The art of conducting performance appraisals
Aug24

The art of conducting performance appraisals

The much-maligned system of staff appraisals, scrapped by many, clearly had more of an impact on employee performance than many realised, with even the CIPD noting that where performance reviews were scrapped, staff performance was suffering. When it comes to performance, the UK lags behind many of our European neighbours – so why can’t we get to the bottom of the productivity puzzle? Britain’s output per hour worked is...

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Busting the myths around reference checking
Aug24

Busting the myths around reference checking

  Reference checking has changed over the last 10 years in the UK. We’ve moved from offering informative, opinion-based feedback about former employees, to providing only neutral references that simply confirm a candidate’s name, dates of employment and job title. While there may be many reasons for this, the common assumption is that it has come about due to the fear or paranoia of a legal battle resulting from candidate claims...

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Employer demand for graduates remains high
Aug24

Employer demand for graduates remains high

This year’s graduates are heading into a robust recruitment market, with eight out of ten employers (79%) taking on new recruits in 2017/2018, a study by HR website XpertHR shows. It also reveals that starting salaries have been frozen for the past nine years, with data from previous surveys in the annual series showing no change since 2008/2009. Key findings from the survey of 186 public and private sector employers show that:...

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Are car parking fees a huge problem for UK workers?
Aug24

Are car parking fees a huge problem for UK workers?

British workers could be losing over 10% of their annual salary parking their cars near the workplace, according to new research commissioned by The Car People. The Car People analysed the price of city centre car parks during 8:30am – 5:30pm across the country, to discover that the daily grind is leaving hard working Brits out of pocket. The average Brit earns £27,002 a year with an annual income of £21,639 after tax. Earning £416 a...

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Do you know who your ‘office oracles’ are?
Aug24

Do you know who your ‘office oracles’ are?

Every business has one employee that has problem solving skills.  You can’t quite put your finger on why, but even if every team member has the same training, one employee always seems to retain a little more information than the rest and is only too happy to share their knowledge with colleagues. According to research from Trainline,  ‘Office oracles’ are worth £525 million annually to SMEs – those employees that frequently...

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New legislation fails to hamper popularity of salary sacrifice scheme
Aug24

New legislation fails to hamper popularity of salary sacrifice scheme

Let’s Connect, provider of home technology salary sacrifice schemes and part of Personal Group plc, today announced it is fully compliant with new HMRC rules on salary sacrifice and continues to see strong demand from customers. In a survey of over 1,000 UK employees conducted as part of the consultation with HMRC, Let’s Connect found that salary sacrifice schemes which enable employees to buy home technology products can play a vital...

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Free Self-Assessment tool helps organisations prepare for GDPR
Aug24

Free Self-Assessment tool helps organisations prepare for GDPR

Organisations can now assess their readiness for the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with a free online self-assessment tool launched by MHR, one of the UK’s leading providers of human capital solutions. The tool, available at https://www.mhr.co.uk/blog/gdpr-the-facts/, provides a simple step-by-step checklist to help users determine how prepared they are for GDPR and compare it against the regulation requirements....

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Cycle to Work Day returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary
Aug24

Cycle to Work Day returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary

Cycle to Work Day, the annual event encouraging workers across the UK to take to two wheels for their commute, will celebrate its 5th anniversary this September 13th. The event invites employers as well as individuals to sign up and reap the potential benefits of active commuting—among them, increased workplace productivity, lower rates of sick leave and improved wellbeing. Established by Cyclescheme, a leading UK cycle to work...

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Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend
Aug24

Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend

Full-time office employees are finding that their precious weekends are becoming the ‘workend’, according to new research by membership organisation Boundless. A study of 2,000 full-time office workers has revealed that 65 per cent do extra work at the weekend, and would earn an extra £3,359 each year on average if paid for this overtime.* The survey revealed that 82% of those polled have worked at least one weekend in the last six...

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Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness
Aug24

Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness

Leading benefits consultancy, Barnett Waddingham, challenged the UK to put their photography skills to the test and capture their ultimate happiness in one image. Picture Happiness photographic competition forms part of a social study to find out what represents Eudaimonia (overall happiness) in the UK. People from across the country shared their favourite photographs of personal happiness and four winners fought off worthy...

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GDPR: The vital role HR professionals can play in ensuring data security
Aug22

GDPR: The vital role HR professionals can play in ensuring data security

Simon Fitchett, COO of UK Data Group discusses the importance of ensuring Data Security and the role HR Professionals can play.   The big, scary elephant in the room There are scaremongers galore whenever you mention GDPR –the General Data Protection Regulation – coming into force on 25th May 2018, and the focus often falls on the fines and penalties for non-compliance! However, when the hysteria and panic subsides GDPR is found...

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Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?
Aug22

Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?

Every job should be advertised as available for flexible working, the equalities watchdog has recommended. Offering flexible hours to all job applicants will help combat pay disparities between men and women, while increasing job opportunities for disabled people, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission also proposed that businesses should be made to collect annual statistics which set out their pay gaps...

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Are today’s workplaces secretly alienating Millennials and Generation X?
Aug22

Are today’s workplaces secretly alienating Millennials and Generation X?

The vast majority of the UK’s current workforce are considering leaving their current roles in order to work for themselves, according to new research. 68% of people aged between 18 and 54 either dream of working for themselves (19.5%), are actively making plans to work for themselves (16.5%) or are interested in working for themselves (31.5%), according to the recent survey, carried out by shipping solutions provider and franchisor,...

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Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview
Aug22

Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview

Interviews can be a daunting process for many, and new research from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library has found that a whopping 87.4% of workers think there are certain questions candidates should avoid asking in an interview if you want to get the job! The research, which quizzed 1,200 UK workers on interview preparation techniques, found that over three quarters (79.3%) of professionals will prepare questions in...

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It’s time to take staff engagement seriously
Aug21

It’s time to take staff engagement seriously

Andrew Carwardine, Managing Director of Dynama outlines 5 critical paths to motivated staff and organisational success   It may be over sixty years since American clinical psychologist Frederick Herzberg came up with his “motivator-hygiene theory” and became the pioneer of job enrichment, but his principles remain as true as ever.  The formula for creating a harmonious workforce is combining the intrinsic conditions of the job or...

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