Why working from home increases employee wellness
Jun13

Why working from home increases employee wellness

As HR managers, we want the employees we look after to be performing at their best. A big part of that is taking care of their well-being. One easy way to achieve this, as well as benefitting the company, is to encourage adopting a ‘Work From Home’ scheme. The numbers back it up. Huge companies such as BT and Dow Chemical report productivity increases of 35-40 % from teleworkers. Plus, a study by Staples shows that three quarters are...

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Do not ignore the dangers of sidelining remote workers, warn experts
Jun06

Do not ignore the dangers of sidelining remote workers, warn experts

Global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions has counselled employers to review the way in which they engage with remote workers. The CIPD published data in its Employee Outlook Spring 2017 report which found that one in three respondents (33%) felt they couldn’t switch off in their personal time while almost one in five (18%) said remote working makes them feel ‘under surveillance’. With remote...

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Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working
May31

Employers warned not to ignore the rise of ‘gig-economy’ & flexible working

Employers must recognise the rise of the ‘gig-economy’ – and implement strategic workforce planning strategies to reflect this shift. That is the advice from global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions. The recommendation in response to data from Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, which found that despite the fact that the majority of full-time employees (77%) said they would consider working...

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TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year
May19

TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year

The number of employees who usually work from home increased by 152,000 last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday) to mark National Work From Home Day. The analysis shows that more than 1.6 million employees (1 in 16) worked from home in 2016 – an increase of 7.7% on the year before. The analysis reveals that: Women have seen the biggest rise: The number of women working from home has increased by 10.5%...

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National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?
May19

National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?

  Over half of home-workers (51%) have sustained injuries, aches and pains as a result of their working environment The most common issues from a home-working set up are backache and neck pain But working from home has its benefits, nearly 60% build exercise into their day, and eat a healthier diet Bupa has created a home-working health checklist People who work from home are more likely to suffer from work-related injuries such...

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The Case For Flexible Working
May18

The Case For Flexible Working

Guest blog by Rebecca Harper,  Gorvins Solicitors Are UK workers ‘working too hard?’ It says a lot about our working habits that a national “go home on time” day was deemed necessary. The unofficial holiday occurs on 5th October, and while it may seem like a fun concept, on par with National Doughnut Day (2 June), or Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day (2 January), it highlights a growing problem. In...

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London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!
May04

London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!

London-based businesses are leading the way in flexible working in the UK – at least, according to new research. The research, conducted by Powwownow, found that business leaders in the capital let their staff spend the most time working out of the office during an average week – a total of 3 hours and 31 minutes, compared to the UK average of 2 hours and 34 minutes. The survey of 2,000 working professionals found that young people,...

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How mobile is changing HR
May04

How mobile is changing HR

Paul Swaddle, Co-founder of Pocket App delves in to how mobile is changing HR in enterprise – and explains why he thinks HR ought to be at the heart of the digital transformation.      I think it is needless to say that in the last decade, workplace outlooks and behaviours have changed drastically.  The typical workforce is far less deskbound than previously, with many employees now working from home and ‘hot-desking’ fast becoming a...

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Tips to help team members work better from home
May04

Tips to help team members work better from home

According to a survey by the The Confederation of British Industries, 59% of employers now offer remote working from home to their employees. While many employees appreciate the opportunity to do so, for HR managers this way of working brings with it a whole new set of challenges. In a 2013 memo to workers explaining why the company was eliminating policies that allowed remote work, Yahoo HR head Jackie Reses argued that some of the...

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Autonomy in the workplace has positive effects on well-being and job satisfaction, study finds.
Apr26

Autonomy in the workplace has positive effects on well-being and job satisfaction, study finds.

New research into workplace culture has found that employees with higher levels of autonomy in their work reported positive effects on their overall well-being and higher levels of job satisfaction. Researchers at the University of Birmingham, Business School examined changes in reported well-being relative to levels of autonomy using two separate years of data for 20,000 employees from the Understanding Society survey. The research,...

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Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?
Apr25

Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?

Guest blog by Sara Allen, senior strategist and job share expert for Further & More. The parent penalty is a curious feature of modern work – talented, highly experienced senior staff in whom employers have invested time and training walk away from well-paid, senior roles once they have kids. It’s equally frustrating for parents, and employers, alike. Replacing staff is expensive, costing around 75% of a year’s salary; and...

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hfx survey shows demand for flexible working is on the increase supporting a sea-change in attitudes to work
Apr24

hfx survey shows demand for flexible working is on the increase supporting a sea-change in attitudes to work

Flexible work options a now a key differentiator for new job candidates, say 70% of organisations hfx, a leading provider of workforce time management solutions, has published survey  findings confirming that flexible working continues to increase across all sizes and types of organisation, both public and private. The survey showed that part-time working is still the most popular form of flexible working (offered by 97% of those...

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How to employ and engage with the millennials transforming flexible working
Apr20

How to employ and engage with the millennials transforming flexible working

By Joanne Cumper The way we work is a source of continual debate, with people arguing for and against a number of set ups – whether it be an open plan office, hot desking, i.e. not working from your own, fixed desk in an office, the use of hybrid mobile devices, or something contrary to the previous. Whatever the set up; everyone has an opinion. Flexible working is something that businesses grapple with every day. Why? There are two...

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Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US
Apr18

Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US

Online retailer Amazon has announced massive expansion plans for 2017, including the creation of 25,000 new part-time jobs at it’s fulfilment centres and 5,000 new work from home positions. The work-from-home positions are limited to inhabitants of certain US states and will attract pay of $10 per hour. Many US employers, particularly in the tech industry are increasingly offering flexible and home working, which is a perceived...

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Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards
Mar30

Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards

Including men in the debate around gender equality and embedding flexible working from recruitment onwards are key trends in best practice, according to the Workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report 2017 (available to download from the website). The Report is an in-depth look at what the most progressive companies are doing with regard to gender diversity and flexible working. It includes detailed interviews with the winners of the...

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