Addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace
Aug19

Addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace

By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR With the recent news that Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard was pressured into labelling himself as bisexual following an interview on Good Morning Britain, it raises serious questions around what is deemed unacceptable behaviour towards someone’s sexuality in the workplace. The 23-year-old was repeatedly asked whether he is bisexual in an interview with Adil Ray and Kate Garraway,...

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HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes
Aug16

HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director of Activ People HR Research by employee engagement company, Reward Gateway earlier this year found that HR professionals are spending 366.6 hours a year manually checking, responding to and keeping up with multiple HR applications. The research highlighted that integrating new HR tools into current workplace technology is a key priority for 89% of HR professionals, as many struggle with...

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A Personalised Approach to Employee Health and Wellbeing
Aug12

A Personalised Approach to Employee Health and Wellbeing

Mandy Jeffery, VP, People International, Workday Wellbeing and employee mental health is increasingly becoming a board level priority. And not before time. The latest Mental Health at Work 2018 Report from The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, found that 61 percent of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor. Worryingly, the same report found that 64 percent of managers...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
Jul25

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to.“Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit  can go...

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Top five trends in UK reward management right now
Jul16

Top five trends in UK reward management right now

Paydata’s spring UK Reward Management Report 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of running our bi-annual surveys exploring trends, practices and agendas topping the world of reward. 154 HR and Finance Directors and Reward and Compensation Specialists provided data and insights into practices that affect nearly half a million employees. The topical focus for this edition was equality and diversity initiatives, as the ethnicity pay gap is...

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Is Killing Eve killing business?
Jul05

Is Killing Eve killing business?

New research from the Radio Times[i]has found that almost one in five people (18%) have said they had specifically called in sick so they could watch TV at home. They also found that half of TV viewers said they had binged more than eight hours of a show in one sitting. According to Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence employers need to ensure their staff know that pulling a sickie that isn’t genuine is unacceptable, so they don’t...

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How to tackle absence in a season of sport
Jul04

How to tackle absence in a season of sport

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director at Activ Absence We know through experience that sickies soar during key sporting events – every summer we see Cricket, Wimbledon and Soccer tournaments that create all manner of ‘mystery bugs’. The increase in summer sport could be scary for HR Managers, who are already used to seeing unauthorised sickness absence rise if Andy Murray is playing well on Centre Court. Of course, that’s on top of...

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Digitally connected from day-dot: how employers can deliver on the millennial desire of 24/7 connectivity
Jul03

Digitally connected from day-dot: how employers can deliver on the millennial desire of 24/7 connectivity

Guest blog by Dan Bladen, CEO and co-founder of Chargifi There’s no denying – the millennial generation has fully come into its own and as the largest generation in the workforce, their way of working is having a profound impact on workplace strategies. Digitally connected from the word dot, millennials have instilled a notion of ‘on-call-attachment’ – never more than a few clicks or a message away from their circle of friends,...

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The Three 2020 Employment Law Changes that HR Teams Need to Consider Now
Jul02

The Three 2020 Employment Law Changes that HR Teams Need to Consider Now

Guest blog by Andrew Secker, employment partner, Mills & Reeve As we enter the holiday season, HR teams should start looking ahead to the employment law changes coming into force in April 2020. Three key reforms should be on your radar now, and below are some tips for how to prepare for them.  (1) New reference period rules for calculating holiday pay  The change  The reference period used to calculate holiday...

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Five ways to improve wellbeing in the workplace
Jul01

Five ways to improve wellbeing in the workplace

Guest blog by occupational health business partner at Elite Executives, Samantha Murray. Business owners and managers are increasingly under pressure to create a happy, productive and supportive environment for their team to work in. To celebrate World Wellbeing Week (24-30 June), occupational health business partner at Elite Executives, Samantha Murray, shares her tips on how organisations can implement some simple changes to...

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Using technology to bridge the skills gap
Jun27

Using technology to bridge the skills gap

Guest blog by Jonquil Hackenberg, Head of C-Suite Advisory at Infosys Consulting In the turbulent context of Brexit, companies are planning and making provisions for every eventuality. Many organisations are investing in new technology in an attempt to streamline business operations and weather the Brexit storm – but investing in new technologies without considering the talent needed to implement them could be a recipe for disaster....

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When’s the right time to use surveillance?
Jun26

When’s the right time to use surveillance?

Guest blog by Arran Heal, Managing Director, CMP Digital working means there are more data trails than ever before on employee activities. CCTV in workplaces has becomes commonplace. Now, a new European Court of Justice ruling means employers also have to show they’re collecting data to make sure staff are taking breaks and not exceeding the 48-hour working week maximum. It’s the kind of drift to a monitoring culture that’s at...

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Body image disorders are on the rise —are your employees affected?
Jun25

Body image disorders are on the rise —are your employees affected?

Guest blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price Body image disorders are on the rise. A recent poll by the Mental Health Foundation, found one in eight people aged 18 and above have been so distressed about their body image they have had suicidal thoughts. Dysmorphia, bulimia and anorexia are reported more and more—not just among young people, these disorders are common across all age groups. People are...

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47% of ex-employees still have access to business data – what can HR teams do about it?
Jun21

47% of ex-employees still have access to business data – what can HR teams do about it?

Guest blog by Adrian Crawley, Northern European Director, SailPoint With data breaches and hacks hitting the headlines almost weekly, C-suite executives are on high alert – and they’re not the only ones. When the cause of a breach can often be employee cybersecurity practices and a lack of visibility of who has access to what data, HR departments are naturally becoming implicated in the battle to prevent the fallout, both...

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How the Swedish way of working can help Britain’s productivity crisis
Jun20

How the Swedish way of working can help Britain’s productivity crisis

Guest blog by Erik Fjellborg, CEO and Founder, Quinyx The UK is working hard, but not smart. Despite working longer hours than ever before, Britain is in the midst of a productivity crisis. And, with the growth of the 24-hour economy and ever-increased demand from consumers, it is a crisis that shows little sign of ending any time soon. With Brexit on the horizon, it’s vital that the UK continues to find ways to compete on the global...

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