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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Tackling staff absence in schools, academies and colleges
Jun28

Tackling staff absence in schools, academies and colleges

A total of 2.16 million days were lost due to teacher sickness absence in 2015/16 according to the latest statistics from the Department of Education[i].   Other figures from the Liberal Democrats[ii] this year revealed that one in 83 teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues in 2016/17 – up 5% on the previous year.   Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence says that sickness absence...

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Life lessons: Nearly three quarters of millennials are likely to return to studying later in life
Jun25

Life lessons: Nearly three quarters of millennials are likely to return to studying later in life

Londoners are twice as likely as Geordies to want to return to education in their adult years The older generations are the least likely to want to carry on studying, but still over a third said it’s likely they will Children in middle sized families are the most likely to want to continue learning throughout life The great inventor Henry Ford once said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” 1, and it’s a...

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5 Reasons your employees are disengaged
Jun22

5 Reasons your employees are disengaged

Employee engagement makes a huge difference to a business’ productivity and overall success; if workers are committed and motivated to reach goals, this will reflect in their results. In fact, when a business is highly engaged, customer ratings increase by 10%. However, it has been found that 70% of workers are not engaged at work, which can be problematic. Whether it’s team-building days or putting recognition schemes together, due...

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Prevention is better than a cure- Is it time to reinvent occupational health?
Jun21

Prevention is better than a cure- Is it time to reinvent occupational health?

By Victoria Anderson, Director, Better Humans Technology Occupational health plays an important role in any organisation. If an employee has a work-related problem which is preventing them from doing their job effectively, occupational health is there to help. It acts on the behalf of the employer to assist the worker to recover from injury, restoring them to full function in a working capacity. It is job focused and once the person...

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Supporting Carers In The Workplace
Jun18

Supporting Carers In The Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR    As BBC Wales has reported today that nearly 200 carers in Wales have had to give up their jobs to look after family.  Carers represent a significant part of the working age population, both in the workplace, and in the wider labour market.  They are likely to represent 1 in 8 of your workforce as well being a valuable source of recruitment.   Losing carers from the workforce is not only damaging...

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Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season
Jun04

Top tips for managing sickies during the summer sports season

The World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14th June 2018 – and along with other major summer sporting fixtures such as Wimbledon, the golf Open, Tour de France and England vs India test cricket, could spark a rise in ‘sporting sickies’. A survey conducted by Love Energy Savings at the start of Euro 2016 suggested that one in five people would be willing to take a sickie to watch a sporting event and with all eyes on England during the...

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Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance
May31

Eldercare is the new frontier of work-family balance

Guest Blog by Colin Grange, Clinical Director of LifeWorks Supporting carers to stay in work is becoming a major challenge for employers according to the Work and Pensions Committee.  Nine pilot projects it commissioned in 2015 exploring ways to help carers balance employment with caring responsibilities and employer best practice were completed in January this year; we await the published report.    Colin looks at the growing issue...

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What does GDPR mean for employees?
May31

What does GDPR mean for employees?

Guest Blog from Joanna Adams of Darwin Gray The answer is twofold – employee personal data will be collected and processed by virtue of the employment relationship and, in the course of their job, staff may well be responsible for processing the personal data of clients and customers. Most companies and their managerial staff will have been getting to grips with updating data protection policies and procedures and cleansing their data...

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