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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There’s no place like work
Apr19

There’s no place like work

Guest Blog by Alan Stevens, CBS Office Interiors   Dorothy may not agree but many of our clients and their employees do. A key trend in office interior design in the last year has been to create workplaces that feel more like a home than a traditional office environment.   While most of us spend at least half of our waking hours at work – up to 48 hours per week at work, approximately 49 hours asleep, leaving less than 80 hours...

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The Gender Gap: The very different reasons men and women are combatting workplace performance anxiety
Apr19

The Gender Gap: The very different reasons men and women are combatting workplace performance anxiety

New research shows that workplace performance anxiety (otherwise known as ‘stage fright’ in a business setting) doesn’t discriminate between the sexes but has revealed the different reasons why men and women are seeking professional training to overcome anxiety around communicating at work.   A study of 1,000 workplaces conducted by RADA in Business, the commercial arm of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art that provides communication...

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“How HR leaders can prepare for AI in the workplace”
Apr18

“How HR leaders can prepare for AI in the workplace”

It’s hard to escape the excitement surrounding Artificial Intelligence and what this is going to mean for leaders of teams inside of our organisations.     But before we get too carried away with the concept of robots invading the coffee area, stealing our jobs and our favourite biscuits, it’s a key area for HR Executives to consider. This is in terms of what this could mean both for the way that teams interact not only with this new...

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Fighting the good fight – How HR can make a difference in the productivity struggle
Apr18

Fighting the good fight – How HR can make a difference in the productivity struggle

Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep   Economists have long bemoaned the fact that on average it takes until the end of the week for the British employee to do what his/her French counterpart has accomplished by Thursday afternoon. And no wonder the obsession – productivity has historically been correlated not only with rising wages but also with quality of life.   In this context of downbeat bemusement, the news...

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The benefits of choirs for businesses
Apr18

The benefits of choirs for businesses

There is no doubt team building is necessary in order for businesses to run as a strong, united team. Communication and healthy professional relationships play a big part in job satisfaction, in fact, it was found that businesses with effective communication were 50% more likely to have lower staff turnover and 67% of employees say good work colleagues were a reason to stay in a job.   However, when employers ask you to organise team...

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Glassdoor survery finds candidates are 40% more likely to apply for a job if they are familiar with the company brand
Apr18

Glassdoor survery finds candidates are 40% more likely to apply for a job if they are familiar with the company brand

Glassdoor®, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, today released new data which suggests employers with low brand awareness will get overlooked by job seekers. In fact, candidates are 40 percent2 more likely to apply for a job at a company in which they recognise the brand compared to a company they have not heard of.   The survey, conducted among 750 hiring decision makers (those in recruitment, HR and responsible for...

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Draconian EAT ruling on shared parental leave puts pressure on mothers
Apr17

Draconian EAT ruling on shared parental leave puts pressure on mothers

Guest Blog by Danielle Ayres   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling in the Ali v Capita Customer Management case puts pressure on working mothers to bear the brunt of childcare responsibilities following the birth of their child. Commenting on the ruling in April 2018, leading pregnancy and maternity discrimination solicitor Danielle Ayres says;   “Whilst the decision may come as a relief to employers who provide increased...

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Only 2 in 10 UK Students Consider a Career in Sales
Apr17

Only 2 in 10 UK Students Consider a Career in Sales

Guest Blog by Ella Pattenall of Inspiring Interns Sales brings up images of a loud, chaotic office – row after row of suited youngsters behind busy desks, calling up elderly citizens and convincing them to purchase insurance they don’t need.   Of course, this is not the reality of sales. Sales differs depending on industry and what is being sold; one sales job might be very different from another.   However, research demonstrates that...

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