Workers say ‘thank you’ is better than a promotion
Jul25

Workers say ‘thank you’ is better than a promotion

Sixteen per cent of British workers have never been thanked for their hard work, according to new national research by Onepoll. While a “thank you” costs nothing, one in five employees hear the phrase just once a month at work, while one in seven have never heard it at all, according to the study. Optical Express launched the research as part of its ‘Thanks a Million’ initiative, which will donate £1M worth of laser eye surgery to NHS...

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Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!
Jul25

Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!

We’re told by VisitWales that we live in a land of legends, rich in storytelling! However, new research shows Welsh storytelling skills could extend to the workplace, as welsh workers admitted they were the most likely in Britain to tell porky pies at a job interview. The research, commissioned by professional CV-writing company Purple CV saw 21.7% of Welsh workers admitting they told lies during an interview – closely...

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An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!
Jul25

An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!

Leadership Commentator and Employment Lawyer Victoria Hall, of New Law Solicitors, considers whether leadership models should simply go back to basics If you are interested in the subject of leadership then, like me, you have likely poured over hundreds of different leadership books and articles, listened to speakers, attended workshops and seminars and become completely overwhelmed! There are so many buzz words, models, diagrams and...

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When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider
Jul24

When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider

When a staff member gets sick, and the diagnosis turns out to be cancer, most employers are sympathetic towards the diagnosis, but it seems that the physical aspects of the disease are only one component. HR Managers need to be prepared for the emotional and mental side effects of the disease. In fact, employees living with cancer can have many different separate fears and concerns.  Research by RedArc, conducted on over 900...

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Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?
Jul24

Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?

As we recently reported, the lack of adequate PPE designed specifically for women is creating clear safety issues for women in the workplace, who are in the main coping with poorly fitting standard clothing stocked mainly for male colleagues. The Tfl employee in the image shows what many female workers have to tolerate, a hazard jacket that is too big, with sleeves that cover your hands, safety gloves too loose, a hat that slips over...

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What can a Human Resources Director learn from a Marketing Director?
Jul24

What can a Human Resources Director learn from a Marketing Director?

Paul Sparkes, Marketing Director of Cascade HR, discusses how HR and Marketing leaders have much to learn from each other.   As a senior marketer in the HR space I’ve long considered this an important topic. Close collaboration is needed between marketing (those traditionally responsible for projecting the voice of a company) and HR (the team closest to the voices themselves). The increasing velocity and magnitude of modern...

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CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?
Jul21

CIPD: ahead of Samaritan’s Awareness Day, what help do employers offer?

Ahead of Samaritans’ Awareness Day on Monday 24 July, the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has found that a third (32%) of HR professionals say their organisation does not provide an employee support helpline. The survey was taken by 695 HR professionals on 19th July 2017. Commenting on the results, Rachel Suff, Employment Relations Advisers at the CIPD, said: “The Samaritans’ National Awareness Day is an...

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Does a higher educational background translate into better hires?
Jul21

Does a higher educational background translate into better hires?

Some roles, like that of change management professionals, are dominated by graduates. A new survey into over 1,450 change management professionals reveals a clear link between the level of education of a Change Manager and their likelihood of being a top performer, when compared to peers who hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. The survey, called ‘What Makes an Exceptional Change Manager?’, was conducted by Kite Change, part of Kite...

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Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”
Jul21

Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”

A new risk analysis paper on GDPR from specialist technology law firm Boyes Turner this week found that promotion by consumer groups of new rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could prove more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”. Post GDPR, control over the future of brands and marketing strategies is likely to shift away from companies and managers towards consumers and employees and according...

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Robey’s blog: The Taylor Report – A Perspective from the Front Line
Jul20

Robey’s blog: The Taylor Report – A Perspective from the Front Line

No doubt the HR blogosphere will be all a-twitter this week with the recommendations of Matthew Taylor’s long-awaited report, commissioned under the Cameron government.  I thought I’d share my perspective not as a legal expert or as a strategic leader, but as a common-or-garden HR Manager just trying to get through the day without punching someone. There are two points that have caught most people’s attention and these are what...

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Firms urged to consider business case for supporting cycling schemes
Jul20

Firms urged to consider business case for supporting cycling schemes

The director of bike hire scheme Bike & Go has said that there is a ‘clear business case’ for companies to consider investing in bike hire schemes after a report revealed increased productivity in those who cycle to work. David O’Leary said that the research, which was undertaken by Concordia’s John Molson School of Business in Canada, backs up previous claims that businesses can benefit from encouraging their employees to commute...

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Seven crucial conversations HR Managers should have with their employee benefits provider
Jul20

Seven crucial conversations HR Managers should have with their employee benefits provider

Katherine Moxham from GRiD, the industry body for group risk discusses the important questions employers need to ask their benefits provider. GRiD, the industry body for group risk, is highlighting that HR Managers, advisers and insurers should not ‘assume knowledge’ on each other’s behalf, and that a truly open conversation will be significantly advantageous for both employers and their staff.  This is especially the case for SMEs...

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Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility
Jul20

Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility

It seems that women returners are prepared to change role and industry to get the flexibility they need to manage work and home responsibilities.  Employers wanting to attract and retain returner talent need to build flexibility into their thinking. One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59%)....

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Financial services staff at risk from lack of outdoors
Jul20

Financial services staff at risk from lack of outdoors

Financial services workers spend the least amount of time outside than any other industry and are potentially at risk of vitamin D deficiency, spending just 34 minutes outdoors during a day, according to new research. Bankers, accountants and bookkeepers are amongst the UK’s most outdoor-starved job roles, according to a survey of 2,000 UK workers carried out by outdoor furniture e-tailer, Alfresia.co.uk. Those working in the city are...

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UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy
Jul20

UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy

More than a fifth (21 per cent) of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research has revealed. The study by TomTom Telematics among senior managers at 400 UK businesses found a further four per cent did not know whether their organisation had a defined policy. At the same time, 60 per cent of respondents said staff members had been involved in road traffic accidents while on...

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