Employers should consider the health and wellbeing of the children of overseas staff
Jan18

Employers should consider the health and wellbeing of the children of overseas staff

Guest Blog from Sarah Dennis, Head of International, The Health Insurance Group     Moving abroad to accept an expat position can have huge benefits for an employee, as well as their family. It brings with it the excitement of discovering a new country and its culture and a breadth of experience that is difficult to rival. However, there is a flip side and recent research has shown that moving to a new home during childhood...

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Stats from IScreenYouScreen state that 1 in 5 people lie on their CV’s
Jan18

Stats from IScreenYouScreen state that 1 in 5 people lie on their CV’s

Guest Blog from Simon Houlton, CEO of IScreenYouScreen.   This can be misrepresented information in the form of: exam results, work experience or even the reason for leaving a previous position. However, it is still known that many companies skip the screening process entirely.     As a candidate, it is far too easy to assume that people won’t double check, so bumping a grade or adding something to make you come...

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Gender pay gap revealed across the UK as over 500 businesses submit their internal pay statistics
Jan18

Gender pay gap revealed across the UK as over 500 businesses submit their internal pay statistics

Gender pay gap map shows the UK’s forecast for closing the gap on pay equality. Northern Ireland is vastly out in front, whereas London drags behind as official government statistics are visualised.   The map was created by Distinct Recruitment by comparing 1997 and 2017 gender pay gap statistics, with a focus on full-time pay per hour.     Data was sourced from the Office for National Statistics which breaks down the...

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More Brits Than Ever Before Want To Be Their Own Boss: 3.5 Million Expected To Start Their Own Business In 2018
Jan18

More Brits Than Ever Before Want To Be Their Own Boss: 3.5 Million Expected To Start Their Own Business In 2018

The survey of 1,000 working British people, carried out by award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, found that 11% intend to start their own business within the year of 2018. With over 32 million people currently working in the UK, according to ONS Statistics, that means 3.5 million more Brits are expected to become their own boss before the start of 2019.   FreeAgent conducted a similar poll last year and...

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Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD
Jan18

Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD

The CIPD’s annual labour market predictions also point to a tightening of the labour market as well as continued poor productivity 2018 will see pay, productivity and migration top the agenda as the UK looks ahead to its exit from the European Union according to the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. Following a year in which there has been ever-increasing pressure on the cost of living, the CIPD predicts:...

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Key 2018 legal changes every SME should know about
Jan18

Key 2018 legal changes every SME should know about

Employers are being urged to ensure their businesses are prepared for forthcoming legal changes before the New Year kicks in – or risk falling foul of the law. Employment law and corporate and commercial solicitors at Kirwans law firm have issued a warning prior to a raft of new legislation taking effect next year, reminding business owners of the dangers of ignoring the legal updates.   Lindsey Knowles, employment solicitor at...

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Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so
Jan17

Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so

Many of us will have no doubt be gained a few pounds over the festive season. But, for nearly one third of the nation’s professionals, it doesn’t stop there, with 29.1% admitting that their job has led them to gain weight. That’s according to the latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.     The survey of 1,200 workers sought to explore the affect our jobs have on our health, our weight and our...

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Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants
Jan17

Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants

Almost of quarter of superstitious Brits own a pair of lucky pants, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 UK adults by online games destination, Wink Slots revealed that 26% of Brits own a good luck charm that they wear for prosperity. Pants proved to be the most common wearable good luck charm, as a staggering 24% claim to own a pair, while a further 17% own a lucky piece of jewellery.   thumbs 1 in 10 (11%) own a lucky...

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Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity
Jan17

Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity

No matter how talented or professional your workforce is, human nature and emotions will come into play from time to time. Employee issues such as divorce and financial difficulty can have a severe impact on their ability to work efficiently and productively.   In an era where the business world is more competitive than ever thanks to the evolution of modern technology and the rise of small businesses, the need for efficiency and...

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January blues? How workplace wellbeing initiatives can beat the blues
Jan17

January blues? How workplace wellbeing initiatives can beat the blues

Cold mornings and dark nights can take their toll on the UK’s workforce, and with the long, distant wait until pay day, it’s no wonder in January we were faced with Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday, the day when we’re all most likely to be miserable thanks to post-Christmas credit card bills, bad weather, failing our new year’s resolutions and a lack of motivation at work.   Mental health issues,...

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How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace
Jan16

How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the government’s environment plan, setting out measures to reduce plastic waste over the next 25 years. The Prime Minister announced the government will play a part in reducing plastic by removing all single use plastic from government offices. In answer to a later question, the Prime Minister praised the organisation Sky for banning single use plastic from their working environment and also...

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Battling bias: how to create a diverse workforce
Jan16

Battling bias: how to create a diverse workforce

Guest Blog from David Willett, Corporate Director at The Open University Hiring new people can be a tricky business. Recruiters are looking for people with the right skills who will fit into the rest of the team – but the search for the perfect cultural fit could be affecting diversity, and it all comes down to unconscious bias.     Three in 10 senior managers have admitted that, when it comes to recruitment, they hire...

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FSB statistics show small business owners’ health most affected by orthopaedic conditions, mental health issues and cancer
Jan16

FSB statistics show small business owners’ health most affected by orthopaedic conditions, mental health issues and cancer

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reviewed half a decade of statistics about the health of its members and identified that just three conditions make up over half of the initial referrals to its medical care and advice service FSB Care. These conditions are:  orthopaedic issues relating to the musculoskeletal system (35%)  mental health issues (17%); and  cancer (6%)   FSB, which is the UK’s biggest business group,...

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When disaster strikes: preparing your business
Jan16

When disaster strikes: preparing your business

Guest Blog If we could predict the future, life would be easy. We’d prepare for everything effortlessly, do what we wanted when we wanted, and have far fewer worries. Unfortunately no-one has this ability – all we can do is take plenty of steps beforehand to at least mitigate some of the problems should disaster occur. Here are three ways to deal with different types of crises.     Financial Preparation Quite how you run...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?

  Monday 15th January 2018 or ‘Blue Monday is being billed as the most depressing day of the year – with the miserable weather, debt and post Christmas blues all considered to be major contributing factors.   While Mental health charity, Mind is dismissive of Blue Monday, absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence believes the day could serve as a positive reminder for employers to think about...

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