How to ditch the January blues
Jan17

How to ditch the January blues

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business Christmas may be on everyone’s radar now, but before we know it January will soon be here. Winter can have a huge impact on the mental health and well being of working Brits, with studies showing it not only affects their mood but also their productivity. January, after all, is the Monday of the calendar, making it roundly resented. It’s little wonder why: cold, wet weather, dreary days...

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Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search
Jan08

Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search

Martin Linstrom, Managing Director UK&I at IPsoft Effective talent management that successfully attracts and retains the best candidates is now more vital than ever, particularly in times of increasing job competition. Significantly, 56% of recruiters state that access to new recruitment and interview tools is very or extremely important for the future of hiring processes. Working more efficiently is essential for the future...

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Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly
Jan04

Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly

The four-day working week is something many employees would welcome, but companies can be concerned about how it would work in practice. New research by consultancy firm Kin&Co[i] found that just 48% of businesses think their company would benefit from the move. In contrast they found that 70% of business owners said they would consider trialling Wednesday afternoons for employees, with 80% believing this would boost employee...

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Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?
Jan04

Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?

It was, for most, first day back after Christmas and the New Year after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged, then perhaps feigned the dreaded lurgi, cough or cold!! This is not unheard of, but there are some excuses which are so excessive and exaggerated that you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of it. Here are five of the worst excuses for absences that we have heard!! 1. My only pair of work trousers are in the...

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Pop-ups: a shortcut to business growth?
Jan03

Pop-ups: a shortcut to business growth?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, BrighterBusiness The rise of the pop-up shop has been almost meteoric, particularly over the last ten years. The phenomenon has grown hugely in popularity to coincide with the growth of e-commerce and the changing face of the traditional high street. The pop-up format is hardly new. Farmers markets, or seasonal markets around Christmas, for example, could be considered the original pop-ups, appearing for...

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Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec21

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the most...

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Control is how SME owners can thrive
Dec20

Control is how SME owners can thrive

Guest Blog by Nikki Flanders, Chief Operating Officer, Opus Energy Running a business is no small feat. Often, one person is responsible for the business’ strategy and success – which can be a lot of pressure to bear. This can sometimes lead small business owners to go above and beyond as they strive to make the right call. However, there is a fine line between making a sacrifice[1]for the greater good to drive success, and making...

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How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking
Dec13

How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking

Guest Blog By Russell Wardrop One of the most accomplished recoveries in public speaking came from the Prime Minister at this year’s party conference. In a reference to the previous year’s disaster when letters fell off the inspirational message behind her, she said: “I’ve been up all night gluing the backdrop.” Theresa May is no orator and her discomfort behind the lectern is palpable, but her audience loved that line. They also...

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Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?
Dec13

Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?

Guest Blog by Graham Sprigg FRSA Most of us, at some time in our career, have been involved in charitable giving or providing support to local community initiatives. For the most part, individual members of staff, teams and employers alike feel they have achieved something positive.  Recent research published by Community Interest Company Partnership of Equals suggests that all may not be what it seems. In an effort to better...

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10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019
Dec11

10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019

Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price From gender pay gap reporting to widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment, 2018 has been a busy year in employment law. Although employers may hope for a quieter 2019, it’s looking likely that there will be a number of issues that are prevalent throughout the year, amid the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit. Below are just ten changes employers need to look out...

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Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business
Dec11

Social media & employee advocacy: How to successfully utilise it for your business

Guest Blog By David Lloyd. CEO of PostBeyond Social media; it’s used to stay up to date with news and communicate with friends and family. Social media is also used by many businesses as a marketing tool for their brand(s). The likes of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are growing each day and they have become a fundamental way businesses connect with their customers. Every second of every day, on average, 6,000 Tweets are sent. That’s...

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How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?
Dec07

How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?

New research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk has revealed there are currently over 23,000 Christmas jobs available in the UK, with 21% of Christmas vacancies online and 17% with some of the biggest high street retailers such as Tesco, Superdrug and Debenhams.     Managing additional seasonal workers alongside existing staff can be a real headache for employers at one of the busiest times of the year for the high street and online...

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Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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How ‘Human’ is working from home?
Nov27

How ‘Human’ is working from home?

Guest Blog by Portia Vincent-Kirby from Hudson McKenzie   Approximately over 4.2 Million people are now working from home in the U.K.; but how exactly ‘human’ is this working practice?   With the rise of technology comes also the rise of the ability to work completely virtual and thus remotely. Therefore, with the costs of office space skyrocketing, influencing many companies to downsize without resulting in a redundancy of staff,...

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Why mentors are a must
Nov26

Why mentors are a must

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor-Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR Navigating a career and all the challenges and opportunities that come with it can sometimes feel like a minefield. Having a mentor to offer guidance, share first-hand experience or simply act as a sounding board to bounce ideas off is a brilliant way of helping people to learn and manage their goals.   A great mentor has the power to inspire their protégé to try new things,...

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