How to create a good communications plan
Mar26

How to create a good communications plan

How to create a good communications plan for your benefits The working environment, by nature, is ever-changing. As a result, business’ ability to effectively deliver communications about their benefits schemes can be challenged. How do you engage with every employee? Today, with multi-generational work forces the new norm and the demand for flexible working steadily rising, your internal benefits communications need to be smart,...

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A parents salary across the UK
Mar26

A parents salary across the UK

A parent’s work is never done, is often a term a child hears throughout their lifetime following the picking up of socks, school runs, homework proofing and best friend fallouts. To support that statement, Funky Pigeon have looked into eight ‘jobs’ that are embraced when one enters the world of parenting; cooking, cleaning, taxi-ing, caring, nursing, organising, educating and emotional supporting. With these eight roles taken on by a...

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Workers under 30 most likely to suffer from stress and poor mental health during winter
Mar25

Workers under 30 most likely to suffer from stress and poor mental health during winter

The end of winter may be in sight, but its effect on mental wellbeing – especially in younger workers – could have a lasting impact for the rest of the year, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. Over half (55%) of workers under 30 are more stressed than usual during the winter months, compared to half (49%) of all employees. One in three (29%) younger workers are also more likely to be depressed during the...

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Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community
Mar25

Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community

Guest blog by AnthonySherick, MD of ContractorUK Yesterday it was announced that presenter Lorraine Kelly has defeated HMRC in the latest IR35 ruling over a £1.2m tax bill. The judge ruled that she was not employed by ITV, but rather performs as her“chatty” TV persona. Lorraine Kelly received the national insurance and income tax bill from HMRC in 2016 claiming she was an employee of ITV and so fell under the umbrella of IR35...

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77% feel the UK job market is stagnating with Brexit uncertainty
Mar22

77% feel the UK job market is stagnating with Brexit uncertainty

Organisational change experts reveal one in four candidates are nervous to leave their current roles, and organisations may be putting hiring on hold As the deadline for Brexit approaches and ambiguity around what this means increases, research from People and Change experts Connor.co.uk reveals that 77 percent of UK workers feel the recruitment market is stagnating – citing a combination of one in four candidates being nervous to...

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Is it time to leave your job? Take the test
Mar22

Is it time to leave your job? Take the test

Are you having thoughts about a new job? Do you love your role but your boss is giving you a tough time at the moment? Or maybe you love your boss but the workload is affecting your stress levels? Sometimes, you need to stick it out, take on some new responsibilities, or the opportunity to change roles within an organisation. But it’s not always that easy, and making the difficult decision to move on is the only way to improve the...

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Brits too proud to ask for career advice
Mar21

Brits too proud to ask for career advice

Michael Page, the global recruitment specialist, has today unveiled new research, which reveals almost half of Brits (45 percent) have never asked for career advice, with one in 10 (10 percent) saying this is because they simply wouldn’t know who to ask. The research comes as Michael Page launches the Career Chats podcast, a new series featuring a range of well-known figures discussing their careers, skills and lessons learned, while...

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Brexit drives risk and compliance to the top of the people agenda for UK businesses, survey finds
Mar21

Brexit drives risk and compliance to the top of the people agenda for UK businesses, survey finds

More than half (57%) of UK businesses say governance, risk, and compliance are the biggest challenges to their workforce planning in the coming 12 months, according to new research by business analytics and modelling company, Concentra Analytics. The survey of over 400 HR and finance decision makers in the UK and US found that risk and compliance are far higher up the agenda of UK businesses than in the US (41%), which also face trade...

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Employers underestimating the impact of poor employee financial wellbeing
Mar21

Employers underestimating the impact of poor employee financial wellbeing

Working with renowned corporate wellbeing expert Dr Cary Cooper, new research from Close Brothers reveals that employers are underestimating the impact of poor employee financial wellbeing in the workplace. While 88% of employers think that their employees worry about money, just a third (30%) think money worries impact their staff while at work. However, the reality on the ground is very different. Three quarters (73%) of employees...

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How Can Recruitment Marketing Impact Business Growth?
Mar20

How Can Recruitment Marketing Impact Business Growth?

Guest blog by Adrian Cernat, CEO and co-founder Smart Dreamers Let’s say you’re a scrappy young startup. You’ve got an innovative product and a dedicated team. While you’re certainly not working out of your friend’s garage anymore, you’re still in a pretty small, bare-bones office space without too many frills—which is just as well,because there aren’t too many people around to appreciate those frills. This is all well and good...

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Work-Life Balance Doesn’t Have to be Such an Elusive Employee Experience Goal
Mar20

Work-Life Balance Doesn’t Have to be Such an Elusive Employee Experience Goal

Patrick Van Der Mijl, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Speakap Did you know 53 percent of workers believe their health is impaired by their workplace? That’s both alarming and unfortunate. It’s not the kind of problem that can be fixed with a single solution or quick fix. It requires a comprehensive,multi-pronged approach from companies and their HR departments. If this approach is undertaken from a holistic level and spans the...

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5 ways to make your HR team more resilient to employment law challenges
Mar19

5 ways to make your HR team more resilient to employment law challenges

Resilience is a word becoming so frequently used in the workplace that it has almost lost its meaning. But once defined and understood – as a robustness to recover from difficult situations – HR teams will be far better equipped to be more resilient in 2019, particularly when it comes to the myriad of challenges posed by evolving employment legislation. Here, Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law, shares her 5 ways to develop that...

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Conversational Marketing – Set Expectations with Online/Offline Hours
Mar19

Conversational Marketing – Set Expectations with Online/Offline Hours

Welcome messages are designed to appear on your website when your team is online and available to chat. Of course, that’s not always going to be the case. Marketers and salespeople need to sleep,and unless you set up a chatbot, managing messaging 24 hours a day can be a struggle, especially for smaller companies. That’s why it’s important to establish online and offline hours when using messaging—so you can make it clear to visitors...

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Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR
Mar18

Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR

Guest blog by Fiona McKee, Head of Human Resources at SD Worx UK & Ireland  Freelancers have been hitting the headlines in recent months due to the Government tightening tax legislation in what is the likely to be the biggest compliance race since GDPR. But, what does it mean for non-permanent workers?    The issue at hand The issue all boils down to a tax framework referred to as IR35 and the...

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How Paid Maternity Leave Differs Around the World
Mar18

How Paid Maternity Leave Differs Around the World

Flexible working hours, extended maternity leave, breastfeeding rooms, free education and free healthcare are just a few of the ways that some countries build the best working environments for mothers. Laws in some European countries allow women to take dozens of weeks of paid leave – however, the United States doesn’t guarantee them any.   The US doesn’t have a law that specifically covers parental leave. There...

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