2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch
Oct13

2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch

High workloads means 65% of UK staff can’t relax Over two thirds of UK employees are working unpaid over lunches because of heavy workloads and manager expectations, according to a new survey from office supply specialist Viking.   Of the 1,500 office workers surveyed, many employees felt “they were expected to” work through breaks, “wanted to look busy” for managers and 38% simply said they had “too much work” to fit in to...

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Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors
Oct12

Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors

Although the rate of breast cancer diagnoses is rising in Europe, a higher proportion of women are surviving the form of cancer – but returning to everyday aspects of life prove challenging; with many survivors unable to return to work, due to a lack of support and consideration by employers. A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Pfizer, investigates the challenges involved in returning to...

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31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job
Oct12

31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job

With starting salaries set to rise by just 1.4% in the year ahead, research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK has revealed half (50%) of UK employees are satisfied with their salaries and feel they are paid fairly given their efforts and achievements at work. In a sign that it’s not just salary that’s important in the workplace, over a third (37%) would be open to re-evaluating their salary expectations in the hunt for their...

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Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees
Oct12

Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, is calling on British businesses to work with her to tackle the ‘barriers’ individuals from black and ethnic minority backgrounds face in the workplace. The Labour MP has urged companies to ‘reflect the diversity of society’ and change their culture – suggesting BAME individuals face obstacles in their careers just because of the ‘colour’ of their skin. The newly...

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A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one
Oct12

A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one

New research reveals impact of UK’s bereavement leave provisions www.cpjfield.co.uk New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in 10 took just one day away from the workplace to grieve.   This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has...

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Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination
Oct12

Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination

A new report by Young Women’s Trust shows that under-25s are missing out on between £820 and £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the legal ‘National Living Wage’. The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that more than a million young people are being paid as much as £3.45 an hour less for doing the same jobs as older workers, despite having the same responsibilities and the same outgoings. Over the...

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What does it really take to become an effective HR leader?
Oct12

What does it really take to become an effective HR leader?

With so many buzz words constantly flying around in the world of Human Resources, it can be difficult to define exactly what it takes to become an effective HR leader. Is it an ability to engage, empower and inspire ownership? Or, when it comes to C-suite impact, is there more to it? Oliver Shaw, CEO of Cascade HR, shares insight from the boardroom of his own business and that of clients… Annual industry surveys and ongoing pulse...

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Can psychometric testing help you hire the right person?
Oct12

Can psychometric testing help you hire the right person?

From calming a bag of nerves to avoiding cliched questions, interviewing is not an easy process. But it’s still the best shot most employers have at finding new employees. To ensure that he gets the most out of interviews, Rod Lloyd, Managing Director of Neath based company Low Cost Vans, also uses psychometric testing as part of the process.     If a candidate gets through the first interview, they’ll be contacted before...

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Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance
Oct12

Brits fear they’re not taken seriously due to their age, gender and appearance

21 per cent of employees are worried they’re not taken seriously due to their age, with women notably more concerned than men (25 per cent to 17 per cent of men). Almost half (43 per cent) of 16-24 year olds feared judgement 16 per cent of women feel held back by their gender 42 per cent of HR Directors prioritise output over employee wellbeing, highlighting employee struggle New research from CABA, the charity that supports the...

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Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday
Oct12

Robey’s Blog: Overtime and Holiday

We’re getting technical this week, because something big has happened in the world of HR and it’s possible you might not have noticed, because I didn’t until it was brought to my attention yesterday.   The case of Dudley Metropolitan Council v Willets & Others appears to have brought into focus a long-standing legal blur on the topology of holiday and holiday pay. It has always been established in law that “guaranteed...

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GDPR is Coming – Why HR Should Have a Key Role in its Success
Oct11

GDPR is Coming – Why HR Should Have a Key Role in its Success

Charlie Knox, head of technology SD Worx, UK Exactly who should be responsible for data protection within an organisation? Should it be a matter for C-level staff only? Or the IT department? The sales and marketing department collecting customer information? Or is it time to appoint a dedicated Data Protection Officer? The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2017. It applies to any organisation...

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Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap
Oct11

Why strategic talent acquisition can help address the productivity gap

  By Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep   The UK’s productivity challenge is widely accepted and debated. And with good reason; recent ONS data found a gap of 16 percent with other G7 countries.     In basic terms, productivity means output per hour worked. The ONS found that, while all G7 member countries experienced slumps since the late 2000s, the impact was far greater in the UK –...

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Sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein
Oct11

Sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, has been sacked by his own company amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations that reportedly date back decades. The story has sent shock waves through the film industry, with many stars speaking of their shock at the allegations. The New York Times reported a number of allegations against Weinstein, saying that he had reached at least eight settlements with...

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Entries now open for leading Wales HR Awards
Oct11

Entries now open for leading Wales HR Awards

Following the huge success of the first ever Wales HR Awards in March 2017, entries are now open for the 2018 Awards to celebrate HR excellence throughout the country. Created by Acorn, Wales’ leading specialist recruitment agency, and leading commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the Wales HR Awards is the annual flagship event of the Wales HR Network, which is the country’s leading HR networking platform for professionals to meet and...

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The best perks in London’s co-working spaces
Oct10

The best perks in London’s co-working spaces

  Guest blog – Paul Slinn, Flexioffices Office perks may seem like a gimmick to some. Table tennis, lounge rooms, and extravagant eating areas are not just the preserve of quirky start-ups because employees like to spend half their working day, well, not working. These areas foster conversations and connections. A creative environment makes that part of the behaviour and, in the long term, the culture. Companies and their...

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