School run stress pushes more parents towards self-employment
Jun20

School run stress pushes more parents towards self-employment

The Good Life Report*, a study by AXA Business Insurance into Britain’s boom in self-employment, has identified ‘the school runner’ business as a rising force in the UK economy. One in five new businesses in the UK are started by parents whose primary motivation is to fit their work hours to school hours. Typically working five to six hours per day, sandwiched between the two school runs, these parents make an average of £750 per...

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Managing staff who are ill
Jun20

Managing staff who are ill

With the recent figures showing that out of 1000 surveyed companies, 86% of observed staff attended work ill, demonstrating the importance of ensuring employees are firstly, well enough to work productively, but secondly are happy to come into work.   As a manager, CEO or team leader, overlooking employee health is vital and as staff return from illness absences’, it should be within your best interest to ensure they are healthy...

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How to hire a trusty tradesman for your business
Jun20

How to hire a trusty tradesman for your business

A survey carried out in 2017 found that out of 1,000 Brits, only a third would let a tradesman working on their property use the toilet, while a quarter stated they would not let a tradesman work alone in the property.   Of course, allowing a stranger into your home makes some people nervous. However, there’s nothing wrong with offering a cup of tea to someone doing work for you. If you’ve got people working on your office space for a...

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Can I Insist My Employees Speak English?
Jun20

Can I Insist My Employees Speak English?

Guest Blog by Andrew Weir, Employer Services Manager, Moorepay   The reach and modern utility of the English language stretches across the world, and yet not everyone in the United Kingdom speaks English fluently, or even at all.     With an increasingly diverse workforce, employers may find themselves having to grapple with language issues that arise in the workplace and their legal implications.   So what should employers do when...

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Is Menopause A Disability? What Latest Tribunal Ruling Means For Employers
Jun19

Is Menopause A Disability? What Latest Tribunal Ruling Means For Employers

Menopause has been in the news recently after the deputy Bank of England governor used the word to describe his negative view of the economy, prompting debate about the nature of menopause and attitudes towards it; he later issued an apology regretting the ageist and sexist undertones of his comment. Discussion will no doubt be re-energised following an Employment Tribunal’s ruling that a Scottish Court and Tribunal Service employee...

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Does Commuting Affect Our Wellbeing?
Jun19

Does Commuting Affect Our Wellbeing?

8 tips to make the commute more productive There are many aspects of the working day that can impact on our personal sense of wellbeing and cause stress.  But we often underestimate the impact that our daily commute can have on us, and feel powerless to break the cycle. According to a recent study by the University of the West of England, 1 in 7 commuters are now spending 2 hours or more each day travelling to and from work. The same...

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Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender person
Jun19

Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender person

A shocking new report reveals a strong prejudice among UK employers towards transgender workers with 1 in 3 employers admitting they are “less likely” to hire a transgender person and nearly half (43%) unsure if they would recruit a transgender worker.   The survey identified the retail sector as having the highest number (47%) of businesses unlikely to employ a transgender person, followed by IT (45%), leisure and hospitality (35%)...

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The Big Ways Businesses are Wasting Time and Money
Jun19

The Big Ways Businesses are Wasting Time and Money

Most businesses are constantly looking for ways to make their processes more efficient and consequently reduce costs (bolstering that all important revenue margin), the issue is not everyone looks in the right place. It can be hard to admit but wasting time at work is commonplace, everyone from your top CEO to your middle manager to your reception assistant does it, in fact 89% of people admit to wasting time at work with the average...

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How much each Kardashian sister should earn according to their CV
Jun18

How much each Kardashian sister should earn according to their CV

With almost as many followers as dollars in the bank, the Kardashian-Jenner clan would never have to work another day in their lives if they chose not to. Interested in their self-marketing success, social media experts at Reboot Digital Marketing wanted to find out just how much each superstar sister would be worth if they submitted their CVs into the current job market. Using the CV value tool on Adzuna, Reboot Digital Marketing...

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Businesses need to consider the ‘health’ as well as the ‘safety’ of employees
Jun18

Businesses need to consider the ‘health’ as well as the ‘safety’ of employees

Guest blog by Mary Lawrence, partner and health and safety practice lead at international legal practice Osborne Clarke LLP   This week has been recognised in the UK as Mental Health Awareness Week and this year, the focus is on the important topic of stress. The Mental Health Foundation revealed this week that two thirds of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem within their lifetime – with stress being a key factor...

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The impact GDPR will have on CCTV systems
Jun18

The impact GDPR will have on CCTV systems

On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced and, with this highly-anticipated, new legislation, the way we capture and handle CCTV footage has changed to fit with the new guidelines presented by the European Union. Businesses now need to cooperate accordingly with the new ruling in order to avoid harmful penalties. Did you know that one penalty that businesses could face is the 4% global annual turnover...

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Supporting Carers In The Workplace
Jun18

Supporting Carers In The Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR    As BBC Wales has reported today that nearly 200 carers in Wales have had to give up their jobs to look after family.  Carers represent a significant part of the working age population, both in the workplace, and in the wider labour market.  They are likely to represent 1 in 8 of your workforce as well being a valuable source of recruitment.   Losing carers from the workforce is not only damaging...

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Part Timers Exploited As Don’t Realise Their Rights
Jun14

Part Timers Exploited As Don’t Realise Their Rights

Many women who work part time put up with poor treatment from their bosses because they  don`t realise they  have the same rights as their full time colleagues, a leading maternity discrimination lawyer has claimed.   Speaking at  the Pregnant Then Screwed Live, UK festival of motherhood and work , Danielle Ayres of Gorvins solicitors said that many part time female workers were unaware of their rights which includes getting the same...

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4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup
Jun14

4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   The World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and excitement is building. On the 14 June, the first match kicks off with Russia v Saudi Arabia and the tournament continues with the final taking place on 15 July. Football fans around the world will be watching the games with baited breath.     Some employers may be concerned that these events can cause distractions in the...

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Personal lives and wellbeing; the true cost of owning a business
Jun14

Personal lives and wellbeing; the true cost of owning a business

The majority of business owners find that the stress and responsibility of running a business has a negative impact on their personal lives away from work, new research has revealed.   The study, from Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance, shows almost half (46%) of business owners feel they miss out on ‘me time’, and over a third (39%) feel they miss out on family time.   When asked what are the current biggest fears and stresses of...

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