Trustees Unlimited urges UK employers to embrace corporate trustee programmes to help employees gain boardroom skills
Nov14

Trustees Unlimited urges UK employers to embrace corporate trustee programmes to help employees gain boardroom skills

To mark Trustees Week (12-18 November 2018) Sophie Livingstone, Managing Director at Trustees Unlimited, is calling on more UK employers to support corporate trustee programmes to develop their employees’ skills in leadership and governance and contribute to society at the same time.     Sophie highlights that board-level volunteering programmes like ‘Step on Board’ which Trustees Unlimited runs in partnership with the National...

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Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age
Nov13

Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Employment lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP   When you are recruiting and interviewing applicants, make sure you don’t make their age a factor unless you want to fall foul of the law. In a recent judgment, the Cardiff Employment Tribunal has held that a job applicant had been unlawfully discriminated against when he did not get a job as a park keeper because of his age.   At the date of the interview the job...

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How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party
Nov13

How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party

Guest Blog from Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm.   Employers are being reminded of their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting their staff at Christmas parties after a Court of Appeal Judge held a company liable for the behaviour of its managing director at a festive get-together.   Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm, is urging employers to set out strict...

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Do you work for Scrooge?
Nov13

Do you work for Scrooge?

Half of UK employees (50%) do not receive a reward or gift from their manager or employer at Christmas, shows new research. 39% of employees said they do get a gift and 11% said they “sometimes” receive festive rewards. The research, commissioned by reward, recognition and motivation experts, Motivates Inc. Ltd, surveyed 2,000 UK employees in full-time employment and shows there is a slight sway towards men getting Christmas gifts in...

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Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role
Nov13

Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD at 10xPsychology Recruitment is a constantly evolving process for any business. Whether it is growing the team, finding a replacement or just making sure the company has the right people in the right roles, it is not easy, and getting it right takes a good understanding of the business and the type of candidates needed to make it a success.     Knowing the challenges When HR teams are looking to recruit,...

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The case for working from home
Nov12

The case for working from home

For centuries the ‘modern’ office has provided a clear distinction between work and home, revolving around a 9-5 routine where workers are required to be at the same desk, in the same room – day in, day out. But why has it lasted so long? Is it because it’s a tried and tested way of working that delivers results, or just a tired-out tradition yet to catch up with the times?     With 87% of the UK’s full-time employees wanting to work...

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7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant issue...

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Increasing health and safety awareness among employees
Nov09

Increasing health and safety awareness among employees

Guest Blog By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct   Government figures show over half a million workplace injuries occurred in 2016/17 alone. The cost of employee accidents can have a huge impact on business, causing absenteeism, loss of productivity and possibly even a pay-out in compensation.     There’s obviously a huge responsibility on business and HR directors to keep employees safe at work. However, we can’t control...

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How HR can lead the charge in going green
Nov08

How HR can lead the charge in going green

The concept of going green in the workplace used to be just a vision for the future, but it is now one of the top priorities for companies all across the nation. When you take into consideration the fact that the United Kingdom produces enough carbon emissions each year to weigh as much as 37 million London buses, then it’s easy to understand why this has now become just an important collective responsibility. By turning to greener...

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The challenges of dealing with and managing multinational staff
Nov08

The challenges of dealing with and managing multinational staff

Guest Blog by Neil Gauld, Brightlines Translation Services   In a global workforce, it’s worthwhile maintaining a multinational staff. Having employees from different countries and cultures can mean different perspectives on everything to do with your business. Different approaches to challenges means your business can flourish and grow, as you consider original angles that might not have occurred to you if your workforce were...

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59% of millennial job seekers feel short-changed due to a lack of interview feedback, recruitment survey finds
Nov08

59% of millennial job seekers feel short-changed due to a lack of interview feedback, recruitment survey finds

Already the largest generation in the workplace, by 2020 millennials are forecast to make up 35% of the global workforce. In an increasingly candidate-led market, it’s crucial to appeal to millennial job seekers more than ever before, as employers compete to attract and retain top talent.     It is vital that HR teams utilise the latest data to tailor their interview process to appeal to candidates, or risk losing out to their...

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Frazzled Workers Have Nowhere To Eat Lunch
Nov08

Frazzled Workers Have Nowhere To Eat Lunch

A survey of 1,012 UK office workers’ carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, revealed that 56% of Brits don’t have anywhere to eat lunch in their office, and 1 in 3 don’t have any form of breakout space to enable them to get away from their desk.   As a result of this, 34% of employees say they resort to eating lunch at their desk, which they feel is having a detrimental effect on morale and productivity.     69% of...

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The Death Of The Desktop
Nov08

The Death Of The Desktop

THE ONCE commonplace desktop PC has been relegated to Britain’s dusty workplace store room, joining relics such as the fax machine and the landline phone, while the retail sector adopts tablets and smart devices at breakneck speed and ahead of other business sectors.     The survey of 1,013 British adults carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer, LaptopsDirect.co.uk, found that just 42% of UK workers now use a desktop computer...

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Suits yourself: survey shows office workers get more chance to dress as they choose
Nov08

Suits yourself: survey shows office workers get more chance to dress as they choose

Go into any workplace on a Friday and there is now a better than 50/50 chance that people will not be wearing a suit or other formal business clothes, according to research by XpertHR.   Our survey of 477 employers’ policies on dress and appearance found that more than half now tear up the rules for dress-down days (54.7%) or to support charity days (54.2%). Dress codes may also be abandoned in unusually hot or cold weather or at...

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Over Half of Millennials would like to be shown their Desk during the Interview Process, recruitment survey finds
Nov08

Over Half of Millennials would like to be shown their Desk during the Interview Process, recruitment survey finds

Already the largest generation in the workplace, by 2020 millennials are forecast to make up 35% of the global workforce. In an increasingly candidate-led market, it’s crucial to appeal to millennial job seekers more than ever before, as employers compete to attract and retain top talent. It is vital that HR teams utilise the latest data to tailor their interview process to appeal to candidates, or risk losing out to their...

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