How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance
May17

How tech can help HR improve wellbeing and performance

Jo Salter, director in PwC’s People and Organisations business, shares an opinion piece about the role tech can play in wellbeing and performance   Emotional health is a key part of unlocking the potential of our workers. Research shows a third of UK workers currently have a health, wellbeing or mental health issue and an overwhelming 83% feel their wellbeing impacts their productivity. How often have you seen someone turn up to work...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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Robey’s Blog: The SME’s Guide to Bad Interviews
May10

Robey’s Blog: The SME’s Guide to Bad Interviews

I could probably write a decent-sized book on the whole topic of effective recruitment for SMEs, of which the interview would be a substantial chapter or two.  But we’ll keep this as short as usual, so forgive me if I skip over a few things. Interviews, it is often noted, are a less-than-perfect tool for recruitment.  The principle problem with them is that they select mainly for people who are good at interviews rather than good at...

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“The millennial myth”
May10

“The millennial myth”

Guest blog by Gareth Way, HR and Training Director at Creditsafe I’m often asked to review what companies should do to engage with new employees who are entering the world of work for the first time, and so I thought it was about time that I set out where I stand in the whole ‘generation discussion.’ A great deal of column space is given to the dissection of the differences between the multiple generations that coexist in the...

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Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected
May04

Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected

James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services discusses that since the Government has changed the way it’s rolling out Tax Free Childcare, more parents will be affected than originally thought. The Government has just rolled out its Tax Free Childcare scheme (TFC), but many working parents will be unaware that this change could impact them sooner rather than later. As part of the launch, the...

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The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture
May04

The importance of HR in building an effective workplace culture

Guest post by Kelly Tucker, Director of HR Star Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that, on average, people in the UK spend 31 hours a week in work (33 if you work in London). On top of that, research has also shown that around a quarter of people leave their job because they feel ‘burnt out’. With so much of our time, and indeed lives, spent in work, it’s unsurprising that so many people are left feeling...

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Robey’s blog: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…
May03

Robey’s blog: Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…

  Is there anything more corrosive to everything HR stands for than gossip?  It undermines morale, wastes time, reduces productivity, affects mental health and creates conflict.  And that’s just in the HR team! But tackling office gossip can feel like Canute on the seashore, trying to hold back the tide.  After all, we like communication.  We want people to build bridges and talk and not sit in their functional silos.  We like...

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Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room
Apr20

Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room

So, new research has revealed that businesses – and SMEs in particular – are labouring under the burden of a significant risk factor that has, until now, been hiding in plain sight: hippos. And whilst this may or may not be connected to my dream last night that we had acquired an office pig as a security measure, I don’t, of course, mean that there are 3-tonne semi-aquatic mammals hiding in the breakroom and stealing all the...

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Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was
Apr13

Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was

Every year, the secretary of my alumnus body invites me to speak at the school careers day and, every year, I can’t make it.  So, if I could, this is what I’d say… I’m not here to persuade you that a glittering future awaits you in the exciting world of Human Resources[1].  If you’re already thinking about it, then I’m not going to dissuade you.  If you’re not, good.  I’m yet to meet an HR person who didn’t find themselves in HR...

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James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!
Apr11

James Devine’s blog: Swmpus!

Guest Blog by HR Manager of the Year 2016, James Devine. I opened up my timehop app this week, to learn that it was a year ago since I won the HR News HR Manager of the year award How fast a year flies by. I remember travelling to the awards ceremony in Bridgend, Wales – at the time that the news of possible closures at Tata Steel was breaking. Arriving in Bridgend, I was greeted by the ‘lovelylisabaker’ –...

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Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

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Robey’s Blog: What’s Toxic?
Apr06

Robey’s Blog: What’s Toxic?

My goodness me, but HR people love a buzz word, don’t they?  In a field locked in perpetual revolution I suppose we shouldn’t be all that surprised, but it ain’t ‘alf frustrating for those of us trying to persuade our colleagues to trust and respect our contribution when we keep ladling on new layers of vocabulary. The latest one I’ve noticed that seems to have been absorbed almost without comment is “toxic”. Atmospheres are toxic. ...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?
Mar20

As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?

Guest blog by Kate Headley, the Clear Company It’s positive to see that disability confidence has become increasingly important to organisations of all shapes and sizes in recent years, and it’s also particularly encouraging that a greater number of employers now understand the importance of fostering inclusive recruitment practices.  However, recent research shows there is some way to go.   58% of disabled workers fear losing...

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Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments
Mar16

Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments

Guest blog by Katharine McIntosh, Policy Officer at the MS Society When Chris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) five years ago, his first reaction was that he would lose his job – but when he told his employers, they reassured him straight away that he would have a role with them for life. Unfortunately, positive responses like this aren’t as common as we’d like to see. A recent survey carried out by the MS Society...

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