How to help employees with musculoskeletal disorders
Oct15

How to help employees with musculoskeletal disorders

Guest Blog by Louise Richardson   The NHS claims that musculoskeletal conditions impact the bones, joints and muscles. Consequently, it’s important that employers assist their workers suffering from musculoskeletal conditions to reduce causing more harm or pain in the workplace.     A study by the Health and Safety Executive found that more than half a million employees had a work-related musculoskeletal disorder in 2016 and 2017. But...

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Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce
Oct12

Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day   It’s World Mental Health Day on today, 10 October.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how UK employers can use a range of solutions, including technology to overcome stigmas and better support staff suffering from mental health conditions. Research from health insurer BHSF found that a fifth (42%) of UK employees call in...

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Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap
Oct12

Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   It has been revealed in the media today that the Prime Minister is launching a consultation regarding the possibility of forcing employers to report on the pay structures of ethnic employees compared to non-ethnic ones.     This follows much discussion by many politicians and government offices on the discrepancies in pay structures for ethnic groups who state that generally they have to submit...

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Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence
Oct05

Job insecurity is behind the rise in presenteeism, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence

 Nine out of ten UK employees (92%) have gone into work despite being sick this year and the top reason for presenteeism is the fear of not getting paid, according to new research[i] from insurer, Holloway.co.uk.   Other reasons cited include being scared to get into trouble (22%), not wanting to fall behind on work (11%), thinking they could just get through their illness (9%) and having called in sick too many times (6%).     In...

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Impact of AI in the workplace
Oct05

Impact of AI in the workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   There has been much debate recently about the impact of Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and its impact on the workplace.     In the US, all types of businesses are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers. In 2017 companies spent around $22bn on AI-related mergers and acquisitions, about 26 times more than in 2015.   Impact of AI in the Workplace   However, in a...

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What SMEs need to know about employing foreign workers
Oct04

What SMEs need to know about employing foreign workers

Guest Blog by Sophie van der Singel   Many UK businesses are heavily reliant on foreign staff to fill both short- and long-term vacancies. If this is you, and you do recruit foreign nationals within your business you must follow UK employment legislation to the letter, or it could cost you significantly.   Penalties for employing individuals without the right the work in the UK It is a criminal offense to knowingly employ a person...

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Fighting White Collar Weight Gain: Adding more movement to the workday can be a game changer
Oct04

Fighting White Collar Weight Gain: Adding more movement to the workday can be a game changer

Guest Blog By Betsey Banker, Wellness Manager, Ergotron   Read any research into the relationship between a sedentary job and health and a common theme will emerge.  Office workers globally describe the difficulty in balancing a healthy lifestyle with a demanding, desk-based career. Surprised? Unlikely. Employers are well aware of the problem. It’s a big reason why annual biometrics screenings and wellness programs incentivise...

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Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained
Oct04

Dismissed unfairly? Your legal options explained

Losing your job is undoubtedly one of the most unpleasant and stressful experiences that anyone can go through. But the sense of frustration and confusion is only magnified if you believe that you were unfairly fired or let go by your employer. But rather than letting these feelings manifest as anger and regret, it is important to look into your legal options. If you were dismissed unfairly from your job this could potentially have...

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How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order
Sep20

How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order

Guest Blog By Bas Kohnke, Impraise Flat hierarchies is a new organizational trend in today’s corporate world. As opposed to traditional, “mechanic” organizational structures where the team hierarchies are formed based on product category, target market and even a pure order of power, a company with a flat organizational structure has little or no management layers. Team members are engaged throughout every decision-making process and...

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Oleeo Launches Intelligent Recommendation Platform to Foster Diversity and Compliance in High-Volume Recruiting Events
Sep12

Oleeo Launches Intelligent Recommendation Platform to Foster Diversity and Compliance in High-Volume Recruiting Events

New algorithms equip global customers to balance quality candidate selection and compliance with EEOC standards Oleeo, the award-winning provider of innovative talent acquisition technology, has announced the integration of built-in prescriptive recommendations to its Event Management, CRM and ATS products. Built on 120 data points derived from candidates’ CVs and profiles to foster diversity and accelerate candidate selection, the...

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The tech sector’s role in fuelling the UK’s future job market
Sep06

The tech sector’s role in fuelling the UK’s future job market

Guest Blog by Rupal Karia, Head of Public and Private Sector at Fujitsu UK & Ireland If you had to pick the one word synonymous with the 21st century, ‘change’ would be it. And it is a change that has been driven significantly by technology. But what’s important to note here is that there’s no sign of this slowing down. As digital transformation continues to gather speed, this pace of change is set to increase within the next...

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10 Disruptive HR Tech Trends for 2018
Aug30

10 Disruptive HR Tech Trends for 2018

Guest blog by Anna Smith, editor at TalentGuard Technology has been viewed as a disruptive force in business sectors for several years, forcing companies to shift the way they think about and conduct operations. In HR, the addition of tech-infused tools has been slower than in other industries, but the change is now making waves among companies large and small. In 2018, several HR tech trends are being touted as disruptive and should...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working
Aug28

With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working

A new YouGov survey[i] for fast-food chain MacDonald’s suggests working 9am to 5pm is becoming a thing of the past, with just 6 per cent of people in the UK now working traditional office hours. The survey highlighted that almost half of people worked flexibly with arrangements such as job sharing or compressed hours, allowing them to juggle other commitments.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence says a change in the law in...

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The risks charities can face in employment law
Aug28

The risks charities can face in employment law

Guest Blog by Morgan La Roche What people regularly forget is that a charity is a business like any other. Charities therefore deal with a multitude of individuals- from directors and staff to trustees and volunteers. Charities are placed in a position of trust and therefore may be greatly criticised as a result of any unfortunate incidents such as claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination.   Employees As with other sectors,...

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