The Four Day Week: Why it might just work
Sep20

The Four Day Week: Why it might just work

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   The working week and its 5:2 ratio has been the norm for the last century or so. But in an age of disruptive technologies and at a time when flexible and remote working arrangements are easier than ever, it’s time to think about making a change. On average, UK workers spend more hours per week working than their counterparts in Germany, Norway, Denmark, France and the Netherlands,...

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UK employees least happy with leadership
Sep20

UK employees least happy with leadership

Four in ten UK employees (40%) are unhappy with the current quality of their work leadership according to research from ADP (Automatic Data Processing). The study, which surveyed over 2,000 workers across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the UK, found that UK workers were least satisfied with their leaders compared to the average across other nationalities of 33%.   A similar proportion of respondents (38%) also don’t feel...

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Downsides to an office canteen
Sep19

Downsides to an office canteen

During a busy day at work, lunch options may be rather limited; often, you’re faced with extortionately priced snacks from local city vendors or a repetitive packed lunch. On the surface, having a dedicated employee canteen can subsequently seem to be a luxury. Saving time, money and effort, a canteen can appear to only boast benefits.     However, hidden beneath the concept of a canteen are plenty of negatives and it’s important to...

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Secrets to a happy office: How British employees really feel
Sep19

Secrets to a happy office: How British employees really feel

Research from CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, reveals exactly what Brits really want from their workplace   Keyword analysis by CABA, reveals that the phrase ‘workplace wellbeing’ is being searched up to 500 times per month by Brits*, but what does it really mean, and how does it impact the workplace? Research from the charity highlighted that 74% of employees find their ability to concentrate...

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Creating a virtual working world by 2030
Sep19

Creating a virtual working world by 2030

Guest Blog by Brian Mackow-McGuire, Product Manager – Voice and Data, Maintel   The world is changing so quickly that it’s difficult to know what life will be like next year – let alone in a decade’s time. If we think back to ten years ago, how many of us would have predicted the ubiquity of then-nascent technologies such as smartphones and apps, or the way we have built our lives around them. How, then, can we accurately predict what...

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Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement
Sep19

Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement

Organisations need to distinguish between employees’ engagement with their job and engagement with the organisation if they are to improve the employee experience and their overall competitive advantage, a new research paper shows.   Published by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), the paper highlights that traditional, one-dimensional views of engagement fail to make a distinction between job and organisational engagement,...

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Reduce physical inactivity to improve employee mental wellbeing
Sep18

Reduce physical inactivity to improve employee mental wellbeing

The recently publicised report from the World Health Organisation not only found that four in ten British women do not do enough exercise to stay healthy, but that the proportion of inactive people has risen since 2016 which experts believe is partly due to more sedentary jobs.   Many adults in the UK spend more than seven hours a day sitting and the NHS have advised office-based workers with an increased sedentary lifestyle to spend...

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How to ask your employer for education funding
Sep18

How to ask your employer for education funding

Some adults may feel that they could bring more to their role with the right knowledge and training. However, it’s possible that many people think that they can’t speak to their employer and ask them for education funding. Perhaps they believe that this is an inappropriate question to ask, or they don’t think that their employer would agree. In reality, employees that have been invested in by their place of work often have a higher...

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Employee resignations rise for a sixth consecutive year
Sep18

Employee resignations rise for a sixth consecutive year

One in five (19%) employees resigned from their job in 2017, up from 15.5% in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 398 organisations show the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6%.   The biggest change in turnover rates was in manufacturing and production. The average voluntary resignation rate increased from 11.7% in 2016 to 18.9%, and the median from...

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Top 10 most colourful, happy and creative cities in the UK
Sep18

Top 10 most colourful, happy and creative cities in the UK

The creative industries cover everything from design to dance, art to architecture but what really makes a city creative? Bloom & Wild have compared data for some of the UK’s biggest cities to find out which are the most creative, happy and most colourful. This will help guide job candidates and business owners towards the city that is best suited to them.     Being a “creative” is more than just a job, it feeds into many aspects...

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A disproportionate number of young people are unemployed, but work placements help many to start careers
Sep17

A disproportionate number of young people are unemployed, but work placements help many to start careers

Through Movement to Work over 70,000 work placements have been completed, with over 50% of young people not previously in education, employment or training progressing into jobs, apprenticeships or returning to education.   Hundreds of thousands of young people are unemployed, far more than in other age groups. Many are trapped in a ‘no-experience, no job’ cycle. Around 800,000 are not in employment, education or training. And amongst...

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Inequality Starts At Interview
Sep17

Inequality Starts At Interview

  AN ALARMING 85% of interviewers have admitted asking off limits questions during the interview process, new research by UK science and technology recruitment specialists, Hyper Recruitment Solution (HRS) has today revealed.   The research also unveiled confusion among hiring managers over what can and cannot be asked, with nearly half (47%) saying they have never had official training on what questions to ask in an interview.    ...

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Brits Are A Bunch Of Fitness Amateurs
Sep17

Brits Are A Bunch Of Fitness Amateurs

BRITAIN IS a nation of wannabe PT’s, offering out amateur fitness advice to colleagues, friends and family with no professional expertise to base it on, according to new research.   The survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by Focus Training, found that almost two thirds (61%) of UK gym-goers knowingly hand out advice and expertise on exercise and in some cases, nutrition despite having no qualifications in this field.     Workplaces...

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How to get your payroll ready
Sep17

How to get your payroll ready

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   When your business moves from a one-person operation to requiring more employees, it’s an exciting time! You’re a successful and growing business, and you’re taking the necessary steps to guarantee future growth.     Part of the process is making sure that you’re ready to take new people on, starting with the most important bit: payroll. After all, people are...

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The blurred lines of the working day
Sep14

The blurred lines of the working day

Guest Blog by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray   A cultural revolution Mobile technology and our handheld computers have revolutionised our lives – we are connected to our social groups, the rolling news … and unfortunately, to our work on a 24/7 basis. We are facing a cultural revolution and concerns are being raised that this is not necessarily good for us.  Are we a generation that is unable to ‘switch off’?     A duty of...

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