Majority of public sector staff do not have the tools to work effectively
Dec04

Majority of public sector staff do not have the tools to work effectively

Research shows lack of workspace investment is leaving many organisations struggling to attract and retain staff   It is well-documented that the public sector has been under considerable strain over the last few years, with stretched resources and understaffing increasingly common problems. In light of this, research from Kyocera Document Solutions UK has revealed that the large majority of public sector staff feel that...

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Where is L&D’s place within a business and how does this fit with HR?
Dec04

Where is L&D’s place within a business and how does this fit with HR?

Author : Mark Bilney, MD of Learning & Development at Gobeyond Partners We regularly hear people asking about L&D’s function within a business and where it should sit in relation to HR and the business units. For instance, is it a function of HR or a partner of the business in and of itself? And do the two need one another or can they work independently? In our view, often when L&D is a mature and established department,...

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Business Etiquette Around the World
Dec04

Business Etiquette Around the World

Business deals happen every day across the world. But have you ever thought about etiquette rules when you do business in a different country? It might not seem like a big deal, but etiquette can show that you’re familiar with and have respect for the social norms of that country. The saying “when in Rome” has never been more important. From giving gifts, to having a sit-down meal, there are many examples of etiquette you should...

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Flexible working a barrier to career progression for both men and women
Dec04

Flexible working a barrier to career progression for both men and women

A new survey from My Confidence Matters, in association with Capability Jane Recruitment, has highlighted that around a third of women and men felt a lack of flexible working has impacted their career to date, with 43% stating health and wellbeing as another key factor. The research, which looked at career confidence and progression, found that, out of 2,500 respondents, 85% of female respondents wanted to reach a more senior position...

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Over a third of women feel that asking for a pay rise would damage their relationship with their manager
Dec04

Over a third of women feel that asking for a pay rise would damage their relationship with their manager

Blog by Lynn Cahillane, Head of Marketing at Totaljobs “Totaljobs research has found that over a third of women (37%) lack the confidence to negotiate their salary with their employer, while 30% feel that asking for a pay rise would damage their relationship with their manager. These concerns are holding back women’s earning potential and career progression.  “Alarmingly for employers, Totaljobs research revealed...

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Three-quarters of Brits wish they could take more time off work to go on holiday
Dec03

Three-quarters of Brits wish they could take more time off work to go on holiday

A recent survey has revealed that three quarters (75%) of Brits wish they could take more time off work to go on holiday. With the statutory number of holidays being 28 days – including bank holidays – workers are hoping for more time off to relax and have a break from their every-day lives. The study which was conducted by Danish ferry company DFDS investigated the effect that work and everyday stresses can have on the British...

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7 Tools to Give Your Business a Competitive Edge
Dec03

7 Tools to Give Your Business a Competitive Edge

As small businesses grow, administrative tasks start to pile up. At some point, adapting to a new tool or service for handling certain jobs will save you a lot of time. And in the business world, the cliché is true: Time is money.  You likely already know the importance of certain tools and services, such as quality HR software. Here are a few more of the best business tools that you might not have realized can actually give your...

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Want a salary boost? THESE are the languages you need to learn before Brexit
Dec03

Want a salary boost? THESE are the languages you need to learn before Brexit

Maltese is the most valuable second language from the EU, worth an average of £42,000 per annum, according to new analysis of over 1,000,000[1] job vacancies. With the Brexit deadline now set for the end of January, experts predict language skills will soon become more desirable than ever. With this in mind, leading job search engine, Adzuna, has ranked each language spoken in the EU based on the average salary of advertised jobs...

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How can employers ensure the Christmas party is trouble-free?
Dec03

How can employers ensure the Christmas party is trouble-free?

With the Christmas party season just around the corner XpertHR offers employers tips to ensure their work Christmas party is enjoyed by everyone and employees understand what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour. Employees’ behaviour at seasonal celebrations is a key concern for many employers in the run-up to the festive season. However, research by XpertHR1 found that two-thirds (66%) of employers do not have a policy setting out...

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Why You Need a VPN
Dec03

Why You Need a VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) grant Internet users greater control and security with regards to the networks that they connect to. This type of technology can be used in a number of different ways and provides a host of various benefits as standard. The main job of a VPN is to grant users access to websites that are usually region-restricted — the main benefit of this form of tech is that it protects browsing activity and shields it...

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A frosty reception: Don’t let the work Christmas party end in tears
Dec02

A frosty reception: Don’t let the work Christmas party end in tears

With the Christmas season upon us and festive functions about to be in full swing, getting ‘merry’ with our colleagues is one way many of us like to wind down after a busy year.  But a leading lawyer has warned the office Christmas party can sometimes create issues of its own which employers may find themselves responsible for if things go wrong. From the risk of being landed with an expensive court case, staff members losing...

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UK workforce consistently overworked despite high levels of flexible working
Dec02

UK workforce consistently overworked despite high levels of flexible working

UK employees are having to work harder to pay the bills, with the vast majority (91%) working beyond their contracted hours on a weekly basis and almost half (43%) not leaving the office or taking a break at lunchtime according to Morgan McKinley’s Working Hours and Flexibility reports.  The survey of 1,500 professionals, employed in professional services, banking and financial services or commerce and industry, revealed that 17%...

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We need to talk about informal carers
Dec02

We need to talk about informal carers

Vivek Patni, CEO and co-founder of Lavanya Plus Within the last decade, there has been a momentous shift in the priorities of large companies. Business leaders have adjusted their strategies to more completely prioritise the needs of individual staff members, thankfully reducing the number of firms with a tunnel-vision focus on profit. From enabling working parents to adopt a healthier work/life balance with flexible working, to...

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The businesses sectors most likely to survive post-2012 – and where to find them
Dec02

The businesses sectors most likely to survive post-2012 – and where to find them

In 2012, the UK saw the birth of over a quarter of a million new businesses, according to the Office for National Statistics. Now, analysis* conducted by  DeVono Cresa can reveal that just over 4 out of 10 (43.2%) businesses launched in 2012 had survived by the end of 2017, with different sectors demonstrating vastly different success rates. Highlighting who is the new breed of office tenants in London and the UK....

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Employers need to do more to stamp out cyber-bullying in the workplace
Dec02

Employers need to do more to stamp out cyber-bullying in the workplace

Policymakers in business must do more to stamp out cyber-bullying in the workplace, says a leading Employment and HR law specialist at Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP (GBLF). Companies must ensure they have adequate policies in place to deal with the fallout of online incidents, according to Deb Tweedy, Head of Employment and HR law at the firm. She said: “Online abuse is harmful and policymakers within businesses, individuals and internet...

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