Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov21

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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Building a Successful Mentoring Programme
Nov21

Building a Successful Mentoring Programme

Guest Blog by Katy Tanner, UK Director for Leadership Mentoring at Robert Half   Mentoring in the workplace has moved on from the days of it being used purely as an onboarding tool for new hires. Offering people ways to work happy is vital in the war for talent and mentoring is now a key part of employee engagement and retention.     According to the Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide, skills development is now a crucial component of job...

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How to speak your team’s languages
Nov21

How to speak your team’s languages

Julie Giguere, Managing Director, Asian Absolute    Businesses that work with non-English speakers, whether in the UK or overseas, may commonly translate documents into those languages, though not as many ensure that documentation from the business is properly localised as well as translated to ensure genuine understanding and sense of inclusivity by reflecting cultural and regional nuances. So, how should you prepare company...

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7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Offices
Nov21

7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Offices

We’re all aware of the potential risks associated with air pollution like factory fumes and car exhausts, but don’t always give the same attention to the pollution that can affect our air indoors. In fact, research found that the quality of indoor air can be up to 5 times worse for you compared with that outside, and can cause a number of health hazards – headaches, sinus problems and sore throats being just a few. It’s probably...

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Get The Best From Your Team
Nov20

Get The Best From Your Team

Creativity and innovation are essential parts of every company. Staying ahead in the competitive world is a difficult one so being as efficient as possible is a worthy avenue to pursue. A great way to foster innovation by it’s most efficient and organic means is to create the right culture of creative thinking. Your organization may be missing out on a lot of potential because some employees may be afraid to voice their ideas....

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How VR can train employees effectively
Nov20

How VR can train employees effectively

 Guest Blog by Ben Bennett, Managing Director, Luminous Group The way we learn is changing. The increased availability of virtual reality (VR) technology has opened up a valuable platform for businesses to teach their employees, often providing training that is both cheaper and more effective than traditional methods. Here, Ben Bennett, managing director of virtual reality experts Luminous Group explains how this tech can be used to...

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The top Christmas party issues causing festive gloom for employers
Nov20

The top Christmas party issues causing festive gloom for employers

With December just around the corner, many businesses are looking forward to a month of annual leave, Secret Santa gifts, and the highly anticipated Christmas party.   However, the aftermath of the annual festive bash can cause more than a Prosecco-fuelled headache for employers, and can even create issues that can plague businesses long after the new year.     Local award-winning law firm Watkins & Gunn is urging employers to...

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Public sector recruiting can match the private sector – it just needs to transform
Nov20

Public sector recruiting can match the private sector – it just needs to transform

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO and Founder, Oleeo   The public sector needs people with the right skills to cope with the significant challenges expected from citizens. While training and continuous development are important, a large part of securing a qualified workforce is to attract people with the right qualifications and best potential in the first place. Both jobsgopublic and Manpower Group have recently released data that...

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How HR professionals can maximise the impact of coloured envelopes
Nov19

How HR professionals can maximise the impact of coloured envelopes

HR professionals have different tools available to promote the business and brand they represent. Some are straightforward, others are more subtle. Envelopes are one of these mostly forgotten, but useful tools. Using coloured envelopes is a great way to encourage a specific mood or reaction from recipients. It allows the sender to give a snapshot of their business and their brand, in a concise affordable package. A variety of...

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Do you need to replace your office furniture?
Nov19

Do you need to replace your office furniture?

Motivating your staff isn’t purely down to the money they earn and the different perks they receive as employees.   A strong working environment, geared to help with productivity and effective working can spur employees to work harder and deliver greater results for a business.     Refitting a workplace might sound like a huge task. However, before you start planning a huge redesign to your offices and contacting office design...

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Two in Five Job-Seekers are Being Hired into New Roles with the Wrong Soft Skills to be Successful
Nov19

Two in Five Job-Seekers are Being Hired into New Roles with the Wrong Soft Skills to be Successful

As the battle for talent wages on, two-fifths of job-seekers are being hired into new roles only to discover they have the wrong soft skills for the job, and over half (53%) are leaving companies because their personality or work style didn’t fit. So say the results of new research commissioned by HireVue, provider of the most comprehensive AI-driven talent assessment suite and video interviewing solutions, which sought to examine the...

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Solving the gender conundrum via your future vision recruiting
Nov19

Solving the gender conundrum via your future vision recruiting

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, Oleeo CEO Diversity is still a major challenge in recruitment, with female positions dramatically underwhelming male counterparts across the board. So, what can be done to break this cycle? As we approach the summer break time of year – perhaps the answer lies in concentrating on the next generation and developing a network of future leaders. After all, more and more CEOs nowadays have risen to be cream of...

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More than 90% of maternity returners say they get no support at work when they go back, reveals survey by Leeds-based MMB
Nov19

More than 90% of maternity returners say they get no support at work when they go back, reveals survey by Leeds-based MMB

Lack of support for maternity returners among UK businesses has been uncovered in a new survey of professional, mainly management-level women. More than four fifths of pregnant women begin their maternity leave unhappy and lacking in confidence about work – and over a third feel so isolated when they return that they want to hand their notice in. MMB, the working parents’ website based in Leeds, surveyed more than 1,000 mothers, 72%...

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Costa Coffee Trains Next Generation Of Baristas Using Virtual Reality
Nov19

Costa Coffee Trains Next Generation Of Baristas Using Virtual Reality

Costa Coffee debuts immersive cutting-edge technology ahead of busy Christmas period   The Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop*, Costa Coffee, has launched Virtual Reality to train new staff ahead of the busy Christmas period. The content has been designed to enhance the onboarding process, inspire new baristas and ensure education is consistent, all ensuring quality hand crafted coffee is served to customers across the UK.     Over 1,500...

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Tips for SMEs to improve mental health
Nov16

Tips for SMEs to improve mental health

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence – absence management software company.   Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Abesnce says,   “With more focus on rising mental health issues in many UK companies, many employers are looking at ways to improve mental wellbeing but often employers don’t know where to start.”   “One cost effective solution is to use technology to track short and long-term absences and identify if someone is...

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