90% of employers say financial worries have a negative impact  on employee mental health
May22

90% of employers say financial worries have a negative impact on employee mental health

As the UK acknowledges Mental Health Awareness Week, research out today shows that two out of three individuals say that worrying about finances has a significant impact on their mental health.  The survey, conducted by Smarterly, the fintech business focused on workplace savings and investments[1], also found that 90% of employers agreed that financial worries had a negative impact on an employee’s mental health, while 87% also...

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Preparing the workforce for life after lockdown
May22

Preparing the workforce for life after lockdown

COVID-19 has required the majority of businesses to significantly change their working practices, but during this time it is also essential that employers begin to consider how they can prepare their workforce for the end of self-isolation and the likely changes that this transition will involve. According to research by the Office of National Statistics, only 30 percent of UK employees worked...

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Majority of Brits worried about losing their job during the coronavirus pandemic
May22

Majority of Brits worried about losing their job during the coronavirus pandemic

According to an exclusive new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the majority (53.2%) of Brits are worried about losing their job during the coronavirus pandemic. What’s more, three-quarters (77.2%) of workers on furlough have expressed concerns that there may not be a job available for them once the scheme is over.  The study surveyed 1,408 UK professionals and found that...

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How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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How to find your working style and maximise it
May21

How to find your working style and maximise it

With the corporate landscape becoming more dynamic, office culture is constantly changing due to the increases in flexible hours, open plan offices and the choice to work from home. The view that there’s one way for everyone to achieve peak productivity is outdated, as individuals start to discover their own working style based on personal preferences. With hundreds of online articles trying to preach about when, how and where’s best...

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5 Tips for presenting effectively on conference calls
May21

5 Tips for presenting effectively on conference calls

To conform with social distancing guidelines in response to Covid-19, many companies made quick adjustments to their working practices. One of the biggest changes facing UK businesses is a 100% shift to remote working for some businesses – and the many challenges this brings. For those used to working from home this is an easy transition, while others will find it difficult to maintain motivation and communicate effectively. This new...

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Refinitiv survey exposes severe lack of due diligence on business supply chains
May21

Refinitiv survey exposes severe lack of due diligence on business supply chains

Refinitiv, one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, has published the findings of its fourth third-party risk survey. The report highlights the pressures that organizations face when managing risk associated with third party relationships, intensified by managing an average of almost 10,000 of these relationships across the world, and reveals the hidden dangers in supplier, distributor, and...

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Job loss and mental health: How do you cope?
May21

Job loss and mental health: How do you cope?

The pandemic has created worries for everyone, but particularly for those who have lost their jobs. It can feel impossible to look ahead with any positivity when your personal finances, and the global economy and jobs market, are disrupted. Warnings of a significant UK recession, with the economy contracting at the fastest pace since the financial crisis, are difficult to process. Experts say that with a job loss, you can experience...

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Surge in employers signing up to Cycle-to-Work schemes following Covid-19
May21

Surge in employers signing up to Cycle-to-Work schemes following Covid-19

Cycling has received a huge boost since the Coronavirus crisis, with more people cycling to avoid public transport and get back to work. Halfords has reported that sales of some cycling equipment had risen by 500% since the lockdown, and bike sales have doubled this month[i]. Cycle-to-work schemes giving tax benefits to employees to buy a new bike from official stores have also reported a doubling in sales – a figure expected to rise...

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Organisations are hindering ‘project return’ plans by not leveraging their data
May21

Organisations are hindering ‘project return’ plans by not leveraging their data

New research reveals the challenges that HR departments need to address when exploring how business(and staff) can safely re-enter the workplace As lockdown begins to ease, organisations are exploring how best the business (and most importantly, staff), can re-enter the workplace. HR will play a central role during this transitional period, and the weeks and months which follow. Access to people analytics will be integral to making...

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Most British workers reluctant to work mainly from home, new polling shows
May21

Most British workers reluctant to work mainly from home, new polling shows

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated, according to new independent polling commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO), the representative body for the UK’s office sector. Just one in five (20%) UK adults plans primarily to work from home in the future, while only 16% hope that working from home replaces the office. Last week, Twitter, the social media company, announced that staff could ‘forever work...

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What’s your Small Business Lockdown Plan?
May21

What’s your Small Business Lockdown Plan?

No one had expected the planet to be hit by such a threat to the survival of humankind even in the worst of one’s nightmares. We spoke and discussed at length about the ill-effects of global warming and climate change, and how they could obliterate the entirety of life in a few years. But, being hit by a wave of a pandemic of such scale was not something that we had predicted. However, to the worst of our predictions, the existence of...

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How to keep your customers engaged during lockdown
May20

How to keep your customers engaged during lockdown

The phrase ‘unprecedented times’ has been bandied around almost constantly since we began the lockdown period, but it hasn’t lost its meaning. Whilst only essential workers are leaving their homes, and the majority of the workforce has either been furloughed or are now working remotely, businesses have taken a huge hit – in every direction imaginable. There has, however, been a noticeable increase in the awareness and support by...

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Half of UK employees still expect to be furloughed, fired, or take a pay cut in the next three months
May20

Half of UK employees still expect to be furloughed, fired, or take a pay cut in the next three months

Only half of current employees (51%) expect to continue to work normally over the coming three months, according to new research from professional services consultancy Barnett Waddingham. The rest expect to be furloughed, made redundant, or take a pay or benefits cut. Nearly a quarter of UK employees have already been furloughed; HMRC has announced that a total of 6.3m jobs had been temporarily laid off by 800,000 companies, with...

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Empower humans by deploying AI for cybersecurity
May20

Empower humans by deploying AI for cybersecurity

By Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer at BlackBerry Malware, phishing and ransomware are constantly keeping security teams on their toes. But there is one risk to data security that cannot be stopped by cybersecurity software: human error. Unlike malicious threat actors, human error doesn’t come and go as trends in the cyber landscape change. It is true of data breaches throughout history: indeed, a CybSafe study found that...

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