Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!
Dec13

Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!

I will burn in Hell for the title of this blog, I realize.  But there’s a common and not-entirely-inaccurate idea that HR is the fun police, generally, and it’s something that comes out in particular at Christmas because of the one event that all HR professionals look to with equal parts anticipation and dread: the office Christmas Party. Ah.  Perhaps you knew that HR staff dread the Christmas Party, but maybe you didn’t know that we...

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Employers Struggle to Retain Talent But Less Than One in Ten Business Owners Think Training Staff is Important
Dec05

Employers Struggle to Retain Talent But Less Than One in Ten Business Owners Think Training Staff is Important

The Esme SME Study 2017 delves into the business challenges and priorities of SMEs   Esme’s SME Study 2017 revealed that more than one in five (22%) of SME owners are struggling to hire and retain the right employees, with one in ten admitting they do not know how to retain staff. Also, more than a third (35%) of business owners believe the UK’s current economic climate will negatively impact their business looking forward...

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Race to cash in pension pots could spell retirement disaster
Nov16

Race to cash in pension pots could spell retirement disaster

Bumper pension scheme transfer values are luring thousands of individuals to cash-in their final salary pension pots – also known as defined benefit (DB) schemes – which could spell disaster for their retirement plans.   Individuals are being offered lump sums worth anything up to 40 times the value of the annual pension payment that they would receive if they remained in their defined benefit (DB) pension.  ...

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Research Puts Spotlight on Untapped Productivity Potential of Seven Million UK Workers
Nov16

Research Puts Spotlight on Untapped Productivity Potential of Seven Million UK Workers

23% of UK employees say they feel ‘unproductive’ at work, rising to 28% of Generation Z[1] employees, research for Vodafone has found Creating a ‘digital workplace’ by connecting people, processes and information with technology offers a key to unlocking UK’s productivity potential     New research for Vodafone reveals that nearly a quarter (23%) of UK employees rate themselves as ‘unproductive’ at work, equating to seven million...

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From Professionalism to personality…The evolution of HR assessment from the 1980s to the future
Nov16

From Professionalism to personality…The evolution of HR assessment from the 1980s to the future

Today, the biggest challenge for HR professionals is measuring and predicting personality – the most sustainable asset for business success. In terms of accuracy, today’s personality tests are three times better than a job interview, and they will only get more sophisticated in the future. Even so, most corporations are still using unreliable, biased methods for personnel decisions.     Why start from the ‘80s? In the 1980s,...

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Personalised Business Travel is Key to Recruitment and Retention
Nov16

Personalised Business Travel is Key to Recruitment and Retention

Over a third (38%) of global professionals would actively pursue a new job if it offered more business travel; Architects and Management Consultants top the list Business travel is even more of a motivator for the millennial employee – 46% would pursue a new job for more travel and 37% accepted their job because of it Almost half (45%) value the ability to blend business travel with leisure activities over more traditional workplace...

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Robey’s Blog: How not to leave your employer
Nov16

Robey’s Blog: How not to leave your employer

Just so we’re clear: I’m not leaving my employer.  I know my boss occasionally checks in on this blog, so I thought I should get that out of the way. But people do leave employers quite often.  In fact, everyone leaves eventually, one way or the other, so why are we so reluctant to talk about it and why, when it happens, do so many people seem to get it wrong? So here are my favourite stupid ways to leave your employer: The Secret...

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Survey Reveals Shocking Antics That Happen At The Office Christmas Party
Nov10

Survey Reveals Shocking Antics That Happen At The Office Christmas Party

  A recent survey reveals who the rowdiest and wildest departments are at the office Christmas party, surprising regrets from office workers and top tips to give yourself before yours. Along with shocking confessions and further surprising statistics, this research will certainly prepare any office worker for the much-anticipated work Christmas party!     UK online printer, instantprint, recently conducted research in which...

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Personalised Business Travel is Key to Recruitment and Retention
Nov10

Personalised Business Travel is Key to Recruitment and Retention

Over a third (38%) of global professionals would actively pursue a new job if it offered more business travel; Architects and Management Consultants top the list Business travel is even more of a motivator for the millennial employee – 46% would pursue a new job for more travel and 37% accepted their job because of it Almost half (45%) value the ability to blend business travel with leisure activities over more traditional workplace...

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Why anywhere-anytime learning will be the key to a successful workforce
Nov10

Why anywhere-anytime learning will be the key to a successful workforce

Recent advancements around automation as well as an increasingly flexible workforce has led to a departure from the traditional employment model. Whilst previous generations have spent their working lives enveloped in the security of a more linear career path – stemming from a period of focused study such as an apprenticeship – we are now seeing a significant step away from the ‘job for life’ mentality. Currently people...

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Rules for employee retention
Nov10

Rules for employee retention

Guest Blog from Kathleen McLeary – HR Manager, Blue Logic (www.bluelogic.co.uk) In business, time and budgets are often tight, and focusing on employee satisfaction gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. But maintaining a happy, motivated and loyal workforce is key to running a successful business. Securing top talent is hard enough, but keeping them on board is the real challenge. It is important to realise that your employees...

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Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously
Nov09

Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.   What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other...

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Tripwire Survey: 72 Percent of Security Professionals Say Soft Skills Need Has Increased
Nov09

Tripwire Survey: 72 Percent of Security Professionals Say Soft Skills Need Has Increased

Organizations want non-security functions like IT operations, risk management and compliance to get more involved in cybersecurity   Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research that looked at the need for soft skills in cybersecurity. The survey was conducted in July, and its...

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Holiday Hack: More Than Double Your Holiday Leave in 2018
Nov09

Holiday Hack: More Than Double Your Holiday Leave in 2018

  Most employees in the UK are entitled to around 28 days of paid leave annually, but with some strategic planning you can more than double your leave in 2018! According to Instant Offices here’s how:   By carefully planning your leave, around bank holidays and weekends, in the upcoming year you can maximise your time off without having to use all your official leave days.     Maximise Your Holiday Leave in 2018...

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New Research Reveals Four Different Types of CTO- Which One Are You?
Nov09

New Research Reveals Four Different Types of CTO- Which One Are You?

A new report by global cloud services company Access Alto has revealed the four different types of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).   Whilst the nature of the role often varies greatly from company to company, the firm has identified four broad categories:   Infrastructure Commander: Charged with overseeing the data, security, maintenance and network for a company.  Implements the business’s technical strategy, but doesn’t...

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