The Gig Economy is Growing, Are You Keeping Up?
Feb13

The Gig Economy is Growing, Are You Keeping Up?

For a growing number of people, a visit to the city might involve an excursion to the museum, a visit to a local hotspot, and a ride in an Uber or Lyft to travel between the two. Where taxis used to fill the transportation void not that long ago, independent contractors driving for ride-sharing services are now picking up riders and taking them where they need to go; often more cheaply than their traditional, yellow counterparts.  ...

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Managing employee abseteeism during the flu season
Feb13

Managing employee abseteeism during the flu season

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The flu season is well and truly upon us with predictions for the rest of this winter at all-time high. According to the Guardian: “Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11, health officials say it is still not an epidemic.”   Unfortunately, even though there are many genuine cases of employees suffering from flu and needing necessary time off work to recover, there can be...

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How should businesses protect themselves against sexual harassment claims surrounding Valentine’s Day?
Feb13

How should businesses protect themselves against sexual harassment claims surrounding Valentine’s Day?

Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group. Given the amount of time we spend in the work place it’s no surprise that many people meet their partner there. In 2017 more than 6 out of 10 office staff said that they have been involved in at least one work place romance, but the path of love doesn’t always run smoothly….especially when work is involved. That’s especially true at this time of year.    ...

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Stopping the silent killer of workplace e-learning
Feb13

Stopping the silent killer of workplace e-learning

Guest Blog By Tim Thomas-Peter, Ambidect   I recently caught up with a global L&D manager who’d spent several years solving a thorny problem: how to reinforce the customer excellence programme for thousands of young, front-line employees in demanding work environments.     Her team was now boosting training habits and knowledge retention through an e-learning programme for customer excellence teams world-wide. It successfully...

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Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations
Feb12

Top tips to help employers win this Six Nations

The Six Nations rugby tournament is underway with the second round this weekend and England’s win!   This may not be great news though for Britain’s employers who are likely to be seeing an increase in employee with hangovers and a rise in sickness absence and presenteeism with matches taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, says Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence. Adrian says,   “A Sunday match usually means an increase...

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For Richer, For Poorer: 1.4 Million Couples Run Businesses Together in the UK
Feb12

For Richer, For Poorer: 1.4 Million Couples Run Businesses Together in the UK

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s clear that Brits have no problem mixing business with pleasure. Of the 4.7 million ‘family owned’ businesses in the UK, it is estimated that 1.4 million of these are run by couples.   This is a figure which is likely to increase, as a recent survey commissioned by award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent revealed that 11% of working Brits intend to start their own business...

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As an employer, what could you do if your employee acted like Mahrez?
Feb12

As an employer, what could you do if your employee acted like Mahrez?

Guest Blog by Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson of ELAS Group.   The current Riyad Mahrez saga raises an interesting question – as a business owner what would you be able to do if one of your employees acted in the same way?   Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson is an employment law consultant for the ELAS Group. He explains:   There will always be occasions where employees are not happy with something that has happened in the workplace. It could be...

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Millennials as Bosses: Shifting Dynamics in the Workplace
Feb12

Millennials as Bosses: Shifting Dynamics in the Workplace

 Guest Blog By Ben Angold, Business Development Director, EMEA, Futurestep   For the last ten years or so, we’ve been used to thinking of millennials as young, fresh-faced graduates just kick-starting their career, eager to get stuck in and learn the ropes of the business.   Because of their get-up-and-go attitude, since their debut into the professional workforce, members of the millennial generation have well been known for their...

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The Overtime Calculator: from today you will be working the rest of the year unpaid
Feb09

The Overtime Calculator: from today you will be working the rest of the year unpaid

 Guest Blog by Felicity Sheilds of TotallyMoney     TotallyMoney’s recent survey of 2,000 British workers found that, on average, we are putting in 8.4 hours of overtime each week, adding up to a whopping 68 days of unpaid work each year. This is the equivalent of each of us working from 25 October for free!   Furthermore, almost 65% of people surveyed weren’t paid for overtime worked and in this the staff at TotallyMoney are no...

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Are we getting the best work-life balance?
Feb09

Are we getting the best work-life balance?

Brits are reported to spend at least 21% of their waking hours at work across their lifespan. With so much time spent at work, it’s important to strike the best possible work-life balance.   According to a recent survey conducted by Paymentsense, the majority of Brits think they have a good work-life balance. However, 59% think that their working lives impact simple tasks, such as booking a doctor’s appointment or seeing friends or...

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Want to command the room? Then you need to project ‘Executive Presence’
Feb09

Want to command the room? Then you need to project ‘Executive Presence’

Guest Blog By Tara O’Sullivan, Chief Creative Officer at Skillsoft.   I remember watching Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about Power Poses, and I thought that this would make it so easy for me to feel confident and in control in any meeting. Of course, that’s not the point of the TED Talk – the point is to help you feel more confident and in control when you are not feeling it, which can be often. This reminded me of a great story in Radical...

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Desk Bound? Stand To Health!Desk Bound? Stand to Health!
Feb09

Desk Bound? Stand To Health!Desk Bound? Stand to Health!

Varidesk offers different model offers that suit everyones working style and shape. Standing desks help burn up to 50 calories per hour, when used for 4 hours per working day, that is 1,000 calories per week, or 48,000-52,000, which is the same calories burnt as running 18 marathons!   Varidesk offer a range of desks to suit everyone. The main differences between The Varidesk Pro Plus 36 and the new Exec model is that the Exec’s...

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How much do road works cost a business?
Feb08

How much do road works cost a business?

British drivers are familiar with roadworks and temporary speed limits up and down the country — and the majority of drivers are aware of the frustration it can cause. For some businesses who rely on the roads to get from job to job, roadworks and temporary speed limits can slow down their progression, meaning that they are limited to how much they can get done in a working day as they need to factor in additional time for traffic and...

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BBC Gender Pay Gap
Feb08

BBC Gender Pay Gap

A report published today by PwC has found that there is “no gender bias” regarding pay decisions at the BBC but their approach to pay in general “has been far from perfect”. The report found a 6.8% gender pay gap among on-air staff earning more than £150,000.   The Corporation has been under the spotlight since releasing the salaries of their highest earners, with many high profile female employees voicing their opinions on the...

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New research reveals slow feedback is biggest frustration for Jobseeker’s in the UK
Feb08

New research reveals slow feedback is biggest frustration for Jobseeker’s in the UK

UK businesses are missing out on top talent because they are alienating candidates with poor communication and long hiring practices, new research from Robert Half UK reveals. A poll of 1,000 jobseekers found that the biggest frustration with job applications is slow feedback from prospective employers about their progress through the application process. This was cited by over half (52%) of candidates.   What are your biggest...

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