HR professionals overestimate their employees satisfaction research
Nov15

HR professionals overestimate their employees satisfaction research

HR professionals in large UK enterprises tend to overestimate employee satisfaction when it comes to rewards and benefits programmes, new research by Hawk Incentives finds. Comparing perceptions between HR departments and the general workforce, the survey found that just around half of employees (52%) stated they are happy with the benefits offered by their company. At the same time, the average HR-professional (77%) said its...

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What role does brand experience play in modern recruitment?
Nov15

What role does brand experience play in modern recruitment?

Guest Blog By Lesley Gulliver, managing director of brand consultancy The Engine Room You only have to look at the rocketing popularity of resources like Glassdoor, to see how much brand matters in the world of modern recruitment. Individuals are as keen to critique their employment experience, as they are to share reviews of their latest holiday or restaurant visit. And rightly so – we live and work in an era of user-driven content...

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Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age
Nov13

Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Employment lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP   When you are recruiting and interviewing applicants, make sure you don’t make their age a factor unless you want to fall foul of the law. In a recent judgment, the Cardiff Employment Tribunal has held that a job applicant had been unlawfully discriminated against when he did not get a job as a park keeper because of his age.   At the date of the interview the job...

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7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant issue...

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Why standing desks can increase productivity – Advice piece by CEO of Health Assured, David Price.
Nov09

Why standing desks can increase productivity – Advice piece by CEO of Health Assured, David Price.

Last week it was reported that standing desks, that allow employees to alter their position throughout the day, may boost performance and wellbeing at work. The research, carried out by Loughborough and Leicester University, also found that staff said they were less tired and more engaged while using standing desks. CEO of Health Assured, David Price comments on why standing desks can increase productivity: “Standing desks are...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with over...

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Have attitudes to working from home changed?
Nov07

Have attitudes to working from home changed?

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson, WigWam Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment specialist, RedWigWam recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn, raising the question of whether people were for or against working from home. The post gained a huge amount of interaction and debate, garnering over 150,000 views and hundreds of comments, with 83.4% of people completely for working from home, claiming that the benefits far outweigh the draw...

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Working wonders for employee wellbeing
Nov07

Working wonders for employee wellbeing

Guest Blog By Paul Avis, Marketing Director at Canada Life Group Insurance Employee wellbeing is high on many businesses’ agendas and is no longer merely an afterthought when addressing sickness absence. There is an obvious link between a happy, healthy workforce and improved productivity with “improvements in employees’ wellbeing also being conducive to economic growth.”[1]   But how can organisations effectively enhance employee...

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Is your company experiencing these Halloween HR nightmares?
Nov02

Is your company experiencing these Halloween HR nightmares?

Activ Absence reveals HR horror stories With Halloween just around the corner, Activ Absence software reveals a top ten of HR horror stories shared by HR professionals who attended this year’s CIPD HR Software and Recruitment Show in June. Topping the list of horrors is a situation that no employee wants to hear from their HR team – that they have lost everyone’s annual leave request forms. In this case the HR manager had to rely on...

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What you need to know about mental health in the workplace
Nov02

What you need to know about mental health in the workplace

Feeling happy at work isn’t a luxury, says Adele Hawkes. It’s a competitive advantage for both individuals and businesses. Last week, I was at a charity event listening to an inspiring panel talk about leadership challenges. As the discussion deepened, it transpired that three out of the four panellists had suffered such mental overwhelm at some point during their career that they had become astonishingly physically unwell. Two of...

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Doing business in the countryside
Oct31

Doing business in the countryside

Written by Mike Surrey, Chief Executive of Gigaclear For most businesses today, being able to operate online – to raise awareness, sell products or engage with customers – is as indispensable as having electricity. It is so ingrained in the basic day to day operations of running a business that most would struggle without it. Sadly, this has become a reality across the UK. In fact, rural small business owner and Gigaclear...

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How to deal with workplace sexual harassment
Oct30

How to deal with workplace sexual harassment

Guest Blog by Martha McKinley Accusations of sexism and harassment by female employees of Just Eat last month have intensified focus on workplace culture after a year in which scandals in Hollywood and Westminster have also received high-profile attention in the media. Over the course of the last year, many women – and men – have spoken out about their experiences. What has made these allegations particularly worrying is that a...

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Data Breach ‘Wake-up Call’ for Small Businesses
Oct26

Data Breach ‘Wake-up Call’ for Small Businesses

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR You may or may not have heard of the Morrison’s data breach case that’s been reported in the media.   In January 2014, Andrew Skelton, an apparently disgruntled employee of Morrisons Supermarket posted a file containing the personal data (including salaries, bank details, and National Insurance numbers) of 99,998 Morrison’s’ employees on a file-sharing website.  It seems his intention was to cause...

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Automation: the solution, not the problem for millennial workers
Oct26

Automation: the solution, not the problem for millennial workers

Guest Blog by Alex Rinke, co-founder and CEO, Celonis Workplace automation is set to surge over the next few years, with developments in AI, robotics and machine learning transforming how we get things done in the professional world. While this represents a huge opportunity for economic growth – with PwC reporting that 7.2 million new jobs could be created by automation in the UK alone – many employers are also fearing that some jobs...

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What role does brand experience play in modern recruitment?
Oct26

What role does brand experience play in modern recruitment?

Guest Blog By Lesley Gulliver, managing director of brand consultancy The Engine Room You only have to look at the rocketing popularity of resources like Glassdoor, to see how much brand matters in the world of modern recruitment. Individuals are as keen to critique their employment experience, as they are to share reviews of their latest holiday or restaurant visit. And rightly so – we live and work in an era of user-driven content...

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