10 Disruptive HR Tech Trends for 2018
Aug30

10 Disruptive HR Tech Trends for 2018

Guest blog by Anna Smith, editor at TalentGuard Technology has been viewed as a disruptive force in business sectors for several years, forcing companies to shift the way they think about and conduct operations. In HR, the addition of tech-infused tools has been slower than in other industries, but the change is now making waves among companies large and small. In 2018, several HR tech trends are being touted as disruptive and should...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working
Aug28

With just 6% of Brits working 9 to 5, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how companies can manage flexible working

A new YouGov survey[i] for fast-food chain MacDonald’s suggests working 9am to 5pm is becoming a thing of the past, with just 6 per cent of people in the UK now working traditional office hours. The survey highlighted that almost half of people worked flexibly with arrangements such as job sharing or compressed hours, allowing them to juggle other commitments.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence says a change in the law in...

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The risks charities can face in employment law
Aug28

The risks charities can face in employment law

Guest Blog by Morgan La Roche What people regularly forget is that a charity is a business like any other. Charities therefore deal with a multitude of individuals- from directors and staff to trustees and volunteers. Charities are placed in a position of trust and therefore may be greatly criticised as a result of any unfortunate incidents such as claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination.   Employees As with other sectors,...

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Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management
Aug24

Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation...

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The True Cost of Rush Hour Commuting
Aug23

The True Cost of Rush Hour Commuting

Rush hour traffic is increasingly causing employees to switch to flexible working, new research has revealed. The research, conducted by vehicle data experts HPI, found that 83% of Brits said ‘avoiding traffic’ was a particular reason for wanting to move to flexible working hours. Of this 83%, 29% said it was a main reason for them to consider, and 54% said it was a supplementary reason. The remaining 17% said that it was not a factor...

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Employers told to be prepared after huge increase in tribunal cases
Aug23

Employers told to be prepared after huge increase in tribunal cases

By Adam Pennington, specialist employment law solicitor at national law firm Stephensons. One year on, the Supreme Court ruling that tribunal fees were unlawful and should be abolished has had huge ramifications. The number of claims has increased by 118 per cent since last year. The latest Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show the number of single claims –  brought by one employee  – in the first quarter of 2018 reached 9,252...

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Be more like Gareth Southgate: How to build a superstar team
Aug09

Be more like Gareth Southgate: How to build a superstar team

Guest Blog by Chris Morgan, CEO of Staff Skills Training Before the World Cup began, the England football squad had been written off by many as a bunch of separate egos, not interested in playing as a team and with little hope of making it out of the qualifying stages.   The job of bringing this group of players together fell to the manager, Gareth Southgate. And, against all odds, he took the England football team to their first semi...

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Remote working is on the rise, but is the UK workplace keeping up?
Aug08

Remote working is on the rise, but is the UK workplace keeping up?

Guest Blog by Mark Schnittman, Co-founder and CTO at Owl Labs It’s the modern technology paradox: we’re more digitally connected than ever before, but consequently we’re becoming increasingly physically disconnected. Bringing this into the context of the workplace, this is a red flag for the engagement and energy levels of those working remotely. It’s a well-known fact that allowing employees to work remotely can improve job...

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UK suffers Skills Blindspot not a Skills Shortage, and Management is key to solving the problem
Aug07

UK suffers Skills Blindspot not a Skills Shortage, and Management is key to solving the problem

Guest Blog by Jeremy Carter, Director Bridge EMEA Have you ever wasted time looking for something you need, when it was right in front of you? This is a scenario playing out across businesses in the UK with regards to finding talent with the right skill set. Search for ‘Skills Shortage UK’ on the web, and you’ll find a raft of stories around talent wars and skills shortages. With employment rates at an all-time high, firms are paying...

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There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence
Aug03

There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence

A new report from the TUC[i] this week has highlighted that many companies are failing to give staff paid holiday leave, putting them at risk of ‘burnout’.   According to the report, one in 12 workers in the UK – around 2.2 million people get less than the legal minimum holiday requirement of five and a half weeks a year. 1.2 million workers receive no annual leave at all.     According to the report, these workers are losing out on...

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Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce
Aug02

Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Director Activ Absence responds to the latest ONS figures on sickness absence   New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week have revealed that the number of sickness days have almost halved over the past two decades to reach a record low. Absence figures dropped from an average of 7.2 days in 1993 to 4.1 days in 2017 and have been steadily falling since 1999.     Responding to...

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Employee rights during hot weather
Jul27

Employee rights during hot weather

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR What does the law say on employee rights during hot weather? Although the Great British Summer often doesn’t result in hot temperatures, the hottest day of the decade could be on its way to the UK, with the mercury set to climb to highs of 34 degrees this week, according to the Met Office. But, for some employees, the sun’s rays can make the working environment almost unbearable. In the UK there is...

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees
Jul25

Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner or HCHR If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018. However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The team at HCHR has come up with...

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Is sleeping working?
Jul20

Is sleeping working?

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR   Last Friday, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW).  ...

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