Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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Over a third of UK workers looking for alternative ways of working over full-time jobs
Apr15

Over a third of UK workers looking for alternative ways of working over full-time jobs

Alternative work models are continuing to grow in popularity, with over a third (37%) of the UK’s workforce preferring this type of work. This is according to ManpowerGroup Solutions’ latest Candidate Preferences Survey, for which more than 700 UK workers were surveyed. The number of workers seeking different work types has increased by 5% in the past year, with more individuals now opting for independence, greater choice and a better...

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London is behind the trend: Four-times fewer job ads for a seven-day flexible work week than other major UK cities
Apr01

London is behind the trend: Four-times fewer job ads for a seven-day flexible work week than other major UK cities

LIt is no secret that a company’s focus on wellness and flexibility is becoming a major factor in people’s decisions when applying for and accepting new job roles. Four-day working weeks are becoming increasingly popular with companies, however, a recent survey from Worksome shows that 47% of UK employees said that the ability to spread their workload across the entire seven days would increase their satisfaction with their...

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Flexible working fail: Fewer than a third of companies meet modern working demands
Mar26

Flexible working fail: Fewer than a third of companies meet modern working demands

·      Less than three in 10 (29%) UK employees work for companies that operate flexible working schemes for all ·      Almost a third (31%) of UK workers would turn down a job opportunity that didn’t allow flexible working – a quarter (25%) have already done so  ·      Productivity suffering as a result Four in ten (42%) UK employees say...

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Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture
Feb21

Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture

The UK’s working parents are penalised for working part-time and suffer from poorly-designed jobs that force them to work extra hours, according to a major new study published today by Working Families and Bright Horizons. Part-time penalty leaves mothers behind The 2019 Modern Families Index [1] reveals that parents working part time – most of whom are women [2] – have justa 21% chance of being promoted within the next three years,...

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New research: Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture
Feb07

New research: Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture

The UK’s working parents are penalised for working part-time and suffer from poorly-designed jobs that force them to work extra hours, according to a major new study published today by Working Families and Bright Horizons. Part-time penalty leaves mothers behind The 2019 Modern Families Index [1] reveals that parents working part time –most of whom are women [2] – have just a 21% chance of being promoted within the next three years,...

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Four out of ten British freelancers plan to stay freelance long-term
Dec19

Four out of ten British freelancers plan to stay freelance long-term

As freelancers continue to represent an increasingly significant proportion of the workforce, people are increasingly seeing this way of working as a career choice, not just a short-term, convenient option. Almost four out of ten (39.5%) freelancers plan to remain so in the long term, with only 7.2% of those currently working in this manner wanting to work as an employee again in the future. These results come from the latest survey...

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Lack of Flexible Working Leaves Employees Missing Major Life Events
Oct31

Lack of Flexible Working Leaves Employees Missing Major Life Events

A recent survey has revealed that 67% of employees have missed major life events due to a lack of flexible working within their organisation.   The survey conducted by workplace wellbeing organisation Liberty Mind, was created to fully understand the impacts on employees who do not have the opportunity of flexible working.     From those surveyed it was found that a staggering 40% had missed hospital or health-related...

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Lack Of Flexibility Pushes Workers To Consider Starting Their Own Business
Oct17

Lack Of Flexibility Pushes Workers To Consider Starting Their Own Business

PeoplePerHour, the UK’s leading freelance marketplace, today reveals that 71% of Britain’s employed workforce have considered starting their own business with the highest number (46%) of employees over 45 unafraid and ready to take the plunge.     Prospective entrepreneurs are jumping from employment to achieve what PeoplePerHour calls “the work dream”, which equates to having a better work life balance (39%), flexible hours...

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How to Keep Remote Workers Engaged
Oct01

How to Keep Remote Workers Engaged

As a business owner or HR manager, you’ll have no doubt found that worker engagement can blow just as hot and cold as the weather we’re having at the moment. When employees are riding high, they’re productive, motivated and happy, but all too often, all it takes is a little knock to their confidence and they’re back down to earth with a bump.     When dealing with remote employees, maintaining a consistent level of...

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How to attract and retain the best workforce in a digital world
Sep27

How to attract and retain the best workforce in a digital world

Guest Blog By Bradlee Allen, Product Evangelist, Fuze   We’re experiencing a fundamental shift in the world of work, driven by technology advancements and a rapidly-changing worker mindset. Work is no longer “where we are”—it’s “what we do.”     Demand for flexible working, open office cultures, and a positive work-life balance has never been stronger. Don’t be fooled by the hype around millennials either. These...

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Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working
Sep06

Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working

Guest Blog by Sanj Mahal, Founder & CEO of AndCo   While the concept of flexible working may seem at odds with the recruitment sector’s traditional working cultures, early adopters within the industry are reaping the benefits of a different way of working.   Flexible working provides an array of benefits to businesses, including improved work-life balance, increased productivity and enhanced motivation. For the...

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Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out
Jun06

Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out

It’s Men’s Health Week from 11-17 June, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness about health issues affecting men. This year the focus is on diabetes, but previous years have looked at waistlines, stress and work and health issues.   Talking Talent, a coaching consultancy leading the gender diversity agenda is marking this week by highlighting the challenges and pressures facing new Dads at work and calling on employers to...

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Employees who aren’t allowed to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience stress at work
Apr25

Employees who aren’t allowed to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience stress at work

Employees who do not have an option to work flexibly are twice as likely to experience work-related stress than those with flexible workdays, a survey from VitalityHealth has revealed.   Britain’s Healthiest Workplace* – an annual survey developed by VitalityHealth and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe, which studies the link between health risks and productivity – revealed that employees...

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Is Flexible Working The Way Forward?
Apr11

Is Flexible Working The Way Forward?

Like the world of fashion, innovative work methods, HR trends and management interventions are subject to trends; hip and happening for a time, before quickly falling out of style. However, one particular hype appears to have made a lasting impression; flexible working. What does flexible working mean? For decades, a lot of work in industrialized countries happened in office environments between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. However,...

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