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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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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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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Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!
May23

Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR If you want people to trust you with their data, you need to earn it…stick with me.. Companies hold more personal data on their customers than ever before. Details about our social media habits or what kind of washing powder we prefer are collected, stored and then used to tailor our interactions with brands. Hence, why I’m followed all over the internet by Karen Millen dresses. But the...

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Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce
May15

Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Despite a general misconception, employees who attend work while unwell isn’t a sign of dedication. It’s more likely that the culture in their organisation makes them feel pressurised to be there.  This is known as presenteeism and has become both a prevalent and costly problem that needs to be addressed.   Think of it like a technical malfunction; if a photocopier or printer jams, employees can...

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Supporting Employees During Ramadan
May10

Supporting Employees During Ramadan

Guest blog from Shakira Joyner or HCHR   This year, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday, 15 May and ends on Thursday 14 June.  During Ramadan Muslims are prohibited from consuming food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset for 30 days.     Many Muslims will carry on working during Ramadan and can be affected by a drop in energy, feeling tired and experiencing lower concentration levels.   In the UK,...

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Change won’t happen until people do…
Apr04

Change won’t happen until people do…

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Organizations decide they’re going to change all the time. Especially during times like we’re experiencing today, when recruiting is tough, engagement is a challenge, and retention is a top priority. Organizational change doesn’t just because an acknowledgement was made that change needs to happen. Human nature can mean that people both want and resist change in equal measures.  Fear of the...

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Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality
Mar08

Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the Globe, the issue of gender equality is at the forefront of our minds more than ever.   We read with interest this article from Business Insider magazine published today (8 March 2018) which highlights the worst countries for women around the world and focusses on the Global Gap Index created by the World Economic Forum (WEF) over 10 years ago....

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Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers
Feb20

Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers

Guest blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The BBC has reported today that the UK Government is looking at making changes to employment rights and to improving the conditions of millions of workers, including people working in the so-called ‘gig’ economy.   The BBC online news channel states that: “the changes include stricter enforcement of holiday and sick pay rights, and higher fines for firms that breach contracts or mistreat staff.”...

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Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season
Feb13

Managing employee absenteeism 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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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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Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously
Nov09

Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.   What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other consequences.  ...

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Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses
Nov02

Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Employee recruitment and retention is a key issue facing many businesses and effective, professional advice on this matter can be hard to find.   For small businesses in particular, the staff turnover can be very high due to a number of factors; so these businesses are constantly looking for ways to encourage staff members to stay for longer periods of time.   Finding out why people are leaving...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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Shakira’s Blog – Is your management team afraid to manage?
Nov13

Shakira’s Blog – Is your management team afraid to manage?

This is a topic that I have skirted around for some time… but it’s a recurring theme that I keep witnessing in businesses, so I want to talk about it… It doesn’t matter what sector you operate in, or business size, you all seem to experience the same difficulties. Some people on the management team are afraid to manage… I am a firm believer in managers having the right to manage… So where does this apparent fear or avoidance come...

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