How HR can help the Rock in a hard place

Brockett, James
March 2008
People Management;3/6/2008, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p16
The article examines the human resources (HR) issues facing Northern Rock's new executive chairman Ron Sandler and personnel director Lynne Griffin following the nationalisation of the Newcastle, England-based bank. The author believes that the first task for Sandler is to set the strategic direction for the bank. It asserts that redudancies seem inevitable, and the biggest decision is whether they will be made compulsory or voluntary. It notes that management will also face the challenge of motivating staff in a publicly owned business.


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