Managing employee abseteeism during the flu season
Feb13

Managing employee abseteeism during the flu season

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The flu season is well and truly upon us with predictions for the rest of this winter at all-time high. According to the Guardian: “Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11, health officials say it is still not an epidemic.”   Unfortunately, even though there are many genuine cases of employees suffering from flu and needing necessary time off work to recover, there can be...

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Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations
Feb12

Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

The Six Nations rugby tournament is underway with the second round this weekend and England’s win!   This may not be great news though for Britain’s employers who are likely to be seeing an increase in employee with hangovers and a rise in sickness absence and presenteeism with matches taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, says Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence. Adrian says,   “A Sunday match usually means an increase...

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Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?
Feb07

Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?

When I was planning my research into office cake culture for my MSc in obesity and weight management, cake-related discussions with friends and colleagues often led to the same full and frank discussion. Some argued that office cake is a sugar-laden menace lying in wait to trip up would-be dieters and hapless healthy eaters. Many felt that any ensuing weight gain carries health risks for individuals and reduced productivity for...

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HR Support for the Self Employed
Feb05

HR Support for the Self Employed

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   More and more people in the UK are opting for self-employment than ever before. According a recent report published by the CIPD, one in seven UK workers are now self employed.   The report states that :   “Climbing since 2001, self-employed workers now make up almost 15% of the UK labour force, close to the European average. This trend has been a distinguishing feature of the UK labour market’s...

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National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence
Feb01

National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commerical Director at Activ Absence   Monday 5th February is known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ when more employees around the UK are expected to phone in sick than any other day of the year.     Employment law experts the ELAS Group first identified this day in 2011, when it estimated up to 350,000 would call in sick on the first Monday in February, however, they now say it is officially no longer a threat...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

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

  Monday 15th January 2018 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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Entry to enterprise HRMS – how far should you futureproof your investment?
Jan11

Entry to enterprise HRMS – how far should you futureproof your investment?

In the fast-paced world of HR, an organisation’s requirements today could be very different to those that emerge tomorrow. But how far ahead is it possible to realistically plan and how does this influence the tech that an HR team needs to procure? We spoke to Cascade HR’s CEO Oliver Shaw to get his thoughts…   The desire to futureproof investments throughout any business, has become the norm for most organisations. Gone are the days...

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Here’s what your employees probably aren’t telling you
Jan04

Here’s what your employees probably aren’t telling you

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor at Brighter Business One of the hardest things about having people work for you is trying to keep them happy. The problem is that, sometimes, you’re not even aware that your employees are unhappy.   Something you can do to anticipate employee dissatisfaction and hopefully work to minimise it, is to pay attention when studies about employee complaints like this one, by Chicago-based HR Solutions,...

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Robey’s Blog: Give People Targets
Jan02

Robey’s Blog: Give People Targets

There’s a lot of cynicism out there, about management.  The men and women placed into positions of leadership over us are easy targets for complaint and attack (quietly and out of ear-shot if we value our jobs, admittedly), and from the Peter Principle to Dilbert cartoons there’s no end of people ready to take a shot at the ones how have to carry the burden of leadership in organizations and companies all over the world.  And when one...

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Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018
Dec19

Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence   New research from HSBC has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives.     Nine out of ten employees (89%) surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial incentives would...

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Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!
Dec13

Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!

I will burn in Hell for the title of this blog, I realize.  But there’s a common and not-entirely-inaccurate idea that HR is the fun police, generally, and it’s something that comes out in particular at Christmas because of the one event that all HR professionals look to with equal parts anticipation and dread: the office Christmas Party. Ah.  Perhaps you knew that HR staff dread the Christmas Party, but maybe you didn’t know that we...

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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 requested...

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5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working
Dec08

5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working

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 employees feel as though they...

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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 Office for...

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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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