Make Your Leave Days Work For You in 2019
Jan09

Make Your Leave Days Work For You in 2019

We all know the benefits of a healthy work-life balance by now: Improved mental and physical wellbeing, a better social life, increased creativity, productivity, job satisfaction and more. But with a quarter of Brits working more than 40 hours a week, we still have a long way to go. According to a survey by Payment Sense, 38% of workers across the UK say they worry about work being completed while on annual leave, and 59%admitted...

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A third of business owners start up their companies in a different industry to their initial career choice
Jan09

A third of business owners start up their companies in a different industry to their initial career choice

New research by The Recruit Venture Group has uncovered the truths behind being a business owner including:·       A third of business owners never planned on starting their own company·       1 in 10 side business entrepreneurs faced challenges with mental health, including self-confidence and anxiety whilst starting up·       12% of business owners wish they’d started their business sooner ·       Only 1% of business owners regret...

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One in four young workers admit going into work still feeling drunk after nights out
Jan08

One in four young workers admit going into work still feeling drunk after nights out

Almost a quarter (24%) of 18 to 34-year-olds say they have gone to work still feeling drunk after boozy nights out over the past 12 months. According to the new research from Willis Towers Watson, half (50%) of these workers admit to having driven to work on these occasions.  The research shows that young workers are twice as likely as colleagues aged 35 and over to come into work still feeling drunk (12%) – and that those older...

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Five Things GP’s Wish Employers Knew About Workplace Health
Jan08

Five Things GP’s Wish Employers Knew About Workplace Health

Missing health appointments, postponing workouts and suffering a prolonged illness are all too common amongst today’s UK workforce. This poor approach to health could be drastically helped by employers by taking a lead on their employees’ health and wellbeing. Over 26 million working days were lost last year due to work related ill health1. Mental health accounted for the majority, with 26 days lost per person suffering from stress,...

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How a Job Loss Affects Your Credit Rating
Jan07

How a Job Loss Affects Your Credit Rating

In today’s economy, it’s rare to find a job for life. This is especially true if you work in offline retail. Losing your job can be devastating and understandably worrying when you have bills to pay. One thing you may also worry about is its effect on your credit rating. Image courtesy of BBCnews.co.uk So, can a job loss impact your credit rating? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know. Will a job loss show on your credit...

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In 2019 employers need to engage their staff earlier to engage them in health and wellbeing,  says The Health Insurance Group
Jan07

In 2019 employers need to engage their staff earlier to engage them in health and wellbeing, says The Health Insurance Group

Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff is now widely recognised as integral to fulfilling business objectives. We now have more knowledge of what staff really need, but for health and wellbeing policies to be effective we need to ensure they’re what staff really want. Brett Hill, managing director for The Health Insurance Group looks at the key health and wellbeing areas that are likely to be top of the corporate agenda in...

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Almost two-thirds of Britons think about work during own time but the majority don’t mind
Jan07

Almost two-thirds of Britons think about work during own time but the majority don’t mind

61% of UK employees, the highest amount in Europe, say they often still think about work during their private time but 71% of these have no trouble with combining their work and private lives. With the holiday season imminent, employers will have to be acutely aware of the sentiment across the workforce and judge how they can maintain the right balance for their employees. These are the results of a survey of five thousand employees...

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Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly
Jan04

Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly

The four-day working week is something many employees would welcome, but companies can be concerned about how it would work in practice. New research by consultancy firm Kin&Co[i] found that just 48% of businesses think their company would benefit from the move. In contrast they found that 70% of business owners said they would consider trialling Wednesday afternoons for employees, with 80% believing this would boost employee...

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The Bullyologist – Breaking the silence on Bullying
Jan04

The Bullyologist – Breaking the silence on Bullying

Through adversity comes greatpower..Working in corporate Human Resources at an oil and gas project in Australia, Jessica Hickman was a champion for positive change, winning awards and recognition for her outstanding work in identifying gaps in mental health support in the Resources industry and helping create safer work environments. But behind the scenes, Jessica endured prolonged workplace bullying that included physical and...

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Lowri Morgan confirmed to speak at Wales HR Awards
Jan04

Lowri Morgan confirmed to speak at Wales HR Awards

Bafta and multi-award-winning television presenter, Lowri Morgan, has been announced as the guest speaker at the 2019 Wales HR Awards. A world class ultra-endurance marathon runner, Ms Morgan has raced in some of the World’s toughest and most extreme races. She is one of only a handful of people in the world to ever complete the notoriously difficult 350-mile non-stop footrace ‘6633 Ultra’ in the Arctic and the...

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Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?
Jan04

Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?

It was, for most, first day back after Christmas and the New Year after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged, then perhaps feigned the dreaded lurgi, cough or cold!! This is not unheard of, but there are some excuses which are so excessive and exaggerated that you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of it. Here are five of the worst excuses for absences that we have heard!! 1. My only pair of work trousers are in the...

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Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t understand them or their potential
Jan04

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t understand them or their potential

50% of UK workers report feeling misunderstood or that their potential isn’t being realised by their employer The study also showed what motivates UK’s workforce: why they go to work and what keeps them there Half of the UK’s workforce feels misunderstood by their bosses according to research from ADP (Automatic Data Processing). The study, which surveyed over 2,000 workers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands,...

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Five workplace trends for 2019
Jan02

Five workplace trends for 2019

Guest Blog By Liam Butler AVP – SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company 2018 has been an eventful year for HR. Across every industry, digital transformation is making its mark, with disruptive technologies like AI and blockchain starting to permeate the workplace. This is changing how we work and the skills employees need to do their jobs proficiently. For HR departments, 2019’s focus will be preparing the workforce for the digital...

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Brexit cuts both ways for recruiters
Jan02

Brexit cuts both ways for recruiters

Over half (59%) of recruitment agencies reported an increase in business performance Almost three-fifths (59%) are struggling to source candidates, despite 63% reporting a spike in employer requestsBrexit threatens to exacerbate the skills shortage, with 57% fearing a lack of free movement will leave them unable to fill roles Record levels of employment, Brexit and the ongoing skills shortage have resulted in increased business for...

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UK Businesses Could Save Up To £4.8bn A Year If All Companies Offer A Carers Policy
Jan02

UK Businesses Could Save Up To £4.8bn A Year If All Companies Offer A Carers Policy

Centrica estimates that UK companies could save upto £4.8 billion a year in unplanned absences and a further £3.4 billion in improved employee retention by adopting flexible working policies to support those with caring responsibilities. According to Carers UK, one in eight adults are informal carers, meaning they provide unpaid care for a friend or family member. Withover three million people balancing these responsibilities with...

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