The carrot, not the stick: Rewarding good behaviour gets the best results
Sep03

The carrot, not the stick: Rewarding good behaviour gets the best results

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive and Recognition at Sodexo Engage   Wheely, the chauffer service app, recently announced an incentive for new employees. People joining from competitors will get a weekly retainer so long as they keep a five-star driver ranking. But as soon as it dips to 4.9, they’ll lose the incentive. At first glance, this might seem like a good idea; new staff will be pushing to keep hold of their...

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Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?
Aug31

Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?

Guest Blog By Janice Haddon, founder and MD of Morgan Redwood   Millions of UK workers book time off work during the summer months, whether that be to spend quality time with family and friends or to travel to far-flung destinations.   It is during this time we often hear people say they are ‘in need of a break’ or ‘need to recharge the batteries’, but is there any truth behind these expressions and does it really matter whether we...

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The pros and cons of getting fleet insurance for your business vans
Aug31

The pros and cons of getting fleet insurance for your business vans

If your business relies on a number of vans and a pool of drivers, then it can make sense to get them all covered under one insurance policy. There are two different types of policy to choose from depending on how many vans you have. The size of your business and also the type of work that you do will dictate which the best policy is for you.     If you have any number from two to five vans, then a multi-van policy is most likely to...

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Do you trust your boss with your data? Just 17% would lend their smartphone to their manager
Aug31

Do you trust your boss with your data? Just 17% would lend their smartphone to their manager

As employees become increasingly aware of their privacy and personal data, it is more important than ever before for managers to handle information carefully, but how much do staff really trust their managers? In a survey conducted by Atomik Research, instantprint discovered that 36% of workers would never allow their boss to borrow their phone under any circumstances. In comparison, just 17% are extremely likely to do so.     As well...

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6 in 10 workers say being snooped on by their boss fuels “distrust and discrimination”
Aug31

6 in 10 workers say being snooped on by their boss fuels “distrust and discrimination”

6 in 10 working people fear that greater workplace surveillance through technology will fuel distrust (65%) and discrimination (66%), according to research for I’ll Be Watching You, a new TUC report published.   The study reveals that most UK workers (56%) believe they are currently monitored by their boss at work.     This can take a variety of forms such as:   Monitoring internet use, keystrokes and through webcams Location tracking...

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Stimulate Your Employees’ Brains With An Enriched Working Environment
Aug30

Stimulate Your Employees’ Brains With An Enriched Working Environment

Are your employees still working in an office environment with grey-white walls, fluorescent lighting and generic office furniture? Then according to neuroscientists, this is a wasted opportunity. As is happens, research shows you can stimulate the brains of your employees by ‘enriching’ the working environment more. And that in turn ensures they perform better at work. In this whitepaper, we explain how that works and how you can...

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Totaljobs and Good&Co integrate to help recruiters find the best-fit through psychometric testing
Aug30

Totaljobs and Good&Co integrate to help recruiters find the best-fit through psychometric testing

Market leading job board totaljobs, has announced an exciting new integration with candidate personality and company culture matching platform Good&Co. The two StepStone owned companies are now fully integrated, meaning employers advertising on totaljobs are able to ask applicants to complete a psychometric test prior to interviewing them.     Good&Co, a San Francisco based tech firm, was acquired by StepStone in 2016 and...

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Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting
Aug30

Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO & Founder, Oleeo   Recruiting is evolving with technology at a frenetic pace. The future will be more machine-driven than perhaps ever before in the ever-expanding quest for recruiters who have to ensure they are hiring the best quality candidates.     Together, predictive and prescriptive analytics are the future in helping talent acquisition teams to move forward with confident sourcing,...

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Three Ways to Keep Employees Happy
Aug30

Three Ways to Keep Employees Happy

There are all kinds of techniques, tools, and measures you can take as a business owner in order to ensure your company is successful. And while each method is important and creates that chain of success, one of the most important factors is your staff. Without skilled, experienced, and hard-working employees, it’s very hard for the company to enjoy its full potential. What that means is, once you do manage to secure that “perfect”...

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How to support your EU staff through the Brexit process
Aug30

How to support your EU staff through the Brexit process

After last year’s referendum determined that the UK will be leaving the European Union, Brexit is formally due to come into force on 29th March 2019. While political discussions at home as well as negotiations with the EU are still in full force to define what Brexit will ultimately mean for Britain, the economic and social effects of the impending seachange can already be felt throughout companies in the UK.     How do EU citizens...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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Technology can help workers improve their written communication skills
Aug29

Technology can help workers improve their written communication skills

Guest Blog by Fergal McGovern, CEO of VisibleThread   The written word is still used extensively in our organisations.   Just think of website content, FAQ documents, contracts, terms and conditions, customer journey drips, scripts for live chat… or your inbox. Emails are one of the main ways we do business with our internal and external customers.     However, there are numerous factors that influence the quality of written...

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8 tried-and-tested ways to make your meetings a success
Aug29

8 tried-and-tested ways to make your meetings a success

Recent research suggests that unproductive meetings are costing the UK a staggering £582m a week, so if bad meetings are a regular occurrence in your workplace, it could be seriously damaging your bottom line.   Nick Pollitt, Managing Director at office furniture supplier DBI Furniture Solutions, explains that bad meetings can easily become a culture in any company if left unaddressed.     “When you’ve got a million and one things to...

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6 Signs you’re being underpaid
Aug29

6 Signs you’re being underpaid

Guest Blog by Emma Gilbey You are the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave, you are accountable for most of your departments tasks and you fuel your colleagues with endless coffee runs. However, each month your funds are dangerously low as your wage does not mirror your flair in the workplace. Is this the norm or is it time to strike up the courage and ask for a pay rise?     Here, the financial experts at Finance.co.uk...

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With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working
Aug28

With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working

A new YouGov survey[i] for fast-food chain MacDonald’s suggests working 9am to 5pm is becoming a thing of the past, with just 6 per cent of people in the UK now working traditional office hours. The survey highlighted that almost half of people worked flexibly with arrangements such as job sharing or compressed hours, allowing them to juggle other commitments.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence says a change in the law in...

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