Should employees be allowed bereavement leave when a pet dies?
Aug19

Should employees be allowed bereavement leave when a pet dies?

Advice by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer Most businesses wouldn’t hesitate to give employees time off to mourn the death of a family member or close friend. But what happens if that loved one is a pet? Can they take bereavement leave? These questions are gathering a lot of interest due to a recent story going viral about a grieving woman who was refused bereavement leave and sacked when she was too upset to...

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Keeping Your Fleet Drivers Safe and Happy
Aug19

Keeping Your Fleet Drivers Safe and Happy

For any fleet manager, keeping fleet drivers safe and happy on the roads is a major priority. And, there are several often alarming statistics which demonstrate why it’s crucial to address fleet management safety on a regular basis, particularly when it comes to just how many accidents involving business drivers occur on the roads today. First of all, employers have a duty of care to their employees to ensure that they are provided...

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Two thirds of Brits have experienced ‘guilty vacation syndrome’ – is this the newest workplace epidemic?
Aug19

Two thirds of Brits have experienced ‘guilty vacation syndrome’ – is this the newest workplace epidemic?

Two thirds of working Brits have experienced ‘guilty vacation syndrome’ – the nagging urge to cancel or delay vacation due to guilt, new research commissioned by Perkbox, Europe’s fastest growing employee experience platform, has found. Might this be the reason why burnout is on the rise? The research, which surveyed 1,342 people, found that ‘guilty vacation syndrome’, which is most frequently felt by those that most need a...

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Addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace
Aug19

Addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace

By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR With the recent news that Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard was pressured into labelling himself as bisexual following an interview on Good Morning Britain, it raises serious questions around what is deemed unacceptable behaviour towards someone’s sexuality in the workplace. The 23-year-old was repeatedly asked whether he is bisexual in an interview with Adil Ray and Kate Garraway,...

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Why businesses need to take a new approach to tackling workplace bullying and harassment
Aug19

Why businesses need to take a new approach to tackling workplace bullying and harassment

By Sylvia Sage, programme director at Corporate Learning Solutions Since the dawn of the #metoo movement, we’ve seen a string of prestigious organisations and whole industry sectors come under severe criticism for bullying and harassment, from Google and Amnesty International to the legal profession, the NHS and most recently MPs and the Lords. It is increasingly clear this is a widespread problem that cannot be ignored and requires...

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HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes
Aug16

HR professionals must embrace technology to improve processes

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis Director of Activ People HR Research by employee engagement company, Reward Gateway earlier this year found that HR professionals are spending 366.6 hours a year manually checking, responding to and keeping up with multiple HR applications. The research highlighted that integrating new HR tools into current workplace technology is a key priority for 89% of HR professionals, as many struggle with...

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Are your employees getting too political in the workplace?
Aug16

Are your employees getting too political in the workplace?

Guest blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft. With Boris and Brexit constantly in the news, it’s not surprising to learn that a study by Jobsite found that 46 per cent of UK employees have noticed a large increase in the number of political discussions in the workplace since the EU referendum. Employees have a right to have their own opinions about political and social events but what happens if they alienate and upset...

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Stress nation: why mind matters
Aug16

Stress nation: why mind matters

Stress is an everyday part of normal life for most of us. The constant efforts needed to keep work, family and social commitments on track can mean even the best of us find ourselves flagging. Now new research from Potter’s Herbals, makers of evidence-based plant health solutions, shines a much-needed spotlight on the issue and breaks apart the taboos and perceived stigmas to explore how stress affects us all. Worryingly, Potter’s...

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Taking a bite out of life: More than half of Brits say having bad teeth would affect their confidence in the workplace
Aug16

Taking a bite out of life: More than half of Brits say having bad teeth would affect their confidence in the workplace

More than half of British workers (58%) think that having bad teeth negatively affects their confidence in the workplace and social situations, according to research from Unum Dental. Women were found to be more self-conscious of having poor teeth, with 67% declaring that poor oral health would affect their confidence in public, compared to 49% of men. Generation Z were found to be the most image conscious with 69% admitting that bad...

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Top 5 considerations for employees and members before accessing their pension
Aug16

Top 5 considerations for employees and members before accessing their pension

Figures published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed that a record 336,000 individuals have taken £2.75bn out of their pensions in the second quarter of 2019. This represents a 21% increase from £2.27bn in Q2 2018. In total, more than £28bn has been withdrawn since the pension freedoms were introduced in 2015. Whilst freedom and choice in pensions is popular with individuals, the downside is it can be easy for employees...

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As cost of living rises, UK students turn to online jobs
Aug15

As cost of living rises, UK students turn to online jobs

On August 15, thousands of A-level students across the United Kingdom will discover whether they have obtained the necessary grades to get into university. However, many UK-based students will struggle to make ends meet during their academic career as a result of rising living costs for students which have gone up by 4.8% in the last year alone. As one way of offsetting the rise in living costs, around 50% of students undertake...

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Job market heats up, as vacancies hit a 9-month high and employers push forward with their hiring efforts
Aug15

Job market heats up, as vacancies hit a 9-month high and employers push forward with their hiring efforts

…With candidate applications also reaching boiling point in July    According to the latest job market data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, employers across the UK are seeing strong successes in their hiring strategies right now, with the amount of advertised vacancies rising by 5.3% in July; the highest they’ve been since October 2018.   Indeed, the findings, which analysed job...

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The next step in employee benefits: personalization
Aug15

The next step in employee benefits: personalization

Iain Thompson is the CCO and Co-founder of Office App, The most advanced engagement platform for professionals in offices. He’ s a former International Marketing Director, having worked in blue chip companies like Unilever and Dunlop in marketing and business development for 12 years and has successfully led the design and launch of 6 different products in 4 different industries and 11 different countries. As competition for top...

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One quarter of workers consider suicide over personal debts
Aug15

One quarter of workers consider suicide over personal debts

One quarter of UK workers have considered suicide in the first half of 2019 due to personal debts and financial worries, according to research from GettaSub, the short-term employee finance provider. The research, which quizzed 2,000 workers across the country about their financial well-being revealed that 23 per cent have considered taking their own life due to financial fears at least once in the last six months. Of this total, nine...

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Burnout is a Syndrome: How to lose the workplace blues
Aug15

Burnout is a Syndrome: How to lose the workplace blues

By Chris Congdon, editor-in-chief of Steelcase’s 360 magazine World Health Organisation Labels Burnout “Syndrome”: The good news—there are more ways than ever to help people think, feel and move better at work. Stressed at work? Take a breath. You are not alone. While the World Health Organisation (WHO) is just now recognising burnout, a result of stress, as an “occupational phenomenon,” the conversation around wellbeing at work is...

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