Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?
Aug22

Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?

Every job should be advertised as available for flexible working, the equalities watchdog has recommended. Offering flexible hours to all job applicants will help combat pay disparities between men and women, while increasing job opportunities for disabled people, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission also proposed that businesses should be made to collect annual statistics which set out their pay gaps...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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Could tech help improve remote worker safety?
Jul27

Could tech help improve remote worker safety?

Whilst employers have a duty of care to protect employees where possible, lone workers like estate agents, district nurses, carers and enforcement officers can still be vulnerable.  New high-tech global tracking apps could hold the answer. The safety of lone workers has been in the spotlight since the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, when she was due to meet a client, ‘Mr. Kipper’ at an empty property...

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 Over 200,00 Brits worked flexibly on Monday for first day of School Summer Holidays
Jul26

 Over 200,00 Brits worked flexibly on Monday for first day of School Summer Holidays

Over 200,000 British office workers from 200 different companies worked flexibly this Monday as part of the Smarter Working Initiative. Back for a second year, the campaign, supported by Powwownow, encouraged companies to give their staff the opportunity to spend one day working from a location that suits them, to show organisations the positive impact of smarter working. Businesses including Purplebricks, RED Driving School, Mediacom...

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Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility
Jul20

Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility

It seems that women returners are prepared to change role and industry to get the flexibility they need to manage work and home responsibilities.  Employers wanting to attract and retain returner talent need to build flexibility into their thinking. One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59%)....

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Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures
Jul13

Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures

A quarter of employees working in hazardous job roles believe their employers aren’t doing enough to keep them safe at work. 25% of labourers in manual professions, such as construction, thought their company’s health and safety information didn’t go into enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face, or how to deal with risky situations. Worryingly, the survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over...

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MIT expert: HR is the driving force behind modern working practices
Jul06

MIT expert: HR is the driving force behind modern working practices

Dr. Peter Hirst, Associate Dean, Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Management explains why HR is the driving force behind modern working practices in MIT and beyond A few years ago, to address the inconvenience of moving to a smaller space, the Office of Executive Education at the MIT Sloan School of Management began testing a fundamentally new approach to how, where and when our people work—by developing a set of team-based...

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Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick
Jul06

Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick

UK organisations lose over £100m every year because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, a figure which could soar in the coming decade if poorly managed nomadic working practices continue, a mental health organisation has warned. “Nomadic, remote and flexible working practices are the norm today,” said Paul Finch, CEO of A People Business. “Unfortunately, if poorly managed, it can accentuate mental and physical health...

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Flexi-phobia: one in five employees too scared to ask about flexible working
Jun27

Flexi-phobia: one in five employees too scared to ask about flexible working

  Over one in five (21%) UK private sector employees – equivalent to 5.5m nationally¹ – are too afraid to discuss flexible working with their boss because they think they will say no, Aviva’s Working Lives report shows. The findings come despite employees having the legal right to make a ‘statutory application’ to their employer to change their working pattern[2]. Those aged 35-49 are the most likely to refrain from exercising...

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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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