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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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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