Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health
Aug06

Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health

Champion Health, a digital wellbeing platform is expanding after receiving an increase in enquiries from businesses wanting to support their employees wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Launched by social entrepreneur Harry Bliss, Champion Health helps businesses optimise the health and wellbeing of staff by offering proactive health assessments, data-driven solutions and online mental health training. ...

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How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?
Jul30

How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?

The news this week that holidaymakers will need to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain[i] highlights one of the major challenges facing employers as the UK tries to get back to normal working life, says Adrian Lewis at Activ Absence. Spain was added to the UK’s quarantine list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours’ warning. This comes as Europe is bracing itself for a second wave of...

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Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19
Jul08

Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned this week that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis in the UK unless extra support is provided. Other research from Bupa UK[i]  found that despite high rates of poor mental health during the pandemic, just one in 20 people (5%) has spoken to a health professional about their symptoms. Rather than confide in others about their mental health, many...

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?
Jun25

How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

As Government plans[i] are set to be unveiled regarding so called ‘air bridges’ which will allow  holidaymakers to travel to low risk countries without quarantining from 4th July,  Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence warns that managing annual leave could be a major challenge for companies post Covid-19. During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years...

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Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR
Dec12

Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR

Performance appraisals may be losing favour in some organisations over different approaches to performance management, but Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR says they are still a crucial part of nurturing and engaging staff. The 2019 Gartner Performance Management Benchmarking Survey[i] showed 81% of HR leaders are making changes to performance management, and some companies have even considered eliminating altogether the...

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Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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How can employers address parental burnout?
Apr24

How can employers address parental burnout?

Guest Blog by Health Assured, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Nicola Jagielski Research claims that one in 12 parents are suffering burnout. Burnout is more commonly associated with work—but the stigma around the difficulty of raising children is lifting. More and more, people and organisations are beginning to understand that juggling work and parenting is incredibly difficult. The criteria for burnout—whatever the cause—are...

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Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues
Apr23

Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues

Guest Blog by Lucy Lewis of Lewis Silkin In this article, Lucy Lewis of Lewis Silkin, UK member firms of Ius Laboris, the world’s largest global HR and employment law firm alliance, examines the legalities of discussing salary information amongst colleagues. The Equality Act introduced a law that makes unenforceable contractual provisions, which prevent employees sharing information about pay in order to consider whether there may...

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Why should employers care about the gender pay gap?
Apr12

Why should employers care about the gender pay gap?

Guest Blog by Clare Parkinson, Pay and Reward Manager at Croner With four in ten private companies announcing year-on-year gender pay gap increases, it could be argued that some view publishing the annual report as purely cosmetic and of little consequence. Currently, the reporting requirements do not place any legal obligations upon employers to close the gap, or even to justify why one exists within their company so why should...

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Why is nobody taking up shared parental leave?
Apr10

Why is nobody taking up shared parental leave?

Guest Blog by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer Since 2015, shared parental leave (SPL) has been an option for working couples, allowing eligible employees to share and organise family leave in a way which works best for their personal circumstances. Despite this, take-up has been very low, in fact in 2018, only 9,200 new parents took shared parental leave, just 1% of those who were eligible to do so, below the...

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Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues
Apr04

Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues

In this article, Lucy Lewis of Lewis Silkin, UK member firms of Ius Laboris, the world’s largest global HR and employment law firm alliance,examines the legalities of discussing salary information amongst colleagues. The Equality Act introduced a law that makes unenforceable contractual provisions, which prevent employees sharing information about pay in order to consider whether there may have been discrimination.  It also...

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Employers have a responsibility to discourage staff from having a “working lunch”
Apr03

Employers have a responsibility to discourage staff from having a “working lunch”

MPs have recommended a daily breaktime of 75 minutes for school children, but should adult workers get the same lunch downtime? Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment specialists, RedWigWam, shares her thoughts. According to a group of MP’s, school children should have at least 75 minutes of break time every day. A study on fit and healthy childhood found that a short break time had a negative impact of concentration, health...

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Diversity vs inclusivity?
Apr02

Diversity vs inclusivity?

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD at 10x Psychology Building a diverse work environment is a key priority for any business. Every new employee hired is an opportunity to bring a different skill, level of experience and approach to the table. As a result, widening this pool of talent can greatly enhance a company’s performance by bringing new ideas into the mix. Diversity also makes good business sense, with a study by the Boston...

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Am I Above the Law on April Fool’s Day?
Mar28

Am I Above the Law on April Fool’s Day?

With April Fool’s Day almost upon us, people up and down the country will be planning the best and funniest pranks to play on friends and colleagues.  From phony news to foamy shoes it’s the time of year when everyone’s funny bone is being finely tuned. But when does the line between hilarious and harsh get crossed and can a prank turn into legal proceedings? Jordan Brown, legal adviser from DAS Law has some rules for the...

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Deep is meaningful: the invisible aspects of company culture are the secret to attracting and keeping great people
Mar28

Deep is meaningful: the invisible aspects of company culture are the secret to attracting and keeping great people

Guest Blog by Caroline Gosling, Director of Culture and Engagement at Rubica It’s been shown that when it comes to hiring and keeping great people, better cultural ‘fit’ at work results in higher levels of job satisfaction and performance and a willingness to to stay longer.  (Ref: Kristof-Brownet al. Personnel Psychology 2005). Consistently finding people who’ll be a good cultural fit (meaning they share values and norms with...

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