Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures
Jul13

Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures

A quarter of employees working in hazardous job roles believe their employers aren’t doing enough to keep them safe at work. 25% of labourers in manual professions, such as construction, thought their company’s health and safety information didn’t go into enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face, or how to deal with risky situations. Worryingly, the survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over...

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PwC: One in three UK employees are working with anxiety, depression or stress
Jul13

PwC: One in three UK employees are working with anxiety, depression or stress

A third of the UK workforce (34%) may have a health and wellbeing issue, with the most common being anxiety, depression and stress, according to a new PwC study. PwC surveyed 2,000 workers across the UK, from junior level through to managing directors, about their health and wellbeing at work. Nearly a quarter (23%) think their organisation does not take employee wellbeing seriously and more than half (54%) work for companies which do...

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Happiest workers found in start-ups and micro-businesses
Jul13

Happiest workers found in start-ups and micro-businesses

Employees in companies with 9 members of staff or less are most likely to ‘love’ their jobs They are also most likely to take personal pride from the companies’ achievements, and to stay there long term Bigger isn’t always better in business, according to the British workforce, as new research has revealed start-up employees are the most likely to love their jobs. Almost 1 in 3 (31%) of workers in businesses containing a maximum of...

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Do workplace ‘smoking breaks’ breed resentment among non-smokers?
Jul13

Do workplace ‘smoking breaks’ breed resentment among non-smokers?

Most office-based employers, regardless of their industry, have a number of workers who smoke. Their tendency to smoke will often be used as a coping mechanism to handle work-related stress and pressures. Many employers therefore willingly allow workers who smoke to do so whenever they get the urge. Whilst it may seem like a satisfactory arrangement, workers who don’t smoke may feel otherwise – and unmonitored breaks could add...

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One in three LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work
Jul13

One in three LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work

A major new study published by the TUC has found that more than one in three (36%) of LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work. More than 5,000 LGBT people responded to the survey, making it the most comprehensive workplace survey of LGBT people in the UK.  The findings are both shocking and surprising:   Harassment and discrimination: More than one in three (36%) of LGBT workers have been harassed or bullied at work....

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare
Jul13

Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

More than a quarter will pay up to £800 on holiday clubs alone this Summer 41% unaware of legal right to take unpaid parental leave to care for their children 75% have never used unpaid parental leave 61% think unpaid leave should extend to caring for pets as well as children 57% of working parents could be spending up to £1,800 a year unnecessarily on childcare cover after research found that a staggering 41% are unaware of their...

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Jam Sandwiches – the employees you should care about
Jul12

Jam Sandwiches – the employees you should care about

Katrina McMahon at Personal Group explains why HR should be looking after the ‘jam sandwiches’ – and not just at lunchtime! Just when you thought you had got to grips with the Boomers, Gen Xer, Millennials and Gen Z’s, HR experts identified a host of new groups of employees facing very particular challenges in your workforce. Although it can be difficult to keep track sometimes, it is so important for business...

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Robey’s Blog: Health & Safety – Just Say “Yes”!
Jul05

Robey’s Blog: Health & Safety – Just Say “Yes”!

I really much prefer to share with you the direct experiences of my HR career, but occasionally, with a weekly blog, I have to dip more into my expectations, aspirations or suspicions than I can into cold, hard experience.  And this is one of those weeks. I find myself troubled by Health & Safety.  Not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with the Health & Safety of our staff and clients at Age UK Gloucestershire! ...

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Cass CCE report shows charity employers anticipate a major shift towards social investment
Jun29

Cass CCE report shows charity employers anticipate a major shift towards social investment

A new research report, ‘Social investment as a new charity finance tool: using both head and heart’ launched by Cass CCE highlights a major shift in charity funding models away from grants and donations, towards social investment and more borrowing in the next five years. The report was launched at an event at Sarasin & Partners LLP and the findings come from two years of in-depth research involving 120 face-to-face...

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Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals
Jun28

Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals

Organisations that provide staff with a personalised “thank you” gift rather than cash and gift cards are more likely to achieve “excellent” value for money, according to the latest study from the O.C. Tanner Institute. While cash is the most commonly used staff gift, Global HR leaders don’t see it as being that effective at adding value. Instead, personalised gifts such as a meal out, a treat or a symbolic award deliver the greatest...

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Study Reveals British Business Leaders Lack Confidence in Digital Transformation
Jun28

Study Reveals British Business Leaders Lack Confidence in Digital Transformation

Most businesses look to adopt digital business models and deploy new technology, but few British businesses feel like they are best-in-class. A new study conducted by IDC and sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, found that the UK’s business leaders don’t deem themselves ‘top performers’ in digital transformation, compared to confident regions such as...

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Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities
Jun28

Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities

New research by AXA’s global healthcare specialist provider of international medical insurance has revealed that, when asked to give their top reasons for moving abroad, almost a third (30 per cent) of expats said that they relocated for better career opportunities and a quarter (23 per cent) listed increased pay and benefits. A further 15 per cent relocated for an improved work/life balance, while 14 per cent moved for a better...

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Half of HR professionals don’t get away from their desk for lunch
Jun28

Half of HR professionals don’t get away from their desk for lunch

Research from the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that more than half of HR professionals (53%) do not leave their desk for lunch. Just 32% of respondents said that they leave the office for lunch, while 16% left their desk for lunch but stayed in the office. Other findings included: 53% of HR professionals eat lunch at their desk and just a third leave the office at lunch. 58% of HR professionals take 30 minutes...

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54% of business owners admit to being baffled by employment law jargon
Jun27

54% of business owners admit to being baffled by employment law jargon

The modern workplace is awash with clichés, buzzwords and industry jargon, so it is no surprise that they often lead to confusion from business owners. A survey of 250 business owners by Attest market research for HR and employment law specialist Peninsula discovered that 54% of business owners were baffled by employment law jargon with many thinking the human resource management method – Bradford factor – stood for the best...

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