A Quarter of Employees will LIE About Snow Conditions TODAY To Avoid Work
Dec11

A Quarter of Employees will LIE About Snow Conditions TODAY To Avoid Work

27% of employees plan to lie about the snow conditions to get the day off work today, a survey reveals.     “Can’t get into the office due to the snow” – a common excuse heard around the country as the winter weather takes a grip. However some of the workforce seem to have an ulterior motive to have a snow day at their employer’s expense.       Office provider Desk.co.uk asked 2,088 employees over...

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Vacancies top a million despite record low unemployment
Dec11

Vacancies top a million despite record low unemployment

• Advertised vacancies are at their lowest since February 2017 – but still reside at 1,147,858 • UK average salaries are showing signs of recovery – up 0.8% from September to £32,174, but still 1.7% lower than October 2016 • Retail roles full of festive cheer as salaries rise 7.3% year-on-year – and more than 18,000 festive jobs still yet to be unwrapped (including turkey pluckers) • Domestic help & cleaning jobs worst performing...

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The right HR assessment methods can already prevent tragic outcomes
Dec11

The right HR assessment methods can already prevent tragic outcomes

Guest Blog  by Zsolt Fehér, Managing Director, Hogan Assessments   Looking at the past 30 years of human resources management, it’s clear that misjudging your employees can have fatal consequences. Thankfully we can now make sure , with the help of the most sophisticated personality assessment tools.     A brief historical context Although the history of personality assessments and decisions covers more than just the...

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Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent
Dec11

Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent

  Guest Blog by Tom Chapman of CandidSky Portfolio Payroll, a specialist recruitment consultancy based in London, has released the results of its 2017/2018 salary survey. Polling professionals across the payroll sector, the organisation revealed how companies were targeting talent through increased salaries and better benefits.     Identifying levels of salary satisfaction throughout the payroll sector, the organisation...

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Survey shows big demand for retraining from mums
Dec11

Survey shows big demand for retraining from mums

Almost two thirds of mums are interested in retraining and 58% have considered setting up their own business, according to Workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey.   The transition to parenthood brings huge upheaval and the survey of over 2,300 mums shows how many are considering leaving their jobs or sector as a result of becoming parents.     The biggest reason by far given for considering starting a business or franchise...

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Line managers told to build on the positives, not focus on the negatives when giving performance feedback
Dec08

Line managers told to build on the positives, not focus on the negatives when giving performance feedback

New research published by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, shows that line managers can improve the performance of their teams by focussing on building their strengths, rather than trying to fix their weaknesses.   ‘Strengths-based performance conversations’ aims to move managers away from a deficit-oriented method, which is focused on identifying and fixing the weaknesses of team...

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Graduates willing to stay with employers provided there is enough focus on career prospects.
Dec08

Graduates willing to stay with employers provided there is enough focus on career prospects.

  Despite the job-hopper reputation of Millennials, latest research shows that graduates are significantly more incentivised to stay at a company as long as they are offered clear career prospects.     The data comes from a survey of 949 students and recent graduates in which they were asked a range of questions about their current and possible future careers.         When surveyed on what prospects...

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People skills will be the key to success in an automated age, global study among future leaders finds
Dec08

People skills will be the key to success in an automated age, global study among future leaders finds

The leaders of tomorrow believe that exceptional people skills will be the key to business success in a technological age, new research from CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education – has found.     The study examined the views of hundreds of recent graduates from the CEMS Master in International Management programme, many of whom are likely to be business leaders of the future. The majority of respondents were...

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5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working
Dec08

5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working

Guest Blog from Questback Many employees would like to be able to change certain things about their place of work, whether it’s a particular process or the entire culture. However, most also groan when told that they have an employee engagement survey coming up.   On the surface, this is somewhat strange. Engagement surveys provide the perfect opportunity to comment on what’s going well at work and what isn’t, so why do many...

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The growth of the office shower and the significance of office showers to the millennial worker
Dec07

The growth of the office shower and the significance of office showers to the millennial worker

  Newly-generated data from Orbital Systems has revealed that 21% of job-seeking millennials consider the presence of shower facilities to be a factor in their decision to take a job with a particular company.   The statistical results from a survey conducted in September 2017 of over 2,000 18-to-24-year-olds also showed that for 10% of millennials, shower facilities will ‘definitely’ influence their decision to accept a...

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Smart Gyms Make For A Productive Workplace
Dec07

Smart Gyms Make For A Productive Workplace

It’s a well-known fact that exercise encourages productivity. Starbucks President, Michelle Gass, wakes up every morning at exactly 4:30am and goes for a run.  Her up-and-at-‘em routine, she believes, boosts her personal happiness and business success. “When I’m at my best, it’s because I’m taking care of myself.” Similarly, Avon CEO Andrea Jung wakes up at 5am, hits the gym and is at her desk by eight am, and Vogue Editor-in-Chief...

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46 per cent of UK businesses experience at least one cyber-security breach every year
Dec07

46 per cent of UK businesses experience at least one cyber-security breach every year

A new paper by Urgent Technology analyses how organisations can better protect themselves against cyber-attacks.     Today, Urgent Technology, a global facilities maintenance and asset management software provider, launches ‘Cyber-threat and the FM solution’, a white paper exploring the threats posed by cyber-security breaches.     Cases of cyber-attacks and corporate espionage are on the rise, with notable high-profile...

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Business By The Year 2050: New Report Predicts Robot Co-Workers And Four Hour Working Days
Dec07

Business By The Year 2050: New Report Predicts Robot Co-Workers And Four Hour Working Days

A report released today by Yell reveals a positive view on how businesses will look by the year 2050, thanks to a wave of new technologies including artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the internet of things.   The digital marketing services provider has partnered with acclaimed futurist and author James Wallman, to predict how certain changes in what has been dubbed ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will affect...

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UK’s Office Energy Sins Revealed
Dec07

UK’s Office Energy Sins Revealed

–        Almost one-in-three (30%) leave fully-charged laptops plugged in –        A quarter (26%) regularly leave lights on in empty rooms –        Daily microwaved lunches alone could cost employers £3,024 per year*   Busy workers and bad habits are pushing up business energy bills, according to new research[1] by energy switching expert UK Power.   Its poll of 1,000 UK residents revealed the daily energy sins...

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Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR
Dec07

Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR

Guest Blog by Bruce McCombie, Head of Partnerships, Pilotlight   On your commute home tonight, how often will you be reminded about those less fortunate than you? Will you pass a homeless person on the street, will you read in the newspaper about an inspirational charity worker transforming the lives of young people, or will you see an appeal for help on Facebook? And will that prompt you to volunteer?   According to the...

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