Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season
Jun04

Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14th June 2018 – and along with other major summer sporting fixtures such as Wimbledon, the golf Open, Tour de France and England vs India test cricket, could spark a rise in ‘sporting sickies’. A survey conducted by Love Energy Savings at the start of Euro 2016 suggested that one in five people would be willing to take a sickie to watch a sporting event and with all eyes on England during the...

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Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance
May31

Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance

Guest Blog by Colin Grange, Clinical Director of LifeWorks Supporting carers to stay in work is becoming a major challenge for employers according to the Work and Pensions Committee.  Nine pilot projects it commissioned in 2015 exploring ways to help carers balance employment with caring responsibilities and employer best practice were completed in January this year; we await the published report.    Colin looks at the growing issue...

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What does GDPR mean for employees?
May31

What does GDPR mean for employees?

Guest Blog from Joanna Adams of Darwin Gray The answer is twofold – employee personal data will be collected and processed by virtue of the employment relationship and, in the course of their job, staff may well be responsible for processing the personal data of clients and customers. Most companies and their managerial staff will have been getting to grips with updating data protection policies and procedures and cleansing their data...

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Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!
May23

Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR If you want people to trust you with their data, you need to earn it…stick with me.. Companies hold more personal data on their customers than ever before. Details about our social media habits or what kind of washing powder we prefer are collected, stored and then used to tailor our interactions with brands. Hence, why I’m followed all over the internet by Karen Millen dresses. But the...

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Technology can help employers tackle mental health-related issues
May15

Technology can help employers tackle mental health-related issues

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis of Activ People HR It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is highlighting stress as a major cause of mental illness. Aon’s Benefits and Trend Survey[i] released in January revealed a sharp increase in the number of employers reporting employee stress and mental health-related illnesses – up from 55% last year to 68% in 2018. Other research from King’s College London[ii] found that lonely...

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Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce
May15

Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Despite a general misconception, employees who attend work while unwell isn’t a sign of dedication. It’s more likely that the culture in their organisation makes them feel pressurised to be there.  This is known as presenteeism and has become both a prevalent and costly problem that needs to be addressed.   Think of it like a technical malfunction; if a photocopier or printer jams, employees can...

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Supporting Employees During Ramadan
May10

Supporting Employees During Ramadan

Guest blog from Shakira Joyner or HCHR   This year, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday, 15 May and ends on Thursday 14 June.  During Ramadan Muslims are prohibited from consuming food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset for 30 days.     Many Muslims will carry on working during Ramadan and can be affected by a drop in energy, feeling tired and experiencing lower concentration levels.   In the UK,...

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With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this
May03

With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this

A new survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) highlights the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ – with 86% of employers they surveyed having observed staff coming into work while ill in the last year.   This is up from 72% in 2016, and just 26% of employers in 2010. However, employers are doing little to tackle this growing problem. The CIPD found just a quarter of respondents that have experienced...

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Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace
Apr26

Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace

April is Stress Awareness Month[i] which seeks to raise awareness of this growing problem. It’s also a good opportunity for employers to consider their role in helping reduce stress in the workplace.   The Health and Safety Executive[ii] says that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Some of the causes include workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much...

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How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?
Apr19

How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence    Gatwick Airport was recently forced to shut its runway four times because of staff sickness. Only one air traffic controller out of three scheduled to be working was in the control tower and the airport needed to schedule mandatory breaks – the situation caused passenger delay and frustration.   In Leicester, the City Council recently published its absence figures...

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Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?
Apr12

Are HR professionals prepared for a surge in holiday leave requests at end of financial year?

It’s the end of the financial year for many organisations, which means HRs could have been swamped with last minute requests for holiday leave as people want to use up their holiday entitlement, says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence.   A survey commissioned by British Airways in January revealed that one-third of UK workers did not use up their annual leave in 2017, losing an average of four days each.  A ‘use it or lose it’...

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Change won’t happen until people do…
Apr04

Change won’t happen until people do…

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Organizations decide they’re going to change all the time. Especially during times like we’re experiencing today, when recruiting is tough, engagement is a challenge, and retention is a top priority. Organizational change doesn’t just because an acknowledgement was made that change needs to happen. Human nature can mean that people both want and resist change in equal measures.  Fear of the...

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How to avoid yet another “say-do” gap
Mar13

How to avoid yet another “say-do” gap

Guest Blog by Steve Herbert is Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf One of the biggest workplace topics of the last 12 months is that of the Gender Pay Gap.  The figures now slowly – and sometimes rather reluctantly – emerging from many major organisations show that this issue is perhaps much bigger than even the more pessimistic commentators originally predicted.  So what lessons can employers learn from this, and how can...

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Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a look at the changes in legislation which take effect on 1st April.
Mar13

Enrique Garcia, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a look at the changes in legislation which take effect on 1st April.

End of Fit For Work assessments – there is no longer a free occupational health service for employers so it is even more important to use absence management services such as Absence Assist and occupational health services to stay on top of absences as prevention is better (and often less expensive) than cure when it comes to managing absences. National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage – These are two areas which will continue to...

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Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality
Mar08

Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the Globe, the issue of gender equality is at the forefront of our minds more than ever.   We read with interest this article from Business Insider magazine published today (8 March 2018) which highlights the worst countries for women around the world and focusses on the Global Gap Index created by the World Economic Forum (WEF) over 10 years ago....

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