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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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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