Half of Brits Want Compassionate Leave for Pet Loss
Nov13

Half of Brits Want Compassionate Leave for Pet Loss

Half of pet-owning Brits (50%) believe dog and cat owners should be given compassionate leave from work, if their pet passes away and 89% believe the death of a canine or feline companion is just as difficult to handle as the passing of a loved one. These are the findings of a survey by pet website Wamiz.co.uk, ahead of National Grief Awareness Week 2019 (December 2 to 8), that should make HR departments and business owners pause for...

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Nearly 70% of UK construction companies putting the safety of their workers at risk
Nov13

Nearly 70% of UK construction companies putting the safety of their workers at risk

UK construction companies are putting the future of their organisation and the safety of their staff at risk, after a new study has found that 67% of 2,000 construction firms admit that they would fail a formal ‘on the spot’ Health & Safety Executive (HSE) site inspection – or they ‘might scrape through’ – because of internal failings in recording and maintaining accurate, up-to-date health and safety...

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Over 2.5 million households receive inaccurate utility bills
Nov12

Over 2.5 million households receive inaccurate utility bills

More than 2.5 million households are being unfairly charged for their utilities it has been revealed, after new research found that over 9% of customers received inaccurate bills in the last year. The figures are highlighted in The Secrets of Better Billing, a study commissioned by utility billing software business Echo Managed Services, creator of Aptumo and RapidXtra. The company surveyed 1,000 UK households and found that 9.3%...

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Lawyer warns bereavement in the workplace is not a ‘one size fits all’ rule
Nov12

Lawyer warns bereavement in the workplace is not a ‘one size fits all’ rule

A leading law firm has warned employers that dealing with grief in the workplace needs to be sensitively handled and is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  Vanessa Bell, employment partner at Ipswich-based law firm Prettys, explains that while there is little legislation surrounding staff needing compassionate leave following a bereavement, employers need to handle every situation individually and in a sympathetic way. “There...

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The importance of communicating your boundaries to resilience
Nov12

The importance of communicating your boundaries to resilience

Blog by Angela Armstrong, author of The Resilience Club By definition, a boundary is something we deem to be OK or not OK for us and these play a key role in shaping our life rules and decision-making. Managing the demands on our time is a core skill for managing our resilience. A lack of boundaries can quickly lead to overwork and burnout but if we take the time to assess each request at the source, we become more deliberate about...

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Recruiters must leverage their expertise to help close disability employment gap
Nov12

Recruiters must leverage their expertise to help close disability employment gap

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has urged recruiters to leverage their expertise to help close the disability employment gap following insight which revealed that this has decreased by just 7% over the last 20 years. In its analysis of recruitment trends from the last two decades, APSCo, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, found that engaging disabled workers is far behind where it...

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The great equality challenge
Nov12

The great equality challenge

Andrea Rowe, Principal Consultant, People & Organisational Development at Civica How can we make sure we build diverse and inclusive workplaces for everyone in society? Andrea Rowe, Civica’s Principal Consultant, People & Organisational Development explores the issues and opportunities which face us all. By the year 2025, it’s estimated that 75% of the global workforce will be made up of millennials, meaning this group will be...

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The Top Trends the Talent Pool Want in Your Business
Nov11

The Top Trends the Talent Pool Want in Your Business

People are a major contributing factor to any company’s success, and employers are always looking at how to hire talented employees to give their business more of an edge. According to CV-Library, HR professionals are saying today’s job market is 90% candidate-driven, which means that as an employer, you don’t choose talent – talent chooses you. Taking in account LinkedIn’s top hiring trends of the year, Lucinda Pullinger, Global...

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General Election 2019: What do employers need to know?
Nov11

General Election 2019: What do employers need to know?

Advice by Paul Holcroft, Associate Director at HR consultancy, Croner 2019 is shaping up to be another eventful year in the world of politics, with the country heading to the polls on 12th December. The reaction to this announcement has already made political discussions in the workplace near inescapable. While it is natural for employees to discuss current events at the workplace, how far should the political discussions reach? What...

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Mental Health Sick Days: Are young people ignoring their mental health for fear of being labelled a ‘Snowflake’?
Nov11

Mental Health Sick Days: Are young people ignoring their mental health for fear of being labelled a ‘Snowflake’?

Despite the increased openness around mental health, Milkround – the leading graduate job board – has found that workers are still shying away from admitting to their struggles with colleagues.  Exactly half of all UK workers admit to suffering from mental ill health, a figure that alarmingly rises when exploring age ranges. A...

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How HR can support seasoned employers in the digital workplace
Nov11

How HR can support seasoned employers in the digital workplace

Author Nelson Sivalingam, CEO at HowNow Employment rates doubled for those aged 65 years and over between 1993 and 2018, and increased by almost one-third for those aged 50 to 64 year. With the state pension age now at 75, it is clear the UK workforce demographic is shifting as older people remain at work for longer.  As well as these changes, new technologies are influencing the demand for different skills. By 2030, it is predicted...

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Revealed: Small gestures of kindness = big impacts on employee health
Nov11

Revealed: Small gestures of kindness = big impacts on employee health

Small gestures of kindness by employers can have big impacts on employees’ health and work performance, according to new research.[i] “The health and wellbeing of employees make an essential contribution to business success,” explains Leading London Nutritionist Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com). Our experts are here to help with… 8 everyday gestures you can make to create a difference… 1. Celebrate The Positives...

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Hospitality industry can expect to take an extra £20 million in tips over the festive period
Nov08

Hospitality industry can expect to take an extra £20 million in tips over the festive period

As people prepare for weeks of festive cheer, the UK’s 3.2 million hospitality workers are gearing up for the most lucrative “tip season” of the year. New research from Caterer.com, the UK’s biggest hospitality job site, has revealed that the hospitality industry can expect to take an extra £20 million of tips over the festive period as people go out more and are more generous with their money. The research shows tippers are on...

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5 Ways to Build an Effective Remote Team
Nov08

5 Ways to Build an Effective Remote Team

An increasing number of businesses are allowing their staff to work remotely. Some are  choosing to operate without a physical office at all. As technological advances make it easier for employees to perform their roles away from a traditional office, more companies are realising the benefits of this way of working. Staff are happier and more productive, overheads reduce and companies become more eco-friendly as fewer people are...

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Do brands have a duty of care to support inclusivity?
Nov08

Do brands have a duty of care to support inclusivity?

A particular trend has been seen with millennial consumers— they flock to companies that are evidencing there efforts rather than those that are all talk. Powerful mission statements are own thing, but if you fail to put your money where your mouth is you could easily lose your millennial customer base. An active investment in finding solutions to social problems is a millennial priority, both for brands they shop at and brands they...

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