Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan20

Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?

Monday 20th January 2020 or ‘Blue Monday is being billed as the most depressing day of the year – with the miserable weather, debt and post Christmas blues all considered to be major contributing factors. While Mental health charity, Mind is dismissive of Blue Monday , absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence believes the day could serve as a positive reminder for employers to think about reducing employee...

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If your mission’s critical,  make it concrete
Jan20

If your mission’s critical, make it concrete

What can a Welsh town teach you about rallying people behind your mission? I recently visited a small town in Wales. It’s got a couple of pubs, a butcher’s and a handful of shops and houses. It might not sound like much, but every year thousands of people flock there from across the globe. That town is Hay-on-Wye, home of the annual literary festival. It hasn’t always been so popular (the festival’s been going since 1988). When I was...

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How HR technology can help businesses attract and retain top talent in 2020
Jan16

How HR technology can help businesses attract and retain top talent in 2020

Views from Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR The UK is nowhere near where it should be in terms of using workplace technology and 2020 will see more British businesses move to a more digital environment, says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR, a provider of cloud based HR software. Adrian says, “As more Millennial and Generation Z employees enter the workforce they expect and demand to have technology at their...

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The impact of ‘activity-based working’ on company culture and productivity
Jan08

The impact of ‘activity-based working’ on company culture and productivity

Louise Newman, HR Director at The PHA Group Company culture is one of the most important factors affecting productivity at work and it is something we prioritise here at The PHA Group. As companies grow and develop, it is key to make sure that their culture is maintained and people feel comfortable and happy in their evolving environment. We have found that moving to ‘activity-based’ working has brought huge benefits to PHA by helping...

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Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR
Dec12

Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR

Performance appraisals may be losing favour in some organisations over different approaches to performance management, but Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR says they are still a crucial part of nurturing and engaging staff. The 2019 Gartner Performance Management Benchmarking Survey[i] showed 81% of HR leaders are making changes to performance management, and some companies have even considered eliminating altogether the...

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Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave
Dec06

Help ensure staff don’t miss out on holiday leave

With Christmas just around the corner it can be the last chance for employees who haven’t taken their full holiday entitlement to try to squeeze in leave, which can cause issues in the office. According to Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence a ‘use it or lose it policy’ often means a last minute dash to book time off before the end of the year, potentially leaving the office low staffed or colleagues stressed as they end up taking...

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Get to work better? Can commuting be a performance improvement focus?
Nov27

Get to work better? Can commuting be a performance improvement focus?

With recent figures out showing that commuting times are still on the increase is it time to review the way commuting is considered as part of the working day? There are obviously wider issues about commuting times and congestion levels that relate to implications for our planet and some of the choices we might need to make to reverse the impact that increasing travel times and volume are having. While efforts are in place to make...

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4 tips to get your first job while being a law student
Nov20

4 tips to get your first job while being a law student

Finding a job while you are a law student can be tough, not because you won’t necessarily find one, but because you need to find the right one. Your studies will consume a lot of your time and you can’t spend too much of it doing part-time work.  The other thing that you want to consider is to get a job in your field so that you can begin to gain some valuable experience. While you are busy with your studies, it would...

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Is technology a double-edged sword for inclusion?
Nov06

Is technology a double-edged sword for inclusion?

Article by Nic Girvan, global head of digital training at PDT Global – which provides diversity and inclusion training for large multinationals around the world. We all recognise that there is an inclusive way to behave, a need to keep our assumptions in check – and that engaging with difference could be the key to unlocking excellence. Intellectually (whilst consciously focused) we’re OK – but instinctively (when our autopilot kicks...

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The Changing Face of Workplace Perks
Oct24

The Changing Face of Workplace Perks

As the workplace landscape changes, we are frequently told that employees, especially ‘millennials, are prioritising the perks employers offer when looking for a new job, over their base salary. The impact of this has led to employers competing to offer their prospective employees the best perks and most comfortable workplace environment. It began with free-flowing office stationery – a chance for employees to get their hands on as...

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The flexible working revolution has arrived – here’s why business need to adapt
Oct18

The flexible working revolution has arrived – here’s why business need to adapt

Nic Redfern, Finance Director, KnowYourMoney.co.uk The traditional workplace culture today is a far cry from what it was even a decade ago. Arguably, one of the most significant shifts that has taken place is workers’ changing attitudes towards flexible working. Flexible working is an arrangement whereby workers enjoy more freedoms in terms of how long, where, and when they work. There are plenty of reasons why this has become an...

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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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