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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Recruitment Entrepreneur: I was told, “take off your engagement ring, it might ring alarm bells!”
Dec07

Recruitment Entrepreneur: I was told, “take off your engagement ring, it might ring alarm bells!”

Recruitment Entrepreneur Jessica Williams explains why businesses need to lose the old stereotypes, incorporate a dynamic of trust and embrace flexible working. Jessica Williams, 30, is the founder of PA and secretarial recruitment company, Sidekicks.  She is a firm supporter of flexible working and is urging business owners to embrace a dynamic of trust within the the foundations of their business values. With discrimination rife in...

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Persuade the sceptics: experts urge legal firms to see the benefits of flexible working
Dec01

Persuade the sceptics: experts urge legal firms to see the benefits of flexible working

 Over a third (35%) of lawyers say they feel uncomfortable discussing flexible working with their employer 86% of lawyers say they’d actively look for flexible working options before joining a new compan Large discrepancy between views on flexible working between MEN and WOMEN and in-house and private practice lawyers The legal sector is well known for its anti-social hours, inflexibility and traditional deskbound work culture. ...

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Agile thinking and agile work practices can enhance engagement and productivity, claims new white paper
Dec01

Agile thinking and agile work practices can enhance engagement and productivity, claims new white paper

To respond effectively to turbulent market conditions and changing circumstances, today’s organisations must develop an agile mindset and implement agile working practices, according to Hemsley Fraser, the learning specialist. The company has published a white paper, called ‘Becoming an agile organisation’, which defines agility as the capacity to anticipate and adapt to new market opportunities by rapidly tailoring your approach,...

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Taylor Review should shine a light on modern working practices – CIPD
Nov30

Taylor Review should shine a light on modern working practices – CIPD

A country-wide evidence gathering tour of the modern labour market has been announced, with further details of the Matthew Taylor review on employment practices revealed today (30 November 2016). The announcement comes after the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, in October 2016 to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business...

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Why workplaces need Agile collaboration practices
Nov24

Why workplaces need Agile collaboration practices

Guest blog by Patric Palm, Co-founder & CEO of Favro Today’s enterprises are migrating from traditionally rigid hierarchies to flatter structures. Championed by startups, this approach is built around empowering teams with the autonomy they need to deliver more focused and efficient work. But this small team-based approach can also lead to siloed operations and disorganization, particularly at larger companies. As more businesses...

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The future of work – what challenges do women face?
Nov24

The future of work – what challenges do women face?

Workingmums.co.uk has published a new report on the future of work in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The Future of Work report is a collection of articles by some of the leading experts in diversity and flexible working on issues such as childcare, flexible or smart working and family support – outlining some of the main challenges for the future. It is published as Workingmums.co.uk launches an employer survey aimed at...

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Flexibility & mobile working more important to employees than a company car, finds new BT research
Nov24

Flexibility & mobile working more important to employees than a company car, finds new BT research

  Two thirds (67 per cent) of UK office workers say mobile working is more important than a company car, and half now carry most of what they need to do their job in their bag, according to BT’s latest research. However, despite their employees appetite for new flexible ways of working, organisations are still struggling with technology and budget limitations to make it a reality. ‘The mobile multiplier’ research, which...

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…and the UK’s most family-friendly employers are….
Nov10

…and the UK’s most family-friendly employers are….

Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of its seventh annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working. The Awards, which took place in Workingmums.co.uk’s 10th anniversary year, were presented at a ceremony at London’s Soho Hotel on 1st November where the keynote speakers were MPs Jess Phillips and Flick Drummond, joint chairs of the all-party parliamentary group on...

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Deliveroo Couriers follow Uber in seeking worker rights
Nov09

Deliveroo Couriers follow Uber in seeking worker rights

Following the recent Uber victory, where a tribunal upheld the driver’s argument that they were workers, not contractors, a group of cycle couriers working for Deliveroo are now seeking union recognition and workers’ rights.   Cycle riders claim they only receive £3.75 per delivery, with no hourly fee and have to sit for up to an hour waiting without earning a penny as ‘independent contractors’. IWGB...

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Working 9(ish) – 5(ish) on Flexible Friday!
Oct28

Working 9(ish) – 5(ish) on Flexible Friday!

Fridays are now a 6-hour work from home in your pyjamas day, new study reveals Office wear ditched for underwear; meetings replaced with power naps TalkTalk teams up with productivity expert to create new working from home guide Millions of Brits will today shun the office in favour of working from home in a bid to combat the onset of winter and commuter woes. According to a new study from TalkTalk, the lure of bed, working in pyjamas...

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