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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Top tips on how women can press for progress in their workplace
Mar08

Top tips on how women can press for progress in their workplace

Guest Blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer   International Women’s Day on 8th March 2018 comes at a time when there is an increasing focus on equality and women’s rights in the workplace. Business issues keep making the headlines, from dress codes requiring women to wear high heels or allegations of sexual harassment, leading to a reminder that further steps can be taken to progress business practices to ensure equality is...

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Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence
Mar05

Snowy weather doesn’t need to impact business productivity says Activ Absence

With parts of Wales now at the highest red “extreme weather” level and over 1,000 schools closed due to Storm Emma, Adrian Lewis, Managing Director, Activ Absence, based in Bridgend, South Wales says adverse weather conditions don’t need to cause chaos in the office too.     Adrian Lewis commented;   “With many office workers not able to make it into work or being sent home early this week the normal business day can be disrupted,...

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Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?
Feb23

Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?

Guest Blog  by Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert David Price   A study carried out by scientists has revealed that anti-depressants are more efficient than previously thought at reducing the symptoms of depression. The use of anti-depressants has soared in recent years, with 64.7 million prescriptions made in England in 2016. As use increases, the likelihood is that nearly all workplaces will have an employee who is suffering...

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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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Why is Employee Development So Important in Business?
Feb15

Why is Employee Development So Important in Business?

In the corporate environment, there are plenty of things that can influence an employee’s level of happiness. In addition, with the ever-increasing pressures of everyday life, it can be all too easy for employees to end up feeling overworked and stressed out. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to ensure that each and every team member feels happy, confident and valued within their position in the company.   However, it’s...

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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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Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations
Feb12

Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

The Six Nations rugby tournament is underway with the second round this weekend and England’s win!   This may not be great news though for Britain’s employers who are likely to be seeing an increase in employee with hangovers and a rise in sickness absence and presenteeism with matches taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, says Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence. Adrian says,   “A Sunday match usually means an increase...

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Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?
Feb07

Guest Blog By Lou Walker – Workplace cake culture: health risk or sociable way to boost morale?

When I was planning my research into office cake culture for my MSc in obesity and weight management, cake-related discussions with friends and colleagues often led to the same full and frank discussion. Some argued that office cake is a sugar-laden menace lying in wait to trip up would-be dieters and hapless healthy eaters. Many felt that any ensuing weight gain carries health risks for individuals and reduced productivity for...

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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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National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence
Feb01

National Sickie Day may not exist but employees still don’t like Mondays, says Activ Absence

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commerical Director at Activ Absence   Monday 5th February is known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ when more employees around the UK are expected to phone in sick than any other day of the year.     Employment law experts the ELAS Group first identified this day in 2011, when it estimated up to 350,000 would call in sick on the first Monday in February, however, they now say it is officially no longer a threat...

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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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