Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model
Oct14

Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model

A new report from People Analytics and consulting company, Actual Experience, has revealed organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of digital inequality on employees, as hybrid working looks set to become the new normal. This new working model is causing concern across multiple sectors; 67% of C-Suite representatives cite that they’re worried these new ways of working will introduce inequalities in how...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?
Oct07

Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?

The UK government has at last released its proposals for flexible working reform, which have been expected since the Conservative Party published its 2019 manifesto for the general election. Despite the fact that the pandemic forced many employers to embrace homeworking arrangements, the proposed reforms are limited.  Campaigners for more extensive reform will be left underwhelmed. With employees now expecting to have longer-term...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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HR is in the age of reinvention
Sep06

HR is in the age of reinvention

By Laura Baldwin, President at O’Reilly This is the age of reinvention. Businesses started the 21st century by re-inventing themselves as online businesses; then they took the next step to become data-driven; finally, they have started incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning into their processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to accelerate these changes: if a business hadn’t made the digital transition at...

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Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage
Sep06

Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage

By Leigh Anderson, Managing Director at Bis Henderson Recruitment Skills and labour shortages across the UK’s trade and logistics sectors have been hitting the headlines, most obviously for goods vehicle drivers. Less newsworthy, but equally threatening, is the shortfall in staff with knowledge and experience in Customs procedures; a situation that is beginning to pose an existential threat to many small, and not so small, companies...

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Personality vs Profit: You Can Have Both When You Recruit Right
Aug23

Personality vs Profit: You Can Have Both When You Recruit Right

Businesses have never recruited as much as they do today. They spend more time doing it and invest more money to get it done. But why do so many businesses get it wrong? What is the true cost of their mistakes? And is the increased emphasis on personality conceding ground to competence? David Bernard, CEO of the innovative recruitment technology firm AssessFirst, believes that businesses can improve both their profits and...

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HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech
Aug18

HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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Travelling abroad could leave workers out of pocket
Aug18

Travelling abroad could leave workers out of pocket

Holidaymakers forced to delay their return to work through government rule changes while overseas, or because they’ve been pinged, run the risk of losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds of earnings. The stark warning comes from Kerry Hudson, Head of Employment at Coventry law firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James who said employees could be out of pocket if the rules change while they are abroad, for example going from green to...

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Four-day working week: avoiding the legal nightmare to live the dream
Aug09

Four-day working week: avoiding the legal nightmare to live the dream

By Esther Smith, partner, and Sarah Maddock, professional support lawyer, at UK law firm TLT In the sunlit uplands of the new world of work, technological advances and societal changes allow us to work fewer days with the same pay and same levels of productivity. It’s an idea that has been gaining traction. Advocates of a four-day working week point to improved employee wellbeing, reduced inequalities and even the possibility of...

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Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology
Aug05

Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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Suspensions from work on the increase
Aug05

Suspensions from work on the increase

An established Coventry & Warwickshire legal firm is reporting a rise in the number of workers seeking advice after being suspended from their jobs. Kerry Hudson, Head of Employment at Brindley Twist Tafft & James said there had been a steep increase in the number of enquiries in recent months. In almost all cases the workers were completely unsure of their rights. It was also uncharted territory for many employers. A person...

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Speak up and listen actively
Jul29

Speak up and listen actively

~ Considering different perspectives is important to keep employees happy ~ Employees are what keeps a business running, but without customers there wouldn’t be a business to run. So, what happens when you need to make a decision that boosts customer satisfaction at the expense of employee happiness? Here Yashmi Pujara, Chief Human Resources Officer at Cactus Communications, a technology company accelerating scientific advancement,...

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Getting it right from the inside out
Jul22

Getting it right from the inside out

Often cited as a democratic, edgy and creative place to work, BrewDog has recently fallen foul of the barbed wrath of online reviewers. An open letter to CEO James Watt, signed by 60 former members of staff, suggests that a toxic culture exists behind the scenes, and has undone years of reputation building in a single post. While BrewDog may dispute the allegations made in this letter, it does highlight how important it is for...

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