Welcome to your HRD Connect update!

With employers in every sector reporting skills shortages, training should be a key strategy for futureproofing your business. The levy has provided HR and L&D departments with a ringfenced budget with which to do so. Yet, with only a year to go until unused money is lost forever, why have only 8% of funds been spent? ICS Learn highlight solutions for your organisation.

What makes a future leader at Amazon? Dee Clarke, Head of Campus Recruitment at Amazon, gives us an insight into her favourite core leadership principles at Amazon, and explains how these are used to identify future leaders and emerging talent.

Watch our exclusive interview with Lesley Swarbrick, HR Director at Time Inc. who talks to HRD Connect about the importance of organisational development (OD) and tells us why it’s a subject that she is so passionate about and how leaders should be embracing new knowledge to lead in new and unpredictable climates.

Financial wellness and security is a topic all businesses should be immersing themselves in. Mercer’s recent research identifies the critical imperatives for financial security, ensuring your employees feel comfortable with personal financial situations. Eve Read, UK DC & Individual Wealth Consulting Leader at Mercer explains further.

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Best wishes,

Emily Sexton-Brown,

Editor, HRD Connect