Jo Faragher

Business journalist and editor

I have been a journalist for more than 15 years and have held commissioning editor and editor roles for the past 10.

I am experienced in freelance editing and writing. I am a regular contributor to HR titles Personnel Today and People Management (for which I write a monthly employment law column), and have also written features for the Financial Times, and supplements for The Times and The Guardian. I am available for corporate copywriting, having worked on case studies and promotional reports for business clients.

I can work in a variety of media - I have produced articles for both print and online publications, helped clients with corporate blogging, used content management platforms such as WordPress and conducted video interviews.

During my career I have enjoyed staff roles at the Times Educational Supplement, Personnel Today, Recruiter magazine, Information Age and Computer Business Review.

I've commissioned and written features on technology, recruitment, employment issues and education.

Contact me at [email protected] or 07766 685873.

Portfolio

First Voice (Federation of Small Businesses Magazine)

How you can tackle the problem of late payment
Late payment isn't just a headache for small businesses, it can put the brakes on economic growth. According to an FSB investigation into the impact of poor payment practices,...
Why it's time to take cyber-criminals more seriously
Small firms are increasingly finding themselves the targets of cyber-criminals, who see them as easy and unsuspecting targets. It's time to take the online threat more...
How to hire the staff you need
After the dark days of the economic downturn, many small businesses are now back in expansion mode. The problem is, so are many others, including larger rivals which are capable...

People Management: membership magazine for the CIPD (may require membership log-in)

See you in court
Not understanding employment law can be expensive - but fortunately, People Management has mined case law and the personal experiences of the country's finest legal minds to...
Have executive headhunters had their day?
Anyone can locate top talent with the help of technology - but that doesn't mean in-house recruitment of executives is easy On paper, it sounds like the ultimate in rhetorical...
Show me the money
Hard cash doesn't motivate us to work harder. Isn't it time we looked again at the way we reward people, whether that means greater democracy, less inequality or full salary...
How to bring neuroscience to life
The potential for using neuroscientific principles in learning has been well-established in recent years. But applying them in the workplace means organisations need to bridge...
When corporate culture goes disastrously wrong
When corporate culture goes disastrously wrong, HR holds the key to patching things up. Let People Management’s experts show you how… When five former News of the World...
Get the leader you deserve
If command and control doesn’t cut it any more, how can HR ensure the face at the top is the right fit for the organisation? Charismatic leaders, consensual leaders, directive...
Meet your next executive assistant
Why new technology and broader horizons are rewriting the rules of global recruitment.
What makes an employee?
Why a raft of new contracts means the legal status of staff isn’t as clear-cut as you think When you’re looking for guidance on employment law, the famous ‘gentlemen’s club’...
Psychometrics: the stark truth
Derided as out of date, psychometrics are still valued by many as development tools. Should we really write them off? The grim story of Paul Flowers, the minister who chaired...
Five cutting edge L&D ideas that just might work
Ideas from the front line of learning, explained by the experts 1 Collaborative learning “Social learning is about supporting communities to come together, work together and...
The five most difficult workplace conversations
The five most difficult conversations you might have as an HR professionals, and how to handle them
Have we stopped caring about diversity?
When it comes to diversity, if the question you're asking is whether you're hitting your targets, you're probably already getting it wrong. A box-ticking approach to diversity...
Private companies masquerading as Acas, warns barrister
Commercial employment advice services are misleading employers into thinking they are dealing with Acas, according to a leading barrister. A number of smaller employers have...
SMES: How to cope with pensions auto-enrolment
We asked experts how best to avoid a meltdown when smaller companies come on board in 2014 "We're all in," chorus the happy employees on the adverts. And if you judge...
The five ages of reward: tailoring benefits to life stages
One-size-fits-all benefits are yesterday's story. Tailor your reward to what employees need at every stage of their career When IKEA decided to reshape its benefits offering...

Video interviews

Apprenticeships: a practical way of learning - Snapdragons Nurseries
It is no secret that one of the best ways to acquire skills is through doing the job as well as learning the theory. But there can be few places where this is more relevant than...
Apprentices bring energy into our business - HSS Hire
Employing apprentices can be a challenging prospect. Joe Parry, learning and development manager at HSS Hire, talks to Jo Faragher about how the hire shop built its...

Personnel Today: parental leave and flexible working

Chopping & changing: Discontinuous shared parental leave
Confusion remains as to how employers should tackle the prospect of parents stopping and starting their shared parental leave. Can an employer really refuse a request for...
Shared parental leave and pay: how much will it cost?
Employers reviewing policies in the run-up to the introduction of shared parental leave and pay must make a key decision about whether or not to enhance their offering. Jo...
How to avoid discrimination claims with flexible working requests
The line manager of a small but important department in the business is approached by a couple of members of staff wanting to work flexibly. Historically, he has always granted...
Shared parental leave: a labour of love?
The parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015 will be the first to benefit from new shared parental leave rules. By August 2014, some HR professionals will begin receiving...
Shared parental leave may trigger discrimination claims from men
Employers who offer enhanced maternity pay may face discrimination claims if they do not extend the benefit to men when new laws on shared parental leave come into force. The...

Personnel Today: general HR features and analysis


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