4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup
Jun14

4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   The World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and excitement is building. On the 14 June, the first match kicks off with Russia v Saudi Arabia and the tournament continues with the final taking place on 15 July. Football fans around the world will be watching the games with baited breath.     Some employers may be concerned that these events can cause distractions in the...

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Productivity begins at home
Jun14

Productivity begins at home

Guest Blog by Hilde Haems, HR Manager at Global Payroll Provider SD Worx   Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes. Yet we spend the best part of our waking hours either at work, or commuting. The recent National Working from Home Day clearly indicates the appetite for employees to work from home. The onus is on businesses to support flexible working, and actively ensure that employees remain engaged and motivated wherever...

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ACAS on Strike
Jun13

ACAS on Strike

Guest Blog by Arran Heal, Managing Director, CMP Resolutions, www.cmpsolutions.com   The fall-out from the rush to employment tribunals – up 90% according to the government’s statistics – is starting to be felt across the range of organisations. Even at the conciliation service Acas, where staff unhappy at the sudden and growing pressures from cases have opted for strike action. Conflict can affect any organisation,...

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Mind the gap: How HR professionals need to analyse gender pay data further to see the benefit
Jun13

Mind the gap: How HR professionals need to analyse gender pay data further to see the benefit

Guest Blog by Peter Meyler, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Barnett Waddingham   The introduction of mandatory gender pay reporting was an attempt to bring the issue of visibility and understanding of differences in pay into the open. Peter Meyler, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Barnett Waddingham, outlines the questions and answers raised by gender pay reporting and looks at ways HR professionals can take the lead in responding.  ...

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Developing a health strategy for optimum business performance
Jun12

Developing a health strategy for optimum business performance

Guest Blog By Emma Davidson, Area Retail Manager – City of London, Express   Studies have shown for every £1 invested in employee wellness, a business saving of £2.50 is made through reduced sick leave and improved staff retention.   It’s becoming clear more tailored programmes, are proven to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.       So, how can you develop a corporate health strategy to improve your own business...

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Working through the Menopause
Jun12

Working through the Menopause

Guest Blog by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray   Little is mentioned about the symptoms and stresses of menopause that can occur over many years and adversely impact on working women.   There can be both physical and psychological symptoms, which may interplay over a lengthy time span between peri-menopause and menopause itself. According to the TUC Cymru Toolkit entitled ‘Menopause in the Workplace’ 8 out of 10 women will...

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Employers must fly the flag for mental health awareness
Jun08

Employers must fly the flag for mental health awareness

Guest Blog James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits at Sodexo Engage, specialists in employee and consumer engagement The past year has been a game changer for mental health awareness, with the government, media and public putting it firmly on the agenda. And rightly so. Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, but, for various reasons, it’s still much harder to talk about than physical...

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7 tips for dealing with stress at work
Jun07

7 tips for dealing with stress at work

Guest Blog by Rachel Stockell, Senior Manager of OfficeTeam, Robert Half UK   You deserve to be happy at work. You really do. If you need more persuading, note that companies also benefit from having happy employees, in terms of both morale and a better bottom line.     Robert Half conducted a survey in collaboration with Happiness Works, to find out the secrets of the happiest companies and employees, and we learned a great deal. We...

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Why there is a generational pay gap and how to combat it?
Jun07

Why there is a generational pay gap and how to combat it?

Guest Blog by Suzanne Tanser, Pay and Reward Manager at HR, Health & Safety, Tax and Reward specialists Croner   A recent report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has highlighted a significant generational pay gap between workers above and below 30 years of age. In response, there have been heightened calls for employers and lawmakers to address this issue and help younger workers secure more stable and prosperous opportunities. ...

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Intelligent automation – the bold future of talent acquisition
Jun06

Intelligent automation – the bold future of talent acquisition

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO and Founder, Oleeo   The power to make a positive impact in the world is infinitely more possible when you assemble diverse teams of people with the right skills and shared motivations. The key to attracting, engaging and hiring the right diverse teams is removing bias and unleashing recruiting potential by breaking the sources of talent wide open.   If you continually source talent from inside your...

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How much do your meetings cost?
Jun04

How much do your meetings cost?

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor, Brighter Business For anyone in a management position, meetings can be a major bugbear.   From brainstorming sessions with no outcome to daily catch-ups with every team member, meetings have got a bad reputation for time wasting.     A study looking into the matter by the Harvard Business Review found that many hours are spent wasted in unproductive meetings. It found that not only is the number...

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How Much Does Employee Engagement Boost Profitability?
May30

How Much Does Employee Engagement Boost Profitability?

Guest Blog By Juha Huttunen, CEO of VibeCatch (www.vibecatch.com) As the global economy picks up speed, many companies are coming up against an unexpected problem: their growth strategies are making them less – rather than more – profitable. Companies facing this paradox are typically so focused on controlling costs that their management practices damage employee satisfaction and the quality of employees’ working lives. As a...

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A wedding wonder!
May29

A wedding wonder!

Guest Blog by Gavin Zaprzala-Banks, Principal, Punter Southall Aspire   On 19 May 2018 record numbers of people across Britain were glued to TV screens in their front rooms and pubs around the country. Flags were waved, corks were popped and neighbours came together in the street to celebrate.   The wedding of a young British prince to a glamourous American TV star certainly captured the nation’s attention. The 33 and 36-year olds...

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Why forward-thinking businesses have identified the importance of making their HR departments as cost effective as possible
May29

Why forward-thinking businesses have identified the importance of making their HR departments as cost effective as possible

British businesses spend a whopping £4 billion every year in the recruitment and replacement of staff. Often regarded as a fundamental and unavoidable business expense, many companies are seemingly unaware that by ensuring that they have the correct systems in place much of this unnecessary expense can be eliminated.     Recruitment is often factored in at the outset, as of course a business is only as good as the staff that they...

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How employees can stay secure when working away from the office
May29

How employees can stay secure when working away from the office

Guest blog by Alex Tebbs, co-founder of unified communications specialist VIA   Flexible working policies are being implemented and embraced at companies up and down the country, giving employees greater control over where and when they work. This growing trend means different things to different people; for some, it’s the ability to work flexi-time or to work remotely, on set days or every day. For others it relates to part-time...

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