Five steps for SME business owners to create bespoke employee benefits programme
Mar20

Five steps for SME business owners to create bespoke employee benefits programme

Guest blog from Punter Southall Health and Protection Punter Southall Health & Protection has launched a new five-step guide to help SMEs create an employee benefits programme tailored to their business, workforce and budget. The guide is aimed at businesses launching an employee benefits programme for the first time and those reviewing their current offering. The announcement follows new research from MetLife UK[i] which...

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Small Business, Big Stress
Mar07

Small Business, Big Stress

New research reports soaring stress levels among UK’s small businesses Heavy workloads and economic uncertainty underpin the stress of running an SMB 48 per cent of SMBs do not do enough to promote mental health policies to their employees Small business stress is causing sleepless nights (41 per cent), more alcohol consumption (21 per cent) and arguments at home (13 per cent) 29 per cent of SMB owners say their business can adapt to...

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Are you paying enough – or too much?
Mar05

Are you paying enough – or too much?

No-one likes to talk about when they earn. This may be because it could feel like bragging, or because people don’t want to be seen as not earning enough. But whatever the case, it can can cause problems for anyone in HR. The problem for existing employees There is obviously a problem for you when you are dealing with your existing workforce. What really is the going rate for the job they do? If they believe they are not being paid...

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Nearly Half of Brits are likely to be at a Job Interview on National Sickie Day
Feb07

Nearly Half of Brits are likely to be at a Job Interview on National Sickie Day

Recent research by Arden University revealed almost half (46%) of UK workers are likely to be at a job interview on the day traditionally when British workers are most likely to call in sick. A combination of cold, dark and dreary winter months, debt and low motivation, finding the enthusiasm to power through work can make the rest of year seem particularly gloomy that it’s no surprise many workers are finding themselves at a career...

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Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t understand them or their potential
Jan04

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t understand them or their potential

50% of UK workers report feeling misunderstood or that their potential isn’t being realised by their employer The study also showed what motivates UK’s workforce: why they go to work and what keeps them there Half of the UK’s workforce feels misunderstood by their bosses according to research from ADP (Automatic Data Processing). The study, which surveyed over 2,000 workers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands,...

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How are SMEs Looking to Increase Employee Engagement
Dec21

How are SMEs Looking to Increase Employee Engagement

The labour market in the UK has changed considerably in recent times, with an estimated four million people now working independently and from home. This shift has created a challenge for businesses, who are struggling to attract top talent in a climate where it’s easier and more rewarding than ever to operate as a sole trader. While some have addressed this by embracing flexible working directives, othersare looking to technology as...

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Is your business prepared for workplace Christmas celebrations?
Dec19

Is your business prepared for workplace Christmas celebrations?

Nearly all employers are planning a workplace Christmas celebration, but only one in three has a policy to ensure good conduct at Christmas events, according to research by XpertHR. XpertHR’s survey of 262 employers across all sectors of the economy found that almost all (98.1%) are planning a workplace Christmas celebration in 2018. More than three-quarters (76.7%) of employers plan to throw a company-wide or departmental Christmas...

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Changing Times: 98% of Britons Have Moved Jobs In The Last Five Years
Nov27

Changing Times: 98% of Britons Have Moved Jobs In The Last Five Years

Almost every working adult in the country has changed jobs at least once in the last five years, according to new research into job-hopping by the world’s largest job site Indeed. 98.1% of Brits are no longer in the same job as they were five years ago, as attitudes among both jobseekers and employers continue to shift away from the traditional ‘job for life’ mentality.   The Indeed study, which assessed the attitudes of more...

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The top three demotivators of the workplace: being invisible and undervalued, a lack of recognition and bad managers
Nov22

The top three demotivators of the workplace: being invisible and undervalued, a lack of recognition and bad managers

A new study from global employee engagement company, Reward Gateway, has found that over seven in ten UK employees want their employers to do more to motivate them.   The research, which surveyed over 2,000 UK employees, found that the less motivated an employee is, the more likely they are to value their salary as a motivator. In the UK, those that are not very motivated in their current job are most likely to say that they’re...

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Do you think you’ve got a good memory? Take this test to find out!
Nov15

Do you think you’ve got a good memory? Take this test to find out!

A new tool by Oxford Open Learning Trust challenges UK adults to test how good their memory is after recent research reveals nine out of ten Brits feel having a good memory is important for their jobs.   The survey of over 1,000 workers, commissioned to launch the new Memory Matrix tool, found that those that are self-employed and teachers are the professionals that rate the importance of memory most highly for their job.  ...

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7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with...

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More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA
Oct25

More than two thirds of students and graduates say they are not completely mentally healthy, according to new survey from CMHA

A new report from the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has revealed worrying stats about the mental health of students and graduates in the UK. CMHA, an alliance of 24 City businesses which aim to create mentally healthy workplaces, has identified the need for business to do more to support early careers jobseekers who are entering the workforce for the first time.     Of the 519 UK graduates and students surveyed planning...

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How businesses can best ensure a healthy work/life balance is met
Oct24

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...

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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...

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