Tips for helping workers combat the January blues
Jan17

Tips for helping workers combat the January blues

Blue Monday’, 17 January – billed as the most depressing day of the year – Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR stresses the importance of employers looking out for mental health issues amongst employees, after almost two years of Covid-19. Lewis says, “Although Blue Monday is unofficially seen as the most depressing day of the year, it’s a useful marker for reminding employers to keep an eye on people’s mental...

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Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR
Jan05

Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR

A new report by GoodShape[i] has revealed that mental health issues were the main reason for people taking time off work this year – with people taking on average 18.8 days off.  They also highlight that over half of workers (54%) o who take two or more mental health-related absences, will go on to leave their jobs. Given these statistics, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR says it’s more important than ever for...

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Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year
Dec09

Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year

With more than three quarters (76.4%) of UK professionals intending to look for a new job in 2022 according to a new survey by CV-Library[i], Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR advises that rewarding staff and showing appreciation could be key to retention and has never been more important this festive season. This follows a warning from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and  KPMG[ii] in...

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Why the battle for talent will be won or lost over hybrid working
Dec07

Why the battle for talent will be won or lost over hybrid working

By Nicola Downing, COO Ricoh Europe All businesses share a simple principle: they are only ever as good as their people. To stay ahead of the competition, businesses need the very best people on board. The pandemic beamed the brightest of spotlights on this. Yet for many employees, the feeling hasn’t been mutual and they are leaving their jobs at an unparalleled rate in something dubbed the ‘great resignation.’ For some, the extra...

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Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?
Nov25

Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?

After the lifting of COVID-19 there is still reluctance by some workers to return to the office and a growing need for firms to offer flexibility in working patterns to retain and recruit staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR. New data from XpertHR has revealed that 97% of UK organisations have deployed some form of hybrid working, and, despite the trend for employers to call for return to a largely office-based future...

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Pandemic has had detrimental impact on legal careers
Nov23

Pandemic has had detrimental impact on legal careers

Half of all legal professionals think that the pandemic has been detrimental to their career, with many now looking for new roles. The survey by south London and Kent law firm Thackray Williams, in cooperation with legal recruiters LR Legal, found that 43% of those working in law firms were currently seeking a new role, with a further 22% considering making a move. The overwhelming reason for wanting to change job is for more money...

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Mandatory vaccination – the employment challenge beyond carers
Nov03

Mandatory vaccination – the employment challenge beyond carers

Kimberley Barrett-St.Vall, partner in Napthens’ employment team, discusses the challenge that mandatory vaccination rules cause for care homes and their partners From 11th November 2021, anyone who works inside a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home, which provide accommodation and nursing or personal care, in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt. This step that has been...

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Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?
Nov01

Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?

After the relaxation of the rules for travel abroad last month, Thomas Cook[i] reported that half-term bookings were up by 200% and are also expecting a surge in Christmas bookings after the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes would last “at least” until the beginning of 2022[ii]. Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says that managing a big rise in holiday requests, as the year comes to an end will be a major...

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Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model
Oct14

Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model

A new report from People Analytics and consulting company, Actual Experience, has revealed organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of digital inequality on employees, as hybrid working looks set to become the new normal. This new working model is causing concern across multiple sectors; 67% of C-Suite representatives cite that they’re worried these new ways of working will introduce inequalities in how...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?
Oct07

Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?

The UK government has at last released its proposals for flexible working reform, which have been expected since the Conservative Party published its 2019 manifesto for the general election. Despite the fact that the pandemic forced many employers to embrace homeworking arrangements, the proposed reforms are limited.  Campaigners for more extensive reform will be left underwhelmed. With employees now expecting to have longer-term...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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HR is in the age of reinvention
Sep06

HR is in the age of reinvention

By Laura Baldwin, President at O’Reilly This is the age of reinvention. Businesses started the 21st century by re-inventing themselves as online businesses; then they took the next step to become data-driven; finally, they have started incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning into their processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to accelerate these changes: if a business hadn’t made the digital transition at...

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Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage
Sep06

Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage

By Leigh Anderson, Managing Director at Bis Henderson Recruitment Skills and labour shortages across the UK’s trade and logistics sectors have been hitting the headlines, most obviously for goods vehicle drivers. Less newsworthy, but equally threatening, is the shortfall in staff with knowledge and experience in Customs procedures; a situation that is beginning to pose an existential threat to many small, and not so small, companies...

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