It’s time to take staff engagement seriously
Aug21

It’s time to take staff engagement seriously

Andrew Carwardine, Managing Director of Dynama outlines 5 critical paths to motivated staff and organisational success   It may be over sixty years since American clinical psychologist Frederick Herzberg came up with his “motivator-hygiene theory” and became the pioneer of job enrichment, but his principles remain as true as ever.  The formula for creating a harmonious workforce is combining the intrinsic conditions of the job or...

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Why is it important to retain staff?
Aug21

Why is it important to retain staff?

It’s important to retain your staff when running a business, and it doesn’t matter whether your business is large or small. Losing staff members is not only disruptive, but it’s also costly and time-consuming to find new staff and train them. Together with Nisbets, specialists in catering supplies, we assess how to retain employees within a business, and why the leave when things appear to be going wrong. Within the latest Nisbets...

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Britain’s Best Bosses Revealed
Aug21

Britain’s Best Bosses Revealed

Job seekers take note, as the industries containing the UK’s best bosses have been revealed. In a survey of 1,024 UK employees published in the One4all Rewards Review of UK Management whitepaper, financial services bosses – such as those in banking and insurance – took the top spot, with 62% of workers in this sector describing their boss as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Management in the professional services industries, such as...

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Argos tops Name & Shame List for failing to pay minimum wage
Aug18

Argos tops Name & Shame List for failing to pay minimum wage

The latest Government ‘name and shame list’ has seen 233 employers being publicly identified as failing to pay the national minimum wage. More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest paid workers will get around £2 million in back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage. As well as paying back staff the money owed, employers on the list have been fined a...

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Welcome to a world where working life is one big game
Aug17

Welcome to a world where working life is one big game

Dr. Paul Barrett, Chief Research Officer at Cognadev discusses the use of gamification in recruitment. Gamification of recruitment has endured as one of the big HR news themes, thanks to a steady rise in the number of new platforms, each offering highly playable, game based psychological assessments.   Engaging millenials and Gen-Z Research has shown that these games, which typically use scenario based encounters to measure...

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UK’s most sought-after job industries revealed
Aug17

UK’s most sought-after job industries revealed

Data from over 15.4m applications made by Brits sees construction and administration take top spots New analysis of job application data in the UK has revealed the industries that Brits are most keen to get a job within; with the administration, construction and engineering sectors featured in the top spots. The research also looked at the industries that have become increasingly applied for in the first six months of the year across...

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UK sickness absence on the rise, warns Xpert HR
Aug17

UK sickness absence on the rise, warns Xpert HR

UK Employers are losing a median 2.9% of their working time to employee absence, according to a new report from HR website XpertHR. This equates to 6.6 days per employee, and represents an increase on the figures for previous years. The findings are based on absence for the 2016 calendar year at 631 organisations. The survey highlights the difference in absence rates between different sectors of the economy. Within the public sector,...

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Is lunchtime ‘life admin’ creating new security risks and GDPR nightmares?
Aug17

Is lunchtime ‘life admin’ creating new security risks and GDPR nightmares?

It’s often said that the biggest threat to data security comes from people rather than technology – and people conducting private admin on work equipment could be posing a bigger threat than employers realise. With recent statistics revealing that more than four million employees now work at least 48 hours a week, it seems we are all spending more time in the office. Which, for most of us; working mothers, single people...

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Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues
Aug17

Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues

– Black workers with A-levels earn £1.20 an hour less than whites – Black pay gap widest for those with degrees (14%) and higher education certs and diplomas (20%) Black workers whose highest qualifications are A-levels earn 10% less than their white peers – missing out on an average £1.20 per hour. The new analysis was published by the TUC this week, in advance of A-level results. Race pay gap increases in line with...

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New forecast shows pay rises remain subdued at 1% as 24 applicants chase every low-skilled job vacancy
Aug17

New forecast shows pay rises remain subdued at 1% as 24 applicants chase every low-skilled job vacancy

The latest CIPD/The Adecco Group Labour Market Outlook suggests that UK employment will again grow strongly in the third quarter of 2017, but wage growth is likely to remain weak. The quarterly survey of more than 1,000 employers identifies that near-term employment expectations have risen compared with the previous spring report (May 2017). This is reflected in the quarter’s net employment balance – a measure of the difference...

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How good managers can improve mental health in the workplace
Aug16

How good managers can improve mental health in the workplace

As mental illness at work is becoming a growing concern for employers, AXA PPP healthcare share strategies to help employers identify symptoms of mental health issues, and the steps they can take in their workplaces to reduce stress levels and improve the mental wellbeing of their staff. Mental health problems are increasingly impacting the workplace, with one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year. This...

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From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways
Aug16

From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways

Group risk, the suite of employer-sponsored insurance products designed to offer employees financial protection, is often considered an employee benefits staple but rarely exciting or ground-breaking, and commonly associated with large, unfortunate life events. However, many group risk products have superb in-built support services which can be massively beneficial to both staff and managers – if they know where to look and how...

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ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling
Aug16

ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, released today, reveal that between January to March 2017 and April to June 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in the 3 months to June 2017 – the lowest it has been...

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Could standing desks improve employee health?
Aug15

Could standing desks improve employee health?

Viviane Carter from CSI Products, explains why UK employees could benefit from standing desks and anti-fatigue mats, already popular abroad. Many employees spend long days sitting in offices, only taking short and irregular breaks to stand when walking to the photocopier, the kitchen or the toilet. Many workers may find themselves sitting down for hours with little movement all day. Many employers and employees are now aware of the...

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Why being a parent makes you a better leader
Aug15

Why being a parent makes you a better leader

Fenella Grey, Managing Director Porter Novelli London and Omniwomen Committee Member, explains why she truly believes parenting skills translate brilliantly into leadership skills in the workplace. ‘Parenting’ and ‘career’ are two terms often placed in opposition. How can you excel at one without underperforming at another?  How can you successfully lead both at work and at home? Is it even possible to achieve that coveted state of...

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