Why freelancers need health insurance
Nov15

Why freelancers need health insurance

Guest Blog by Mike James There is no doubt that freelancers make up a significant proportion of the workforce ; it is estimated that there are more than 2 million freelance workers in the UK, and this number is growing. If this is something that you are considering or have just started, there are certainly a number of benefits that make it attractive. However, it is also true that freelancers need to take steps to protect themselves...

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“Time” for the office party?
Nov14

“Time” for the office party?

Guest Blog from Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits   You don’t need me to tell you that we are about to enter the festive season, and across the nation the plans for the annual office shindig will no doubt be in an advanced state of preparation.   So I’m going to be deliberately provocative now.  Without wishing to be a party-pooper, I wonder why the nation continues to persist with this...

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AI and the Future of Recruitment
Nov13

AI and the Future of Recruitment

Guest Blog By David Haines, Global sales Director, Xref   Tech experts have been paying lip service to the wonders of Artificial Intelligence (or AI) for many years, but what was once the stuff of blockbuster movies and sinister sci-fi stories, is quickly becoming a reality. The age of Artificial Intelligence is upon us.   What does this mean for the HR sector? In an industry where the emphasis is on people and human...

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Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously
Nov09

Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.   What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other...

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Duty of care and enabling employees to become safer drivers
Nov09

Duty of care and enabling employees to become safer drivers

Guest Blog by Helen Potter, VP HR, Masternaut (www.masternaut.com)   As members of the HR community, we have an important role to play in making sure that our employees are kept safe from harm. We all have people within our companies that spend many hours on the road for professional reasons. In 2013, more than 3,000 UK drivers were killed or injured in crashes where speed was a significant influence. We cannot ignore the fact...

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Robey’s Blog: Developing Your Development Strategy
Nov08

Robey’s Blog: Developing Your Development Strategy

Some ideas that are accepted wisdom in HR circles are yet to really permeate out into the wider business context – flexible working, for example, and diversity are concepts observed as much in the breach as in the execution.  But there are some ideas that have certainly made the break-through and one of those is the realization that investing in the development of your staff makes good financial sense. Putting time and money into...

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Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses
Nov02

Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Employee recruitment and retention is a key issue facing many businesses and effective, professional advice on this matter can be hard to find.   For small businesses in particular, the staff turnover can be very high due to a number of factors; so these businesses are constantly looking for ways to encourage staff members to stay for longer periods of time.   Finding out why people...

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The 12 design principles for next generation learning
Nov02

The 12 design principles for next generation learning

Guest Blog from Paul Ashcroft, The Ludic Group.   The concept of next generation learning has captured the attention of both the Board and learning professionals. When executed well, it can enable organisations to build vital transformative skills, mindsets and behaviours, faster and more cost effectively than ever before. By using digital resources to optimise adult learning, organisations can significantly speed up the cycle of...

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Tips on how to achieve work-life balance
Nov02

Tips on how to achieve work-life balance

Guest Blog from by Laura Little, Learning and Development Manager, CABA   ‘Work-life balance’ has become a popular phrase over the past couple of years, and the more we hear about it, the more unachievable it seems. This is because there now seems to be general acceptance that it’s no longer achievable, with the consequences detailed for us to read on a daily basis. We’re tired, unproductive and working longer hours, with endless...

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Tips for managing stress in the workplace
Nov01

Tips for managing stress in the workplace

Today is Stress Awareness Day , an annual event to raise awareness of this growing issue and promote the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.   A report from the Health and Safety Executive found that in 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health cases and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health – equating to 12.5 million lost working days.   The main...

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Is pension salary sacrifice a trick or treat?
Oct27

Is pension salary sacrifice a trick or treat?

Guest Blog from Steve Butler, CEO, Punter Southall Aspire Halloween is just around the corner and many families will be planning to go ‘trick or treating’ in recognition of this ancient celebration. But some employees may be forgiven for thinking pension salary sacrifice is a trick their employer is about to play on them. In our experience it seems that both employers and employees tend to be suspicious of salary sacrifice. It could...

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Employers can do more to care for expat staff returning to the UK
Oct27

Employers can do more to care for expat staff returning to the UK

Guest Blog from Sarah Dennis, head of international, The Health Insurance Group Most HR departments think about the support they need to offer staff as they relocate for a role overseas. Helping them to manage the disruption that accompanies the move overseas tends to be well catered for but it’s only part of the picture. Reintegration can be a surprisingly problematic time that has traditionally been given little thought by...

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Hating your job is not only bad for your career but detrimental to your health too
Oct27

Hating your job is not only bad for your career but detrimental to your health too

Research carried out by online HR consultancy Reabur.com has suggested a third of UK employees are unhappy in their jobs. Unfortunately, many see this as “just the way things are” and that, if you aren’t hating your work, then you simply aren’t working hard enough. While this may seem like a fact of life for many employees, studies have shown that dreading your job, working long hours and being unhappy in the workplace can be...

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How can you switch off from work and get the best night’s sleep?
Oct26

How can you switch off from work and get the best night’s sleep?

Guest blog from Dr Dan Robertson at Push Doctor Many people find it hard to switch off at the end of the working day and as a result, their sleep suffers. There are lots of habits that could have a negative impact on the quantity or quality of your sleep, so the first step is to change those. Consistency is also important, to allow your body to settle into a rhythm.     Here are a few things you can try:   Don’t take...

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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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