Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec14

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the most...

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How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking
Dec13

How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking

Guest Blog By Russell Wardrop One of the most accomplished recoveries in public speaking came from the Prime Minister at this year’s party conference. In a reference to the previous year’s disaster when letters fell off the inspirational message behind her, she said: “I’ve been up all night gluing the backdrop.” Theresa May is no orator and her discomfort behind the lectern is palpable, but her audience loved that line. They also...

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Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?
Dec13

Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?

Guest Blog by Graham Sprigg FRSA Most of us, at some time in our career, have been involved in charitable giving or providing support to local community initiatives. For the most part, individual members of staff, teams and employers alike feel they have achieved something positive.  Recent research published by Community Interest Company Partnership of Equals suggests that all may not be what it seems. In an effort to better...

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10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019
Dec11

10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019

Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price From gender pay gap reporting to widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment, 2018 has been a busy year in employment law. Although employers may hope for a quieter 2019, it’s looking likely that there will be a number of issues that are prevalent throughout the year, amid the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit. Below are just ten changes employers need to look out...

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Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business
Dec11

Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business

Guest Blog By David Lloyd. CEO of PostBeyond Social media; it’s used to stay up to date with news and communicate with friends and family. Social media is also used by many businesses as a marketing tool for their brand(s). The likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are growing each day and they have become a fundamental way businesses connect with their customers. Every second of every day, on average, 6,000 Tweets are sent. That’s...

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How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?
Dec07

How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?

New research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk has revealed there are currently over 23,000 Christmas jobs available in the UK, with 21% of Christmas vacancies online and 17% with some of the biggest high street retailers such as Tesco, Superdrug and Debenhams.     Managing additional seasonal workers alongside existing staff can be a real headache for employers at one of the busiest times of the year for the high street and online...

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The importance of adapting and connecting in the workplace
Dec07

The importance of adapting and connecting in the workplace

Guest Blog by Helen Studzinski, Regional Client Manager,  Insights Learning & Development “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are,” Anaïs Nin once wrote. One place where it is especially apparent that people hold different perspectives of the world and themselves is in the workplace. By learning to view the world through different perspectives, and being open to adjusting our behaviour, each of us can better adapt,...

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Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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How ‘Human’ is working from home?
Nov27

How ‘Human’ is working from home?

Guest Blog by Portia Vincent-Kirby from Hudson McKenzie   Approximately over 4.2 Million people are now working from home in the U.K.; but how exactly ‘human’ is this working practice?   With the rise of technology comes also the rise of the ability to work completely virtual and thus remotely. Therefore, with the costs of office space skyrocketing, influencing many companies to downsize without resulting in a redundancy of staff,...

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Why mentors are a must
Nov26

Why mentors are a must

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor-Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR Navigating a career and all the challenges and opportunities that come with it can sometimes feel like a minefield. Having a mentor to offer guidance, share first-hand experience or simply act as a sounding board to bounce ideas off is a brilliant way of helping people to learn and manage their goals.   A great mentor has the power to inspire their protégé to try new things,...

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The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees
Nov23

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   From 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:     ·        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) ·        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) ·        Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses ·        Proportion of men and women in each...

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How to speak your team’s languages
Nov21

How to speak your team’s languages

Julie Giguere, Managing Director, Asian Absolute    Businesses that work with non-English speakers, whether in the UK or overseas, may commonly translate documents into those languages, though not as many ensure that documentation from the business is properly localised as well as translated to ensure genuine understanding and sense of inclusivity by reflecting cultural and regional nuances. So, how should you prepare company...

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Solving the gender conundrum via your future vision recruiting
Nov19

Solving the gender conundrum via your future vision recruiting

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, Oleeo CEO Diversity is still a major challenge in recruitment, with female positions dramatically underwhelming male counterparts across the board. So, what can be done to break this cycle? As we approach the summer break time of year – perhaps the answer lies in concentrating on the next generation and developing a network of future leaders. After all, more and more CEOs nowadays have risen to be cream of...

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Tips for SMEs to improve mental health
Nov16

Tips for SMEs to improve mental health

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence – absence management software company.   Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Abesnce says,   “With more focus on rising mental health issues in many UK companies, many employers are looking at ways to improve mental wellbeing but often employers don’t know where to start.”   “One cost effective solution is to use technology to track short and long-term absences and identify if someone is...

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HR professionals overestimate their employees satisfaction research
Nov15

HR professionals overestimate their employees satisfaction research

HR professionals in large UK enterprises tend to overestimate employee satisfaction when it comes to rewards and benefits programmes, new research by Hawk Incentives finds. Comparing perceptions between HR departments and the general workforce, the survey found that just around half of employees (52%) stated they are happy with the benefits offered by their company. At the same time, the average HR-professional (77%) said its...

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