Out of Office on! – Preparing your workforce for the summer holidays
Jul19

Out of Office on! – Preparing your workforce for the summer holidays

With the summer holidays fast approaching, businesses often feel the pinch at this time of year. Companies are faced with the challenge of negotiating their team’s summer holidays whilst ensuring the minimum amount of disruption; summer really does make some companies ‘hot under the collar.’ How to prepare your staff for the summer 1 – Re-allocating staff Some members of the team may be willing to step into another role or cover in a...

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Why we need to dump the CV in recruiting
Jul19

Why we need to dump the CV in recruiting

By Peter Gold, Principal Consultant at Cornerstone OnDemand Twenty years ago, the CV was considered one of the quickest and most convenient ways to gather information on potential candidates. Even now, it allows hiring managers to easily differentiate between candidates based on their education background, work experience and out-of-work activities. But despite the digital evolution and organisations’ growing demand for skilled...

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Putting AI in its Place – Artificial Intelligence Should Be Part of the Recruiting Process, But it Can’t Replace the Human Touch, According to Korn Ferry Survey
Jul19

Putting AI in its Place – Artificial Intelligence Should Be Part of the Recruiting Process, But it Can’t Replace the Human Touch, According to Korn Ferry Survey

As big data and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to transform the recruiting industry, a new survey by Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows that professionals have less trust in AI than in human recruiters. While nearly three quarters of those surveyed (72 percent) said AI should be used during the recruitment process, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said it wouldn’t be fair if AI alone chose who should be interviewed without the input...

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Staff clocking ‘phantom hours’ costing UK businesses  £37 million a week
Jul19

Staff clocking ‘phantom hours’ costing UK businesses £37 million a week

Outdated scheduling tools leaving staff disgruntled and businesses out of pocket A survey1 by Rotaready today reveals that shift workers in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries overstate their working hours by almost half an hour a week on average. With a combined workforce of 8.3 million2, these ‘phantom hours’ cost UK businesses a staggering £37m each week, or £1.9bn annually3. This matters, when high street giants like...

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The UK’s pet friendly office
Jul18

The UK’s pet friendly office

– British pet owners are spending an average of £143 furnishing and decorating their office space for pets – 1 in 10 (9%) dedicate a space in the office for their pets UK PET owners are kitting out their office space to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research. A survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, revealed that British pet owners spend an average...

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What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK
Jul17

What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK

Guest Blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price   The 98 page ‘Brexit blueprint’ outlines the UK Government’s suggestion for the future relationship between the UK and EU. Whilst the suggested provisions are still to be negotiated and confirmed, the paper serves to confirm a number of areas within employment law that have been previously announced.   Already being considerably ahead of many Member States’ domestic...

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My hips don’t lie
Jul13

My hips don’t lie

Forget office slides and ping pong tables, employee engagement should be about relationships and long-term enrichment. Employers are doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things in the name of employee engagement. US tech giant Google with its “chief happiness officer” and slides installed between office floors to make moving around more “fun” is a case in point. In a bid to unleash creative energy and boost motivation, I have heard...

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1 in 2 millennials plan to leave their job within 2 years
Jul13

1 in 2 millennials plan to leave their job within 2 years

Millennials make up a significant proportion of young professionals in the workforce and are already emerging as senior leaders in many industries. There does still seem to be a negative stigma attached to this generation, with older generations labelling them as entitled and lazy. Something that won’t help millennials shake this stigma is the latest news based around the thoughts that millennials have, on their current state of...

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A real pain in the…back
Jul13

A real pain in the…back

If you suffer the misery of an aching back, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is the world’s biggest cause of disability, with approximately 540 million people struggling globally. Whether it’s repetitive strain injury, carrying a bag that is too heavy, or simply sitting for a long period of time at your desk, it can be crippling. Modern life doesn’t lend itself to having a healthy back. Over the past five years, Google Trends...

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Why Wellness in the Workplace Matters
Jul10

Why Wellness in the Workplace Matters

We spend one third of our lives at work1 and the rest of the time trying to squeeze in seeing friends and family, hobbies and relaxing. When we are at work, we frequently face stress or anxiety, or see it in others. It’s no surprise then, that wellness in the workplace is becoming a key area of focus for employers. In 2016/2017, an estimated12.5 million working days were ‘lost’ in the UK due to work-related stress, depression or...

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Office wall murals, are they the next innovative way to motivate staff?
Jul10

Office wall murals, are they the next innovative way to motivate staff?

Gone are the days of the boring, drab, depressing, office. With more research being put into the art of productivity, it would seem that ideas to get the most out of staff- while keeping them happy, have ranged from office workouts, right through to the colour of the walls. One particular method proving to be popular with business owners and employers at the moment, is to create an office wall mural. A mural traditionally, is a piece...

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Skills shortage top fear for UK financial services
Jul10

Skills shortage top fear for UK financial services

New research shows issues that are keeping financial services directors awake at night Tightened regulatory controls, new business processes and employee training are key worries, say financial services directors Nearly half (49%) of senior leaders in the financial services sector see finding skilled candidates as the biggest worry over the next twelve months, new research from Robert Half Financial Services has revealed. The survey...

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Employees at large organisations take three times as many sick days as staff at micro firms
Jul10

Employees at large organisations take three times as many sick days as staff at micro firms

Research* from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, shows that employers with over 250 employees are more likely to have a significant absence issue among staff. According to HR decision makers: Companies with over 250 employees have the highest absence rates – averaging 7.5 days per year. Micro businesses with between 1-9 staff only see their staff take an average of 2.8 days...

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Healthcare missing out on operational benefits due to inefficiencies in information retrieval, research reveals
Jun25

Healthcare missing out on operational benefits due to inefficiencies in information retrieval, research reveals

New research by TeleWare, a leading communication technology business, has revealed that healthcare and pharmaceutical businesses are missing out on operational benefits due to inefficiencies in information retrieval. The healthcare sector is in the midst of a digital transformation. Increasing numbers of employees are operating in a digital capacity using mobile voice, SMS and video consultations through the likes of Skype for...

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Almost half of companies struggle to find skilled workers
Jun25

Almost half of companies struggle to find skilled workers

49% of businesses are struggling to find staff with the right skills for the job Openness to new ideas, openness to change and communication skills are top attributes companies will look for in 2018 UK skills shift as organisations digitise and automate operations Digitisation and automation are driving significant change in the skills businesses look for in professionals, according to recruitment specialist Robert Half UK.   Almost...

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