Episode 56: Does Your Workplace Have An Employee Engagement Officer, and What Are They?

In this episode of the IR Simplified podcast I talk about businesses needing an employee engagement officer to improve industrial relations.

I also explain why this position shouldn’t be one that is done by the human resources department.

This ties in good with the Sun Tzu’s passage on the use of spies in his book “the Art of War”.

I also give a little but of a shambles plug for the book that I am writing called “the Art of War for Industrial Relations”.

New Book. The Art of War for Industrial Relations

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Hiring Your First Employee

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Stop Being Scared Of Unfair Dismissal

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