Employers Not Convinced By New Pay Ratio Rules
Feb23

Employers Not Convinced By New Pay Ratio Rules

Only one-third (32.8%) of employers think the introduction of pay ratio reporting will lessen pay inequality between executives and other employees, according to research from HR analysts XpertHR.     By June this year, the Government plans to introduce a requirement for all listed companies to publish the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the average pay of their UK workforce. Just 12.7% of employers currently do this calculation, the...

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Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?
Feb23

Do employees need to disclose to their employers that they take anti-depressants?

Guest Blog  by Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert David Price   A study carried out by scientists has revealed that anti-depressants are more efficient than previously thought at reducing the symptoms of depression. The use of anti-depressants has soared in recent years, with 64.7 million prescriptions made in England in 2016. As use increases, the likelihood is that nearly all workplaces will have an employee who is suffering...

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Healthier intelligent surfaces work 24/7, not just 9 to 5….
Feb23

Healthier intelligent surfaces work 24/7, not just 9 to 5….

Background: according to the Office for National Statistics, an estimated 34 million working days were lost in the UK last year due to minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, while financial experts reckon it costs UK companies alone some £29bn a year, so trying to keep the workforce healthy and productive is obviously a costly business.   Leading biotechnology company BioCote has conducted a six-month study (interactive link) in a...

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Moving out of the dark ages: how businesses can take positive steps to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace
Feb23

Moving out of the dark ages: how businesses can take positive steps to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace

It is only February, but already 2018 has already seen a number of discrimination issues in the spotlight, from the #metoo campaign, to gender pay disparity. The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently published statistics indicating that British employers are “living in the dark ages” and have worrying attitudes to unlawful behaviour when it comes to recruiting women.   The survey of 1106 senior decision makers...

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2018: the year HR is truly tested
Feb22

2018: the year HR is truly tested

Guest Blog By Nick Dettmar, CEO, Outsource UK   Any HR professional will tell you that HR is not a career you can get comfy in. In fact, you could argue it’s as innovative as law or IT, as due to the ever changing developments (be it legal or societal trends), HR needs to constantly move with the times. One significant shift we’ve seen over the past few years is the fact millennials are more willing to job hop than previous...

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Practical Ways to Promote Good Mental Health in the Workplace
Feb22

Practical Ways to Promote Good Mental Health in the Workplace

Over the past few years, there has been a growing awareness that looking after your mental health is just as important as maintaining physical health if you want to live a long, happy and fulfilling life. With public campaigns like the government-backed Time to Change movement, and Mental Health Awareness week happening in May this year, the world is waking up to the need for further information and support in this area. Despite this,...

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Mind the Gap (Year)
Feb22

Mind the Gap (Year)

With graduate jobs becoming more difficult to secure, people may think that a gap year straight after university will subsequently mean a gap in your CV – but new research shows that this may not be the case.   The research from Netflights.com of over 2,000 UK adults revealed that only 15% of Britain’s over 25’s took (or still aspire to take) a gap year – whereas a whopping 54% of 16-24-year olds have already taken one, or plan to do...

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Plan for Learning & Development with Big Data in Mind
Feb22

Plan for Learning & Development with Big Data in Mind

Guest Blog by Christophe Coutat   Christophe Coutat is Founder and Managing Director at Advent Group – organiser of the MERIT Conference for corporate and higher education leaders.   Big Data (BD) is not just a buzz word, but an avenue of opportunities for HR practitioners to identify patterns in human habits and interactions. Findings can then be used to make razor-sharp decisions for sustainable staff improvement and satisfaction....

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Are You One Of The UK’s Happiest Workers?
Feb22

Are You One Of The UK’s Happiest Workers?

Older male workers employed by microbusinesses within marketing, communications or advertising are happier at work than any other age group, according to new research.   A survey of 1,024 UK workers, by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, and published in The 2018 Happiness Survey, surveyed employees from different age groups, genders and industries, asking them to score how happy they are in their current...

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Most parents worry their children are harming their future job prospects by over-sharing online
Feb22

Most parents worry their children are harming their future job prospects by over-sharing online

Over half of parents fear their children are ruining their reputations and future career prospects through the content they’re posting online, according to new research. A survey of 1,500 UK parents, conducted by AgeChecked, found that 58% are concerned their children may share content that would embarrass them in the future, such as when they apply for jobs.   The research, which was carried out as part of AgeChecked’s latest report...

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Maternity Leave Around the World
Feb22

Maternity Leave Around the World

Instant Offices take a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world..   Which Countries have the most maternity leave?       COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1. SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE   2. CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by State   3. NORWAY 322-365 80-100% SOCIAL INSURANCE   4. UK 365 90% Employer (92% refunded by public funds)   5. SERBIA 365 100% SOCIAL SECURITY  ...

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What to do in your business if you’re faced with the KFC crisis.
Feb22

What to do in your business if you’re faced with the KFC crisis.

Guest Blog from Jacob Demeza Wilkinson, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.   The ongoing issue with KFC having to close a number of stores due to a lack of chicken has raised an important question for employers; what are my rights if a similar issue occurs within my business? – Jacob Demeza Wilkinson, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.     There will always be occasions where an employer cannot offer work...

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Employers not recognising smartphones as DSE
Feb21

Employers not recognising smartphones as DSE

Research issued by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals the extent of smartphone use for work purposes but highlights the lack of related employee eyecare. Conducted among over 500 senior decision makers in UK companies, the research shows that, on average, employers class two thirds (66%) of their employees as ‘smartphone users’. Yet just a quarter (25%) of employers provide eyecare for all smartphone users and 18% of employers...

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Half of employers say Brexit will worsen skills gap
Feb21

Half of employers say Brexit will worsen skills gap

  Almost two thirds of employers (65%) believe that they will be negatively impacted by skills shortages in 2018, according to a research paper entitled “Solving the UK Skills Shortage” from Robert Walters, totaljobs and Jobsite.   Perhaps most worryingly, half of employers surveyed believe the skills shortage will be exacerbated by Brexit. Due to the skills gap the country is facing, 23% believe that Britain is not prepared to...

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Want to command the room? Then you need to project ‘Executive Presence’
Feb21

Want to command the room? Then you need to project ‘Executive Presence’

Guest Blog By Tara O’Sullivan, Chief Creative Officer at Skillsoft.   I remember watching Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about Power Poses, and I thought that this would make it so easy for me to feel confident and in control in any meeting. Of course, that’s not the point of the TED Talk – the point is to help you feel more confident and in control when you are not feeling it, which can be often. This reminded me of a great story in Radical...

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