Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday
Oct12

Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday

We’re getting technical this week, because something big has happened in the world of HR and it’s possible you might not have noticed, because I didn’t until it was brought to my attention yesterday.   The case of Dudley Metropolitan Council v Willets & Others appears to have brought into focus a long-standing legal blur on the topology of holiday and holiday pay. It has always been established in law that “guaranteed...

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Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental...

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The Apprentice: Sexism in Business
Oct05

The Apprentice: Sexism in Business

Apprentice candidate Siobhan Smith is under fire after appearing to suggest that only attractive women should sell to male customers. On last night’s episode, the first in the new series, the teams were set a burger task. While discussing their strategy for the task, Siobhan, who was on the women’s team, said: “Our customers in Canary Wharf are going to be male dominated area so it’s something you need to take into consideration when...

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  What can HR do to counterbalance the effects of a chair-based lifestyle?
Oct05

  What can HR do to counterbalance the effects of a chair-based lifestyle?

  Guest blog by Paul Drew, DPG Plc Sitting is the new smoking. These were the words of a man called Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and author of the book ‘Get up!: Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it’. He had quite a lot more to say on this subject too: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more...

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Robey’s Blog: Be Water…
Oct05

Robey’s Blog: Be Water…

  “Empty your mind, be formless.  Shapeless, like water.  If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.  You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.  You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.  Now, water can flow or it can crash.”  -Bruce Lee My opinion of psychometric testing has shifted, somewhat, over the years.  But I can’t deny that it has shaped how I see people and the world.  I learned to think of...

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Which countries are closing the Gender Gap?
Oct04

Which countries are closing the Gender Gap?

The average female worker in the UK earns almost 10% less than her male counterpart, a percentage that increases the more she earns. In fact, the gap in annual salaries between top-earning women and top-earning men can be as much as 55%. But it’s not just unequal pay that women in the UK are having to contend with. According to various studies women are more likely to be in debt, live in poverty and suffer from depression.  ...

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Robey’s Blog: Space to Talk
Sep27

Robey’s Blog: Space to Talk

Before I got distracted, I was writing about my priorities, having taken up the reins of HR at a commercial SME that’s never have organic HR[1] before.   I began with the data and, I’m happy to say, it’s certainly transformed my understanding of the business, wrangling the chaotic filing cabinet of personal files into something resembling order.  Some gaps have been filled.  Many are still there.  But at least, now, someone can...

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Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace
Sep26

Five ways to effectively deal with staff sickness in the workplace

  Gemma Harding, Head of Corporates Services at CALLCARE   We all know that days off due to sickness and injury can create problems with meeting deadlines and schedules, maintaining morale, delivering high levels of service and maintaining productivity.     Yet the latest Office of National Statistics figures tell us that on average in 2016 there were just 4.3 days lost per worker due to sickness or injury in the...

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Robey’s Blog: The Common Denominator and the Human Factor
Sep21

Robey’s Blog: The Common Denominator and the Human Factor

  I remember when I was first attempting to break out from the public-sector background in which I cut my HR teeth, and push my way into a commercial or industrial role.  I found myself continually frustrated by the same response from company after company: “Looks good, but lacks sector experience”. Surely, I thought – and it’s a refrain I’ve heard from many HR professionals over the years – humans are humans regardless of your...

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What to do when employees’ personal problems affect work – Comment by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price
Sep20

What to do when employees’ personal problems affect work – Comment by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price

Wayne Rooney’s latest PR disaster has seen him charged with drink driving and having to face allegations of impropriety with a woman whilst his wife was away on holiday. It’s a story that has nothing to do with his footballing career, and yet it’s sure to impact his day job at Everton and could ultimately affect his performance on the pitch in upcoming fixtures. But how should employers go about dealing with potentially fragile...

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Working From Home Productivity Killers
Sep19

Working From Home Productivity Killers

Ellen Holcombe, Freelance Copywriter | Professional Word Person I’m Ellen, a freelance copywriter. I pick the right words and put them in the right order to create copy that gets your readers to take action. Aside from the copywriting, I’m a creative with a hint of perfectionism and a love of spreadsheets. I love both reading (anything with a twist) and writing (pretty much anything). I strongly believe that there is never an...

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Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously
Sep18

Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously

Reports that Ryanair has cancelled 82 flights on Sunday and will cancel between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holiday is a situation that could have been avoided with better holiday planning, says absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. Discussing the holiday planning chaos Ryanair’s Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, “We have...

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Robey’s Blog: From Nought to HR
Sep14

Robey’s Blog: From Nought to HR

I’m back!  And it’s a new look and a new theme for my blog, because this week I take up the HR reins at Sprint Group Ltd, a small-ish company in Worcestershire.  I’m yet to settle on a concise and informative way of explaining what they do without sounding like an infomercial, but unless you own or want to own a commercial kitchen of some sort – restaurant, canteen, gastropub, hotel, school, café etc – you don’t really need to...

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The Evolving Role of University HR Managers
Sep08

The Evolving Role of University HR Managers

Guest blog from Kevin Nelson   Universities, as well as other institutions, are highly dependent on the talents acquired by the HR Department. Depending on how good the HR manager is, the university will or won’t get the best professionals, people with an enormous expertise in the area and perfect fits for the position. And it is thanks to such giants that some universities are considered the best, while others do not reach to...

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The Future of Work Lies in Employee Experience
Sep08

The Future of Work Lies in Employee Experience

Guest blog from Tony Solomon Many business experts have spoken about it over the past few years, and especially today: Where does the future of work lie, and what are the best methods to creating a positive employee experience? Not so coincidentally, the two are very closely related, and the recent shift of focus towards human resources is one of the biggest proofs. Globally, businesses have come to understand that in order to have...

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