New research reveals that most UK workers aren’t ready for salary transparency
Jul31

New research reveals that most UK workers aren’t ready for salary transparency

A recent survey conducted by business electricity comparison site, Love Energy Savings showed that the majority of UK employees don’t want any salary information to be made common knowledge throughout their businesses. When asked which approach to salary transparency they would prefer in their company.   • 65.8% of UK respondents said they didn’t want any salary information shared within their company. • Only 26.9% of respondents...

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Horrible bosses: New survey reveals half of UK workforce has felt bullied by a boss
Jul30

Horrible bosses: New survey reveals half of UK workforce has felt bullied by a boss

Being a good leader is crucial in retaining employees and supporting growth, but it seems being a well-liked boss isn’t so easy.   A new survey of more than 1,000 employees has found that 45% of the UK doesn’t view their boss as a friend, and a huge 50% have felt bullied by a boss throughout their careers.     The survey, carried out by UK printing supply company, TonerGiant also found that employees find it difficult to approach...

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Over Half Of UK Adults Think They Could Run A Business With Just A Smartphone
Jul30

Over Half Of UK Adults Think They Could Run A Business With Just A Smartphone

Modern society has seen technology come to play an important part in the way we interact with others and go about doing day-to-day tasks. But, has smartphone technology now developed so much that people can run a business using nothing but their mobile phone?   According to new research* conducted by online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, two-thirds (65%) of UK working adults are confident they could run a business using just a...

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Recommendations announced to tackle sexual harassment at work
Jul27

Recommendations announced to tackle sexual harassment at work

Guest Blog by Owen John, Employment Lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP.   The Harvey Weinstein affair and the resulting #MeToo twitter movement has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace over the past year or so. What has followed the furore is a steady stream of surveys outlining the true depths of the problem. One recent UK survey suggested that 53% of women and 20% of men have experienced sexual harassment at work.     With...

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How to encourage a friendly culture at work
Jul27

How to encourage a friendly culture at work

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle from Brighter Business   Work is better when you enjoy the company of your colleagues and co-workers, and having the right environment is a big part of that. One of the best ways to create a friendly culture at work is to improve the quality and quantity of social interactions between your colleagues – inside and outside of the workplace.   Getting them to engage with each other outside of their work roles...

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Time to ditch the office? One in five Brits feel more productive working from home
Jul26

Time to ditch the office? One in five Brits feel more productive working from home

While working in an office comes with its perks and privileges, many struggle with the 9-5 life (and aircon politics), which may explain why more and more people are opting to work from home.*   Online furniture retailer Furniture Choice, polled the nation to find out why Brits are choosing to work from home, how often and where in their house they are setting up office. And since working from home can be distracting and a daunting...

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Technology named best sector for flexible working
Jul26

Technology named best sector for flexible working

Technology is the best sector for supporting flexible working among employees, according to a new study. The research from the Smarter Working Initiative found that 84 per cent of employees in the tech sector are offered flexible working, compared to the UK average of 65 per cent.   Three quarters (73%) of tech workers say their workplace actively encourages a smarter working culture, compared just half (52%) of UK employees. A huge...

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How ‘presenteeism’ can be monitored and tackled in the workplace
Jul26

How ‘presenteeism’ can be monitored and tackled in the workplace

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR     With a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealing that ‘presenteeism’ – the practice of working for more hours than required – has hit a record high in the UK, it comes as no surprise that the unhealthy workplace practice is damaging the economy and having an adverse effect on productivity.   Of the...

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Driving Usage of your Benefits Offering
Jul26

Driving Usage of your Benefits Offering

Take a step back to understand what you want your benefits package to achieve. Think about wider company values and try to align your wellbeing objectives with these. Want your employees to have fun? Consider using your benefits to encourage employees to partake in leisure activities to help them lead healthier lifestyles while living up to the company values. Want to encourage teamwork and collaboration? Introduce an office Fitbit...

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees
Jul25

Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner or HCHR If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018. However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The team at HCHR has come up with...

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Why is the UK lagging behind on wellbeing?
Jul25

Why is the UK lagging behind on wellbeing?

Guest Blog Cheryl Brennan, Director of Corporate Consulting, Punter Southall Health and Protection   We all know that stress has a major impact on our wellbeing and the latest 2018 Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey[i] has highlighted that unmanageable stress has resulted in the UK being ranked the lowest among developed Western countries in terms of wellbeing.   This survey of 15,000 people in 23 countries found that eight out of 10 people...

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Can remote working affect your employee’s mental health?
Jul25

Can remote working affect your employee’s mental health?

Guest Blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price   Managing employees’ mental health is an important issue for employers as recent figures show UK businesses lose £100m every year due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety. There is a risk that these issues could develop more frequently amongst staff who are tasked with working remotely, as these individuals may typically find themselves separated from the...

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Specialist motor insurer ERS to create up to 100 jobs in Swansea
Jul25

Specialist motor insurer ERS to create up to 100 jobs in Swansea

ERS, the UK’s largest specialist motor insurer, is pleased to announce that it anticipates hiring up to 100 employees and invest in training and developing at its Swansea offices over the next 12 months as it brings increasingly specialist jobs to the city.   The company has doubled its size in Swansea over the last three years taking it to well over 450 employees. As it expands further, it will be offering even more great...

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Do unlimited holidays boost staff morale?
Jul24

Do unlimited holidays boost staff morale?

Unhappy staff often means poor productivity and reduced loyalty to a brand — not ideal if you want the best for you staff and business. According to Glassdoor’s 2015 Employment Confidence Survey, about 60% of people report that benefits and perks are a major factor in considering whether to accept a job offer. For that reason, many employers put incentives in place to try and boost employee productivity and satisfaction. The incentive...

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Body Odor, Dress Code Among Summer Workplace Challenges
Jul24

Body Odor, Dress Code Among Summer Workplace Challenges

With longer days, warmer temperatures and school vacations, the summer months often present unique issues for employers when it comes to dress codes, social events, and hygiene, among other things, says a new XpertHR report on Summer Workplace Issues.   Many employers allow employees to dress more casually in the summer months in an effort to limit the discomfort that employees may face from commuting in the heat. However, sundresses,...

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