Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?
Apr25

Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?

When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse? Absenteeism · It will not come as a surprise to any business owners that an employee’s absence from work can be a disruption. · According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK businesses an estimated £29bn annually with the...

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Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence
Apr11

Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and Simply Health,[i] has highlighted that nearly two-fifths of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress related absence over the last year, with heavy workloads and poor management style to blame. The CIPD is calling for senior leaders to prioritise wellness at work, to increase their investment in health and well-being by training managers, so they are...

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Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community
Mar25

Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community

Guest blog by AnthonySherick, MD of ContractorUK Yesterday it was announced that presenter Lorraine Kelly has defeated HMRC in the latest IR35 ruling over a £1.2m tax bill. The judge ruled that she was not employed by ITV, but rather performs as her“chatty” TV persona. Lorraine Kelly received the national insurance and income tax bill from HMRC in 2016 claiming she was an employee of ITV and so fell under the umbrella of IR35...

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Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR
Mar18

Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR

Guest blog by Fiona McKee, Head of Human Resources at SD Worx UK & Ireland  Freelancers have been hitting the headlines in recent months due to the Government tightening tax legislation in what is the likely to be the biggest compliance race since GDPR. But, what does it mean for non-permanent workers?    The issue at hand The issue all boils down to a tax framework referred to as IR35 and the...

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Worker’s rights: How might Brexit affect employment laws
Mar14

Worker’s rights: How might Brexit affect employment laws

Employment lawyer Alex Monaco explains the effect Brexit could have on employment rights. He is the founder of #EmployeeRightsDay, to be held on November 1, and author of The Resignation Revolution: How To Negotiate Your Exit Package Like A Pro. Following Brexit, the UK government has committed to protect workers’ rights, and “seek out opportunities to enhance protections when that is the right choice for UK...

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Keeping staff motivated all year round
Mar12

Keeping staff motivated all year round

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor-Robertson,Founder, JourneyHR The start of a new year often brings new beginnings and for many of the UK’s workforce, that includes jobs. Research by Arden revealed that nearly half (46%) of the UK’s working population is likely to re-evaluate their career at the beginning of the year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, salary wascited as the top reason to look elsewhere (34%), but the findings uncovered a number of...

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What the EU Settlement Scheme means for UK businesses
Mar12

What the EU Settlement Scheme means for UK businesses

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR With the UK set to sever its ties with the European Union in just over a month’s time on March 29th,major changes are set to ripple through the UK workforce. While the unpredictability of the UK economy post-Brexit still looms large, one thing that is certain is the changing of the law around EU citizens working in Britain and Northern Ireland. Being rolled out the day...

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Tackling the New Year employee overspend
Mar08

Tackling the New Year employee overspend

Guest Blog By Ann Marie Bell, Director at Getta Sub The New Year blues are a source of misery for many. Whether it’s the bad weather, dark mornings or financial overspend from the festive season, most employees are likely to have started 2019 out-of-pocket to some extent. Whilst many will joke about over-indulging on drink, Christmas food and gifts, the reality is that, in financial terms, the post-Christmas period can be a stressful...

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Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle
Feb28

Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle

Guest Blog by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and ors – Equal pay: comparators Court of Appeal upholds decision that retail workers can compare pay terms to distribution workers due to common terms applying at the establishments. The facts Around 30,000 predominately female retail employees have submitted equal pay claims against the organisation, alleging there are not receiving equal...

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Employers must work with employees to achieve a better work-life balance
Feb28

Employers must work with employees to achieve a better work-life balance

Guest Blog By Christian Brøndum, CEO of Planday The demand for flexibility can no longer be ignored by employers. With only 6% of people now working a traditional shift and almost half of people working flexibly, businesses across all industries should be reflecting on the flexible benefits they offer their workforce. A recent report from Carers UK called on employers to provide flexible options and workers’ rights to their employees...

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Reviewing your benefits for future success
Feb21

Reviewing your benefits for future success

Guest Blog by John Deacon, Head of Employee Benefits at Buck A company’s benefits structure should never be static; regular reviews and updates are absolutely essential for making it an effective tool in the workplace. This dynamic approach to benefits can pay huge dividends in areas ranging from employee engagement to staff retention. Taking the time at the start of 2019 to improve the benefits offering will ensure that the company...

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Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?
Feb20

Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Kate Palmer    Studies indicate that up to 80% of employers admit to having made discriminating decisions based on regional accents, with YouGov polls showing the least popular voices in theUK come from Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. Although having a strong, noticeable accent is not a protected characteristic within UK law employers should bear in mind that deliberately...

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Top business advice/tips for 2019
Feb08

Top business advice/tips for 2019

Guest blog by David Selves, Business Advisor at The Selves Group With 2019 just around the corner, many UK businesses will be looking back on how well they have performed in the year just gone and setting new targets for the year ahead. However, 2019 brings uncharted waters as the UK prepares to face one of the biggest and most drastic changes in generations; leaving the EU. What the outcome will be and what it means to SMEs is...

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HR must meet cyber talent challenge head on
Feb04

HR must meet cyber talent challenge head on

Guest blog by Simon Hember, Director, Acumin Consulting In 2018 over a billion people were affected by data breaches. Even though we are merely weeks in to 2019, other major organisations have already suffered hacking and threats from cyber criminals – from Singapore Airlines to major government departments. With a well-documented cyber-skills shortage in the UK, set to be compounded by Brexit in 2019 it is...

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