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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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 should look...

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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.     Having a...

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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 and HR...

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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 issues...

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