New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees
Aug03

IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees

Many retail employees find it hard to strike a good work life balance, because as consumers want longer opening hours, that means staff working long, anti-social hours. However, furniture retailer IKEA UK is attempting to redress the balance and has this week announced that all of its 10,400 retail co-workers are now eligible for at least one weekend off in every four. As one of the first retailers in the UK to introduce this...

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44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan
Aug03

44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan

HR Managers know only too well that good managers prepare and plan for the unexpected.  However, it seems the small to medium businesses they work for ARE expecting a security crisis, but are woefully unprepared. UK employers are aware that security threats are rising, with 44% of them expecting to face some form of attack in the near future. This is the key finding of research commissioned by Arthur J. Gallagher, focused on...

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UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening
Aug03

UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening

UK businesses are still failing to fully comprehend the risks posed by today’s ever changing recruitment market, despite investment in screening services continuing to rise. Companies UK-wide are still very much adopting a ‘tick box’ approach to employment screening rather than appreciating the full range of benefits on offer within the industry today, despite a trend of organisations across the board investing increasing amounts in...

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Is ‘no dress code’ a stress code? 1/3 of staff ‘feel judged’ on what they wear to work
Aug03

Is ‘no dress code’ a stress code? 1/3 of staff ‘feel judged’ on what they wear to work

Over half (53%) of Brits do not have a uniform at work Trainers and skinny jeans now acceptable in one in five workplaces Over a third of UK workers (36%) feel judged on what they wear Office dress codes are becoming more casual, but the lack of a defined uniform is leading to stress and confusion amongst British workers, a new study has revealed. Personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon spoke to over 2,000 people in full or...

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You’re fired! Why it’s dangerous for employers to follow Donald Trump’s lead
Aug02

You’re fired! Why it’s dangerous for employers to follow Donald Trump’s lead

Employment law specialists Peninsula explain why employers should definitely avoid Donald Trump’s approach to hiring and firing.  Eight tumultuous months into his administration, Donald Trump seems to be shaking up his White House staff again with the ousting of his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the removal of his Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci just 10 days after his appointment in a move that has only...

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1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men
Aug02

1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men

  Following recent revelations at the BBC, it seems that the UK has a long way to go in tackling gender pay disparity. A new YouGov survey for the charity, Young Women’s Trust, has revealed that one in ten employers admits to paying women less than men for jobs at the same level. Furthermore, nearly half of those surveyed say that publishing gender pay gaps will not make a difference to pay and a fifth think equal pay will never...

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Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work
Aug02

Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work

Mike James of Planday.com discusses the role and responsibility of employers in dealing with racially abusive employees. The increase in race-hate incidents since the Brexit vote is a worrying trend. A report by the BBC last year illustrated a 41% increase in incidents of racist or religious abuse incidents in the month following the referendum compared to the same month the previous year. Britain enjoys an increasingly diverse...

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ELAS employee shares canine capers to raise money for charity
Aug02

ELAS employee shares canine capers to raise money for charity

Working as a PR Manager for HR advisors ELAS, as well as a long career in journalism in both the US and the UK, means that Miriam Payne is used to being in the headlines. However, she’s normally writing the headlines, rather than being the subject herself! Miriam is a passionate animal lover and since adopting two rescue dogs, Ramsey and Blue, Miriam became acutely aware of the struggle animal charities have to raise funds, so...

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Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots
Aug02

Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots

As HR Managers in most UK industries battle their annual summer challenges, like staff leave clashes, talent shortages and absenteeism as staff enjoy traditional summer holidays, HR managers in the travel industry are facing their own, specific set of challenges. Pilot’s union British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has warned that as the UK is setting new records for air traffic, the risks to both pilot wellbeing and...

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Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!
Aug01

Amazon set to hire 50,000 people – tomorrow!

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it’s intentions to hire an additional 5,000 people, with the aim of  letting them all work from home, which was seen as an ambitious target. However, that’s mild considering that by the end of tomorrow, the retail giant will have also hired 50,000 additional new employees to work at their 13 fulfillment centers around the United States, all in one day. It’s a massive recruitment...

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HR – We’re Depending on You to Shape the Future
Aug01

HR – We’re Depending on You to Shape the Future

Doug Sawers, Managing Director at SD Worx, discusses the role HR must play in driving technology forwards There’s something about the concept of robots and artificial intelligence that ignites the passions of otherwise steady individuals. Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, for example, talked about livelihoods being ‘mercilessly destroyed’ by this particular technological revolution. Professor Stephen Hawking has said that...

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Why you should ditch your “staff” immediately
Aug01

Why you should ditch your “staff” immediately

Anne Allen, Director of People Experience at Xero discusses whether the word ‘staff’ is outdated and bad for morale It’s now a well-known fact amongst companies and business leaders that the creation of opportunities and paths for career progression is key to business success, whether that’s measured financially or culturally. People-centric thinking is (finally) being recognised as an imperative to providing a great...

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Apprenticeships set to increase social mobility within legal profession
Aug01

Apprenticeships set to increase social mobility within legal profession

The Apprenticeship Levy has the potential to increase social mobility within the legal profession according to specialist recruiter, Clayton Legal. This comes at a time when organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Management are calling on employers to offer higher-level apprenticeships as a route to promoting diversity in their workforces. Since April, all employers in England with a pay bill of over £3 million are required...

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