National work from home day
May17

National work from home day

Guest blog by Emma Bullen, HR Expert at MHR More and more organisations are moving towards a mobile workforce as they look to improve their agility, drive productivity and support the wellbeing of their people. But embracing new flexible working practices brings with it management challenges. To mark National Work from Home Day, Emma Bullen from leading HR software and services provider MHR explores how organisations can manage...

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85% of Brits feel honesty is the best interview policy
May17

85% of Brits feel honesty is the best interview policy

A new survey of 1,000 job seekers from specialist recruiter, Randstad, reveals that only 15% of individuals have lied during an interview. With historic research looking into job interview techniques suggesting that the majority of interviewees tend to bend the truth during an interview, new findings are showing quite the opposite. The surprising statistics coincide with today’s National Honesty Day – it’s clear that the...

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5 things HR will never tell you
May16

5 things HR will never tell you

Guest blog by Katherine Rippey  Did you know that not all HR departments in each office are filled with professional and dedicated people? This may surprise you, but many human resources and employment professionals are plagued by stereotypes, unfounded conclusions, and deceptive practices. Although human resources departments are required to comply with federal, regional/provincial or municipal laws, human resources managers...

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Table football and dogs in the office… The workplace benefits UK employees are LEAST interested in
May16

Table football and dogs in the office… The workplace benefits UK employees are LEAST interested in

Traditional workplace benefits like holiday allowance and pensions have trumped quirkier ‘benefits’ like being allowed to take your dog into the office, in a survey by Aviva*.  Out of a wide range of workplace benefits, 43% of UK employees said they were least interested in being allowed to take their dog into the workplace. More than a third of workers (34%) also said they weren’t interested in office entertainment like table...

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The Future of Work: What Does the Shift to Freelancing for UK Businesses?
May16

The Future of Work: What Does the Shift to Freelancing for UK Businesses?

It used to be that many people dreamt of having the corner office in a Fortune-500 company, but not so much anymore. Now, more and more are dreaming of having a laptop, internet access and sitting peacefully at home (or on an exotic beach) to tick off their tasks and achieve their goals. Despite companies like InspireMe working to help businesses improve their workplace environments for employees, in the past few years the UK has...

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Are you failing at engagement?
May16

Are you failing at engagement?

New research from experience design studio, 383, reveals that one third of 25-44 year olds are searching for holidays online and on their mobile devices when they should be working.  While we all get distracted from time-to-time, 383’s research shows that 32% of adults are dreaming about their next ‘out of office’ right under their bosses’ noses.Further stats from 383:•      32% of 25-44 year olds...

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One-in-five Brits would expect their P45 if they admitted an addiction problem to their employer
May16

One-in-five Brits would expect their P45 if they admitted an addiction problem to their employer

Have you ever considered what the outcome might be if you were to seek help, advice or comfort from your employer in the midst of an alcohol or drug addiction? Apparently, many Brits have thought about this and one-in-five admit that they would expect to be sacked if they were to admit to an addiction problem. This information has been unveiled by a survey conducted by help and support service, Port of Call, which has formed their new...

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Phone fear affects over half of UK office workers
May16

Phone fear affects over half of UK office workers

The results of a survey of UK office workers suggests that we are becoming increasingly anxious about answering the phone at work. Face for Business, one of the UK’s leading telephone answering services, has uncovered staggering statistics on the degree of call anxiety exhibited by UK office workers. Fear of making or taking calls, also known as ‘Telephobia’, is a real thing that’s not just limited to fear of calling a loved one or...

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Four ways voice technology can transform workplace learning
May16

Four ways voice technology can transform workplace learning

As organisations continue to adapt – and embrace – digital development tools to upskill employees, the demand for more in-house education is growing at an accelerated rate. Whether video webinars, or web-based resources – such as e-books, white papers and downloadable guides – modern-day businesses are looking for more ways to enhance their teams, alongside formal, online qualifications. And, as internal demand for learning on the job...

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5 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safe
May16

5 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safe

Your employees spend upwards of eight hours a day at work. It’s their home away from home in a way. So, it’s vitally important that when they are there, they are made to feel safe and secure, just as they would within their own four walls. Security systems provider, Expert Security UK, conducted a survey asking over 2000 people the question ‘has your employer taken actions to ensure you feel safe in the workplace?’ The results of the...

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Lawyers warn that tackling workplace stress is not a ‘one size fits all’ fix
May16

Lawyers warn that tackling workplace stress is not a ‘one size fits all’ fix

The way employers deal with workplace stress is in serious need of change, a leading law firm has warned. Research indicates that stress, depression and anxiety account for 44 per cent of work-related illnesses across the UK, while 57 per cent of all working days are lost due to ill health. * Employers must address the stigma around talking about stress-related issues and change their workplace cultures to tackle them, says Matthew...

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Flexibility rather than salary biggest draw for jobseekers, research suggests
May16

Flexibility rather than salary biggest draw for jobseekers, research suggests

Flexible working hours are the biggest draw for jobseekers in 2019, according to new research from Sheffield based recruitment agency Glu Recruit. The survey was carried out amongst the UK public and asked the question, “What would most likely attract you to a new job”. Potential candidates were able to pick one option, with Working Hours/ Flexibility gaining a leading 37.8% overall share of the vote. In second was base salary, which...

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5 tips for achieving work/life balance in the Legal sector
May15

5 tips for achieving work/life balance in the Legal sector

Guest blog by Kiran Purewal, Legal Specialist and Principal Consultant at Sellick Partnership Work/life balance has a huge impact on mental wellbeing, especially in high-pressure legal roles, when it can seem like stress and long hours are part and parcel of the job. According to the Office for National Statistics, 12.7 percent of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions, highlighting the...

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Big businesses are the worst for your wellbeing, survey reveals
May15

Big businesses are the worst for your wellbeing, survey reveals

Big businesses are more likely to have a negative impact on your workplace wellbeing, a survey into noise at work has revealed. The ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work 2019’ survey, conducted by intelligent business solutions company The Remark Group, showed that 61% of employees within large companies say that noise is an issue at work, compared to just 37% of small business staff. The same percentage (61%) say they are interrupted by noise...

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Climbing the career ladder getting you down?
May15

Climbing the career ladder getting you down?

Landing a promotion, getting your first full-time job or returning to work after having a baby are all meant to be exciting milestones in a person’s life. However, expectations of these events may leave employees feeling underwhelmed when they occur. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May), Bupa Health Clinics1 has released a new report which reveals Britons admit to feeling upset or down after comparing their experience of...

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