Time to take a break…
Jul05

Time to take a break…

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence   A survey commissioned by British Airways in January revealed that one-third of UK workers did not use up their annual leave in 2017, losing an average of four days each.   Today is National Workaholics Day which brings the attention to the research carried out – how are companies manging their staff holidays and encouraging them to use their annual leave entitlement.     The recent hot...

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Offensive Odour Tops the List of “Most Irritating” Co-Worker Habits!
Jul05

Offensive Odour Tops the List of “Most Irritating” Co-Worker Habits!

Britons work more hours than anyone else in Europe, according to the EU’s own figures; a total 42 hours and 18 minutes a week. The only other major economy where people spend more than 40 hours a week in the office (on average) is Germany, with 40 hours and 24 minutes.   It is therefore imperative we get on with our colleagues, after all, we spend more time with them than our own family and friends! However, sometimes, this is easier...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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Working Remotely During a Heatwave
Jul05

Working Remotely During a Heatwave

Guest Blog by Jonathan Dungan, Marketing Executive at 247meeting   It’s like, really hot.   There are better, more sesquipedalian ways to convey that message, but I find it’s too hot to even string a series of relevant thoughts together.     I even had to run a Google search to find that fancy word there, all because I can’t seem to express myself properly in these drought-like conditions. It’s a great word though, it actually means...

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How Smart are your people working?
Jul05

How Smart are your people working?

What percentage of your working week is spent doing things you think you should be doing, and doing them well? In other words, Working Smart.   If you have just answered this question, make a note somewhere. I’ll explain why.   It’s a question I have been asking employees around the world in my leadership training programmes for the last 20 years. I have met nearly 10,000 people in that time, so when I tell you what the average answer...

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Entries open for CIPD Wales Awards
Jul05

Entries open for CIPD Wales Awards

CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced that entries for its 2018 awards are open following the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural awards. To be held at National Museum Cardiff on 22nd November, the awards celebrate the outstanding people development work that takes place across Wales. Thousands of people work in the people profession across Wales, with HR and leadership development...

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What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure
Jul05

What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR     With the recent news that 11,000 jobs are being put at risk at House of Fraser amid heavy falls in profit forcing it to close more than half of its UK stores, it has raised questions around what employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure.   When a company or organisation enters a period of transition, the major changes can be swift. During this...

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8 million UK workers at risk of career complacency
Jul05

8 million UK workers at risk of career complacency

A quarter of UK workers are failing to prioritise professional learning and development, putting them at risk of falling behind as the accelerating pace of technological change demands new skills to keep up, according to a new survey by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (The Association).   In the survey, 26 percent of workers admitted that they had not participated in any in-work learning in the last...

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Over 40% of British payroll and HR teams find it difficult to provide data to support business decisions
Jul05

Over 40% of British payroll and HR teams find it difficult to provide data to support business decisions

International research conducted by SD Worx today revealed that up to 87% of business leaders are now asking their HR teams for employee payroll data to inform business decisions.   The survey was undertaken among over 1,500 respondents from nine European markets by SD Worx, a leading provider of global Payroll and HR services. The research highlights that in the age of analytics, many organisations are now embracing the power of...

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Banks ‘Brexit-proof’ teams in case of a bad deal
Jul04

Banks ‘Brexit-proof’ teams in case of a bad deal

Research undertaken by Randstad has found banks are recruiting teams of financial experts, to fend off any potential consequences of the UK crashing out of the European Union. Financial services across London are paying compliance experts higher salaries and day rates, compared to last year. This increase represents the work going into preparing for any regulatory changes caused by Brexit.   During an annual report into salaries in...

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Revealed: Top 15 Employers in Britain For Work/Life Balance – As Rated By Employees
Jul04

Revealed: Top 15 Employers in Britain For Work/Life Balance – As Rated By Employees

Transport for London (TfL) is the best company in the UK to work for if you want a good work/life balance, according to new research from the world’s largest job site Indeed.   Bosses at TfL are clearly on the right track as employees enjoy far more than just their pay packet, praising the company for its considerate approach to its staff.   A good work/life balance incorporates aspects such as good holiday allocation, sympathetic...

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7 ways to tackle loneliness in the workplace
Jul04

7 ways to tackle loneliness in the workplace

Whether it’s your first day or 10th year anniversary at a business, the issue of being lonely can happen to anyone at any time. Dealing with loneliness can be an incredibly difficult task and it’s easy to shy away from.   Spending eight to nine hours a day at work staring at the same four walls can make it feel like the world is swallowing you up.   Ben Edwards, a self-confidence expert and relationship coach, shares his top tips for...

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Understanding sexual harassment in an increasingly diverse and complex world
Jul04

Understanding sexual harassment in an increasingly diverse and complex world

Guest Blog by Valerie Nichols, Executive Consultant at Hemsley Fraser   Most of us are aware that grabbing someone’s crotch or buttocks is highly inappropriate and is likely to be considered sexual harassment. That’s one end of the spectrum. How about a friendly pat on the back in acknowledgement of a job well done? Sexual harassment or not? How about telling someone that they look good? How about a ‘wolf whistle’?   The extent of...

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England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?
Jul03

England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   The Three Lions will be taking part in their biggest World Cup game in over 10 years when they play Columbia tonight. But how will this effect offices Wednesday morning?     No doubt staff will be having a few drinks whilst watching the game, then a few more either to celebrate or commiserate!   An estimated 1.2 million England fans plan to call in sick following the...

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5 tips to make your meetings more enjoyable
Jul03

5 tips to make your meetings more enjoyable

We often spend countless hours preparing for, and dreading, our meetings. Whether these be with clients or colleagues, meetings often don’t seem very exciting and regularly take up a large proportion of our weekly schedule.   Meetings also often bring with them a lot of pressure as we hope to impress and land crucial new contracts. As a result, it’s important to not feel overwhelmed or demotivated by the prospect of upcoming meetings;...

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