Six tips for going beyond basics with flexible working
Dec14

Six tips for going beyond basics with flexible working

Guest Blog from Sorrel Shalet Smart Energy GB’s Head of People, explains why flexible working is so much more than shuffling timesheets. The days of hiding out in an airless office from 9 ‘til 5 are long gone, and with the wealth of affordable technology available to us, it’s easier than you might think to give employees the freedom to work flexibly.       Here at Smart Energy GB, we truly believe that flexibility and...

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What’s the cost of cancelling Christmas?
Dec14

What’s the cost of cancelling Christmas?

Guest Blog Graham Bird- Director of workplace consultancy Where We Work- explains the value of ‘The office Christmas do’ and why the ‘Bah-Humbug’ approach should be avoided at all costs… The countdown to Christmas is in full swing, which means many workplaces around the country are getting ready to don paper hats and take part in Secret Santa. But whilst many workforces enjoy the festivities, there are some organisations that avoid...

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48% Of The UK Class Themselves As JAMS
Dec14

48% Of The UK Class Themselves As JAMS

New report reveals which areas of the UK are struggling the most • Just under half of UK households admit to ‘just about managing’, with 15% admitting to giving up necessities to pay off any unexpected expenses • Aberdeen tops the list with 72% of residents admitting to being JAMS • The average UK household suffers 4 unexpected expenses a year, with 18% admitting to not being able to cover the cost of over £100   New research...

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The Secret to Secret Santa Revealed
Dec14

The Secret to Secret Santa Revealed

BRITISH SECRET Santas need not risk offending somebody or spend too much energy deliberating over a gift, as new research has revealed what the nation really wants for Christmas. A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by e-tailer Christmas Tree World revealed the top ten secret Santa gifts that Brits would like to receive this Christmas, and found gift cards topped the poll with more than a quarter (26%) of the vote. The tradition,...

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Christmas party sexual harassment
Dec14

Christmas party sexual harassment

Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary from ELAS Group It’s the time of year when we usually focus on the dos and don’ts of the work Christmas party. However this year, with new sexual harassment allegations hitting the headlines almost daily, companies seem to be feeling more anxious about exposing themselves to the possibility of such a claim stemming from festive work gatherings.     Emma O’Leary is an employment law consultant...

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Christmas survival guide: stress
Dec14

Christmas survival guide: stress

Guest Blog by Richard Holmes   Underneath the glistening tinsel, carefully wrapped gifts and turkey basting, Christmas can be the root cause of a lot of stress for many people. All the extra time we spend planning the ‘perfect Christmas’ on top of everyday life means there’s less time to look after yourself when you might need it the most. So we’ve put together our top tips on how to not let stress get the better of you during...

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How digital apps are transforming the construction landscape
Dec14

How digital apps are transforming the construction landscape

Technology is revolutionising the planet, industry by industry, and the world of construction is the latest to reap the rewards. While you might think that such a hands-on industry wouldn’t find much use in the digital sphere, you’d be wrong. The well-known mantra, ‘there’s an app for that’, now applies to tradespeople with even the most practical labour skills, with a whole host of apps having been developed for an array of...

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12 workplace benefits employees dream about
Dec14

12 workplace benefits employees dream about

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor in Chief, Brighter Business     The more research we uncover around employee satisfaction and retention rates, the more apparent it becomes that companies need to give more than the basic monthly salary to gain employee loyalty.     The small business experts at Brighter Business have complied a list of truly unique employee benefits, tried and tested by some of the biggest and...

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Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!
Dec13

Robey’s Blog: Whoop-whoop!  That’s the sound of da fun-police!

I will burn in Hell for the title of this blog, I realize.  But there’s a common and not-entirely-inaccurate idea that HR is the fun police, generally, and it’s something that comes out in particular at Christmas because of the one event that all HR professionals look to with equal parts anticipation and dread: the office Christmas Party. Ah.  Perhaps you knew that HR staff dread the Christmas Party, but maybe you didn’t know that we...

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Christmas party a source of stress for leaders and managers, but less Bah Humbug for workplace parents who need some festive flexibility
Dec13

Christmas party a source of stress for leaders and managers, but less Bah Humbug for workplace parents who need some festive flexibility

As Christmas party season get underway, it’s a time for letting our hair down, decompressing and celebrating progress. But a study published today by the Institute of Leadership and Management reveals team leaders and managers are under great pressure to make the festive party a workplace team success. The survey of over 1000 managers highlights: • 82% managers see team bonding as biggest benefit to having a Christmas party • 57%...

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Office Workers Pile On The Pounds For Festive Frolicking
Dec13

Office Workers Pile On The Pounds For Festive Frolicking

Employees splash out a staggering £150.28 on their office Christmas party, new research shows. In preparation for the annual celebration, office workers say they’re prepared to shell out an average of £53 on a new outfit and shoes – and a further £34 on food and drinks at the event.     It’s ladies who coin up the most expenses, with an average £156 spend, including £17 on their hair, £26 on new shoes and £17 on jewellery,...

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How Best To Manage Staffing Issues At This Time Of Year
Dec13

How Best To Manage Staffing Issues At This Time Of Year

Guest Blog by Daxa Shah of ELAS Employment As we approach the festive season and 2017 draws towards a close, the question of holidays, seasonal illness and increased absence rates once again rears its head. As we saw recently with Ryanair, failure to properly schedule employee holidays and manage absences can cause chaos and put extra demands on your business.   ELAS employment law consultant Daxa Shah explains how best to manage...

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Recruiters Beware: Treat Candidates Well or Lose Them as Future Employees and Customers, According to Korn Ferry Futurestep Survey
Dec13

Recruiters Beware: Treat Candidates Well or Lose Them as Future Employees and Customers, According to Korn Ferry Futurestep Survey

– 81 percent are unlikely to accept a job offer if they were treated poorly during recruitment process   – Less than fifth would remain a customer of a company if they had a bad experience as a candidate   – A third (31 percent) do not believe recruiters give them the tools and tips they need to land a job   A new survey of professionals across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has found that, regardless of whether...

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Peninsula sees 26% increase in advice calls due to Black Ice Monday
Dec12

Peninsula sees 26% increase in advice calls due to Black Ice Monday

Employment law consultancy Peninsula has seen a 26% increase in calls to their employment advice line as employers call in asking for urgent advice due to the heavy snow that brought major travel disruption to the UK this weekend and today. Peninsula act as an HR hotline for companies around the UK and have been getting more calls as the UK’s rail services and roads were badly affected after a thick blanket of snow covered large parts...

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Public sector marketers three times more likely to suffer a pay freeze
Dec12

Public sector marketers three times more likely to suffer a pay freeze

· 17% of public sector marketers had a pay freeze. Those that had a rise on average received 2.4% · 61% or marketers in manufacturing roles had a pay rise, which averaged 2.3% · Marketing managers in the manufacturing sector topped the pay list · The average pay awards for marketing professionals across all sectors in the coming 12 months is 2.3% · 19% pay gap between marketing managers in London and the West Midlands   An annual...

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