World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence
Jul19

World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence  England might not have made it into the World Cup Final, but it didn’t deter train staff from taking time off to watch the match, resulting in hundreds of Sunday trains in the north-west, the west of England and South Wales being cancelled due to staff shortages, causing widespread passenger disruption.   GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had...

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Out of Office on! – Preparing your workforce for the summer holidays
Jul19

Out of Office on! – Preparing your workforce for the summer holidays

With the summer holidays fast approaching, businesses often feel the pinch at this time of year. Companies are faced with the challenge of negotiating their team’s summer holidays whilst ensuring the minimum amount of disruption; summer really does make some companies ‘hot under the collar.’ How to prepare your staff for the summer 1 – Re-allocating staff Some members of the team may be willing to step into another role or cover in a...

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Why we need to dump the CV in recruiting
Jul19

Why we need to dump the CV in recruiting

By Peter Gold, Principal Consultant at Cornerstone OnDemand Twenty years ago, the CV was considered one of the quickest and most convenient ways to gather information on potential candidates. Even now, it allows hiring managers to easily differentiate between candidates based on their education background, work experience and out-of-work activities. But despite the digital evolution and organisations’ growing demand for skilled...

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Putting AI in its Place – Artificial Intelligence Should Be Part of the Recruiting Process, But it Can’t Replace the Human Touch, According to Korn Ferry Survey
Jul19

Putting AI in its Place – Artificial Intelligence Should Be Part of the Recruiting Process, But it Can’t Replace the Human Touch, According to Korn Ferry Survey

As big data and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to transform the recruiting industry, a new survey by Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows that professionals have less trust in AI than in human recruiters. While nearly three quarters of those surveyed (72 percent) said AI should be used during the recruitment process, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said it wouldn’t be fair if AI alone chose who should be interviewed without the input...

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Staff clocking ‘phantom hours’ costing UK businesses  £37 million a week
Jul19

Staff clocking ‘phantom hours’ costing UK businesses £37 million a week

Outdated scheduling tools leaving staff disgruntled and businesses out of pocket A survey1 by Rotaready today reveals that shift workers in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries overstate their working hours by almost half an hour a week on average. With a combined workforce of 8.3 million2, these ‘phantom hours’ cost UK businesses a staggering £37m each week, or £1.9bn annually3. This matters, when high street giants like...

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41% of the UK’s top talent fear work knocks mental well-being
Jul19

41% of the UK’s top talent fear work knocks mental well-being

The UK’s top performing employees are close to burn-out according to Smart Talent Expects – a new study by CoreHR examining the behaviours and attitudes of 1000 UK employees who stand out to employers thanks to their high-drive and ambition. 42% of smart talent employees say work negatively impacts their personal lives. 41% also worry about the impact work has on their mental well-being, rising to nearly half (49%) of 25-34 year olds....

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Absence days lost to illness fall
Jul19

Absence days lost to illness fall

Employers are losing fewer working days to sickness absence, a report from HR website XpertHR finds. Analysis of data for 2017 shows that, at the median, employers lost 5.6 days for each employee over the course of the year. This was down from a median 6.6 days for 2016, but a return to the levels that have held sway since the beginning of the decade (see table). In financial terms, the median cost to employers rose from £455 in 2016...

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What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?
Jul19

What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   Garden leave is paid leave for an employee who is leaving your business to work for a competitor. But how do you know whether it’s appropriate, or affordable, for you to place an employee on garden leave?   The experts from Brighter Business, Opus Energy’s small business advice hub, have got the following advice. Read on to find out more.       When is it appropriate for SMEs to offer...

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The UK’s pet friendly office
Jul18

The UK’s pet friendly office

– British pet owners are spending an average of £143 furnishing and decorating their office space for pets – 1 in 10 (9%) dedicate a space in the office for their pets UK PET owners are kitting out their office space to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research. A survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, revealed that British pet owners spend an average...

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Beyond Brexit: Top Young Talent Demands Investment In The Workplace
Jul18

Beyond Brexit: Top Young Talent Demands Investment In The Workplace

More than a quarter of British workers (27%) say Brexit has already had a negative impact on their company with one in six (16%) claiming Brexit uncertainty has seen their company reduce its investment in the workplace. The new survey from leading workplace consultants, Peldon Rose, also reveals however that over a third (39%) of Millennials (25-34 years olds) will consider changing jobs if their company decreases workplace spending,...

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Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs
Jul18

Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs

Research by Oleeo, the leading global prescriptive hiring software provider, has scientifically identified a clear difference in the language used by men and women on their CVs.   In a study of over 200,000 CVs from candidates around the world applying to leading global businesses in an array of sectors, it is evident that women are more likely to use words such as volunteer, assistant, organise and social, while equivalently...

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Are Women Being Frozen Out Of Air-Conditioned Work Places?
Jul18

Are Women Being Frozen Out Of Air-Conditioned Work Places?

In the UK the minimum temperature for the workplace is 16°C, with no maximum temperature. The debate over how warm or cold the office should be is a common one and often it seems women are left feeling the chill. Insulation Express have looked at the realities of the office temperature war and the technology that could one day ease the tension, with a survey asking men and women about their experience of temperature wars in the...

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Dealing with crisis management
Jul17

Dealing with crisis management

Guest Blog Gideon Schulman, director at Pytronot   Setbacks in the business world are regular occurrences. Whether it’s through bad publicity, industry struggles or a breakdown in a bid deal, all companies will inevitably face some troubles. In most instances they will likely be small bumps in the road, however in some cases there could be a big impact on the company and their reputation.     Arguably, it’s how the business deals with...

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35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day
Jul17

35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day

Ambius, the leading expert in interior landscaping, has carried out a survey of 1,000 office workers that shows an alarmingly limited amount of time spent outdoors. The findings show that a majority of office workers spend less time outside each day than prisoners, who require at least one hour of outdoor exposure each day, according to UN guidelines.   The study found that just 35% spend a maximum of 15 minutes outside, excluding...

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Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal
Jul17

Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Solicitor, Darwin Gray   In an important decision for employers and workers in the care sector, the Court of Appeal has decided that workers should not be entitled to be paid for hours when they sleep at their workplace.   A case brought by a worker of the charity Mencap asked the Court to decide whether workers who carried out overnight “sleep-in” shifts at their workplaces could be considered to be...

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