Managing Mental Health in the workplace
May17

Managing Mental Health in the workplace

From the recent Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrity backed campaigns for awareness, the spotlight is fixed on the subject of mental health. In this article we look at the legalities and also focus on some practical tips as to what employers can do to manage the very prevalent yet often misunderstood subject of mental health in the workplace. If we look at some statistics first of all; 1 in 7 people experience mental health...

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Freelancers receive first payslip to aid in pay transparency
May17

Freelancers receive first payslip to aid in pay transparency

Over a quarter (27%) of UK workers wouldn’t realise if they were paid incorrectly. This is according to new research by ADP, a leading global technology company providing human capital management (HCM) solutions, which revealed that over a quarter (27%) of UK workers wouldn’t realise if they were paid incorrectly and that one in ten workers (12%) don’t even understand their payslip. The ADP Workforce View research...

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Can’t touch this: 76% of workers want physical contact banned in the workplace
May17

Can’t touch this: 76% of workers want physical contact banned in the workplace

Workers have spoken. When it comes to workplace interactions, we are a nation uncomfortable with up close contact – from hugs to extended eye contact – and we certainly don’t want to be negotiating the minefield of ‘one cheek kiss or two’. In fact, research by leading jobs board Totaljobs found that three quarters of us (76%) want physical contact reduced, whilst 42% go further and call for an outright ban on some...

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Employers urged to think to the future, as the struggle to fill vacancies continues
May17

Employers urged to think to the future, as the struggle to fill vacancies continues

The latest job market report from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has found that the struggle to recruit is still on. In fact, advertised vacancies increased by 4.2% year-on-year in Q1 2019, while job applications dropped by 4.8%.  The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to...

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National work from home day
May17

National work from home day

Guest blog by Emma Bullen, HR Expert at MHR More and more organisations are moving towards a mobile workforce as they look to improve their agility, drive productivity and support the wellbeing of their people. But embracing new flexible working practices brings with it management challenges. To mark National Work from Home Day, Emma Bullen from leading HR software and services provider MHR explores how organisations can manage...

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85% of Brits feel honesty is the best interview policy
May17

85% of Brits feel honesty is the best interview policy

A new survey of 1,000 job seekers from specialist recruiter, Randstad, reveals that only 15% of individuals have lied during an interview. With historic research looking into job interview techniques suggesting that the majority of interviewees tend to bend the truth during an interview, new findings are showing quite the opposite. The surprising statistics coincide with today’s National Honesty Day – it’s clear that the...

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5 things HR will never tell you
May16

5 things HR will never tell you

Guest blog by Katherine Rippey  Did you know that not all HR departments in each office are filled with professional and dedicated people? This may surprise you, but many human resources and employment professionals are plagued by stereotypes, unfounded conclusions, and deceptive practices. Although human resources departments are required to comply with federal, regional/provincial or municipal laws, human resources managers...

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Table football and dogs in the office… The workplace benefits UK employees are LEAST interested in
May16

Table football and dogs in the office… The workplace benefits UK employees are LEAST interested in

Traditional workplace benefits like holiday allowance and pensions have trumped quirkier ‘benefits’ like being allowed to take your dog into the office, in a survey by Aviva*.  Out of a wide range of workplace benefits, 43% of UK employees said they were least interested in being allowed to take their dog into the workplace. More than a third of workers (34%) also said they weren’t interested in office entertainment like table...

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Are you failing at engagement?
May16

Are you failing at engagement?

New research from experience design studio, 383, reveals that one third of 25-44 year olds are searching for holidays online and on their mobile devices when they should be working.  While we all get distracted from time-to-time, 383’s research shows that 32% of adults are dreaming about their next ‘out of office’ right under their bosses’ noses.Further stats from 383:•      32% of 25-44 year olds...

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The Future of Work: What Does the Shift to Freelancing for UK Businesses?
May16

The Future of Work: What Does the Shift to Freelancing for UK Businesses?

It used to be that many people dreamt of having the corner office in a Fortune-500 company, but not so much anymore. Now, more and more are dreaming of having a laptop, internet access and sitting peacefully at home (or on an exotic beach) to tick off their tasks and achieve their goals. Despite companies like InspireMe working to help businesses improve their workplace environments for employees, in the past few years the UK has...

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One-in-five Brits would expect to be sacked if they admitted to an alcohol or drug addiction
May16

One-in-five Brits would expect to be sacked if they admitted to an alcohol or drug addiction

A new report, released by addiction help and support service Port of Call, reveals that one-in-five (22%) people in the UK believe their employer would terminate their contract if they admitted to a drug or alcohol problem. In the “Attitudes to Addiction report”, which was created to open up a public conversation about addiction issues and how others can support those affected; 19% of men said they thought they would be handed their...

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Phone fear affects over half of UK office workers
May16

Phone fear affects over half of UK office workers

The results of a survey of UK office workers suggests that we are becoming increasingly anxious about answering the phone at work. Face for Business, one of the UK’s leading telephone answering services, has uncovered staggering statistics on the degree of call anxiety exhibited by UK office workers. Fear of making or taking calls, also known as ‘Telephobia’, is a real thing that’s not just limited to fear of calling a loved one or...

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Four ways voice technology can transform workplace learning
May16

Four ways voice technology can transform workplace learning

As organisations continue to adapt – and embrace – digital development tools to upskill employees, the demand for more in-house education is growing at an accelerated rate. Whether video webinars, or web-based resources – such as e-books, white papers and downloadable guides – modern-day businesses are looking for more ways to enhance their teams, alongside formal, online qualifications. And, as internal demand for learning on the job...

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5 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safe
May16

5 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safe

Your employees spend upwards of eight hours a day at work. It’s their home away from home in a way. So, it’s vitally important that when they are there, they are made to feel safe and secure, just as they would within their own four walls. Security systems provider, Expert Security UK, conducted a survey asking over 2000 people the question ‘has your employer taken actions to ensure you feel safe in the workplace?’ The results of the...

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Lawyers warn that tackling workplace stress is not a ‘one size fits all’ fix
May16

Lawyers warn that tackling workplace stress is not a ‘one size fits all’ fix

The way employers deal with workplace stress is in serious need of change, a leading law firm has warned. Research indicates that stress, depression and anxiety account for 44 per cent of work-related illnesses across the UK, while 57 per cent of all working days are lost due to ill health. * Employers must address the stigma around talking about stress-related issues and change their workplace cultures to tackle them, says Matthew...

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