Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave
Dec06

Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave

With Christmas just around the corner it can be the last chance for employees who haven’t taken their full holiday entitlement to try to squeeze in leave, which can cause issues in the office. According to Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence a ‘use it or lose it policy’ often means a last minute dash to book time off before the end of the year, potentially leaving the office low staffed or colleagues stressed as they end up taking...

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Get to work better? Can commuting be a performance improvement focus?
Nov27

Get to work better? Can commuting be a performance improvement focus?

With recent figures out showing that commuting times are still on the increase is it time to review the way commuting is considered as part of the working day? There are obviously wider issues about commuting times and congestion levels that relate to implications for our planet and some of the choices we might need to make to reverse the impact that increasing travel times and volume are having. While efforts are in place to make...

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4 tips to get your first job while being a law student
Nov20

4 tips to get your first job while being a law student

Finding a job while you are a law student can be tough, not because you won’t necessarily find one, but because you need to find the right one. Your studies will consume a lot of your time and you can’t spend too much of it doing part-time work.  The other thing that you want to consider is to get a job in your field so that you can begin to gain some valuable experience. While you are busy with your studies, it would...

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Is technology a double-edged sword for inclusion?
Nov06

Is technology a double-edged sword for inclusion?

Article by Nic Girvan, global head of digital training at PDT Global – which provides diversity and inclusion training for large multinationals around the world. We all recognise that there is an inclusive way to behave, a need to keep our assumptions in check – and that engaging with difference could be the key to unlocking excellence. Intellectually (whilst consciously focused) we’re OK – but instinctively (when our autopilot kicks...

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The Changing Face of Workplace Perks
Oct24

The Changing Face of Workplace Perks

As the workplace landscape changes, we are frequently told that employees, especially ‘millennials, are prioritising the perks employers offer when looking for a new job, over their base salary. The impact of this has led to employers competing to offer their prospective employees the best perks and most comfortable workplace environment. It began with free-flowing office stationery – a chance for employees to get their hands on as...

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The flexible working revolution has arrived – here’s why business need to adapt
Oct18

The flexible working revolution has arrived – here’s why business need to adapt

Nic Redfern, Finance Director, KnowYourMoney.co.uk The traditional workplace culture today is a far cry from what it was even a decade ago. Arguably, one of the most significant shifts that has taken place is workers’ changing attitudes towards flexible working. Flexible working is an arrangement whereby workers enjoy more freedoms in terms of how long, where, and when they work. There are plenty of reasons why this has become an...

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Understanding the root causes of absenteeism can help employers tackle mental health in the workplace
Oct10

Understanding the root causes of absenteeism can help employers tackle mental health in the workplace

In the run up to World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, Director, at Activ Absence says there is a lot employers can do to help break the taboo of mental health, including having systems in place so they can uncover the reasons behind employee absence. A recent survey[ii] conducted by Censuswide and Slater and Gordon found that in 2019 workers took on average 3.75 days off for mental health reasons including stress,...

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Redefining the employer-employee relationship: top five tips to engage your employees
Oct09

Redefining the employer-employee relationship: top five tips to engage your employees

Guest blog author: Tim Kellett, Director at Paydata The employer and employee relationship has evolved and is unrecognisable even from five years ago. Candidates increasingly scrutinise employers based on the culture that they offer, whilst employers increasingly face recruitment and retention difficulties. Paydata’s recent UK Reward Management Survey highlighted the war on talent, with two thirds of employers anticipating recruitment...

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Why being ‘always on’ can reduce productivity.
Sep25

Why being ‘always on’ can reduce productivity.

A thought leadership piece from Benenden Health’s Chief Commercial Officer, Helen Smith We live in a world that is obsessed with technology. On average we check our phones 85 times a day. For some, it’s the first thing they do when they wake up. This obsession has certainly affected the way some businesses operate. Employees are able to make phone calls, access and respond to emails 24/7 and can often access files and documents...

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Rugby World Cup 2019: a survival guide for employers
Sep18

Rugby World Cup 2019: a survival guide for employers

Guest blog by Owen John, Partner at Darwin Gray On Friday 20 September, the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan. Whilst it will be an exciting six weeks for rugby fans, it is important that employers are aware of the work-related issues which could arise during the tournament, which runs from 20 September until 2 November. For example, whilst some employees may have genuine reasons for being absent from work, in other cases it may be a...

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Finding the  perfect work-life balance: the modern Holy Grail
Sep10

Finding the perfect work-life balance: the modern Holy Grail

A recent poll from the TUC highlights that 30 percent of flexible working requests are being turned down by employers. Despite changing attitudes, there is still hesitation from some employers around implementing flexible working, fuelled by fears around employees taking advantage of the schemes. These statistics only go to show just how much more education around flexible working is needed if the UK is to create workplaces which...

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Agile Working and its Impact on HR
Sep05

Agile Working and its Impact on HR

Guest blog by Ken Charman , CEO of uFlexReward Trends point to the gig economy radically disrupting the workplace. According to Morgan Stanley, freelance growth has outpaced overall employment growth in a handful of European nations, and the number of freelancers in the continent doubled between 2000-2014. The report further speculates that, within the next ten years, 50% of the American workforce could be made up of gig workers....

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Planning a workforce of the future
Aug23

Planning a workforce of the future

Guest blog by Hayley Sutton The world is changing faster than ever. How will the workforce of the future keep pace? Think back 20 years to 1999. Much of what we rely on today quite simply wasn’t around. Smartphones and tablets hadn’t been launched and Wi-Fi barely existed. We were still looking at the encyclopedia for world facts and the only people who saw what you ate for lunch that day were the people sitting across the table from...

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Why the modern workforce needs flexibility
Aug22

Why the modern workforce needs flexibility

Guest blog by Linda Aiello, SVP, International Employee Success, Salesforce It is widely known that a happy workforce is a more productive one and flexible working has a huge role to play in this. In fact, when employees are offered the choice to work from home, they are 48% more likely to rate their job satisfaction as 10/10, according to a PWC survey. In addition, CMI research has shown that around half (48%) of managers believe...

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Leading CEO says more businesses should support the younger generation through work experience
Aug22

Leading CEO says more businesses should support the younger generation through work experience

The CEO of a leading law firm has called on more businesses to support the younger generation by offering work experience placements. At this time of year, it isn’t uncommon for workplaces to be inundated with young people looking to gain experience over the summer and beyond.  And, CEO of Ipswich based firm Prettys Ian Carr says businesses can do more in order to maximise the benefits of work experience and develop a new...

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