70% of UK Employees Do Not Think that Their Employer is Equipping Them with the Tools and Training Needed for Future Businesses Challenges
Apr24

70% of UK Employees Do Not Think that Their Employer is Equipping Them with the Tools and Training Needed for Future Businesses Challenges

Sungard Availability Services ® (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, today reveals that the skills shortage is having a detrimental impact on UK businesses and could pose serious risks in the years ahead. Both IT Decision Makers (31%), and Line of Business Decision Makers (41%) have labelled it as their biggest issue impacting digital initiatives, with seven in...

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Polly Put The Kettle On – Unless You’re A Director
Apr23

Polly Put The Kettle On – Unless You’re A Director

Hierarchy in the workplace is thriving when it comes to office brew rounds. According to new research, half of Directors defy office etiquette by avoiding the tea and coffee round; only making drinks for themselves.   A Citation HR survey investigated work brew breaks of 2,000 UK office workers, which revealed the politics and pecking order of the office tea round.   Half of those surveyed say their colleagues don’t pull their weight,...

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Why do a fifth of staff fail their probationary period?
Apr23

Why do a fifth of staff fail their probationary period?

A recent study found that a fifth of employees either fail their probationary period or request to have it extended, this a lot of the time is because the manager or the employee has had to question their capabilities to fulfil the role. Over half the amount of the employers included in the survey stated poor performance as the main reason for saying goodbye to people after their probationary period, closely followed by lateness and...

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There’s no need to get stressed about stress
Apr23

There’s no need to get stressed about stress

4 Way to Alleviate Stress At Work by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant, Darwin Gray LLP   1.Absenteeism v Presenteeism   Presenting for work when the pressures are mounting may not be the answer for an employee who is struggling with the effects of workplace stress.  A tactical amount of time off to take stock could improve your employee’s perspective and resilience before their health slides to anxiety, depression or even worse.  Employers...

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How creating a positive workplace environment can benefit your business
Apr23

How creating a positive workplace environment can benefit your business

Guest Blog By Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director of Cobus   With more and more emphasis being placed on staff engagement and its link to productivity, creating a space in which people can flourish is becoming a priority for many businesses.   The old expression ‘you get out what you put in’ is very accurate when creating a positive workplace environment, as designing a space to promote staff wellbeing will in turn bring business...

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Over Half Of Employers Don’t Meet Basic Mental Health Support Standards
Apr20

Over Half Of Employers Don’t Meet Basic Mental Health Support Standards

Coinciding with Stress Awareness Month, workplace health and wellbeing expert, Health@Work, has revealed that 57% of UK employers do not meet the basic standards when it comes to supporting their staff with mental health. The research follows a recent study by the NHS, which found that one in three ‘sick notes’ are for mental health, making it the most common reason for people to take time off work, costing businesses £10.6 billion in...

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Five reasons why your employees should still clock in
Apr20

Five reasons why your employees should still clock in

With more people working flexibly and remotely than ever before and the rise of shared work and live work spaces; do businesses really need clocking systems and if so is this system of measuring an employee’s hours a bit archaic?   People management software company BrightHR surveyed 786 employees on what clocking in meant to them and 74% said it evoked memories of staff “punching the clock” at factories in popular TV dramas such as...

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Employee stress – Ticking time bomb?
Apr20

Employee stress – Ticking time bomb?

Thanks to a potent combination of both professional and personal issues, one in four employees has taken time off work due to stress in the last year – a figure which has been described as an employee stress ‘time bomb’.   Despite this worrying statistic, half of employees have admitted that they would not approach their employer with stress-related worries. With it being National Stress Awareness Month 2018, Brian Hall, Chief...

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Sounds of silence: Could ‘Coloured noise’ be the secret to better sleep?
Apr20

Sounds of silence: Could ‘Coloured noise’ be the secret to better sleep?

Those of us in search of a better night’s sleep might assume the best environment for this is one of silence. But could the solution actually lie in immersing ourselves in more noise? While that may sound counterintuitive, certain types of noise – such as the gentle humming of a boiler or the pitter-patter of rain – can in fact help us to drift off[1].   Over half of Brits (63%) are unhappy with the amount of sleep they get and only...

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How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?
Apr19

How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence    Gatwick Airport was recently forced to shut its runway four times because of staff sickness. Only one air traffic controller out of three scheduled to be working was in the control tower and the airport needed to schedule mandatory breaks – the situation caused passenger delay and frustration.   In Leicester, the City Council recently published its absence figures...

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How to do a full body workout without leaving your desk
Apr19

How to do a full body workout without leaving your desk

As it turns out, sitting at a desk all day is, well, not that good for us.   Research shows that a lack of physical activity through your day-to-day — known as a “sedentary lifestyle” — is bad news for your health in more ways than one. Sitting for too long each day doesn’t just affect your waistline: it also affects your mood, your memory, and even your sleep.   The problem is that this sedentary lifestyle is only getting more common...

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Five things employers need to know about hot weather and the workplace
Apr19

Five things employers need to know about hot weather and the workplace

Guest Blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price    1.          There is no maximum workplace temperature   Many employees believe there is a maximum workplace temperature set by the law which, once reached in the summer, means they’re entitled to be sent home from work.   Health and Safety Regulations simply require workplace temperatures to be “reasonable”. This applies all year round but can cause an issue when...

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INTERVIEW: Clear development opportunities vital in attracting Gen Z to the workplace
Apr19

INTERVIEW: Clear development opportunities vital in attracting Gen Z to the workplace

With the second cohort of ‘Gen Z’ graduates born after 1995 hitting the workplace this summer, new expectations are starting to have a significant impact.   Pavan Arora, Head of Talent Development at Acorn, discusses how this generation might impact employers and what Acorn is doing to ride the wave…     Everybody is talking about Gen Z at the moment – will they really have that much of an impact?   Absolutely. The previous furore...

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More than half of HR professionals expect salary increases in 2018
Apr19

More than half of HR professionals expect salary increases in 2018

New research from Robert Walters has revealed that more than half (58%) of HR professionals are expecting their salaries to rise 2018. 55% are also expecting to receive a bonus.     In response to impending skills shortages, employers have placed an emphasis on training and development, staff retention and reviewing salary and benefits. As a result, demand for specialists in these areas has been high.         Nick Allwood, Senior...

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Forget walking into the abyss, working Brits are sitting…
Apr19

Forget walking into the abyss, working Brits are sitting…

Brits who sit for some or most of their working day are piling up an average daily sit-time of nine hours, according to research into people’s sedentary habits from AXA PPP healthcare.   The poll of 2000 workers found that, while nearly half sit at work for 4 to 6 hours per day, 1 in 4 notch up 7 to 8 hours daily. Sitting eats into people’s travel time too, with 29 per cent seat-bound for up to half an hour as a part of their daily...

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