World Suicide Prevention Day: Employers need to challenge their perceptions of suicide
Sep10

World Suicide Prevention Day: Employers need to challenge their perceptions of suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September shines a light on those who are at risk of taking their own life and those bereaved by suicide. Considering 47 years of our lives are spent at work,* businesses have a significant role to play in supporting those affected in the workplace, and a good place to start is by challenging their own perceptions of suicide. Not just a male issue There has been an acute focus over the past few years...

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The Great British Productivity Debate
Sep10

The Great British Productivity Debate

By Paul Avis, Marketing Director at Canada Life Group In recent years, productivity has been seen by some as the root of all the UK economy’s problems. Chancellor Philip Hammond even dedicated his first Autumn Statement to tackling the productivity gap.[i] This is certainly supported by the numbers. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the UK is falling behind the average of the other six members of the G7 by 15% when it...

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Less than half of British managers are satisfied with their workplace
Sep10

Less than half of British managers are satisfied with their workplace

UK businesses only have a 48 percent approval rating, according to a new Cornerstone OnDemand and IDC survey of over 1,900 European HR, IT and line of business managers. The “Future Culture 2018: Building a Culture of Innovation in the Age of Digital Transformation” whitepaper measured workplace satisfaction at 48 percent by averaging the ‘completely agree’ responses to questions on whether respondents are proud to work for their...

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Negative candidate experiences hit the bottom line
Sep10

Negative candidate experiences hit the bottom line

More than half (58%) of UK candidates say that a negative experience makes them less likely to buy a company’s products or services. This is according to ManpowerGroup Solutions’ 2018 Candidate Preference Survey of more than 700 candidates in the UK. The report calls for equal energy and resources to be spent on the candidate experience as on the consumer experience.   The most impactful negative experiences on purchasing behaviour in...

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Does your organisation communicate in monochrome or colour?
Sep10

Does your organisation communicate in monochrome or colour?

By Matt Pierce, Learning & Video Ambassador, TechSmith The methods of communication now at our disposal can sometimes be overwhelming. We receive DMs, voicemails, texts, and emails, and it’s often acceptable to choose to reply by another channel, such as WhatsApp, Messenger or even a Facebook meme. And often we use nothing more than an emoji or two to convey our sentiment. While, many of us communicate this way in our private...

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HR News launches new advertising opportunities…
Sep07

HR News launches new advertising opportunities…

We are delighted to announce that we can now offer advertising opportunities on our site. Media Packs are available on request, just drop us an email over on editor@hrnews.co.uk and we will be more than happy to send the pack across to you. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of our news site and would like to make it clear that our level or service will remain the same and we are still more than happy to...

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Impact of AI in the workplace
Sep07

Impact of AI in the workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   There has been much debate recently about the impact of Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and its impact on the workplace.     In the US, all types of businesses are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers. In 2017 companies spent around $22bn on AI-related mergers and acquisitions, about 26 times more than in 2015.   Impact of AI in the Workplace   However, in a...

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How can a cooking course bring your staff together?
Sep07

How can a cooking course bring your staff together?

They say that eating together brings people closer and creates strong relationships. After all, who doesn’t like food! This is perhaps why food is at the heart of so many social activities, even in the business world. Whether that’s taking a client out for dinner or organising a sit-down meal for the office Christmas party. And another way food is making its way into the business world is through team building activities. One that is...

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Working like a dream: UK’s top 10 ‘dream jobs’ revealed
Sep07

Working like a dream: UK’s top 10 ‘dream jobs’ revealed

Dreams really do come true for a lucky few workers, according to new research from the world’s largest job site Indeed – which has identified 10 roles many of us grew up longing to do but have since abandoned in favour of a ‘proper’ job. For most of us, many of the top 10 dream roles won’t even seem like ‘jobs’ in the conventional sense – spending days tasting wine, watching football or walking dogs, for example –...

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Stay Cool: UK employers invest in their work space to boost staff morale and productivity
Sep07

Stay Cool: UK employers invest in their work space to boost staff morale and productivity

New research from totaljobs has revealed that one in three employers have invested in their work space with the aim of boosting staff morale and enhancing productivity. The research highlights the importance of providing facilities such as showers and bike storage, as well as quirkier features such as bean bags and ‘quiet rooms’ to promote wellbeing and enhance employee efficiency. Retaining and attracting top talent The research...

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CIOs: Government, business and education must work together to solve UK tech skills crunch
Sep07

CIOs: Government, business and education must work together to solve UK tech skills crunch

Over nine in ten (93%) UK CIOs are calling on government, businesses and universities to help solve the country’s tech skills crisis. Research from recruitment specialist Robert Half Technology UK shows 31% of UK CIOs feel that actively promoting IT as an attractive career path to Millennials and Generation Zeros is crucial to address the skills gap. Another 20% believe that an equal mix of measures – including more investment in...

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Is all “online time” working time?
Sep06

Is all “online time” working time?

By Andrew Secker, Mills & Reeve A study from UWE hit the headlines last week by highlighting the extent to which many of us (myself included) now carry out valuable work during our commute.  It concluded there was no good reason that the commute should not be “working time”.     Whilst there is no legal decision that confirms this, the travel of direction of the cases on working time in the last five years would suggest this...

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Brits are a bunch of fitness amateurs
Sep06

Brits are a bunch of fitness amateurs

Britain is a nation of wannabe PT’s, offering out amateur fitness advice to colleagues, friends and family with no professional expertise to base it on, according to new research.     The survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by Focus Training, found that almost two thirds (61%) of UK gym-goers knowingly hand out advice and expertise on exercise and in some cases, nutrition despite having no qualifications in this field.   Workplaces...

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UK workers more motivated by cash than European counter-parts
Sep06

UK workers more motivated by cash than European counter-parts

Financial rewards trump UK workers’ passion for their job, with 62% claiming payment is their biggest motivator for coming to work This is far higher than other countries, with only 49% of workers from other European countries claiming pay is their biggest motivator UK workers most likely to feel like quitting, with 19% think about it every week or more Employees motivated by non-financial factors are more engaged in company mission...

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New ‘happiness’ service launched to combat school mental health crisis
Sep06

New ‘happiness’ service launched to combat school mental health crisis

A new wellbeing subscription service is launched this week which aims to tackle the biggest issue facing education today – mental ill health. Dubbed ‘Netflix for wellbeing’, Brilliant Schools is a wellbeing club that enables schools to ‘subscribe to happiness’ by providing tools and resources to help boost the wellbeing of pupils, teachers and parents, all through a simple, not-for-profit subscription. The mental health crisis in our...

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