Half of employees seeking flexible working in 2020
Jan15

Half of employees seeking flexible working in 2020

Flexible working is the number one priority for the workforce of 2020, according to a new survey. One in two employees value flexible working far higher than holidays and benefits (1%), job security (6%), commute time (6%) and even salary (31%). The survey of over 800 people aged 18-65 was carried out by online recruitment company Redwigwam, which matches workers with a wide range of flexible jobs. Asked about the potential impact of...

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Nearly 40% of customer service employees to look for a new job in January
Jan15

Nearly 40% of customer service employees to look for a new job in January

New research has found that nearly two fifths of employees in customer service roles are most likely to look for a new job in January, due to a seasonal slump in engagement and motivation. The survey, by quality assurance improvement platform, EvaluAgent, found that 40% of customer service staff are less happy in January than any other month, leading to 39% actively searching for a new role. The financial impact of this employee churn...

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3 Steps to Going Global With Your HR Consultancy
Jan15

3 Steps to Going Global With Your HR Consultancy

Do you feel like your human resources consultancy has reached the pinnacle of its potential? Is there nothing else that you can do to turn over more profit in your current location? If so, it sounds like international growth might be on the cards for your business. Taking the plunge and going global with your HR consultancy company could result in your making more money than ever before. It could also, however, stretch your business...

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Coworking spaces offer loneliness lifeline for growing numbers of remote workers
Jan15

Coworking spaces offer loneliness lifeline for growing numbers of remote workers

In 2019 working life charity CIPD1 surveyed 6,000 workers, finding that more than half (54%) worked flexibly in some way in the last year2. Part of this is remote working, which has increased amongst UK workers by nearly a quarter of a million over the last decade3. These trends reflect the view of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), who have referred to flexible working as “the new normal”. Half of the UK workforce are...

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Evening emails and the “always on” culture overwhelm working parents and threaten to sabotage work-life balance improvements
Jan15

Evening emails and the “always on” culture overwhelm working parents and threaten to sabotage work-life balance improvements

Working parents’ ability to “switch off” from their work is being undermined by the rise of modern communications, with almost half agreeing the boundaries between home and the workplace have blurred, according to the most authoritative annual survey of working families in the UK. The 2020 Modern Families Index reveals that while over half of parents are working flexibly, badly designed jobs have left many parents struggling to cope...

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Industry investing in workforce health and wellbeing with 90% of companies rewarded with productivity boost
Jan14

Industry investing in workforce health and wellbeing with 90% of companies rewarded with productivity boost

With an alarming backdrop of ever-increasing skills shortages, rapid technological change and an ageing workforce, manufacturers are investing more than ever before in their employees’ health and wellbeing. Counselling, health-screening and mental health first aiders are the norm in factories across the UK with modern and flexible working opportunities sitting at the heart of British industry. This investment in people has brought...

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How Best to Navigate Conflict
Jan14

How Best to Navigate Conflict

A role in human resources can often be a challenging job as, when having to protect the rights of both employer and employee, it’s important to be able to treat people with sensitivity. In many instances in this role, being able to manage conflict is a skill that is very desirable. Here’s some tips on how you can apply certain techniques when managing a conflict. Listen When an employee approaches you with an issue, it is important to...

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Bosses should encourage office chats to improve team performance
Jan14

Bosses should encourage office chats to improve team performance

Managers should encourage time for non-work chats as part of maintaining a productive team with strong working relationships. This is the finding of doctoral research by chartered psychologist Antonia Dietmann being presented today (Wednesday 8 January) at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon. Antonia Dietmann, from Kingston University London, said:...

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Britain’s SMEs face productivity slump driven by poor internet connectivity
Jan14

Britain’s SMEs face productivity slump driven by poor internet connectivity

SMEs could be losing out on two and a half working weeks per year from employees due to unreliable internet connections and technology issues, finds Zen Internet With the UK widely known to be struggling with its productivity levels recently, Zen Internet can reveal that poor internet connectivity coupled with technology issues could be contributing to this. According to new research of over 1,000 SME employees across the UK, more...

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Not So Blue Monday: Workthere reveals top tips to help UK office workers beat the January blues
Jan14

Not So Blue Monday: Workthere reveals top tips to help UK office workers beat the January blues

How can you beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues? Flexible office specialist, Workthere, has revealed its top tips for a ‘Happy Monday’ on 20th January – to help office workers avoid what is widely quoted as the ‘most depressing’ day of the year. Workthere’s top tips are below:  ●      Interact with colleagues Workthere research reveals that 73% of office workers think catching up with their office...

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How to support an employee coming out as LGBTQ – and what to avoid
Jan14

How to support an employee coming out as LGBTQ – and what to avoid

Article by Alasdair James Scott, a senior consultant at PDT Global – which provides diversity and inclusion training for large multinationals around the world. In a world where one in five LGBTQI+ employees has received negative comments at work and 91% have had to cover an element of who they are, there’s still much to do to improve our working environments. If we believe the workplace should be a space where everyone – including the...

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The 10 Most Common Project Management Interview Questions
Jan13

The 10 Most Common Project Management Interview Questions

Preparing for an interview can be an extremely unnerving experience. More so when you do not quite understand what to expect. Include to this the chances that you likely won’t be the sole applicant and will likely be competing with other equally qualified applicants. This means you do not merely have to ensure you are prepared to ace the interview but must also find a way to stand out and make a lasting impression. It is for...

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12 Tips for Business Trips
Jan13

12 Tips for Business Trips

Despite the fact that technology such as video calling and telecommunication has helped cut down on the need for business trips, there are just some trips that cannot be avoided. Traveling could be quite stressful and tiring, so you want to take steps to ensure minimal discomfort or maximum comfort as the case may be. Therefore, here are 12 tips to make business trips go smoothly: Plan Your Trip Beforehand If you want to guarantee...

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Employee Side Gigs and How They May Influence One’s Productivity
Jan13

Employee Side Gigs and How They May Influence One’s Productivity

After carrying out a survey very recently, CareerBuilder reported that 29 percent of over 3,200 workers have a second job. This is especially rampant among millennials as statistics showed that 44 percent of them hold down multiple gigs. The question which then follows is one that every employer is concerned about – ‘would this influence or affect productivity, and if so, would this be a positive or negative influence? The...

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Top 5 causes of onsite construction delays
Jan13

Top 5 causes of onsite construction delays

Over the last few decades, the construction industry has experienced so many significant advancements and improvements in the planning and execution of projects. Thanks to the different state-of-the-art equipment, tools, and methods that have been developed, the industry is now completing tasks faster and with better precision. From industrial constructions to community infrastructures, governmental projects to residential properties,...

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