Stress Index 2018: Which industries are the UK’s most stressful?
Dec06

Stress Index 2018: Which industries are the UK’s most stressful?

Accounting and financial services employees and staff in the cleaning and domestic services sector are the most stressed in the UK, research from AXA has revealed.     According to the findings,* which are part of AXA’s 2018 Stress Index, 87% of workers in accounting and financial services and the cleaning sectors and domestic services are stressed at least some of the time during a typical week. In addition, 12% of cleaning and...

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Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search
Dec06

Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search

Guest Blog by Martin Linstrom, Managing Director UK&I at IPsoft   Effective talent management that successfully attracts and retains the best candidates is now more vital than ever, particularly in times of increasing job competition.     Significantly, 56% of recruiters state that access to new recruitment and interview tools is very or extremely important for the future of hiring processes. Working more efficiently is essential...

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Can The Digital Workplace Solve HR’s Knowledge Sharing Challenges?
Dec06

Can The Digital Workplace Solve HR’s Knowledge Sharing Challenges?

Guest Blog By Mike Hicks, VP of Strategy at Igloo Software   Today’s human resource teams are tasked with keeping companies connected in a time when offices and employees are more distributed than ever. A big part of this task is making sure employees have quick and easy access to company news, policies, and documentation. But this can be particularly difficult for HR teams that don’t have the means to effectively store or transfer...

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Culture fit is still the big story for 2019
Dec06

Culture fit is still the big story for 2019

 93% of HR decision makers who completed a recent survey commissioned by pre-hire assessment specialist, ThriveMap, said they expected culture fit to become more important with regards to hiring in 2019. With 96% already saying that hiring for culture fit is already crucial, this reveals how much this topic will be discussed in the year ahead.     ThriveMap predicts the focus for 2019 for employers will be defining what culture fit is...

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Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse for the remaining staff?
Dec06

Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse for the remaining staff?

Guest Blog by Mike Davis, Head of SME at AXA PP Healthcare   When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse?     It will not come as a surprise to any business owners that an employee’s absence from work can be a disruption.   According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK...

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Top tips for managing a diverse workforce
Dec06

Top tips for managing a diverse workforce

Research shows that, by 2022, one in three people of working age in Wales will be age 50 and over (1). What most people don’t realise is that an older worker is defined as someone who is aged 50 and over.   And so there will be many middle managers that find themselves in situations where they are managing someone aged 50 and over.  A middle manager is someone who manages at least one lower level member of staff, and reports to higher...

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HR & The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Dec06

HR & The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Guest Blog by Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Howden Employee Benefits    Anyone familiar with that seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” will of course recognise that of all the spirits that Scrooge met, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was by far the most unsettling for the old boy.  The story concludes with Ebenezer’s actions of the moment being very much shaped by the potential uncertainties ahead.     And that seems...

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Don’t let bullying control your life: managing difficult relationships in the workplace
Dec04

Don’t let bullying control your life: managing difficult relationships in the workplace

When a mix of people from different backgrounds, with varying personalities, attitudes, values and beliefs come together in a workplace context, working together isn’t always easy. After all, we choose our friends but not our colleagues. Some people are naturally brash, or assertive, while others are introvert and more sensitive. What humours one employee may hurt another, and what constitutes as ‘acceptable behaviour’ can blur the...

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Taking High Tech Steps to Reduce the Cost of Staff Turnover
Dec04

Taking High Tech Steps to Reduce the Cost of Staff Turnover

Staff turnover has a serious impact on a company, costing time, resources and money, according to recent reports collected by Instant Offices. In fact, one report by Oxford Economics reveals that it costs more than £30,000 on average for a company to replace one employee.   With new technologies playing an increasingly important role in business, Instant Offices’ Head of Marketing & Research John Williams gives a breakdown of the...

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Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important in the workplace, Wildgoose survey finds.
Dec03

Over 50% of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important in the workplace, Wildgoose survey finds.

Disability in the workplace is a hot topic in the media today, with broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, along with government ministers, committed to doubling the number of disabled people involved in television by 2020 to make the industry more inclusive. However, it is not just the broadcasters who need to implement a culture of change.     With 70% of discriminatory queries at The Equality Advisory Support Service...

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Almost three quarters of employees are doing a job they don’t want to
Dec03

Almost three quarters of employees are doing a job they don’t want to

New research by The Recruit Venture Group has uncovered the truths behind Brits’ career aspirations including:   70% of employees are doing jobs they don’t want to A third of full-time employees secretly want to start their own business Business owners are most likely to say they’re in their dream job Almost 1 in 10 don’t want to start a company because of uncertainty around Brexit     The research shows that business owners are six...

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Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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Professional Gig Economy Booms As War For Digital Talent Intensifies
Nov30

Professional Gig Economy Booms As War For Digital Talent Intensifies

1.6 million1 (28%) UK businesses plan to hire temporary or contract staff in the next twelve months, as digitalisation and a lack of available talent creates critical skills gaps in the workplace, according to the Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide.     Technology is reshaping businesses; two in five UK organisations (38%) consider digitalisation to be the main evolving force in the workplace today. This shift has created demand for a new...

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One in three people in the UK are ‘coasting’ at work, according to new report
Nov30

One in three people in the UK are ‘coasting’ at work, according to new report

One in three (32%) people in the UK are coasting in their career and the biggest cause appears to be unhappiness in their current workplace, according to a report entitled Why BWell from Barnett Waddingham. The alarming statistic – which equates to more than ten million[1] of the workforce – comes as the UK battles to solve a productivity crisis which since the financial crisis has seen our output slow more than any other leading...

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Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?
Nov29

Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?

Guest Blog by Arwen Makin, ESP Law   Evolving employment legislation and mounting economic stresses, together with the uncertain political climate, are culminating to create an increasingly challenging legal landscape for HR teams to navigate. Some have even been left feeling as though they’re verging on becoming employment lawyers, as a result.     But are Human Resources professionals putting too much pressure on themselves to...

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