Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent
Dec11

Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent

  Guest Blog by Tom Chapman of CandidSky Portfolio Payroll, a specialist recruitment consultancy based in London, has released the results of its 2017/2018 salary survey. Polling professionals across the payroll sector, the organisation revealed how companies were targeting talent through increased salaries and better benefits.     Identifying levels of salary satisfaction throughout the payroll sector, the organisation...

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5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working
Dec08

5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working

Guest Blog from Questback Many employees would like to be able to change certain things about their place of work, whether it’s a particular process or the entire culture. However, most also groan when told that they have an employee engagement survey coming up.   On the surface, this is somewhat strange. Engagement surveys provide the perfect opportunity to comment on what’s going well at work and what isn’t, so why do many...

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Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR
Dec07

Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR

Guest Blog by Bruce McCombie, Head of Partnerships, Pilotlight   On your commute home tonight, how often will you be reminded about those less fortunate than you? Will you pass a homeless person on the street, will you read in the newspaper about an inspirational charity worker transforming the lives of young people, or will you see an appeal for help on Facebook? And will that prompt you to volunteer?   According to the...

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The Productivity Puzzle: Why is the UK lagging behind Europe in the Workplace?
Dec06

The Productivity Puzzle: Why is the UK lagging behind Europe in the Workplace?

Guest Blog from Claire Richardson, Chair of the Workforce Institute Europe   At a time when the UK workforce is under the spotlight, countless studies, including the “Always On Con” report from the Workforce Institute Europe have revealed that British workers consistently underperform compared to their European counterparts – they are less productive at work, spend more work time on social media, work more often at home and...

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Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?
Dec05

Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?

Comment by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price     It’s that time of year when everyone is beginning to make their New Year’s resolutions, most of the time these resolutions tend to about their health and wellness. Promoting good health and wellness should also be an employer’s goal for 2018 so with this in mind, here is a summary of the six best workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends that businesses...

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Managing Mental Health
Dec04

Managing Mental Health

Guest Blog By Robey Jenkins Last week I looked at the experience of working whilst also living with mental illness. But this isn’t a problem that can be solved only by the sufferer and his or her medical professionals. In a competitive market, employers need every edge they can get to seek out and retain the best people. But no one is perfect. Everyone comes with baggage. And sometimes, that baggage means mental illness.    ...

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6 ways to maintain a work/life balance
Dec04

6 ways to maintain a work/life balance

Guest Blog, Samantha Glass of Thrive   Having a good work-life balance is important for you, your close friends and your family. A work-life balance is being able to dedicate sufficient time to these two aspects of your life without one taking over the other one to the point that you are neglecting it. It might be about not taking work home and also about not having to worry about problems at work during the time you should be...

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Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas
Nov30

Ten ways for employers to keep staff motivated in the run up to Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for businesses owners who are planning ahead for next year and often dealing with reduced staffing levels due to sickness and last minute end of year holiday requests. How can they keep their teams motivated in the run up to Christmas and spread some Christmas cheer? Adrian Lewis, Absence Management Expert at Activ Absence says   “Whilst this is a fun time of year, it can also be stressful for managers...

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Working with Mental Health
Nov23

Working with Mental Health

The issue of mental health in the workplace has become a common topic of HR discussion, blogging and print media in the last year or so, which is a Really Good Thing. There is a long way to go when it comes to getting the management and understanding of mental health embedded in the workplace, particularly in the UK’s SME market, but the journey has begun.   I have a fair amount of experience with dealing with mental health...

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Robey’s Blog: How not to leave your employer
Nov16

Robey’s Blog: How not to leave your employer

Just so we’re clear: I’m not leaving my employer.  I know my boss occasionally checks in on this blog, so I thought I should get that out of the way. But people do leave employers quite often.  In fact, everyone leaves eventually, one way or the other, so why are we so reluctant to talk about it and why, when it happens, do so many people seem to get it wrong? So here are my favourite stupid ways to leave your employer: The Secret...

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Why freelancers need health insurance
Nov15

Why freelancers need health insurance

Guest Blog by Mike James There is no doubt that freelancers make up a significant proportion of the workforce ; it is estimated that there are more than 2 million freelance workers in the UK, and this number is growing. If this is something that you are considering or have just started, there are certainly a number of benefits that make it attractive. However, it is also true that freelancers need to take steps to protect themselves...

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“Time” for the office party?
Nov14

“Time” for the office party?

Guest Blog from Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits   You don’t need me to tell you that we are about to enter the festive season, and across the nation the plans for the annual office shindig will no doubt be in an advanced state of preparation.   So I’m going to be deliberately provocative now.  Without wishing to be a party-pooper, I wonder why the nation continues to persist with this...

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AI and the Future of Recruitment
Nov13

AI and the Future of Recruitment

Guest Blog By David Haines, Global sales Director, Xref   Tech experts have been paying lip service to the wonders of Artificial Intelligence (or AI) for many years, but what was once the stuff of blockbuster movies and sinister sci-fi stories, is quickly becoming a reality. The age of Artificial Intelligence is upon us.   What does this mean for the HR sector? In an industry where the emphasis is on people and human...

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Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously
Nov09

Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.   What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other...

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Duty of care and enabling employees to become safer drivers
Nov09

Duty of care and enabling employees to become safer drivers

Guest Blog by Helen Potter, VP HR, Masternaut (www.masternaut.com)   As members of the HR community, we have an important role to play in making sure that our employees are kept safe from harm. We all have people within our companies that spend many hours on the road for professional reasons. In 2013, more than 3,000 UK drivers were killed or injured in crashes where speed was a significant influence. We cannot ignore the fact...

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