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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Exactly how far would you commute to work?  And what annoys you on the way?
Mar21

Exactly how far would you commute to work? And what annoys you on the way?

It seems commuters really don’t like travelling to work, but there are huge regional variations in exactly how long commuters are willing to spend on the journey, according to new research. A survey of 1,002 UK adults, carried out by AllCarLeasing.co.uk, found that whilst Londoners are willing to endure the longest commute at an hour and a half, other locations are less tolerant of travelling long distances to work –...

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Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?
Mar21

Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?

Guest blog by Karen DeBono, HR Manager – actively seeking UK employment Aren’t HR skills transferable? As a qualified professional, I’ve worked in HR for over 15 years as well as had numerous jobs in a variety of industries including cleaning, hospitality and retail sales.  I think I know about a lot of different jobs and different work environments, and I believed that regardless of the industry, my HR skills were...

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100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work
Mar08

100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work

A major coalition of businesses committed to ending discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers at work has reached over one million employees today after Pets at Home became the 100th partner. Pets at Home has joined the national coalition ‘Working Forward’ alongside major household names such as Barclays, BT Group and Mitie to promote the best ways employers can attract, develop and retain women at work and make their work...

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New survey shows overwhelming support for gender pay laws & increased flexible working
Mar06

New survey shows overwhelming support for gender pay laws & increased flexible working

Gender pay audits ‘positive’ for business Employers overwhelmingly believe that gender pay audits will be positive for business, according to a Workingmums.co.uk survey. The survey showed 86% of employers were positive about the audits which come into effect in April for employers of 250 or more people and mean they will have to publish data regarding the gender pay gap in their organisation. The approval rating rose to...

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As storms like Doris and Ewan impact productivity, could flexible working help?
Feb27

As storms like Doris and Ewan impact productivity, could flexible working help?

Analysis from economists at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) reveals that when minimum temperatures are just one degree Celsius lower than average, quarterly GDP is on average £2.5 billion lower.  One main cause is lost productivity, as transport links and staff availability suffer when the weather is poor.  The Daily Mail reported that the knock-on costs from storm Doris alone, with commuters waiting hours for...

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Home workers experience fewer distractions, finds study
Feb23

Home workers experience fewer distractions, finds study

Cold callers on the phone is the number one distraction for home workers Office based workers experience three times as many disturbances per day 34% of home workers said they were able to ignore distractions at home Home workers have always claimed to be more productive than office based workers – even though Managers often have concerns that they won’t work as effectively. However, new research has identified that home...

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The gig economy and HR: why freelance talent platforms aren’t Uber-ising the industry
Feb23

The gig economy and HR: why freelance talent platforms aren’t Uber-ising the industry

Guest blog by Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO of PeoplePerHour Criticism of the gig economy has been rife in the media over the past few months, noting legal wins by gigsters against their now-called employers who must recognize their status as employees with all the rights and benefits this affords them. Little coverage, however, has been given to those earning competitive wages from freelancing while living a life away from the constraints...

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How can we revive a positive working culture in the UK?
Feb23

How can we revive a positive working culture in the UK?

Guest blog by David Lynes, Director of UniqueIQ Working culture in the UK has become fetishized, slipping into a similar tale of long hours, little pay and even longer commutes. Amongst other contributors, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that this inevitable aspect of city life is responsible for leaving workers feeling anxious, dissatisfied and with a lack of meaning in daily activities. With wellness set to be a...

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What Working Mums want in 2017
Jan12

What Working Mums want in 2017

As millions of people return to work this week, rather than the ‘January Blues’, new research amongst working mums reveals a positive view of the year ahead. The survey of mums across the UK was carried out by flexible working specialists 2to3days and FEEL to find out the priorities of being a working parent. The results challenge the negative perception that one comes at the expense of the other. Most are upbeat about the...

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Why are More People Choosing to Work from Home?
Jan10

Why are More People Choosing to Work from Home?

HR Expert Jenny Holt, who works from home herself as a freelance writer, explains the benefits of home working: The number of people working from home is hitting record highs as employers are recognising that the advantages for doing so far outweigh the negatives. There are now around 1.5 million people in the UK using their primary residence as a base for working, with around 900,000 of them men and 600,000 women. The figure jumps to...

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How employers can support tired working parents in 2017
Dec21

How employers can support tired working parents in 2017

As more parents now return to work after having children, many of them can see their own health and wellbeing struggling as they juggle a full time job on lack of sleep. Getting the kids to sleep can be a real nightmare for parents, with 1 in 3 UK parents saying that they struggle with the bedtime routine. 1 in 7 claim that their child’s bedtime routine makes them late for work in a morning. Is there anything that employers could be...

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CIPD: Working parents need more support from Government and employers
Dec14

CIPD: Working parents need more support from Government and employers

CIPD calls for a step change from UK Government and employers as research finds that support for working parents still isn’t hitting the mark The low take-up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and the lack of affordable childcare options for parents with 0-2 year-olds are both major problems that need to be addressed to support working parents more effectively, according to a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and...

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Australian software comes to UK to keep mobile workers safe

A Manchester-based company, Strategic Analytics Team (SAT), has announced a new partnership with Australian technology company JESI Management Solutions. The partnership will see SAT provide JESI’s journey management software, which has been designed to track mobile workforces and keep them safe, to companies across Europe initially, then Canada, India and the Middle East. SAT is the first authorised dealer for JESI in Europe,...

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Top tips for improving employee wellbeing in 2017
Dec08

Top tips for improving employee wellbeing in 2017

Guest blog by James Hewitt, Head of Client Services (Europe), LifeWorks More than ever, employee wellbeing is becoming increasingly front of mind for businesses. Recent research shows the UK workforce is reporting higher levels of work-related stress, anxiety and depression – a 2015 report by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that 9.9 million working days were lost due to work-related stress in 2014/15, the equivalent of...

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