Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors
Oct12

Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors

Although the rate of breast cancer diagnoses is rising in Europe, a higher proportion of women are surviving the form of cancer – but returning to everyday aspects of life prove challenging; with many survivors unable to return to work, due to a lack of support and consideration by employers. A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Pfizer, investigates the challenges involved in returning to...

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GDPR is Coming – Why HR Should Have a Key Role in its Success
Oct11

GDPR is Coming – Why HR Should Have a Key Role in its Success

Charlie Knox, head of technology SD Worx, UK Exactly who should be responsible for data protection within an organisation? Should it be a matter for C-level staff only? Or the IT department? The sales and marketing department collecting customer information? Or is it time to appoint a dedicated Data Protection Officer? The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2017. It applies to any organisation...

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Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap
Oct11

Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap

  By Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep   The UK’s productivity challenge is widely accepted and debated. And with good reason; recent ONS data found a gap of 16 percent with other G7 countries.     In basic terms, productivity means output per hour worked. The ONS found that, while all G7 member countries experienced slumps since the late 2000s, the impact was far greater in the UK –...

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Sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein
Oct11

Sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, has been sacked by his own company amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations that reportedly date back decades. The story has sent shock waves through the film industry, with many stars speaking of their shock at the allegations. The New York Times reported a number of allegations against Weinstein, saying that he had reached at least eight settlements with...

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Entries now open for leading Wales HR Awards
Oct11

Entries now open for leading Wales HR Awards

Following the huge success of the first ever Wales HR Awards in March 2017, entries are now open for the 2018 Awards to celebrate HR excellence throughout the country. Created by Acorn, Wales’ leading specialist recruitment agency, and leading commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the Wales HR Awards is the annual flagship event of the Wales HR Network, which is the country’s leading HR networking platform for professionals to meet and...

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The best perks in London’s co-working spaces
Oct10

The best perks in London’s co-working spaces

  Guest blog – Paul Slinn, Flexioffices Office perks may seem like a gimmick to some. Table tennis, lounge rooms, and extravagant eating areas are not just the preserve of quirky start-ups because employees like to spend half their working day, well, not working. These areas foster conversations and connections. A creative environment makes that part of the behaviour and, in the long term, the culture. Companies and their...

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Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental...

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How to combat Seasonal Affective disorder in the workplace
Oct10

How to combat Seasonal Affective disorder in the workplace

Comment by David Price – Health Assured CEO and Employee Wellbeing Expert As the colder autumn months creep in so does the introduction of darker mornings and earlier nights, which can have a detrimental effect on an employee’s mood and motivation. If an employee feels that their mood is particularly low and their energy levels are depleted they may be suffering from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is sometimes unfortunately...

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Up to 93% of businesses risk sponsor licence revocation – and many at risk of instant home office closure
Oct10

Up to 93% of businesses risk sponsor licence revocation – and many at risk of instant home office closure

  Just months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019, less than a third of companies are aware of the serious sanctions in place for non-compliance to strict ‘right to work’ rules for overseas workers, from fines to prison sentences for Directors, or even instant closure – not least the potential impact to business’ reputation. Only a third of businesses knew what documents should be kept on file for...

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Steps to ensuring successful employment
Oct10

Steps to ensuring successful employment

Guest blog from IScreenYouScreen With the job market fiercer than ever, you only need to put out an advert and within hours you will have hundreds of applicants with all the relevant qualifications, but how do you pick the right one? There are many factors you need to consider before you decide to expand your team. They need to possess the right qualifications as well as being able to represent your company professionally. Once you...

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Employees could quit over stress of congestion
Oct10

Employees could quit over stress of congestion

  Traffic volumes are rising at unprecedented rates, in fact, between April 2016 and March 2017, traffic volumes reached a new record high of 324.3 billion miles* in the UK. The stress of getting stuck in traffic is having such a profound impact on Brits’ wellbeing that nearly half (46 per cent) would consider changing their job as a result. Not only that, but with driverless vehicles promising to alter the traffic equation by...

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80% of blindness is avoidable | Employers have a role to play
Oct10

80% of blindness is avoidable | Employers have a role to play

This World Sight Day, 12 October, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is asking employers to consider what they can do to help reduce blindness statistics. ‘Make Vision Count’ is the theme of this year’s campaign by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)*, which focuses on paying attention to eyecare issues that impact lives everywhere, in developed countries as well as developing economies. With the IAPB asking...

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The Apprentice: Sexism in Business
Oct05

The Apprentice: Sexism in Business

Apprentice candidate Siobhan Smith is under fire after appearing to suggest that only attractive women should sell to male customers. On last night’s episode, the first in the new series, the teams were set a burger task. While discussing their strategy for the task, Siobhan, who was on the women’s team, said: “Our customers in Canary Wharf are going to be male dominated area so it’s something you need to take into consideration when...

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  What can HR do to counterbalance the effects of a chair-based lifestyle?
Oct05

  What can HR do to counterbalance the effects of a chair-based lifestyle?

  Guest blog by Paul Drew, DPG Plc Sitting is the new smoking. These were the words of a man called Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and author of the book ‘Get up!: Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it’. He had quite a lot more to say on this subject too: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more...

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“I’m allergic to teaspoons”
Oct05

“I’m allergic to teaspoons”

The most bizarre excuses for avoiding the tea round revealed… The tea round is arguably one of the most important parts of the working day, and perfecting it for your new colleagues is one of the biggest hurdles for the first day at work. To help guide workers through the confusing world of the daily drinks round, Ebuyer.com has compiled the definitive guide to the nation’s tea habits.     The survey of 2,000 UK...

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