World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence
Jul19

World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence  England might not have made it into the World Cup Final, but it didn’t deter train staff from taking time off to watch the match, resulting in hundreds of Sunday trains in the north-west, the west of England and South Wales being cancelled due to staff shortages, causing widespread passenger disruption.   GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had...

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41% of the UK’s top talent fear work knocks mental well-being
Jul19

41% of the UK’s top talent fear work knocks mental well-being

The UK’s top performing employees are close to burn-out according to Smart Talent Expects – a new study by CoreHR examining the behaviours and attitudes of 1000 UK employees who stand out to employers thanks to their high-drive and ambition. 42% of smart talent employees say work negatively impacts their personal lives. 41% also worry about the impact work has on their mental well-being, rising to nearly half (49%) of 25-34 year olds....

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Absence days lost to illness fall
Jul19

Absence days lost to illness fall

Employers are losing fewer working days to sickness absence, a report from HR website XpertHR finds. Analysis of data for 2017 shows that, at the median, employers lost 5.6 days for each employee over the course of the year. This was down from a median 6.6 days for 2016, but a return to the levels that have held sway since the beginning of the decade (see table). In financial terms, the median cost to employers rose from £455 in 2016...

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What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?
Jul19

What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   Garden leave is paid leave for an employee who is leaving your business to work for a competitor. But how do you know whether it’s appropriate, or affordable, for you to place an employee on garden leave?   The experts from Brighter Business, Opus Energy’s small business advice hub, have got the following advice. Read on to find out more.       When is it appropriate for SMEs to offer...

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Beyond Brexit: Top Young Talent Demands Investment In The Workplace
Jul18

Beyond Brexit: Top Young Talent Demands Investment In The Workplace

More than a quarter of British workers (27%) say Brexit has already had a negative impact on their company with one in six (16%) claiming Brexit uncertainty has seen their company reduce its investment in the workplace. The new survey from leading workplace consultants, Peldon Rose, also reveals however that over a third (39%) of Millennials (25-34 years olds) will consider changing jobs if their company decreases workplace spending,...

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Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs
Jul18

Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs

Research by Oleeo, the leading global prescriptive hiring software provider, has scientifically identified a clear difference in the language used by men and women on their CVs.   In a study of over 200,000 CVs from candidates around the world applying to leading global businesses in an array of sectors, it is evident that women are more likely to use words such as volunteer, assistant, organise and social, while equivalently...

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Are Women Being Frozen Out Of Air-Conditioned Work Places?
Jul18

Are Women Being Frozen Out Of Air-Conditioned Work Places?

In the UK the minimum temperature for the workplace is 16°C, with no maximum temperature. The debate over how warm or cold the office should be is a common one and often it seems women are left feeling the chill. Insulation Express have looked at the realities of the office temperature war and the technology that could one day ease the tension, with a survey asking men and women about their experience of temperature wars in the...

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Dealing with crisis management
Jul17

Dealing with crisis management

Guest Blog Gideon Schulman, director at Pytronot   Setbacks in the business world are regular occurrences. Whether it’s through bad publicity, industry struggles or a breakdown in a bid deal, all companies will inevitably face some troubles. In most instances they will likely be small bumps in the road, however in some cases there could be a big impact on the company and their reputation.     Arguably, it’s how the business deals with...

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35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day
Jul17

35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day

Ambius, the leading expert in interior landscaping, has carried out a survey of 1,000 office workers that shows an alarmingly limited amount of time spent outdoors. The findings show that a majority of office workers spend less time outside each day than prisoners, who require at least one hour of outdoor exposure each day, according to UN guidelines.   The study found that just 35% spend a maximum of 15 minutes outside, excluding...

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Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal
Jul17

Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Solicitor, Darwin Gray   In an important decision for employers and workers in the care sector, the Court of Appeal has decided that workers should not be entitled to be paid for hours when they sleep at their workplace.   A case brought by a worker of the charity Mencap asked the Court to decide whether workers who carried out overnight “sleep-in” shifts at their workplaces could be considered to be...

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School’s Not Out: Demand For Summer Teachers Soars
Jul16

School’s Not Out: Demand For Summer Teachers Soars

  The summer holidays may be approaching but if the UK jobs market is anything to go by, school children may not escape the classroom for too long – as demand for summer teachers soars, according to data released by the world’s largest job site Indeed. Conventional wisdom might regard ‘summer jobs’ as being fruit pickers and ice cream vendors, with one of the traditional perks of teaching being a lengthy break through July and...

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Two-thirds of UK employees want to delegate work to robots
Jul16

Two-thirds of UK employees want to delegate work to robots

More than three fifths (63%) of UK employees would outsource work tasks to a robot if they could, according to research commissioned by ABBYY®, a global provider of content intelligent solutions and services.   For almost a quarter of Brits (24%) attending meetings is their most hated work activity. While one in six (17%) dislike reviewing long documents and more than one in eight (13%) don’t like speaking to customers, these are not...

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Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender worker
Jul16

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

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 person.   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 future of the recruitment supply chain
Jul16

The future of the recruitment supply chain

Guest Blog by Pete Holliday, Managing Director of Sopra Steria Recruitment While organisations have, for some time, relied on master vendor recruiters to source diverse and disparate skills, the ‘master – servant’ relationship which defined historic RPO structures is beginning to crumble. Internal hiring managers are instead increasingly choosing to work with external organisations which are open and honest about their carefully...

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Are Defined Contribution Pension Plans an Effective Option?
Jul13

Are Defined Contribution Pension Plans an Effective Option?

Pensions can be a tricky subject at the best of times, not least because of the vast array of options available to the average person. From receiving a state pension to setting up a SIPP, the entire pension system can seem labyrinthine, although most people set up a work pension.   Defined contribution pension plans are a fairly popular option, but they also have some issues which may need resolving. Here is an explanation of how they...

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