The impact loneliness is having on our workforces and how employers can help
Jan30

The impact loneliness is having on our workforces and how employers can help

According to a number of studies, surveys and government statistics,we are becoming increasingly lonely as a society, with younger people and those of working age also missing out on much-needed human interaction. Zara Ross, Chief Executive of the automotive charity, Ben,discusses the effect that loneliness can have on employees and explains that businesses would benefit from being aware of the implications of social isolation in...

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Winter Commuting: I Thawed the Law
Jan29

Winter Commuting: I Thawed the Law

Guest Blog by Hannah Parsons, Principal Associate Solicitor at DAS Law, Winter is most definitely upon us and we’re likely to see more and more transport issues for commuters with severe wintry showers and snow forecast to fall almost everywhere in the UK next week. If you run your own business, bad weather can cause chaos in the workplace when staff are delayed or can’t get in at all. So what employment law regulations are in place...

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4-day working week? The practicalities outlined
Jan25

4-day working week? The practicalities outlined

Guest Blog by Portia Vincent-Kirby from Hudson McKenzie Trade Unions recently called for a ‘Four-Day Working Week’, but how plausible and practical is this suggestion? The week in week out routine of most workers is a typical 9-5pm day, Monday to Friday – so what would happen if workers were giving the opportunity of more flexible working, in which included a four-day week instead of five? Granted, most who already enjoy the option of...

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Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function
Jan23

Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR If you’re business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about how to approach human resources to deal with the additional responsibilities that come with growth. If you don’t have the skills or funds to develop an in-house team, then outsourcing to an HR specialist or consultant, like HCHR, will give you access to skills, knowledge and support, and save you costs in the long run....

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Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?
Jan21

Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?

It’s ‘Blue Monday’ today, 21st January, widely considered the most depressing day of the year, as the gloomy weather, high debt levels after Christmas and failed new year resolutions take their toll, causing people to feel down. With mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression on the rise, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, says that while Blue Monday may not have any scientific basis, it can raise awareness of...

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How to ditch the January blues
Jan17

How to ditch the January blues

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business Christmas may be on everyone’s radar now, but before we know it January will soon be here. Winter can have a huge impact on the mental health and well being of working Brits, with studies showing it not only affects their mood but also their productivity. January, after all, is the Monday of the calendar, making it roundly resented. It’s little wonder why: cold, wet weather, dreary days...

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Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search
Jan08

Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search

Martin Linstrom, Managing Director UK&I at IPsoft Effective talent management that successfully attracts and retains the best candidates is now more vital than ever, particularly in times of increasing job competition. Significantly, 56% of recruiters state that access to new recruitment and interview tools is very or extremely important for the future of hiring processes. Working more efficiently is essential for the future...

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Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly
Jan04

Why introducing flexible working could boost your business in 2019 – and how to manage it properly

The four-day working week is something many employees would welcome, but companies can be concerned about how it would work in practice. New research by consultancy firm Kin&Co[i] found that just 48% of businesses think their company would benefit from the move. In contrast they found that 70% of business owners said they would consider trialling Wednesday afternoons for employees, with 80% believing this would boost...

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Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?
Jan04

Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?

It was, for most, first day back after Christmas and the New Year after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged, then perhaps feigned the dreaded lurgi, cough or cold!! This is not unheard of, but there are some excuses which are so excessive and exaggerated that you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of it. Here are five of the worst excuses for absences that we have heard!! 1. My only pair of work trousers are in the...

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Pop-ups: a shortcut to business growth?
Jan03

Pop-ups: a shortcut to business growth?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, BrighterBusiness The rise of the pop-up shop has been almost meteoric, particularly over the last ten years. The phenomenon has grown hugely in popularity to coincide with the growth of e-commerce and the changing face of the traditional high street. The pop-up format is hardly new. Farmers markets, or seasonal markets around Christmas, for example, could be considered the original pop-ups, appearing for...

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Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec21

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the...

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Control is how SME owners can thrive
Dec20

Control is how SME owners can thrive

Guest Blog by Nikki Flanders, Chief Operating Officer, Opus Energy Running a business is no small feat. Often, one person is responsible for the business’ strategy and success – which can be a lot of pressure to bear. This can sometimes lead small business owners to go above and beyond as they strive to make the right call. However, there is a fine line between making a sacrifice[1]for the greater good to drive success, and making...

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How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking
Dec13

How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking

Guest Blog By Russell Wardrop One of the most accomplished recoveries in public speaking came from the Prime Minister at this year’s party conference. In a reference to the previous year’s disaster when letters fell off the inspirational message behind her, she said: “I’ve been up all night gluing the backdrop.” Theresa May is no orator and her discomfort behind the lectern is palpable, but her audience loved that line. They...

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Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?
Dec13

Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?

Guest Blog by Graham Sprigg FRSA Most of us, at some time in our career, have been involved in charitable giving or providing support to local community initiatives. For the most part, individual members of staff, teams and employers alike feel they have achieved something positive.  Recent research published by Community Interest Company Partnership of Equals suggests that all may not be what it seems. In an effort to better...

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10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019
Dec11

10 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2019

Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price From gender pay gap reporting to widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment, 2018 has been a busy year in employment law. Although employers may hope for a quieter 2019, it’s looking likely that there will be a number of issues that are prevalent throughout the year, amid the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit. Below are just ten changes employers need to look out...

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