Dealing with crisis management
Jul17

Dealing with crisis management

Guest Blog Gideon Schulman, director at Pytronot   Setbacks in the business world are regular occurrences. Whether it’s through bad publicity, industry struggles or a breakdown in a bid deal, all companies will inevitably face some troubles. In most instances they will likely be small bumps in the road, however in some cases there could be a big impact on the company and their reputation.     Arguably, it’s how the business deals with...

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35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day
Jul17

35% Of Office Workers Spend Less Than 15 Minutes Outdoors Each Day

Ambius, the leading expert in interior landscaping, has carried out a survey of 1,000 office workers that shows an alarmingly limited amount of time spent outdoors. The findings show that a majority of office workers spend less time outside each day than prisoners, who require at least one hour of outdoor exposure each day, according to UN guidelines.   The study found that just 35% spend a maximum of 15 minutes outside, excluding...

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Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal
Jul17

Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Solicitor, Darwin Gray   In an important decision for employers and workers in the care sector, the Court of Appeal has decided that workers should not be entitled to be paid for hours when they sleep at their workplace.   A case brought by a worker of the charity Mencap asked the Court to decide whether workers who carried out overnight “sleep-in” shifts at their workplaces could be considered to be...

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What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK
Jul17

What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK

Guest Blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price   The 98 page ‘Brexit blueprint’ outlines the UK Government’s suggestion for the future relationship between the UK and EU. Whilst the suggested provisions are still to be negotiated and confirmed, the paper serves to confirm a number of areas within employment law that have been previously announced.   Already being considerably ahead of many Member States’ domestic...

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School’s Not Out: Demand For Summer Teachers Soars
Jul16

School’s Not Out: Demand For Summer Teachers Soars

  The summer holidays may be approaching but if the UK jobs market is anything to go by, school children may not escape the classroom for too long – as demand for summer teachers soars, according to data released by the world’s largest job site Indeed. Conventional wisdom might regard ‘summer jobs’ as being fruit pickers and ice cream vendors, with one of the traditional perks of teaching being a lengthy break through July and...

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Two-thirds of UK employees want to delegate work to robots
Jul16

Two-thirds of UK employees want to delegate work to robots

More than three fifths (63%) of UK employees would outsource work tasks to a robot if they could, according to research commissioned by ABBYY®, a global provider of content intelligent solutions and services.   For almost a quarter of Brits (24%) attending meetings is their most hated work activity. While one in six (17%) dislike reviewing long documents and more than one in eight (13%) don’t like speaking to customers, these are not...

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Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender worker
Jul16

Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender worker

A shocking new report reveals a strong prejudice among UK employers towards transgender workers with 1 in 3 employers admitting they are “less likely” to hire a transgender person and nearly half (43%) unsure if they would recruit a transgender person.   The survey identified the retail sector as having the highest number (47%) of businesses unlikely to employ a transgender person, followed by IT (45%), leisure and hospitality (35%)...

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The future of the recruitment supply chain
Jul16

The future of the recruitment supply chain

Guest Blog by Pete Holliday, Managing Director of Sopra Steria Recruitment While organisations have, for some time, relied on master vendor recruiters to source diverse and disparate skills, the ‘master – servant’ relationship which defined historic RPO structures is beginning to crumble. Internal hiring managers are instead increasingly choosing to work with external organisations which are open and honest about their carefully...

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My hips don’t lie
Jul13

My hips don’t lie

Forget office slides and ping pong tables, employee engagement should be about relationships and long-term enrichment. Employers are doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things in the name of employee engagement. US tech giant Google with its “chief happiness officer” and slides installed between office floors to make moving around more “fun” is a case in point. In a bid to unleash creative energy and boost motivation, I have heard...

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1 in 2 millennials plan to leave their job within 2 years
Jul13

1 in 2 millennials plan to leave their job within 2 years

Millennials make up a significant proportion of young professionals in the workforce and are already emerging as senior leaders in many industries. There does still seem to be a negative stigma attached to this generation, with older generations labelling them as entitled and lazy. Something that won’t help millennials shake this stigma is the latest news based around the thoughts that millennials have, on their current state of...

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A real pain in the…back
Jul13

A real pain in the…back

If you suffer the misery of an aching back, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is the world’s biggest cause of disability, with approximately 540 million people struggling globally. Whether it’s repetitive strain injury, carrying a bag that is too heavy, or simply sitting for a long period of time at your desk, it can be crippling. Modern life doesn’t lend itself to having a healthy back. Over the past five years, Google Trends...

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Are Defined Contribution Pension Plans an Effective Option?
Jul13

Are Defined Contribution Pension Plans an Effective Option?

Pensions can be a tricky subject at the best of times, not least because of the vast array of options available to the average person. From receiving a state pension to setting up a SIPP, the entire pension system can seem labyrinthine, although most people set up a work pension.   Defined contribution pension plans are a fairly popular option, but they also have some issues which may need resolving. Here is an explanation of how they...

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Miserable at work?
Jul12

Miserable at work?

Perhaps not as dissatisfied as Boris Johnson whose resignation highlights UK levels of job dissatisfaction. New research reveals that had Boris Johnson made it to the second anniversary of his appointment as Foreign Secretary this Friday then he’d likely have spent 1722 hours, equivalent to almost 72 days dissatisfied in his role. Leading UK job site Fish4jobs has calculated that a third of Brits (32%) spend half their annual working...

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Paying Half a Million In Taxes and Drinking 40 Wheeling Bins Worth Of Coffee
Jul12

Paying Half a Million In Taxes and Drinking 40 Wheeling Bins Worth Of Coffee

Based on the average UK salary, each UK worker will end up a millionaire – but not in one go. A lifetime’s wages add up to £1,260,720 – enough to fill just a suitcase in £50 notes. Of this, over half a million (£252,144) will be taken in taxes – more than the average UK house price (£234,794) for 2017.   These findings, from CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., are based on an analysis of the average UK worker and the various facts and...

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Businesses ‘key to UK recycling efforts’
Jul12

Businesses ‘key to UK recycling efforts’

Recent calls for households to reduce their use of plastics should not overshadow the crucial role businesses must play in improving recycling in the UK, waste disposal experts have warned. Businesses generate approximately a quarter of all waste in England. This has led the government to increase landfill tax to £88.95 per tonne in a bid to encourage businesses to recycle more of their waste. Yet research suggested up to 80% of...

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