Does exercise make you more productive?
Oct13

Does exercise make you more productive?

Earlier this year, research by Opus Energy asked SME business owners and decision makers how they maintained focus and energy throughout the day. Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost a quarter (24.7%) of respondents said they relied on caffeine as a pick me up, whereas less than 1% said they went to the gym on their lunch hour.   Separate research from CABA also found that people who are more active during the working day experience a...

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Report shows that women make up two-thirds of underpaid workers
Oct13

Report shows that women make up two-thirds of underpaid workers

A report by the Low Pay Commission has found that women make up the majority of workers whose employers fail to pay them the minimum wage, with figures showing that almost two thirds of underpaid workers are female. The study also found that women are the least likely to complain about being underpaid. Commenting on the report, Chair of the Low Pay Commission Bryan Sanderson said:   “The Low Pay Commission has always had a strong...

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Lack of time, low self‐esteem and uninspiring bosses stopping Brits from exercising at work
Oct13

Lack of time, low self‐esteem and uninspiring bosses stopping Brits from exercising at work

61 per cent of UK employees say their employer doesn’t encourage them to lead an active lifestyle1  Lack of time (26 per cent) during lunch break, low self‐esteem (22 per cent) and embarrassment around poor fitness (25 per cent) are key barriers to employees exercising at work On National Fitness Day (27th September) AXA PPP healthcare is urging employers to push back their working day by one hour to enable the nation’s workforce to...

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2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch
Oct13

2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch

High workloads means 65% of UK staff can’t relax Over two thirds of UK employees are working unpaid over lunches because of heavy workloads and manager expectations, according to a new survey from office supply specialist Viking.   Of the 1,500 office workers surveyed, many employees felt “they were expected to” work through breaks, “wanted to look busy” for managers and 38% simply said they had “too much work” to fit in to...

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31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job
Oct12

31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job

With starting salaries set to rise by just 1.4% in the year ahead, research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK has revealed half (50%) of UK employees are satisfied with their salaries and feel they are paid fairly given their efforts and achievements at work. In a sign that it’s not just salary that’s important in the workplace, over a third (37%) would be open to re-evaluating their salary expectations in the hunt for their...

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Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees
Oct12

Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, is calling on British businesses to work with her to tackle the ‘barriers’ individuals from black and ethnic minority backgrounds face in the workplace. The Labour MP has urged companies to ‘reflect the diversity of society’ and change their culture – suggesting BAME individuals face obstacles in their careers just because of the ‘colour’ of their skin. The newly...

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A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one
Oct12

A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one

New research reveals impact of UK’s bereavement leave provisions www.cpjfield.co.uk New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in 10 took just one day away from the workplace to grieve.   This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has...

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Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination
Oct12

Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination

A new report by Young Women’s Trust shows that under-25s are missing out on between £820 and £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the legal ‘National Living Wage’. The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that more than a million young people are being paid as much as £3.45 an hour less for doing the same jobs as older workers, despite having the same responsibilities and the same outgoings. Over the...

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What does it really take to become an effective HR leader?
Oct12

What does it really take to become an effective HR leader?

With so many buzz words constantly flying around in the world of Human Resources, it can be difficult to define exactly what it takes to become an effective HR leader. Is it an ability to engage, empower and inspire ownership? Or, when it comes to C-suite impact, is there more to it? Oliver Shaw, CEO of Cascade HR, shares insight from the boardroom of his own business and that of clients… Annual industry surveys and ongoing pulse...

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Can psychometric testing help you hire the right person?
Oct12

Can psychometric testing help you hire the right person?

From calming a bag of nerves to avoiding cliched questions, interviewing is not an easy process. But it’s still the best shot most employers have at finding new employees. To ensure that he gets the most out of interviews, Rod Lloyd, Managing Director of Neath based company Low Cost Vans, also uses psychometric testing as part of the process.     If a candidate gets through the first interview, they’ll be contacted before...

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Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance
Oct12

Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance

21 per cent of employees are worried they’re not taken seriously due to their age, with women notably more concerned than men (25 per cent to 17 per cent of men). Almost half (43 per cent) of 16-24 year olds feared judgement 16 per cent of women feel held back by their gender 42 per cent of HR Directors prioritise output over employee wellbeing, highlighting employee struggle New research from CABA, the charity that supports the...

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Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday
Oct12

Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday

We’re getting technical this week, because something big has happened in the world of HR and it’s possible you might not have noticed, because I didn’t until it was brought to my attention yesterday.   The case of Dudley Metropolitan Council v Willets & Others appears to have brought into focus a long-standing legal blur on the topology of holiday and holiday pay. It has always been established in law that “guaranteed...

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Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap
Oct10

Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap

  By Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep The UK’s productivity challenge is widely accepted and debated. And with good reason; recent ONS data found a gap of 16 percent with other G7 countries. In basic terms, productivity means output per hour worked. The ONS found that, while all G7 member countries experienced slumps since the late 2000s, the impact was far greater in the UK – double, in fact.  ...

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Londoners are the poorest workers in Britain
Oct09

Londoners are the poorest workers in Britain

  … despite earning the highest average salary in the UK UK professionals working in the city of London are officially the poorest workers in Britain, according to research conducted by the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library . This is despite the fact that Londoners continue to earn the highest average salary in the UK.     Based on new roles advertised in Q3 2017, the job site revealed that the average...

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The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud
Oct09

The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud

Guest Blog from I Screen You Screen (www.iscreenyouscreen.com):   With the skills gap widening for UK businesses, it seems HR departments and recruiters are willing to take more and more risks in an attempt to fill vacancies. One avoidable risk however is reference checking of candidates to ensure details of the individual’s history can be checked. However, one survey suggests only a third of employers carry out these...

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