Britons spend more time travelling to work than most other European countries
Oct08

Britons spend more time travelling to work than most other European countries

In 2018, more than 1 in 4 (28.8%) of  British workers will spend 90 minutes or more of their time on their way to and from work. On average, UK workers spend 1 hour and 36 minutes a day commuting, travelling 26.73 km in total. Not only does this detract from working time, it can also put a significant strain on personal lives. These results come from the latest survey conducted across six European countries by the Payroll & HR...

Read More
Will post-Brexit Britain trade with China?
Oct08

Will post-Brexit Britain trade with China?

With the current exit date set at 29th March 2019, the country’s European Union exit has snuck up on us all! Worryingly, it seems to have snuck up on the government too, who seem no closer to resolving an exit deal with the EU. In light of this, it would seem prudent for companies to have a back-up plan in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But according to one survey, less than a third of UK companies have done so.      It wouldn’t be...

Read More
Winning the war on talent: Three ways to make a workplace a ‘great place’
Oct08

Winning the war on talent: Three ways to make a workplace a ‘great place’

Guest Blog By Marilyn Chaplin, Group Executive – People and Culture, Dimension Data   Cultivating a strong company culture is key for long-term success, particularly when it comes to attracting and retaining the talent to execute your strategy.  Indeed, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success[1].     Creating a world-class work environment across borders can be...

Read More
The apprenticeship levy: a lesson in creativity, engagement and giving back
Oct08

The apprenticeship levy: a lesson in creativity, engagement and giving back

Guest Blog by Hamish Munro, Organisational Development Coordinator, Civica   Improved productivity and record investment in skills training: these are the key promises of the new apprenticeship levy, launched in April last year. The new levy system was designed to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices and saw the UK government set itself an admirable goal of hitting a target of three million new apprenticeships by 2020....

Read More
Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence
Oct05

Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence

 Nine out of ten UK employees (92%) have gone into work despite being sick this year and the top reason for presenteeism is the fear of not getting paid, according to new research[i] from insurer, Holloway.co.uk.   Other reasons cited include being scared to get into trouble (22%), not wanting to fall behind on work (11%), thinking they could just get through their illness (9%) and having called in sick too many times (6%).     In...

Read More
Impact of AI in the workplace
Oct05

Impact of AI in the workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   There has been much debate recently about the impact of Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and its impact on the workplace.     In the US, all types of businesses are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers. In 2017 companies spent around $22bn on AI-related mergers and acquisitions, about 26 times more than in 2015.   Impact of AI in the Workplace   However, in a...

Read More
The Riskiest Places to Run a Business Revealed
Oct05

The Riskiest Places to Run a Business Revealed

 Wales is the riskiest place to run a business in Great Britain, according to HR, payroll and health & safety specialist Moorepay.   Moorepay analysed data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to create a health & safety business risk rating for each area in Great Britain. The research included data relating to accidents & fatalities, prosecutions, work related illness...

Read More
Does exercise make you more productive?
Oct05

Does exercise make you more productive?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business    In a health-conscious society, we are increasingly aware of our lifestyles and the importance of trying to stay healthy.   For many workers across the UK, day-to-day work involves spending a great deal of time sat down. Whether you’re in the office or on your way in, chances are you’re sat at your desk, in a car, or on some form of public transport.     All the sitting down we do has...

Read More
Nine In Ten UK Workers Came Into Work Despite Being Ill In 2017
Oct05

Nine In Ten UK Workers Came Into Work Despite Being Ill In 2017

Presenteeism remains a pervasive problem in UK office culture, as nearly half (47%) of employees surveyed reveal they didn’t take a sick day in 2017 according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance. While there has been a small decrease in the number of employees not taking a sick day from 2016 (54%), the tendency to come into the workplace when suffering from a minor illness persists, as nine in ten (88%) admit they go into...

Read More
8 Human Resources Tips for Small Business Entrepreneurs
Oct05

8 Human Resources Tips for Small Business Entrepreneurs

Your small business’ operations depend on reliable staff delivering the service customers require and expect. Many entrepreneurs understand their product and their business model inside and out but know surprisingly little about managing employees. This too often leads to chaos in the workplace, insufficient staffing and, sometimes, unnecessary legal issues. Here are eight human resources tips for small business entrepreneurs.  ...

Read More
How businesses can best ensure a healthy work/life balance is met
Oct05

How businesses can best ensure a healthy work/life balance is met

There is a clear presenteeism problem in UK business, in the financial and professional services sectors in particular. Without structured initiatives to ensure the proper work life balance is adopted by staff, there is a real danger that this can lead to sluggish productivity and impact the quality of work as staff come under undue pressure to deliver.   As business structures evolve and younger employees make up a greater share of...

Read More
How efficient use of the workspace can aid employee wellbeing
Oct04

How efficient use of the workspace can aid employee wellbeing

Guest Blog By Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director of Cobus   Creating a space in which people can flourish is becoming a priority for many businesses, with more and more emphasis being placed on engagement and its link to productivity and wellbeing.     Gone are the days of the traditional 9 to 5 job, as more employees stay connected to their work around the clock through digital technology such as smartphones and tablets.   Therefore,...

Read More
Mind The Skills Gap: Brit’s Lack Of Understanding Is Hurting Job Prospects
Oct04

Mind The Skills Gap: Brit’s Lack Of Understanding Is Hurting Job Prospects

New research released today reveals Brits are being held back in their careers by not having an understanding of the skills they need to progress. Global recruitment specialist Michael Page surveyed 1,203 workers to get their views on the job application process and found over a third (36 per cent) have held back from applying for a new job because they didn’t understand which skills were required for the role.     The survey revealed...

Read More
Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained
Oct04

Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained

Losing your job is undoubtedly one of the most unpleasant and stressful experiences that anyone can go through. But the sense of frustration and confusion is only magnified if you believe that you were unfairly fired or let go by your employer. But rather than letting these feelings manifest as anger and regret, it is important to look into your legal options. If you were dismissed unfairly from your job this could potentially have...

Read More
Five ways to keep your employee’s spirits up during autumn
Oct04

Five ways to keep your employee’s spirits up during autumn

Guest Blog By David Price, Health Assured CEO & wellbeing expert   During autumn the seasonal shift away from summer and the arrival of colder weather can leave employees feeling unmotivated. To avoid the seasonal change having a detrimental impact on your business, here are five steps you can take to ensure employees’ spirits and productivity levels remain high, even as the temperature drops.     1. As the days become shorter,...

Read More