Half of UK workforce don’t know if their company offers shared parental leave
Jun15

Half of UK workforce don’t know if their company offers shared parental leave

47% of HR professionals admit they don’t actively promote shared parental leave 65% think their organisation should offer shared parental leave 46% of UK workers believe employers should promote shared parental leave to encourage men to take the option to aid workplace gender equality Brits least likely to know if their company offers shared parental leave compared to other EU countries New research from global jobs site,...

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How workplace injuries can be reduced through the right office solutions
Jun01

How workplace injuries can be reduced through the right office solutions

Guest Blog by Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director of Cobus   A recent report by Digby Brown Solicitors revealed that a large proportion of the 600,000 or so workplace injuries recorded every year in the UK, can be rooted back to outdated and unsafe office furniture. The statistics found that in the tax year 2016-17, UK workers missed 31.2 million days through medical reasons, costing UK companies around £14.9billion and representing an...

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Employers urged to take employee complaints seriously 
Jun01

Employers urged to take employee complaints seriously 

Employers who believe they have successfully dealt with complaints from employees are being warned they could find the incidents cited in unfair constructive dismissal claims if future incidents occur. Lindsey Knowles, partner at Kirwans law firm said a recent judgement in Kaur-v-Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at the Court of Appeal had confirmed a point of law that, until now, had been unclear. It is well established in...

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Revealed: Brits are spending over £100 Million* a week on lunchtime Meal Deals
Jun01

Revealed: Brits are spending over £100 Million* a week on lunchtime Meal Deals

The average Brit will spend a staggering £10,044¹ on lunchtime meal deals over their working lifetime, according to new research² by short term loan provider Wonga. The research² considers the nation’s attitudes towards supermarket meal deals and lunchtime spending habits. A third of Brits (33%) fork out on a lunchtime meal deal twice a week, with 14% admitting they buy one more than three times a week. When asked which shop they...

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Workers can’t make sense of the spring clean in the office
Jun01

Workers can’t make sense of the spring clean in the office

Only 41% of workers spring cleaned their office this year 44% said they don’t know which tasks are involved with a spring clean 27% said they need help with the spring clean WORKERS have a lack of understanding about the annual spring clean when it comes to their office, new research reveals. A survey of 1,015 UK office workers carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk revealed how only 41% said that...

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Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance
May31

Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance

Guest Blog by Colin Grange, Clinical Director of LifeWorks Supporting carers to stay in work is becoming a major challenge for employers according to the Work and Pensions Committee.  Nine pilot projects it commissioned in 2015 exploring ways to help carers balance employment with caring responsibilities and employer best practice were completed in January this year; we await the published report.    Colin looks at the growing issue...

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What does GDPR mean for employees?
May31

What does GDPR mean for employees?

Guest Blog from Joanna Adams of Darwin Gray The answer is twofold – employee personal data will be collected and processed by virtue of the employment relationship and, in the course of their job, staff may well be responsible for processing the personal data of clients and customers. Most companies and their managerial staff will have been getting to grips with updating data protection policies and procedures and cleansing their data...

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Nation of Workaholics; 40% of UK Employees Take a Maximum Of Half Their Holiday Allowance
May31

Nation of Workaholics; 40% of UK Employees Take a Maximum Of Half Their Holiday Allowance

According to the Office for National Statistics, 3.3 million UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, a rise of a quarter of a million since 2001. The trend towards more work is also being seen in terms of the amount of holiday allowance taken by UK workers. According to a new survey1 from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, two in five UK employees polled (40 percent) reported taking a maximum of just...

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How to improve your employees’ productivity this summer
May31

How to improve your employees’ productivity this summer

The well-being of employees is undoubtedly an important consideration for business owners. Healthy workforces have been found to be considerably more productive, directly enhancing profits, customer satisfaction and employee retention. As the CIPD has estimated that the cost of replacing an employee and training someone else ranges from £4,800 to £7,000, investing in the health and happiness of staff proves incredibly beneficial....

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Why aren’t we promoting flexible working when it can boost work performance?
May18

Why aren’t we promoting flexible working when it can boost work performance?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ People HR With today being “National Work From Home Day”, Adrian gives his insight on flexible working and how this can actually benefit businesses. We like to think that being the authors of Activ People HR, that we could be classed as experts on flexible working as we help businesses get the visibility of their staff when offering flexible working. However, there is still a...

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Why Working from Home isn’t for everyone, but Relationships are
May18

Why Working from Home isn’t for everyone, but Relationships are

The number of UK homeworkers has increased by 45% over the past 15 years, and those that are self-employed by 30%. This covers over 3m people in the UK and accounts for 15% of the adult working population. Surveys consistently find that homeworkers are able to work more flexibly, and have higher levels engagement and productivity. The flexibility that this type of working provides is supported by the fact that 80% report a better work...

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PERKBOX UNBOXES: Work worries keeping employees up at night according to online searches
May18

PERKBOX UNBOXES: Work worries keeping employees up at night according to online searches

Hint: ‘How many working days in a year?’ tops the charts with 1,237,000 searches last year in the UK Perkbox, UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform has today partnered with SEMrush, the online marketing suite, to examine what work worries are keeping employees up at night according to online searches. The findings represent searches from 2015-17 for the UK and the US. Over the last few years, how to engage millennials in the...

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How to get your office feeling sunny on the inside
May18

How to get your office feeling sunny on the inside

With the warmer weather finally upon us, businesses are feeling encouraged to get their offices feeling as equally sunny on the inside. While the sun shining is great for a day off, working during the summer months isn’t as pleasant. It’s been found that during this time, productivity levels drop by 20% and projects can take up to 13% longer to complete. The reasons for this range is from staff feeling more lethargic in warmer weather...

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Useful or distracting? Parents split over teens’ weekend job benefits
Mar21

Useful or distracting? Parents split over teens’ weekend job benefits

Parents are losing confidence in the benefits of weekend jobs for youngsters, despite helping children learn about the working world, a new study has discovered. Research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling has found that increasingly fewer parents believe that weekend jobs are important for older children to understand managing money. The study of 2,000 parents revealed that, while 59% of parents aged 55 to 64 believe...

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Administration and what it really means for employees
Mar21

Administration and what it really means for employees

Earlier this month, two of the UK’s most established companies – Toys R Us and Maplin –  announced their collapse into administration, putting over 5,000 jobs at risk. When such an announcement is made by any company, it is understandably a worrying time for those involved, especially its employees, with many undoubtedly wondering, ‘’what happens next?’ Initially it was confirmed by both companies that stores would remain open...

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