How to create the ultimate ‘WFH’ set up
Nov02

How to create the ultimate ‘WFH’ set up

Brits are being encouraged to think about their work from home (WFH) set-up and optimise their workspace. According to new research commissioned by High Speed Training*, more than half (53%) of workers have not been provided with the office equipment needed to enable them to work from home safely and effectively. More than 2,000 people took part in the research nationwide, revealing that many have had to purchase office items...

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5 tips to financially prepare your business for a second lockdown
Oct29

5 tips to financially prepare your business for a second lockdown

With the second wave of the pandemic upon us, many business owners will be prioritising their finances to ensure they can continue to provide a service for their clients and customers. Capital on Tap, a business credit card provider, has put together 5 tips to make sure your business gets through another lockdown just fine. Be flexible Make a risk analysis and think ahead: what are the possible scenarios for your company in the coming...

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The UK spent an extra £161 million spent during lockdown
Oct29

The UK spent an extra £161 million spent during lockdown

With the UK spending more time at home, The Body Shop asked the nation about how much time and money was spent or saved before and after lockdown On average, people in the UK each gained an extra 7 hours and 25 minutes every month to pursue personal self-care – with the monthly spend per person averaging at £50Not dining out saved the average adult around £16.79 a month, equating to an approximate average saving of £1.14 billion per...

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Millennials’ financial wellbeing is the most affected by the pandemic
Oct27

Millennials’ financial wellbeing is the most affected by the pandemic

A new report from Dynata, the world’s largest first party data and insights platform, spotlights generational differences between Brits’ financial and economic concerns, with Millennials and Gen X the most affected. The Global Consumer Trends: The Economy Edition Report also reveals a 10-point drop in work-life balance satisfaction across the UK, as a picture emerges of just how significantly the pandemic is taking a toll on our...

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How can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?
Oct23

How can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?

Wales is going into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday[i]. Other areas of the UK are in different tiers of the new Covid tier system, with several northern regions now living under the most severe restrictions of tier 3. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence, says as the situation is continually evolving, employers will find the next few months hugely challenging. Adrian says, “While the government’s advice is for people to work...

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COVID-19: Young people suffer most from lack of motivation at work
Oct19

COVID-19: Young people suffer most from lack of motivation at work

44% of employees under 35 years old say that a lack of motivation has been hindering their performance at work since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March, according to new research by management consultancy Lane4. The study of over 1000 GB employees, carried out by YouGov, reveals that the performance of younger workers (under 35 years old) is twice as likely to be impacted by a lack of motivation than that of 45-54-year...

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After work pints to PPE
Oct19

After work pints to PPE

UK SEES LAUNCH OF FIRST WELLBEING AND PPE BUSINESS SUBSCRIPTION BOXES UK businesses are now able to support employees working from home, thanks to the launch of the first UK wellbeing and personal protection subscription boxes.  Curakit. Targeted at businesses across the UK, the personal protection and wellbeing subscription boxes enable employers to help protect and care for their employees by sending monthly Curakit boxes...

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Get to grips with temp workers’ rights, so you can count on them during Covid-19 and beyond
Oct16

Get to grips with temp workers’ rights, so you can count on them during Covid-19 and beyond

New research released has highlighted that three in four senior and HR managers do not know the rights of agency workers. The news runs alongside insights that suggest temporary work is set to surge, as firms struggle to effectively plan in the wake of a worsening pandemic. Kit Glover, UK MD of digital staffing platform Coople, explains what you need to know about hiring flexible workers, and how they can help you. Today, just one in...

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Almost half of Brits would resign if their company forced them to return to the office
Oct15

Almost half of Brits would resign if their company forced them to return to the office

With current government advice encouraging all those who can work from home to do so, it’s no surprise that Britain’s businesses and employees are navigating a new normal. Research launched today, from Owl Labs, the leader in collaborative video conferencing and classroom technology, sheds light on Britain’s attitudes to work during, and after, a Global Pandemic. It’s no surprise that the majority (84%) of UK full-time workers...

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Eight top tips for setting up your own trade business
Oct13

Eight top tips for setting up your own trade business

Being your own boss has many perks that make it an appealing career move, but it also presents challenges you’ll need to prepare for.  To help those looking to set up their own business, IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, has spoken to tradespeople who have already taken the step to go self-employed, to reveal eight things to be aware of. Consider if you’re a sole trader or limited company...

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Temporary work set to increase by a quarter as firms struggle with forecasting during the pandemic
Oct13

Temporary work set to increase by a quarter as firms struggle with forecasting during the pandemic

A fifth plan a hire freeze and to reduce hoursThree in four senior and HR managers do not know the rights of agency workers New research released today suggests temporary work is set to surge as more than a quarter of firms (27%) in the UK reconsider the role agency workers have in their business. At the moment, just one in six firms (15%) rely on a flexible workforce according [?], with 1.5m temporary employees in the UK today. The...

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Financial stress is the biggest mental health burden in the UK amid Covid-19
Oct09

Financial stress is the biggest mental health burden in the UK amid Covid-19

New research[1] into the impact COVID-19 is having on Britain’s mental health by the UK’s leading virtual psychology clinic, My Online Therapy, has found financial worries are taking the biggest toll.  The global pandemic has brought great disruptions, monumental challenges and major changes to the way we live our lives, all of which are pushing Britain towards a mental health crisis.  This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign...

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Search for Covid-safe commute leads to surge in demand for company shuttle services
Oct08

Search for Covid-safe commute leads to surge in demand for company shuttle services

Responsible businesses seeking safe and reliable methods of getting staff to workplaces has led to a surge in demand for private shuttle bus services, according to business transport specialist Transport2 where enquiries have shot up 30% in the last month. Although employees are now urged to work from home to curtail infection growth rates, the nature of many roles makes this impossible. With confidence in public transport still low,...

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Are we doing enough to protect our front of house staff?
Oct07

Are we doing enough to protect our front of house staff?

It has recently been reported that 66 Whetherspoon staff have tested positive for Coronavirus across 50 UK pubs. Since reopening on the 4th July, the company is said to have welcomed 32 million people into its 861 establishments; in light of these staggering figures, and the subsequent number of staff who have fallen victim to Covid-19, we must consider whether we’re really doing enough to protect our front of house staff. Whilst...

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Reorganizing, retooling and reenergizing your workforce for the next normal
Oct05

Reorganizing, retooling and reenergizing your workforce for the next normal

By Dorothee El-Khoury, HR Practice Leader EMEA – The Hackett Group With workforce health, safety and well-being at the forefront as organizations prepare for the next normal, the role human resources has never been more important. The global pandemic has changed the way we work, where we work and how we interact with one another, producing new realities that every company must factor in as it reshapes the workplace for the “next...

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