Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management
Aug13

Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation...

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Be more like Gareth Southgate: How to build a superstar team
Aug09

Be more like Gareth Southgate: How to build a superstar team

Guest Blog by Chris Morgan, CEO of Staff Skills Training Before the World Cup began, the England football squad had been written off by many as a bunch of separate egos, not interested in playing as a team and with little hope of making it out of the qualifying stages.   The job of bringing this group of players together fell to the manager, Gareth Southgate. And, against all odds, he took the England football team to their first semi...

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Remote working is on the rise, but is the UK workplace keeping up?
Aug08

Remote working is on the rise, but is the UK workplace keeping up?

Guest Blog by Mark Schnittman, Co-founder and CTO at Owl Labs It’s the modern technology paradox: we’re more digitally connected than ever before, but consequently we’re becoming increasingly physically disconnected. Bringing this into the context of the workplace, this is a red flag for the engagement and energy levels of those working remotely. It’s a well-known fact that allowing employees to work remotely can improve job...

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UK suffers Skills Blindspot not a Skills Shortage, and Management is key to solving the problem
Aug07

UK suffers Skills Blindspot not a Skills Shortage, and Management is key to solving the problem

Guest Blog by Jeremy Carter, Director Bridge EMEA Have you ever wasted time looking for something you need, when it was right in front of you? This is a scenario playing out across businesses in the UK with regards to finding talent with the right skill set. Search for ‘Skills Shortage UK’ on the web, and you’ll find a raft of stories around talent wars and skills shortages. With employment rates at an all-time high, firms are paying...

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There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence
Aug03

There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence

A new report from the TUC[i] this week has highlighted that many companies are failing to give staff paid holiday leave, putting them at risk of ‘burnout’.   According to the report, one in 12 workers in the UK – around 2.2 million people get less than the legal minimum holiday requirement of five and a half weeks a year. 1.2 million workers receive no annual leave at all.     According to the report, these workers are losing out on...

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Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce
Aug02

Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Director Activ Absence responds to the latest ONS figures on sickness absence   New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week have revealed that the number of sickness days have almost halved over the past two decades to reach a record low. Absence figures dropped from an average of 7.2 days in 1993 to 4.1 days in 2017 and have been steadily falling since 1999.     Responding to...

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Employee rights during hot weather
Jul27

Employee rights during hot weather

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR What does the law say on employee rights during hot weather? Although the Great British Summer often doesn’t result in hot temperatures, the hottest day of the decade could be on its way to the UK, with the mercury set to climb to highs of 34 degrees this week, according to the Met Office. But, for some employees, the sun’s rays can make the working environment almost unbearable. In the UK there is...

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees
Jul25

Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner or HCHR If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018. However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The team at HCHR has come up with...

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Is sleeping working?
Jul20

Is sleeping working?

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR   Last Friday, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW).  ...

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World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence
Jul19

World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence  England might not have made it into the World Cup Final, but it didn’t deter train staff from taking time off to watch the match, resulting in hundreds of Sunday trains in the north-west, the west of England and South Wales being cancelled due to staff shortages, causing widespread passenger disruption.   GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had...

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My hips don’t lie
Jul13

My hips don’t lie

Forget office slides and ping pong tables, employee engagement should be about relationships and long-term enrichment. Employers are doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things in the name of employee engagement. US tech giant Google with its “chief happiness officer” and slides installed between office floors to make moving around more “fun” is a case in point. In a bid to unleash creative energy and boost motivation, I have heard...

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UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?
Jul11

UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   According to a new survey from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest recruitment sites, two in five UK employees polled (40 per cent) reported taking a maximum of just half of their annual leave entitlement during the last holiday year, with the average employee taking just 62 per cent of their allowance.   This study serves as a timely reminder for companies to...

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Time to take a break…
Jul05

Time to take a break…

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence   A survey commissioned by British Airways in January revealed that one-third of UK workers did not use up their annual leave in 2017, losing an average of four days each.   Today is National Workaholics Day which brings the attention to the research carried out – how are companies manging their staff holidays and encouraging them to use their annual leave entitlement.     The recent hot...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?
Jul03

England might be “coming home” in tonight’s match, but will employees be staying at home tomorrow?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   The Three Lions will be taking part in their biggest World Cup game in over 10 years when they play Columbia tonight. But how will this effect offices Wednesday morning?     No doubt staff will be having a few drinks whilst watching the game, then a few more either to celebrate or commiserate!   An estimated 1.2 million England fans plan to call in sick following the...

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