to confront risk situations when they arise, we invited Stefan Spiess, a martial arts expert and operator of Advance Conflict Training (ACT) to explain how he trains security professionals, business groups, families and children in security awareness and response. Stefan can be reached at stefan@global-safety.net Web site: www.actinthailand.com Stefan offers the following advice:

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    Home-safe-home for staffers

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 26/09/2016

    » In an increasingly high risk world, companies bringing senior expatriates into Thailand, or even providing housing for non-Bangkok origin local staffers, will need to consider carefully how best to house these valuable human resources, along with their families. Bangkok and other localities in Central, Eastern, Northern or Northeastern Thailand are not currently considered high risk localities, certainly lower risk than Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or particularly Manila, although higher risk than Singapore or Hong Kong.

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    Human Resource Watch: News from AEC Neighbours

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 11/07/2016

    » As a member country and partner within the ASEAN Economic Community, Thailand needs to keep appraised of human resources innovations and changes taking place in other member countries. We can thereby maintain our competitive advantage and potentially learn from the experience of neighbour countries.

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    UK "Brexit" with EU: what human resource lessons can Thailand learn?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 20/06/2016

    » On 23 June 2016, British voters will take the momentous decision, whether to remain or leave the European Union. The most important issues creating the potential break-up are three-fold: firstly employment and wages, especially related to immigration of EU and non-EU citizens; secondly, the powers, pressures and costs of adherence to an overweight Brussels bureaucracy; and thirdly assessment of whether Britain is a net beneficiary or loser from the overall EU relationship.

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