How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking
Dec13

How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking

Guest Blog By Russell Wardrop One of the most accomplished recoveries in public speaking came from the Prime Minister at this year’s party conference. In a reference to the previous year’s disaster when letters fell off the inspirational message behind her, she said: “I’ve been up all night gluing the backdrop.” Theresa May is no orator and her discomfort behind the lectern is palpable, but her audience loved that line. They also...

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Lower paid workers fear discussing mental health issues with employers
Dec13

Lower paid workers fear discussing mental health issues with employers

Workers on lower salaries feel less comfortable talking to their employer about mental health, according to a report entitled Why BWell from Barnett Waddingham. The research, which surveyed 3,000 UK employees, found that for those in the earnings bracket of£20,000 – £30,000 a year (into which the average UK salary falls), just two in five (40%) said they would be happy talking about mental health at work. Yet this rises to 50%...

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UK tech industry gender imbalance expected to last another 12.5 years
Dec13

UK tech industry gender imbalance expected to last another 12.5 years

Gender balance in the UK tech sector will not be reached for another 12.5 years,according to industry professionals. Male tech workers are even less optimistic, believing it will be another 14 years until there is an equal number of men and women working in the industry. The new research, carried out by leading specialist IT recruiter CW Jobs,found that most companies are struggling to level the playing field, and almost nine in ten...

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Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?
Dec13

Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?

Guest Blog by Graham Sprigg FRSA Most of us, at some time in our career, have been involved in charitable giving or providing support to local community initiatives. For the most part, individual members of staff, teams and employers alike feel they have achieved something positive.  Recent research published by Community Interest Company Partnership of Equals suggests that all may not be what it seems. In an effort to better...

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Opening presents or opening your inbox? Over half of workers plan to check emails over Christmas
Dec12

Opening presents or opening your inbox? Over half of workers plan to check emails over Christmas

Christmas is usually a time for catching up with friends, unwinding with a festive film and overindulging at dinner. However, for over half of Brits the Christmas period also means replying to emails and catching up on work. New research(1) by Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, the global human capital consultancy, reveals 52% of workers will be checking their emails over Christmas. Furthermore, three in 10 (29%) say they will be checking...

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Nine out of ten applicants are looking for job they can stay in long-term
Dec12

Nine out of ten applicants are looking for job they can stay in long-term

91% of applicants want the online screening process to result in a job they want to stay in, according to a recent survey by talent assessment specialists Saville Assessment. Data suggests that nine out of ten applicants are looking for job that is a positive destination in which they will stay long term.      This was also seen as important by 87% of recruiters surveyed, possibly reflecting the cost and time involved in...

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How can workplaces stop their employees wasting their lunch breaks in canteen queues?
Dec12

How can workplaces stop their employees wasting their lunch breaks in canteen queues?

By Nick Hucker, CEO, Preoday Research abounds showing that UK workers are too busy to take proper lunch breaks and get away from their desks. Some recent stats from Sodexo show that employees only take 22 minutes for lunch. We all know that lunch breaks are very important opportunities to take a respite from work and recharge. With the pressure of hectic work schedules and busy lives, how can employers help their workforce benefit...

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All I want for Christmas is a Secret Santa HR policy
Dec12

All I want for Christmas is a Secret Santa HR policy

Businesses across the UK are leaving themselves at risk this festive season by failing to issue guidance to employees on standards of behaviour when participating in the company Secret Santa. A survey*by Citation of 650 UK-based businesses revealed that nearly all (95%) of respondents don’t have a policy in place that sets out what is and isn’t appropriate for the gift giving exercise. The lack of framework means that potential...

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10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019
Dec11

10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019

Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price From gender pay gap reporting to widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment, 2018 has been a busy year in employment law. Although employers may hope for a quieter 2019, it’s looking likely that there will be a number of issues that are prevalent throughout the year, amid the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit. Below are just ten changes employers need to look out...

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Half of apprentices are in debt and one in five ends up out of work
Dec11

Half of apprentices are in debt and one in five ends up out of work

Almost half of apprentices are in debt (47 per cent) and one in five of those who finished their apprenticeship in the past two years is now out of work, which shows that high numbers of apprenticeships are failing, according to a new Young Women’s Trust report, ‘The real cost of an apprenticeship: are young women paying the price?’. The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, surveyed 508 current or recent apprentices...

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Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business
Dec11

Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business

Guest Blog By David Lloyd. CEO of PostBeyond Social media; it’s used to stay up to date with news and communicate with friends and family. Social media is also used by many businesses as a marketing tool for their brand(s). The likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are growing each day and they have become a fundamental way businesses connect with their customers. Every second of every day, on average, 6,000 Tweets are sent. That’s...

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The key to preventing new year staff departures
Dec11

The key to preventing new year staff departures

The secret to avoiding resignations in the new year rush for jobs has been revealed. According to a survey of 1,096 UK employees carried out by bonus and incentives provider One4allRewards.co.uk, bosses who give out bonuses in December are less likely to see staff being poached or looking elsewhere. Almost 1 in 2 workers (46%) said having received a bonus or gift from their boss recently would prevent them from looking for a new job....

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Two-thirds of 18-35 year old workers have career wanderlust
Dec07

Two-thirds of 18-35 year old workers have career wanderlust

More than two-thirds (68%) of the UK’s 18-35 workers have career wanderlust and want to travel more internationally with their job, according to new research. A survey of 1,000 people, carried out by Europe’s number one sports retailer, Decathlon, found that although 55% of 18-35 year-olds have travelled internationally for work at least three times in the past year – some as many as seven times – just 32% were satisfied with...

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The importance of adapting and connecting in the workplace
Dec07

The importance of adapting and connecting in the workplace

Guest Blog by Helen Studzinski, Regional Client Manager,  Insights Learning & Development “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are,” Anaïs Nin once wrote. One place where it is especially apparent that people hold different perspectives of the world and themselves is in the workplace. By learning to view the world through different perspectives, and being open to adjusting our behaviour, each of us can better adapt,...

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How to achieve a good work-life balance
Dec05

How to achieve a good work-life balance

With almost a third of UK workers feeling that they have a poor work-life balance, it’s becoming an important issue to address. Not only does it affect our relationships and home life happiness, but it can also take its toll on our mental health. Read on as we investigate the best way to manage a good work-life balance and take some tips from other countries. The current situation The general consensus appears to be the adults in the...

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