More needs to be done to ensure 24 hour working is not the new norm
Dec05

More needs to be done to ensure 24 hour working is not the new norm

Employers should do more to ensure employees do not feel pressured into working outside of their contractual hours and offer more support regarding how they work flexibly, a new study in the International Journal of Management Reviews reports.   During the comprehensive evidence-based review, led by the University of Surrey in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Exeter, researchers scrutinised 56...

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Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?
Dec05

Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?

Comment by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price     It’s that time of year when everyone is beginning to make their New Year’s resolutions, most of the time these resolutions tend to about their health and wellness. Promoting good health and wellness should also be an employer’s goal for 2018 so with this in mind, here is a summary of the six best workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends that businesses...

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4 ways to support your employees mental health
Dec05

4 ways to support your employees mental health

Guest Blog, Samantha Glass of Thrive   Many employees can feel as if they will be judged or discriminated against if they open up about a mental health condition. This can stop them from getting help when they need it the most. For this reason it is important to fight the stigma regarding mental health in the workplace. One in three employees has suffered or is currently suffering from diagnosed mental health condition, yet most...

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Managing Mental Health
Dec04

Managing Mental Health

Guest Blog By Robey Jenkins Last week I looked at the experience of working whilst also living with mental illness. But this isn’t a problem that can be solved only by the sufferer and his or her medical professionals. In a competitive market, employers need every edge they can get to seek out and retain the best people. But no one is perfect. Everyone comes with baggage. And sometimes, that baggage means mental illness.    ...

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The big five big things that HR professionals need to do in 2018
Dec04

The big five big things that HR professionals need to do in 2018

Guest Blog by Sarah Dillon of ESP Law Thinking about how you can shine more brightly at work in 2018, or just keep your job in a difficult climate? Sarah Dillon, director and employment lawyer at ESP Law advises you to focus on these key areas…   1. Change the type of advice given to senior managers   Do you see your role as comprehensively analysing a situation, outlining risks and possible costs for each way forward? If...

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The Shocking Cost Of Some Journeys Home From The Office Christmas Do
Dec04

The Shocking Cost Of Some Journeys Home From The Office Christmas Do

• A quarter of revellers have at least once ended up 50-100 miles away from home after falling asleep on the train • Rooms at easyHotel on offer for as little as £9.99 a night – less than the cost of the average Secret Santa gift. • Offer applies in Britain’s leading party cities: Liverpool, Manchester, London, Birmingham and soon-to open Newcastle   The office Christmas party season is underway, and as workers get set to...

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6 ways to maintain a work/life balance
Dec04

6 ways to maintain a work/life balance

Guest Blog, Samantha Glass of Thrive   Having a good work-life balance is important for you, your close friends and your family. A work-life balance is being able to dedicate sufficient time to these two aspects of your life without one taking over the other one to the point that you are neglecting it. It might be about not taking work home and also about not having to worry about problems at work during the time you should be...

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Automotive job hunters: 6 tips to finding a temporary job this Christmas
Dec04

Automotive job hunters: 6 tips to finding a temporary job this Christmas

Guest Blog By Gavin White, Managing Director at AutoTech Recruit The number of jobs available in November is higher than the year average, according to research by Executives Online. Whilst many of us are inclined to make it our new year’s resolution to search for a new job, this notion leads us directly to the benefits of temporary Christmas job opportunities.   Over the Christmas period – but not limited to –...

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A Chef Is Not Just For Christmas: Retaining Chefs Into The New Year
Dec01

A Chef Is Not Just For Christmas: Retaining Chefs Into The New Year

Recent research has highlighted a growing issue within the hospitality industry when it comes to the recruitment of chefs, with a staggering 93% of agencies reporting that there are not enough trained chefs in the UK to meet current demands.   Experienced HR Director and Founder of PrivilegeHR, Mary Ball shares her advice on how hospitality companies can source and retain quality chefs in the current climate amidst the widening...

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Four ways to realise your impact at work
Dec01

Four ways to realise your impact at work

Guest Blog by Bex Dawkes, A Blueprint for Better Business   A vital part of feeling fulfilled in our jobs, is knowing how we’re contributing towards making the world a better place. But with busy and disconnected lives, it’s easy to feel a sense of disillusionment about the impact we can have as individuals.   Before we can improve, we first need to realise how we impact the people and places around us. We’ve therefore...

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Keeping Employees Safe On Business Trips
Dec01

Keeping Employees Safe On Business Trips

Guest Blog from Lewis Sage-Passant of howsafeismytrip.com   International travel is an integral part of doing business in the modern world, however increasing global volatility has introduced new security and liability risks to businesses who send staff overseas. Without appropriate risk and security management, companies can find themselves extremely vulnerable to both dangers to staff, and even litigation in cases where the...

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Why has the apprenticeship levy seen a collapse in the number of people starting training courses?
Nov30

Why has the apprenticeship levy seen a collapse in the number of people starting training courses?

Guest Blog by Croner Head of Legal Andy Willis   The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and makes it a legal requirement for large employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million to pay 0.5% of their pay bill into a digital levy account. This money can then be spent on apprenticeships.   The levy was introduced by the government to help meet their target of achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by...

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Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas
Nov30

Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for businesses owners who are planning ahead for next year and often dealing with reduced staffing levels due to sickness and last minute end of year holiday requests. How can they keep their teams motivated in the run up to Christmas and spread some Christmas cheer? Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert at Activ Absence says   “Whilst this is a fun time of year, it can also be stressful for managers...

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Over A Third Of Organisations Are Not Training Hiring Managers To Avoid Unconscious Bias
Nov30

Over A Third Of Organisations Are Not Training Hiring Managers To Avoid Unconscious Bias

Adecco, part of The Adecco Group UK&I – the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, has today launched research which found that 39% of UK hiring managers have not received training in unconscious bias best-practice as part of the recruitment process in their current company.     This is despite the largest number of respondents (26%) thinking that having regular training would be the most effective way to...

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The CIPD reports its gender pay gap
Nov30

The CIPD reports its gender pay gap

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has today published its gender pay gap data in line with new government regulations. Based on the UK Government’s methodology, which came into force in April 2017, the CIPD is reporting a mean gender pay gap of 14.9% and a median gender pay gap of 10.8%.   The CIPD’s analysis of its gender pay gap found it is being driven by the following factors:   • The CIPD...

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