Tackling workplace stress with technology
May07

Tackling workplace stress with technology

Guest blog by Stephen Duignan, Vice President of International Marketing at LogMeIn April marks Stress Awareness month, a month designed to encourage employers to identify how they can keep their employees healthy and happy. Over the course of the month, organisations around the world will join forces with the health care industry to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Stress...

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How HR can put diversity first
May03

How HR can put diversity first

Guest blog By Alexandra Anders, EMEA Talent Director, Cornerstone OnDemand  Diversity over ability that’s what matters to millennials and Gen Z, research recently revealed. For these generations, employees from all backgrounds being fairly represented is the key for a great workplace and diversity is more important than hiring new employees based on their skills. Yet, businesses are still failing to address problems of...

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Combatting office phobias: top tips to create the best office atmosphere
May02

Combatting office phobias: top tips to create the best office atmosphere

Guest blog by Emma Yearwood, Director of HR at Sodexo Engage When starting a new job, it’s not uncommon for new joiners to suffer from some common fears as they settle in. We’ve all been there – getting used to an entirely new environment, collaborating with new people and learning different ways of working can take time. In order to make the environment as welcoming as possible, it’s important for senior leadership and managers...

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Leading Scottish pharmacy group embraces digital HR solution to improve staff management
May01

Leading Scottish pharmacy group embraces digital HR solution to improve staff management

Lindsay & Gilmour is an independent community pharmacy group operating across 32 locations in Scotland. The family business opened its first pharmacy in 1826 which still operates from the same location in Edinburgh today. While the ethos of the company is still very much that of a family business it has grown significantly and now employs around 300 members of staff. The challenge Phil Galt joined Lindsay & Gilmour as Managing...

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5 strategies to help you excel in your career
May01

5 strategies to help you excel in your career

Guest blog by Laura Little, Learning and Development Manager, CABA As the importance of workplace wellbeing increases, it’s natural to evaluate your current employment situation and wonder if it might be time for a change or an alternative way of working to make your experience at work a more positive one. Some will look back on the last few months and decide to seek the success that they’re striving for with another company. In...

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Losing international workers post-Brexit will ‘hurt’ the construction industry, says lawyer
Apr30

Losing international workers post-Brexit will ‘hurt’ the construction industry, says lawyer

Guest blog by Matthew Cole, Employment Partner at Ipswich law firm Prettys. A leading lawyer says employers should take steps to ensure they hold on to vital international staff post-Brexit. Matthew Cole, Employment Partner at Ipswich law firm Prettys, issued the advice ahead of International Workers’ Day on May 1. Government figures show that, in the final quarter of last year, there were more than 3.5 million foreign workers...

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Coping with Stress
Apr29

Coping with Stress

Guest blog by Melissa Britton, Positive Psychology Coach, Vitality at Work “Research shows that three quarters of people in the UK have felt overwhelmed by stress. While short bursts of stress can be beneficial – such as giving us the energy and focus to complete a task at work for example – long term exposure to stress can be extremely debilitating to people’s physical and mental health. “We know that stress can be triggered by...

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Easing workplace stress
Apr26

Easing workplace stress

Guest blog by Kerry Drury, Culture and Engagement Strategist from O.C. Tanner Europe Workplace stress is increasing at a phenomenal rate, with recent research by The O.C. Tanner Institute finding that 45 per cent of UK workers admit their jobs are creating a great deal of negative stress in their lives, with the UK being the third most stressed nation (behind India – 51 per cent and Germany – 48 per cent). Some organisations are more...

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Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?
Apr25

Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse?

When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse? Absenteeism · It will not come as a surprise to any business owners that an employee’s absence from work can be a disruption. · According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK businesses an estimated £29bn annually with the...

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Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence
Apr11

Investing in wellbeing solutions and technology can help companies reduce stress says Activ Absence

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and Simply Health,[i] has highlighted that nearly two-fifths of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress related absence over the last year, with heavy workloads and poor management style to blame. The CIPD is calling for senior leaders to prioritise wellness at work, to increase their investment in health and well-being by training managers, so they are...

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Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community
Mar25

Lorraine Kelly win over HMRC is welcome news for UK contracting community

Guest blog by AnthonySherick, MD of ContractorUK Yesterday it was announced that presenter Lorraine Kelly has defeated HMRC in the latest IR35 ruling over a £1.2m tax bill. The judge ruled that she was not employed by ITV, but rather performs as her“chatty” TV persona. Lorraine Kelly received the national insurance and income tax bill from HMRC in 2016 claiming she was an employee of ITV and so fell under the umbrella of IR35...

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Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR
Mar18

Freelancer or permanent employee? The biggest ambiguity in HR

Guest blog by Fiona McKee, Head of Human Resources at SD Worx UK & Ireland  Freelancers have been hitting the headlines in recent months due to the Government tightening tax legislation in what is the likely to be the biggest compliance race since GDPR. But, what does it mean for non-permanent workers?    The issue at hand The issue all boils down to a tax framework referred to as IR35 and the...

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Worker’s rights: How might Brexit affect employment laws
Mar14

Worker’s rights: How might Brexit affect employment laws

Employment lawyer Alex Monaco explains the effect Brexit could have on employment rights. He is the founder of #EmployeeRightsDay, to be held on November 1, and author of The Resignation Revolution: How To Negotiate Your Exit Package Like A Pro. Following Brexit, the UK government has committed to protect workers’ rights, and “seek out opportunities to enhance protections when that is the right choice for UK...

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Keeping staff motivated all year round
Mar12

Keeping staff motivated all year round

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor-Robertson,Founder, JourneyHR The start of a new year often brings new beginnings and for many of the UK’s workforce, that includes jobs. Research by Arden revealed that nearly half (46%) of the UK’s working population is likely to re-evaluate their career at the beginning of the year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, salary wascited as the top reason to look elsewhere (34%), but the findings uncovered a number of...

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