HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes
Aug16

HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director of Activ People HR Research by employee engagement company, Reward Gateway earlier this year found that HR professionals are spending 366.6 hours a year manually checking, responding to and keeping up with multiple HR applications. The research highlighted that integrating new HR tools into current workplace technology is a key priority for 89% of HR professionals, as many struggle with processes...

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Are your employees getting too political in the workplace?
Aug16

Are your employees getting too political in the workplace?

Guest blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft. With Boris and Brexit constantly in the news, it’s not surprising to learn that a study by Jobsite found that 46 per cent of UK employees have noticed a large increase in the number of political discussions in the workplace since the EU referendum. Employees have a right to have their own opinions about political and social events but what happens if they alienate and upset...

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Stress nation: why mind matters
Aug16

Stress nation: why mind matters

Stress is an everyday part of normal life for most of us. The constant efforts needed to keep work, family and social commitments on track can mean even the best of us find ourselves flagging. Now new research from Potter’s Herbals, makers of evidence-based plant health solutions, shines a much-needed spotlight on the issue and breaks apart the taboos and perceived stigmas to explore how stress affects us all. Worryingly, Potter’s...

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Taking a bite out of life: More than half of Brits say having bad teeth would affect their confidence in the workplace
Aug16

Taking a bite out of life: More than half of Brits say having bad teeth would affect their confidence in the workplace

More than half of British workers (58%) think that having bad teeth negatively affects their confidence in the workplace and social situations, according to research from Unum Dental. Women were found to be more self-conscious of having poor teeth, with 67% declaring that poor oral health would affect their confidence in public, compared to 49% of men. Generation Z were found to be the most image conscious with 69% admitting that bad...

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Top 5 considerations for employees and members before accessing their pension
Aug16

Top 5 considerations for employees and members before accessing their pension

Figures published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed that a record 336,000 individuals have taken £2.75bn out of their pensions in the second quarter of 2019. This represents a 21% increase from £2.27bn in Q2 2018. In total, more than £28bn has been withdrawn since the pension freedoms were introduced in 2015. Whilst freedom and choice in pensions is popular with individuals, the downside is it can be easy for employees...

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As cost of living rises, UK students turn to online jobs
Aug15

As cost of living rises, UK students turn to online jobs

On August 15, thousands of A-level students across the United Kingdom will discover whether they have obtained the necessary grades to get into university. However, many UK-based students will struggle to make ends meet during their academic career as a result of rising living costs for students which have gone up by 4.8% in the last year alone. As one way of offsetting the rise in living costs, around 50% of students undertake...

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Job market heats up, as vacancies hit a 9-month high and employers push forward with their hiring efforts
Aug15

Job market heats up, as vacancies hit a 9-month high and employers push forward with their hiring efforts

…With candidate applications also reaching boiling point in July    According to the latest job market data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, employers across the UK are seeing strong successes in their hiring strategies right now, with the amount of advertised vacancies rising by 5.3% in July; the highest they’ve been since October 2018.   Indeed, the findings, which analysed job...

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The next step in employee benefits: personalization
Aug15

The next step in employee benefits: personalization

Iain Thompson is the CCO and Co-founder of Office App, The most advanced engagement platform for professionals in offices. He’ s a former International Marketing Director, having worked in blue chip companies like Unilever and Dunlop in marketing and business development for 12 years and has successfully led the design and launch of 6 different products in 4 different industries and 11 different countries. As competition for top...

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One quarter of workers consider suicide over personal debts
Aug15

One quarter of workers consider suicide over personal debts

One quarter of UK workers have considered suicide in the first half of 2019 due to personal debts and financial worries, according to research from GettaSub, the short-term employee finance provider. The research, which quizzed 2,000 workers across the country about their financial well-being revealed that 23 per cent have considered taking their own life due to financial fears at least once in the last six months. Of this total, nine...

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Burnout is a Syndrome: How to lose the workplace blues
Aug15

Burnout is a Syndrome: How to lose the workplace blues

By Chris Congdon, editor-in-chief of Steelcase’s 360 magazine World Health Organisation Labels Burnout “Syndrome”: The good news—there are more ways than ever to help people think, feel and move better at work. Stressed at work? Take a breath. You are not alone. While the World Health Organisation (WHO) is just now recognising burnout, a result of stress, as an “occupational phenomenon,” the conversation around wellbeing at work is...

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‘Woke’ Nation: UK’s top 50 most progressive cities in which to work revealed
Aug15

‘Woke’ Nation: UK’s top 50 most progressive cities in which to work revealed

Woke Etymology: The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘woke’ as being aware or well-informed in a political or cultural sense. The term has rapidly grown in popularity and meaning, and now extends to all socio-political problems, as well as issues surrounding sustainability and environmental awareness. A new study from Bankrate, a brand which aims to make homeownership in the UK easier and more attainable, assessed 50...

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Top dogs – Vets are Britain’s best paid graduates
Aug15

Top dogs – Vets are Britain’s best paid graduates

Veterinarians are the UK’s highest-paid graduates straight out of university, according to new data released by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. With this week’s A-level results due to send thousands of eager students on their way to university, many are banking on picking up better career prospects along with their degree. Indeed’s research shows the top 10 best-paying roles currently being aimed at new graduates. Training to be...

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Getting serious about flexible working
Aug15

Getting serious about flexible working

The record-breaking heatwave has taken its toll on just about everything, no least making sticky commutes and sweaty offices a real problem for workers. Along with relaxing dress codes, urging staff to keep water-bottles filled, and providing desk-fans, some employers have begun introducing more flexible working practices to address the issue. Before jumping on that bandwagon, however, it’s vital these practices aren’t implemented...

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Research highlights businesses can do more to manage disability
Aug14

Research highlights businesses can do more to manage disability

says Adam Riley from Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing A new survey[i] of UK SME owners conducted by Bolt Burdon Kemp has revealed 95% of respondents don’t understand the legal rights of disabled employees.  This is in spite of a recent government report highlighting a rise in disabled workers in the UK[ii]. Government figures show there are 930,000 more disabled people in work today than five years ago, as the rate of...

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New study identifies which UK cities are the least likely to give first aid and why
Aug14

New study identifies which UK cities are the least likely to give first aid and why

Two thirds of the UK are not first aid trained, and a further 40 per cent are not interested in training. The study conducted by Virtual College investigated how well trained the UK is when it comes to first aid, they revealed that only 36 per cent of the UK was first aid trained. The stats also highlighted that 66 per cent wouldn’t feel confident in their ability to save someone’s life if they are called upon. What is even more...

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