Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  
Sep15

Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  

Asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to them getting fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases losing their jobs, low-paid mums and dads report Half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to manage work and childcare, a new TUC report has revealed. More than two in five (42%) said they felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility – telling the TUC they are subsequently given fewer hours, worse...

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Why HR professionals must harness the potential of the Apprenticeship Levy
Sep15

Why HR professionals must harness the potential of the Apprenticeship Levy

Tim Campbell, Head of Client Services, Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions It’s now been four months since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced, and while it’s still early days, the general consensus seems to be that the project is already beginning to fulfil its objectives.   According to research by the Open University, over half of the employers who pay into the pot (54 per cent) have already accessed their allocated...

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Businesses brace themselves for the flu season
Sep15

Businesses brace themselves for the flu season

·         Businesses offering employees flu jab vouchers up 353% rise in five years ·         Illnesses such as flu account for 34 million lost working days in 2016 ·         Bupa’s nurses set up on-site clinics so employees can be vaccinated at work ·         Bupa UK’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Iley explains why it’s important to get vaccinated this winter Bupa has seen a significant increase in the number of employers looking to...

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Keep calm and eat lunch – Anthony Bennett
Sep14

Keep calm and eat lunch – Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett, co-founder and director at Bennett Hay Amidst the busy, bustling and often hectic hours of the working day, food and breaks have a tendency to slip down the list of priorities for individuals in the workplace. Far too often, lunchtime can cause a great deal of stress to employees. Where do you eat? What do you eat? Will you offend your colleagues with the smell of your leftovers? Can you afford to be away from your...

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Millennials want their bosses to talk to them and inspire them to achieve more, finds new survey
Sep14

Millennials want their bosses to talk to them and inspire them to achieve more, finds new survey

A survey by London recruitment consultancy Freshminds has revealed that millennial workers in the UK are motivated more and respond better to managers and leaders who engage, challenge and inspire them at work according to a recent survey. Freshminds, an award-winning recruitment consultancy that provides UK and European businesses with top graduate talent, found that two-fifths (40.2%) of respondents – ranging from entry level...

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Tech firm eases pressure on working families
Sep14

Tech firm eases pressure on working families

UKFast offers extra day off for parents on first day at school As four and five year-olds up and down the country get ready to start their educational journey, working parents are having to make special arrangements to see their little ones off for their big day, or pick them up when the bell goes. But parents at Manchester technology firm UKFast will not have that worry, as CEO Lawrence Jones has offered all parents of new school...

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Monster launches Power Job Ads to revolutionise how recruiters find talent
Sep14

Monster launches Power Job Ads to revolutionise how recruiters find talent

Monster today announces the latest addition to its product portfolio, Power Job Ads, a revolutionary proposition that connects businesses with relevant candidates wherever they are online. As candidate online behaviour continues to evolve, engaging with people, brands and businesses across devices, geographies and platforms, organisations can no longer expect top candidates to find them – especially if they are not looking for a new...

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1 in 3 British office workers avoid working from home
Sep14

1 in 3 British office workers avoid working from home

Nearly one-third (31.4%) of British office workers admitted that they have avoided working from home, according to a survey by Crucial, the memory and storage experts.     The survey of 2,000 British office workers found that office workers 45 years old and above have a significantly more positive view on working from home than millennials (18- to 34-year-olds) – 40% of the 45 and above age group said nothing would keep them from...

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80% of business decision makers complete work admin outside of working day, reveals LeasePlan
Sep13

80% of business decision makers complete work admin outside of working day, reveals LeasePlan

  Admin overload is taking over our lives, adding unnecessary stress and resulting in family disappointments. Eighty per cent of business decision makers and 90% of c-suite executives say they have had to spend time outside working hours to catch up on their work administrative tasks, with more than a third (35%) admitting they have let their family down as a result of this admin overload.   The most common admin blowouts...

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Royal recognition for Bluestone’s commitment to staff training
Sep13

Royal recognition for Bluestone’s commitment to staff training

Bluestone National Park Resort has been awarded the Princess Royal Training Hallmark for outstanding employer contribution to training and development.   The Pembrokeshire holiday company, which employs more than 700 locally based staff, was among 40 organisations ranging from banking giants to charities to be recognised for its training excellence.   The company was scrutinised by assessors who reviewed the business’...

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The bigger a business becomes, the more business professionals rely on staff to help drive everything forward
Sep13

The bigger a business becomes, the more business professionals rely on staff to help drive everything forward

A new report released today has revealed the priorities for bosses when it comes to retaining staff and keeping them positive in the workplace.   The new study of 750 senior business professionals by Arch Apprentices provided an insight into employee retention – uncovering how to have a happy and productive workforce. Enabling employees to learn new skills was top of the list (73%) – followed closely by promotions (67%) and pay...

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Bupa launches online mental health guide to support line managers 
Sep13

Bupa launches online mental health guide to support line managers 

  A third of line managers would struggle to identify mental health issues Similarly, a third wouldn’t know what to do if a team member had a mental health issue However, employer support is gaining attention with two in five managers being trained Mental health and wellbeing support in the workplace has significantly improved in recent years.  However, Bupa research1 highlights that line managers would still benefit from support...

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Men are more at risk of being injured at work than women
Sep12

Men are more at risk of being injured at work than women

Almost two-thirds of men are being put in danger at work by poor health and safety procedures, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 employees, which was conducted by award-winning data capture app provider, WorkMobile, found that 61% have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies, despite the majority of men having more hazardous jobs. Over half (54%) of male respondents work in a hazardous...

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Construction business builds ‘Buddy up’ network to help stop the rise of male suicide
Sep12

Construction business builds ‘Buddy up’ network to help stop the rise of male suicide

A leading Welsh property and construction firm has called upon their network of property professionals from across the country to swap their hi-vis and hard hats for swimming goggles, cycling shorts and running shoes to raise vital funds for male suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) in the Wales Property Triathlon. The annual triathlon, now in its fifth year, organised by family firm Jehu Group is in aid...

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Are you guilty of any of the top 10 most irritating colleague habits?
Sep12

Are you guilty of any of the top 10 most irritating colleague habits?

Bad odours are a no-no in the office, annoying 62% of British workers. – Communication issues, such as being interrupted in meetings, irritates 71%. – Colleagues gossiping about co-workers annoys a fifth of British employees. Brits spend on average 1,740 hours in the office each year; that’s 76,360 hours across a lifetime! Therefore, it’s very important we get on well with our colleagues, whether it be civil or close...

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