Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle
Feb28

Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle

Guest Blog by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and ors – Equal pay: comparators Court of Appeal upholds decision that retail workers can compare pay terms to distribution workers due to common terms applying at the establishments. The facts Around 30,000 predominately female retail employees have submitted equal pay claims against the organisation, alleging there are not receiving equal...

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Employers must work with employees to achieve a better work-life balance
Feb28

Employers must work with employees to achieve a better work-life balance

Guest Blog By Christian Brøndum, CEO of Planday The demand for flexibility can no longer be ignored by employers. With only 6% of people now working a traditional shift and almost half of people working flexibly, businesses across all industries should be reflecting on the flexible benefits they offer their workforce. A recent report from Carers UK called on employers to provide flexible options and workers’ rights to their employees...

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Reviewing your benefits for future success
Feb21

Reviewing your benefits for future success

Guest Blog by John Deacon, Head of Employee Benefits at Buck A company’s benefits structure should never be static; regular reviews and updates are absolutely essential for making it an effective tool in the workplace. This dynamic approach to benefits can pay huge dividends in areas ranging from employee engagement to staff retention. Taking the time at the start of 2019 to improve the benefits offering will ensure that the company...

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Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?
Feb20

Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Kate Palmer    Studies indicate that up to 80% of employers admit to having made discriminating decisions based on regional accents, with YouGov polls showing the least popular voices in theUK come from Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. Although having a strong, noticeable accent is not a protected characteristic within UK law employers should bear in mind that deliberately...

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Top business advice/tips for 2019
Feb08

Top business advice/tips for 2019

Guest blog by David Selves, Business Advisor at The Selves Group With 2019 just around the corner, many UK businesses will be looking back on how well they have performed in the year just gone and setting new targets for the year ahead. However, 2019 brings uncharted waters as the UK prepares to face one of the biggest and most drastic changes in generations; leaving the EU. What the outcome will be and what it means to SMEs is...

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HR must meet cyber talent challenge head on
Feb04

HR must meet cyber talent challenge head on

Guest blog by Simon Hember, Director, Acumin Consulting In 2018 over a billion people were affected by data breaches. Even though we are merely weeks in to 2019, other major organisations have already suffered hacking and threats from cyber criminals – from Singapore Airlines to major government departments. With a well-documented cyber-skills shortage in the UK, set to be compounded by Brexit in 2019 it is...

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The Importance of Training in HR Management
Feb01

The Importance of Training in HR Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR One of the key reasons many senior managers leave an organisation is the lack of training and development opportunities within the business. There is no doubt, that companies which do implement a culture of training and development hit the jackpot when it comes to employee retention, not just at the highest level but throughout the organisation too. The reason? Employees appreciate being able to...

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Happiness hosts productivity
Feb01

Happiness hosts productivity

Guest blog by NikiFuchs, managing director, Office Space in Town Low productivity has been ac onsistent issue for the British economy since the 2008 financial crisis.Between 2010 and 2015, UK productivity growth was 0.2 percent a year, far below its long-term average of 2.4 percent from 1970 to 2007. Recent research puts this at costing the UK economy £4bn in lost output. Whilst many organisations have tried to address this...

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Why flexible benefits are one of the leading trends of 2019
Jan31

Why flexible benefits are one of the leading trends of 2019

Guest blog By James Whelan, Managing Director at Avantus Systems Workplace benefits have become increasingly flexible and personalised in recent years as organisations have embraced the data-driven digital age. The widespread availability of powerful analytics tools means that it has become far easier for organisations to capture and understand employee data. This enables firms to identify trends and provide benefits offers...

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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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