Government’s 30hrs free childcare scheme has reverse effect as in-home childcare prices increase
Sep20

Government’s 30hrs free childcare scheme has reverse effect as in-home childcare prices increase

New research launched today by Yoopies, one of Europe’s biggest online care platforms, reveals the true effect that the government’s 30 hours free childcare scheme has had on hourly childcare costs.   Whilst the scheme has been purse friendly for parents with offspring in funded preschool or nursery places, families using in-home care – such as nannies – have not been so well off.  Prices hiked by 4.1 percent in the last...

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How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order
Sep20

How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order

Guest Blog By Bas Kohnke, Impraise Flat hierarchies is a new organizational trend in today’s corporate world. As opposed to traditional, “mechanic” organizational structures where the team hierarchies are formed based on product category, target market and even a pure order of power, a company with a flat organizational structure has little or no management layers. Team members are engaged throughout every decision-making process and...

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Move-over Millennials – Gen-Z are here to stay, well, for a bit anyway…
Sep20

Move-over Millennials – Gen-Z are here to stay, well, for a bit anyway…

One year on from the first Gen Z-ers entering the workforce, there has been much reported on this demographic’s predisposition for job-hopping. Graduate jobs board Milkround surveyed this year’s graduates to understand whether the perception is valid.   The research revealed Gen Z are not looking for a job for life, with 55% planning on staying in their first role for less than 2 years. However, they are ambitious and have high...

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Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce
Sep20

Young and old: Getting the benefits from a diversely aged workforce

Guest Blog by Aliya Vigor- Robertson, co-founder of JourneyHR   In the UK, the older demographic is rising. In just 10 years, we’ll see the number of over-50s increase to around 27 million. As a result, there’s a growing trend of older, pre-retirement applicants looking to re-enter the workplace or reskill in their current role.   Although it should be easy to see the value that these experienced workers can bring to a company,...

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TUC calls for new tech to pave way to shorter working week and higher pay
Sep20

TUC calls for new tech to pave way to shorter working week and higher pay

New technology like AI, automation and robotics could pave the way for better working conditions – including higher pay and reduced workloads – a new TUC report sets out   Government and business estimate that new technologies could boost UK GDP by at least £200bn in the next decade. But most UK workers (51%) expect that the benefits of new technology will be hoarded by managers and shareholders, rather than shared fairly between...

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How to run a better business from your smartphone
Sep20

How to run a better business from your smartphone

It seems like there’s now an app for everything – but which of the millions of smartphone apps are most useful if you’re trying to run a successful business? And how can you use your smartphone to improve productivity?   Online smartphone retailer, e2save, looked into how business owners use their smartphones at work, and also asked entrepreneurs to reveal which apps and features they’ve found most useful.     The research showed that...

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The Four Day Week: Why it might just work
Sep20

The Four Day Week: Why it might just work

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   The working week and its 5:2 ratio has been the norm for the last century or so. But in an age of disruptive technologies and at a time when flexible and remote working arrangements are easier than ever, it’s time to think about making a change. On average, UK workers spend more hours per week working than their counterparts in Germany, Norway, Denmark, France and the Netherlands,...

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UK employees least happy with leadership
Sep20

UK employees least happy with leadership

Four in ten UK employees (40%) are unhappy with the current quality of their work leadership according to research from ADP (Automatic Data Processing). The study, which surveyed over 2,000 workers across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the UK, found that UK workers were least satisfied with their leaders compared to the average across other nationalities of 33%.   A similar proportion of respondents (38%) also don’t feel...

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Downsides to an office canteen
Sep19

Downsides to an office canteen

During a busy day at work, lunch options may be rather limited; often, you’re faced with extortionately priced snacks from local city vendors or a repetitive packed lunch. On the surface, having a dedicated employee canteen can subsequently seem to be a luxury. Saving time, money and effort, a canteen can appear to only boast benefits.     However, hidden beneath the concept of a canteen are plenty of negatives and it’s important to...

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Secrets to a happy office: How British employees really feel
Sep19

Secrets to a happy office: How British employees really feel

Research from CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, reveals exactly what Brits really want from their workplace   Keyword analysis by CABA, reveals that the phrase ‘workplace wellbeing’ is being searched up to 500 times per month by Brits*, but what does it really mean, and how does it impact the workplace? Research from the charity highlighted that 74% of employees find their ability to concentrate...

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Creating a virtual working world by 2030
Sep19

Creating a virtual working world by 2030

Guest Blog by Brian Mackow-McGuire, Product Manager – Voice and Data, Maintel   The world is changing so quickly that it’s difficult to know what life will be like next year – let alone in a decade’s time. If we think back to ten years ago, how many of us would have predicted the ubiquity of then-nascent technologies such as smartphones and apps, or the way we have built our lives around them. How, then, can we accurately predict what...

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Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement
Sep19

Employers urged to consider both organisational and job engagement

Organisations need to distinguish between employees’ engagement with their job and engagement with the organisation if they are to improve the employee experience and their overall competitive advantage, a new research paper shows.   Published by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), the paper highlights that traditional, one-dimensional views of engagement fail to make a distinction between job and organisational engagement,...

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Reduce physical inactivity to improve employee mental wellbeing
Sep18

Reduce physical inactivity to improve employee mental wellbeing

The recently publicised report from the World Health Organisation not only found that four in ten British women do not do enough exercise to stay healthy, but that the proportion of inactive people has risen since 2016 which experts believe is partly due to more sedentary jobs.   Many adults in the UK spend more than seven hours a day sitting and the NHS have advised office-based workers with an increased sedentary lifestyle to spend...

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How to ask your employer for education funding
Sep18

How to ask your employer for education funding

Some adults may feel that they could bring more to their role with the right knowledge and training. However, it’s possible that many people think that they can’t speak to their employer and ask them for education funding. Perhaps they believe that this is an inappropriate question to ask, or they don’t think that their employer would agree. In reality, employees that have been invested in by their place of work often have a higher...

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Employee resignations rise for a sixth consecutive year
Sep18

Employee resignations rise for a sixth consecutive year

One in five (19%) employees resigned from their job in 2017, up from 15.5% in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 398 organisations show the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6%.   The biggest change in turnover rates was in manufacturing and production. The average voluntary resignation rate increased from 11.7% in 2016 to 18.9%, and the median from...

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