Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos
May22

Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos

NAHT is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC), which is campaigning to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is present in 86 per cent of schools. Since 1980, there have been 319 teacher deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos fibres); on average 17 teachers now die every year from mesothelioma, compared to 3 per year in 1980.  It is estimated that up to 300 people a year die as adults,...

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TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year
May19

TUC analysis finds home-working up by 152,000 over the last year

The number of employees who usually work from home increased by 152,000 last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday) to mark National Work From Home Day. The analysis shows that more than 1.6 million employees (1 in 16) worked from home in 2016 – an increase of 7.7% on the year before. The analysis reveals that: Women have seen the biggest rise: The number of women working from home has increased by 10.5%...

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Report claims employee engagement could improve GDP by one percent – so how do employers achieve it?
May19

Report claims employee engagement could improve GDP by one percent – so how do employers achieve it?

Mark Scanlon, Chief Executive of Personal Group discusses the UK productivity puzzle and the impact of engagement Personal Group has always been curious about the connection between employee engagement and business performance, and today, that connection is more pertinent to the UK economy than ever. Unemployment is the lowest it has been for over a decade and yet productivity remains flat. In 2016, output per hour of work in the UK...

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Why workers won’t smile in work photos
May19

Why workers won’t smile in work photos

Marking the start of National Smile Month, new research from Unum Dental has found that just 28% of people smile with their teeth showing in photos for work, such as work passes and LinkedIn profile pictures. The research found that one of the most popular reasons for not smiling in work photos was because people don’t like their smile / teeth (28%), whilst around a quarter (23%) feel it looks less professional, and almost 1 in 10...

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EMEA Talent acquisition professionals increasingly measured on retention
May19

EMEA Talent acquisition professionals increasingly measured on retention

  A new global study by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) finds that Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) talent acquisition professionals are increasingly focusing on the longer-term success of new hires instead of simply measuring the efforts of the hiring process itself. In Part Three of Talent Forecast, Futurestep’s global survey of more than 1,100 hiring professionals, EMEA respondents said that while...

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‘Jobs for the boys’ myth limits apprentice opportunities
May19

‘Jobs for the boys’ myth limits apprentice opportunities

Gender bias colours students’ attitudes to apprenticeships Six out of 10 school leavers believe apprenticeship opportunities are in sectors with mainly male workforces One in three parents believe apprenticeships are suited to boys Male students wrongly believe apprenticeships for men involve manual labour while female students think most opportunities are in nursing, healthcare and childcare School leavers are missing out on...

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National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?
May19

National working from home day – but is it a pain in the neck?

  Over half of home-workers (51%) have sustained injuries, aches and pains as a result of their working environment The most common issues from a home-working set up are backache and neck pain But working from home has its benefits, nearly 60% build exercise into their day, and eat a healthier diet Bupa has created a home-working health checklist People who work from home are more likely to suffer from work-related injuries such...

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CIPD: New pay squeeze predicted as pay growth expectations hit three and a half year low
May18

CIPD: New pay squeeze predicted as pay growth expectations hit three and a half year low

Workers face a squeeze on their earnings as employers anticipate awarding median pay rises of just 1% in the year ahead, according to findings from the latest CIPD/The Adecco Group Labour Market Outlook survey. The survey of more than 1,000 employers suggests that the UK economy is about to be hit by a fall in basic pay awards and real wages. According to the survey data, employers’ median basic pay expectations in the 12 months to...

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Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work
May18

Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work

A lack of deaf awareness amongst employers and society at large is holding people with hearing loss back by creating unnecessary barriers and is costing the UK economy £24.8billion. During Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May) the UK national charity Action on Hearing Loss highlights simple and cost effective ways of making work environments more hearing loss friendly. Despite the fact that employers are legally obliged to make any...

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GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health
May18

GRiD: Employers should make better use of group risk benefits to support mental health

Claims for mental illness are nearly as prevalent as for cancer under employer-sponsored group income protection policies, however Group Risk Development (GRiD) believes that employers are missing a trick by not also taking full advantage of the mental health support which is often included with group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness). There are several ways that employers may be...

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Shock report finds Robots have ALREADY replaced workers in UK jobs
May18

Shock report finds Robots have ALREADY replaced workers in UK jobs

Two thirds of the UK’s fastest declining professions chalked up to automation Travel agents and translators on the decline, while nail technicians are a rising star Adzuna study found the wider impact of automation, as predicted by widely reported Frey & Osborne study, is yet to take root. Almost two thirds of the fastest declining job roles in the UK are dropping due to automation, according to a report released today by job...

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Are millenials scared of phone conversations?
May18

Are millenials scared of phone conversations?

A survey conducted by virtual receptionist providers CALLCARE has shown that despite checking their phones more than 157 times a day,  nearly one in three millennials will not use their mobiles to make calls, opting instead for messaging apps and email communications. The results are sobering: Almost one in three millennials use their mobiles to make calls no more than twice a week Evidence suggests negative millennial attitudes...

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Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’
May18

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year. Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions....

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The Case For Flexible Working
May18

The Case For Flexible Working

Guest blog by Rebecca Harper,  Gorvins Solicitors Are UK workers ‘working too hard?’ It says a lot about our working habits that a national “go home on time” day was deemed necessary. The unofficial holiday occurs on 5th October, and while it may seem like a fun concept, on par with National Doughnut Day (2 June), or Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day (2 January), it highlights a growing problem. In...

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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