Unfair dismissal: what can you do about it?
Oct25

Unfair dismissal: what can you do about it?

Guest Blog by Mike James    There is never a good time to lose your job – but it can feel even worse if you believe that there was no fair reason for your dismissal. At such a challenging and distressing time it is natural to feel confused and angry, but it is important to keep a cool head and consider your options. It may be the case that your employer’s reason for letting you go are not fair are in breach of the law. If this is...

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How To Prevent Workplace Harassment
Oct25

How To Prevent Workplace Harassment

Guest blog from Julian Roberts, CEO for EssentialSkillz (www.essentialskillz.com) With each day unveiling a new claim against a high-profile figure in entertainment, politics and sport, it’s quickly apparent how rife the issue of harassment is. While each headline shocks us and creates fodder for gossip, HR managers around the world need to be reminding staff of the company’s bullying and harassment policies. Julian Roberts, CEO for...

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Robey’s Blog: Getting off the Agency crack
Oct24

Robey’s Blog: Getting off the Agency crack

Recruitment agents.  We HR professionals have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them, and I suspect the feeling is mutual.  It’s always been my practice to keep them at arm’s length, to be honest.  Keep turnover down.  Recruit through direct methods.  Turn to the Dark Side only when no other solution will do the job.   But some organizations are well and truly addicted to Agency crack.  They love the quick fix that comes...

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How to find the courage to branch out and leave the job you have begun to hate
Oct20

How to find the courage to branch out and leave the job you have begun to hate

Research from Auto Europe has revealed that 57% of us feel down when returning to work after a trip away. Are you one of these individuals? If you are, don’t be scared that you are on your own. You spend more time in the workplace than you do out, so why would you spend the time you aren’t in the office regretting going back?       A recent survey was carried out by Aon Hewitt to find out how peoples jobs make them feel...

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Transform HR with Modernised Focus on Candidate Experience
Oct20

Transform HR with Modernised Focus on Candidate Experience

Feature Blog from WCN Candidate experience needs to be the number one priority for recruiters looking to transform their recruitment approaches and hire the best candidates, is an anecdote known to many recruiters – but is it the secret to landing the envisaged perfect fit employee?   The case for creating a great candidate experience for your job applicants isn’t all that hard to make. We are hiring in an increasingly...

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Robey’s Blog: The Importance of Being Wrong: Holiday & Overtime Part 2
Oct20

Robey’s Blog: The Importance of Being Wrong: Holiday & Overtime Part 2

Life is about learning.  And sometimes learning involves being wrong.  And last week I was, in a couple of respects, wrong.   When we work, we sometime earn money in addition to our base salary: commission, bonuses, overtime and tips are all money earned in various roles that are additional to the base salary return for our time.  When we don’t work, we aren’t able to earn that money.  So if you’re on holiday, you can’t makes...

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Time to tackle the myths and taboos of the menopause in the workplace
Oct19

Time to tackle the myths and taboos of the menopause in the workplace

Guest blog from Amanda Okill, Senior Associate at Furley Page   With nearly two thirds of women aged between 50 and 64 in work, the menopause is a huge issue facing employers. It will affect all women – that is almost half the current working population – in varying degrees during the course of their careers. As a new report criticises businesses for a lack of understanding and support, employment specialist Amanda Okill, a...

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The blight of communication overload and the road to recovery
Oct19

The blight of communication overload and the road to recovery

Guest blog by David Goulden from Clarizen Communication in the workplace has come a long way since chat by the water cooler was the best way to tap into what’s going on in an organization. The advancement of email and then social media technologies and the subsequent development of messaging applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and Slack promised to take the difficulty out of communicating, with the intention of making our...

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Dealing with workplace conflict
Oct19

Dealing with workplace conflict

Guest blog by Andy Shettle, Chief Product Officer, ER Tracker at Selenity Whenever people work together, conflict is inevitable. Disagreements can occur even in the best working relationships. But it’s how conflict is managed that can have a real impact on a company’s bottom line, taking up 20 per cent of leadership time, losing up to 370 million working days and costing £33bn a year to UK business. Undertaking investigations...

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Hiring in the age of automation
Oct18

Hiring in the age of automation

Guest blog from Martin Ewings, Director of Specialist Markets, Experis Much has been said about the rise of automation and its impact on job losses, but many employers in the IT industry have started to explore the use of machines to make their next hires. Of course, using technology in employment is nothing new – most recruiters already use online job boards and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). But efficiencies can be found in these...

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Public services are grinding to a halt under IR35 reforms
Oct18

Public services are grinding to a halt under IR35 reforms

Guest Blog from Julia Kermode Julia is chief executive of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest independent trade association for umbrella firms and specialist contractor accountants which has been leading a campaign against IR35 reform in the public sector.     Before April 6th, the onus of determining IR35 lay with contractors, it was up to them to decide whether their assignment...

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How to manage sickness absences – the key to compliance, duty of care and better business performance
Oct17

How to manage sickness absences – the key to compliance, duty of care and better business performance

Caroline Acton, Lawyer at ESP Law Ltd provides advice and guidance on how to manage sickness absence, to benefit the health of employees and the organisation alike… Sickness absence in the labour market rarely leaves the HR headlines. It is renowned as one of the UK’s most costly employment problems, which explains why so many businesses are keen to address absences before they escalate beyond control. However, with wellbeing rising...

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5 steps to picking the winners in workplace benefits
Oct17

5 steps to picking the winners in workplace benefits

Guest Blog by Michael Dunnett-Stone Michael is the founder of Seed Music – a company that builds musical communities in workplaces. Find out more at www.seedmusic.co.uk A workplace’s decisions on perks and benefits says a lot about its character. Holding back on perks can give the impression of being cold and brutalist, while opening up the coffers for every option in town seems frivolous and gullible.   It’s quite a landscape to...

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Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday
Oct12

Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday

We’re getting technical this week, because something big has happened in the world of HR and it’s possible you might not have noticed, because I didn’t until it was brought to my attention yesterday.   The case of Dudley Metropolitan Council v Willets & Others appears to have brought into focus a long-standing legal blur on the topology of holiday and holiday pay. It has always been established in law that “guaranteed...

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Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?
Oct10

Could better technology help to improve workplace mental health in UK companies?

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day On World Mental Health Day, absence management expert Adrian Lewis, Director of Codel Software discusses how UK businesses could benefit from utilising tools and technology to tackle employee mental health issues head on.   Adrian highlights that in September research from the NHS claimed that one in three ‘sick notes’ are issued for mental...

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