Don’t Rest on GDPR Laurels – Five Strategies for Keeping the Business Compliant and Thriving
Aug21

Don’t Rest on GDPR Laurels – Five Strategies for Keeping the Business Compliant and Thriving

The leadership role played by HR departments in the race towards GDPR compliance was critical, but it’s only the beginning By Ian Osborne, Vice President UK & Ireland, Shred-it May was a harrowing month for many businesses as they scrambled to get compliant with the new GDPR legislation, and much of that effort continued after the deadline. The HR department of UK companies felt particularly keenly the additional strain thanks to...

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Specialist motor insurer ERS celebrates successful recruitment drive
Aug21

Specialist motor insurer ERS celebrates successful recruitment drive

ERS – the UK’s largest specialist motor insurer – is celebrating the success of its recruitment drive event, which took place on Saturday 4th August. Held in its Swansea office, the event saw over 150 people attend and submit job applications, with a large number of attendees coming from Virgin Media, following confirmation that the company will close its Swansea office with the loss of up to 800 jobs. Current and former Virgin Media...

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New data reveals huge digital HR skills gap
Aug17

New data reveals huge digital HR skills gap

New research from HR consultants AdviserPlus has revealed that 76% of HR professionals believe there is a shortage of digital talent within the industry.   The survey, which asked 200 HR professionals their opinions about the concept of digital HR, found there was an apparent skill gap in HR staff comfortable with using technology.   Only 6% of those surveyed believed their department’s digital capability could be considered “expert”,...

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Listen up employers! Here are the workplace benefits generation Z crave
Aug17

Listen up employers! Here are the workplace benefits generation Z crave

– Post Millennial Generation Z value perks more than any other age group Yet only 38% expect to receive workplace perks Having your birthday off work and flexi-time cited as the top benefits Annual events like Xmas parties are least attractive to this demographic To mark a fresh wave of Generation Z graduates entering the workforce for the first time this summer, new research has revealed what businesses can offer to attract and...

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How to handle sick days
Aug16

How to handle sick days

Written by Sarah Musgrove, Editor in Chief, Brighter Business Unfortunately sick days are an unavoidable part of running a business. Having absent employees can feel like productivity and performance stall. Whilst sick leave can cause some days of reduced outputs and overall efficiency, it is actually better for businesses in the long run to encourage staff to take the time off for their health. It is a worrying trend that the average...

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Liar, liar – How blockchain will stop lying on CVs
Aug16

Liar, liar – How blockchain will stop lying on CVs

By Peter Van Ostaeyen, business consultant and blockchain specialist at SD Worx “Employees are a company’s greatest asset”. It’s an often used phrase and rings true for businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries. As former CEO of Xerox, Anne M. Mulcahy – who uttered these immortal words – knows a thing or two about the importance of people within an organisation, and the positive impact the right employees can...

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How to overcome the challenges of buying global benefits – Tips from Punter Southall Health & Protection
Aug16

How to overcome the challenges of buying global benefits – Tips from Punter Southall Health & Protection

The many challenges employers face buying global benefits for expat employees, particularly, global medical insurance, were discussed at Punter Southall Health & Protection’s recent Global Employee Benefits Masterclass held in London in association with Expat Academy, the UK’s leading Global Mobility training and networking organisation. Tristan Cleaver, Managing Consultant International, Punter Southall Health and...

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The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses
Aug16

The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses

By Daniel Kasmir, Chief Human Resources Officer, NGA Human Resources  Performance-based appraisals have traditionally been an effective tool to measure employee competence in the corporate environment. Organisations across many industries have traditionally relied on conventional appraisal processes to determine employee performance. In today’s agile and fast moving atmosphere, however, they are increasingly seen as rigid and...

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The ageing workforce: you can teach an old dog new tricks
Aug15

The ageing workforce: you can teach an old dog new tricks

Research on wellbeing in the workplace, ‘The Wellbeing Agenda’, shows the top challenge for employers and HR managers is the effect of the ageing workforce – but why is this having such an impact on organisations? Laura Matthews, Workplace Wellbeing Consultant at Barnett Waddingham, looks at how the ageing population is affecting UK businesses and how HR decision makers can support employees through this stage of their lives....

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We don’t need no education- Jobs without a degree can pay more than £50,000
Aug15

We don’t need no education- Jobs without a degree can pay more than £50,000

Students worrying about their A-Level results need not panic as figures from the world’s largest job site Indeed show many well-paid roles don’t need a degree Ethical hackers typically earn more than double the national average salary Nearly a third of graduates earn less than those who completed an apprenticeship ​​The top-paying jobs for those without a degree include management positions, chefs and even pilots The myth that not...

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The key element to retain employees for the long-term
Aug14

The key element to retain employees for the long-term

By Matt Weston, UK Managing Director at Robert Half UK In today’s skills crisis, every organisation in the UK is fighting a war to secure the best candidates. In a candidate-short market, it can be a struggle to source, interview and hire the best talent. But the task doesn’t end there – it’s critical that the employee starts their new career in the best way possible. This process is more important than it sounds. Too many business...

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Businesses ‘could boost income by thousands’ through solar technology
Aug14

Businesses ‘could boost income by thousands’ through solar technology

Almost three-quarters of businesses employing Yorkshire workers are missing out on up to tens of thousands of pounds by not using solar panels, a poll has suggested. In a survey of employees living in Yorkshire carried out by YES Energy Solutions, 73% of the region’s workers reported that their employer fails to use renewable solar energy to power their business, while just 9.5% said their workplace has solar panels installed. Of the...

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Phone calls are dead: We’re all just too embarrassed
Aug10

Phone calls are dead: We’re all just too embarrassed

Data shows that voice phone calls are down for the first time in history New survey reveals we find talking on the phone embarassing, stress about having to think on the spot and hate interrupting other A new report from Ofcom (published today) reveals that the total number of voice calls have fallen for the first time, yet with Brits checking their phones an average of once every 12 minutes it seems we’re more reliant on our mobiles...

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‘Switching off’ over the summer holiday period
Aug10

‘Switching off’ over the summer holiday period

Why taking time to detach from work should not just be saved for a summer holiday Steelcase, experts in people at work, has researched how space and design elements can influence productivity rates and wellbeing amongst the workforce. Despite there being a lot of commentary on the importance of switching off whilst on holiday, Steelcase has found that, in order to truly secure a productive and mentally sound workforce all year-round,...

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Social Media Policies: paper tigers or simply misunderstood?
Aug10

Social Media Policies: paper tigers or simply misunderstood?

Latest findings suggest UK companies still falling short of regulating social media in the workplace. Almost a third (30%) of UK companies STILL don’t have social media policies in place, leaving them open to issues such as reputation damage and reduced productivity. When these findings are positioned against the 32% of employees that didn’t know whether their company had a social media policy, we discover that a massive 62% of...

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