How to overcome the challenges of buying global benefits – Tips from Punter Southall Health & Protection
Aug16

How to overcome the challenges of buying global benefits – Tips from Punter Southall Health & Protection

The many challenges employers face buying global benefits for expat employees, particularly, global medical insurance, were discussed at Punter Southall Health & Protection’s recent Global Employee Benefits Masterclass held in London in association with Expat Academy, the UK’s leading Global Mobility training and networking organisation. Tristan Cleaver, Managing Consultant International, Punter Southall Health and...

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The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses
Aug16

The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses

By Daniel Kasmir, Chief Human Resources Officer, NGA Human Resources  Performance-based appraisals have traditionally been an effective tool to measure employee competence in the corporate environment. Organisations across many industries have traditionally relied on conventional appraisal processes to determine employee performance. In today’s agile and fast moving atmosphere, however, they are increasingly seen as rigid and...

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Company Reputation More Important Than Ever In Crowded Jobs Landscape
Aug16

Company Reputation More Important Than Ever In Crowded Jobs Landscape

A company’s online reputation has never been more important when it comes to attracting talent, according to new research from the world’s largest job site, Indeed. A whopping 70% of jobseekers say they won’t apply for a role until they’ve researched the employer’s reputation online, while more than half (56%) say they wouldn’t even apply for a role at a company with no online presence.   While reputation has always been important for...

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The wake of #MeToo – what’s the latest in UK workplace bullying?
Aug16

The wake of #MeToo – what’s the latest in UK workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying may occasionally be the topic of conversation within HR, but never has it dominated the national media headlines as much as in recent times. What part has #MeToo had to play in this, what’s likely to happen next and is increased legislation the answer to shaping progress? Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law, offers her thoughts… Whilst the #MeToo movement changed the face of social media – and far more – in...

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Phone Calls Are Dead: We’re All Just Too Embarrassed
Aug16

Phone Calls Are Dead: We’re All Just Too Embarrassed

New survey reveals we find talking on the phone embarassing, stress about having to think on the spot and hate interrupting other people’s day.   A new report from Ofcom (published today) reveals that the total number of voice calls have fallen for the first time, yet with Brits checking their phones an average of once every 12 minutes it seems we’re more reliant on our mobiles than ever. So what has caused the fall in voice calls?  ...

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Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse
Aug16

Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse

Guest Blog by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price   Most employers strive to create a happy and positive working environment, ensuring staff remain safe and protected whilst they undertake their work duties. However, for a significant number of workers, the threat of domestic abuse in their personal lives often looms large once they return home. With this in mind, there are several measures employers can take to...

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Recruiting in the world of AI: Why the human touch will always win out
Aug15

Recruiting in the world of AI: Why the human touch will always win out

Picture the scene: It’s the not-too-distant future and you’re at your standing desk poring over a job description for a role you need to fill. As you read the essential requirements and scan your mind for possible recruits, you realise something. This job might not actually need a human candidate. You reach into your desk and take out a silver folder (because you’re old-school like that), and look for a suitable robot or artificial...

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Welsh workers keeping it cool as the least stressed region in the UK
Aug15

Welsh workers keeping it cool as the least stressed region in the UK

Workers in Wales are far less stressed than the rest of the UK according to research from HR and payroll specialist Moorepay.   Across the country, almost one in ten (9%) people say they suffer constant stress at work, however in Wales this figure drops to one in 20 workers (4%). The same applies when looking at employees who suffer from stress on an hourly basis or more – the national average stands at 14% whilst in Wales this figure...

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The ageing workforce: you can teach an old dog new tricks
Aug15

The ageing workforce: you can teach an old dog new tricks

Research on wellbeing in the workplace, ‘The Wellbeing Agenda’, shows the top challenge for employers and HR managers is the effect of the ageing workforce – but why is this having such an impact on organisations? Laura Matthews, Workplace Wellbeing Consultant at Barnett Waddingham, looks at how the ageing population is affecting UK businesses and how HR decision makers can support employees through this stage of their lives....

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We don’t need no education- Jobs without a degree can pay more than £50,000
Aug15

We don’t need no education- Jobs without a degree can pay more than £50,000

Students worrying about their A-Level results need not panic as figures from the world’s largest job site Indeed show many well-paid roles don’t need a degree Ethical hackers typically earn more than double the national average salary Nearly a third of graduates earn less than those who completed an apprenticeship ​​The top-paying jobs for those without a degree include management positions, chefs and even pilots The myth that not...

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What A Week Without Stress Could Do For Our Bodies
Aug14

What A Week Without Stress Could Do For Our Bodies

Feeling under pressure at work or juggling too much at home can lead to feeling stressed – no matter how resilient someone is to difficult situations.   In the UK, more than half a million people suffer from work-related stress[1]. Based on customers that had a health assessment in a Bupa Health Clinic last year, 59%[2] reported that they had felt stress or strain in the past month – equating to almost 28,000 people potentially...

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The key element to retain employees for the long-term
Aug14

The key element to retain employees for the long-term

By Matt Weston, UK Managing Director at Robert Half UK In today’s skills crisis, every organisation in the UK is fighting a war to secure the best candidates. In a candidate-short market, it can be a struggle to source, interview and hire the best talent. But the task doesn’t end there – it’s critical that the employee starts their new career in the best way possible. This process is more important than it sounds. Too many business...

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Businesses ‘could boost income by thousands’ through solar technology
Aug14

Businesses ‘could boost income by thousands’ through solar technology

Almost three-quarters of businesses employing Yorkshire workers are missing out on up to tens of thousands of pounds by not using solar panels, a poll has suggested. In a survey of employees living in Yorkshire carried out by YES Energy Solutions, 73% of the region’s workers reported that their employer fails to use renewable solar energy to power their business, while just 9.5% said their workplace has solar panels installed. Of the...

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Company culture matters – more than we think
Aug14

Company culture matters – more than we think

Guest Blog By Anne de Kerckhove, CEO, Freespee Recent research has confirmed what many business leaders already suspected to be true: company culture really does matter. The Culture Economy, a survey commissioned by breatheHR, reveals that a third of British employees have left jobs due to them not fitting the workplace culture, and that a company’s culture directly influences its productivity.   Meanwhile, the Chartered Management...

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PERKBOX UNBOXES: Job automation and our fear robots negatively transform the workplace
Aug13

PERKBOX UNBOXES: Job automation and our fear robots negatively transform the workplace

Perkbox UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform has today partnered with SEMrush, the online marketing suite, to examine our fears of robots at work according to our online searches. The findings represent searches from January 2015 to June 2018 in the UK.   Over the last few years, the threat of new technologies to our workforce have increasingly been in the spotlight. In just one year, from 2015 to 2016 the phrase ‘will...

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