Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?
Feb20

Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Kate Palmer    Studies indicate that up to 80% of employers admit to having made discriminating decisions based on regional accents, with YouGov polls showing the least popular voices in theUK come from Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. Although having a strong, noticeable accent is not a protected characteristic within UK law employers should bear in mind that deliberately...

Read More
Managing a Disciplinary Hearing…the cost of getting it wrong
Feb19

Managing a Disciplinary Hearing…the cost of getting it wrong

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner HCHR A disciplinary hearing can be a difficult area for employers. Even though there can be a wealth of evidence against an employee, if a fair process is not followed, it leaves the employer open to the risk of a claim for unfair dismissal If, following an investigation, an employer decides that there is a disciplinary case for an employee to answer, a disciplinary hearing should be arranged. Preparing...

Read More
Want a new job in 2019? Check out these CV tips from a CEO
Feb18

Want a new job in 2019? Check out these CV tips from a CEO

We all know the basics; try to stick to one page, keep it simple and relevant, and check for spelling mistakes. But what makes a CEO keep reading past the seven seconds?   Lorna Davidson is an entrepreneur with a background of successfully building and managing businesses and knows a thing or two about separating remarkable resumés from the mediocre. When it comes to CV’s, first impressions count, as recruiters make a decision on...

Read More
Crisis Control: solving the recruitment issue
Feb08

Crisis Control: solving the recruitment issue

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD of 10xPsychology Recruitment can be difficult for many businesses. The British Chamber of Commerce suggests UK businesses are facing the biggest challenges to their recruitment practices in a generation. While it is a positive sign that unemployment is at its lowest level for 40 years, companies now have a smaller pool of applicants to choose from. It is therefore important that HR departments ensure...

Read More
Keeping fit in the New Year: Why businesses should care
Feb08

Keeping fit in the New Year: Why businesses should care

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive & Recognition at Sodexo Engage The start of the year is the time when a lot of staff comeback from their holidays feeling determined to keep fit. Whether it’s dieting, going to the gym or trying out veganism, there are loads of things that employees are doing to keep healthy. This gives employers the perfect opportunity to get on-board and try out some of these practices too,...

Read More
What can HR learn from Fyre Festival?
Feb07

What can HR learn from Fyre Festival?

 Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price Fyre Festival was marketed as THE event of summer 2017. Festival goers were excepting the event to be held on the white sandy beaches of a private island, party with some of the most well-known models and listen to the biggest bands and DJ’s on the planet. However, it filled the headlines of summer 2017, for all the wrong reasons. Fast forward to 2019 and two...

Read More
What You Can do to Slow Down a High Staff Turnover
Feb07

What You Can do to Slow Down a High Staff Turnover

Whether your organisation suffers from a higher than usual turnover or not, it benefits organisation to look to slow the rate of unwanted people turnover. In the war for talent, it pays significant dividends to retain good people. Kate Keaney, CEO at Connor.co.uk, the People and Organisational Change experts, explores how experienced leaders, line managers and HR professionals can take fresh approaches to talent retention. Staff...

Read More
Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function
Jan23

Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR If you’re business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about how to approach human resources to deal with the additional responsibilities that come with growth. If you don’t have the skills or funds to develop an in-house team, then outsourcing to an HR specialist or consultant, like HCHR, will give you access to skills, knowledge and support, and save you costs in the long run....

Read More
Over spent at Christmas? Here’s how to get out of the red this January
Jan22

Over spent at Christmas? Here’s how to get out of the red this January

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson, RedWigWam As survey reveals millions of Brits are worried about the cost of Christmas debt piling up, Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment agency RedWigWam, offers tips on topping up your income this January. With many having their mostrecent payday before Christmas, the new year can mean a longer gap between pay packets and being unprepared for the added cost of Christmas expenses and January...

Read More
Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?
Jan21

Are your employees suffering the January blues or is it something more serious?

It’s ‘Blue Monday’ today, 21st January, widely considered the most depressing day of the year, as the gloomy weather, high debt levels after Christmas and failed new year resolutions take their toll, causing people to feel down. With mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression on the rise, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, says that while Blue Monday may not have any scientific basis, it can raise awareness of...

Read More
Veganism – How much should I accommodate my employee’s dietary requirements at work?
Jan10

Veganism – How much should I accommodate my employee’s dietary requirements at work?

Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price When news recently broke about an employee’s claim that he was discriminated against because of his ‘ethical vegan’ beliefs, discussions were sparked about an employers’ responsibilities towards employees who have specific dietary requirements like veganism. Employees may have various food needs for many reasons, and employers should consider how they are able to...

Read More
The Bullyologist – Breaking the silence on Bullying
Jan04

The Bullyologist – Breaking the silence on Bullying

Through adversity comes greatpower..Working in corporate Human Resources at an oil and gas project in Australia, Jessica Hickman was a champion for positive change, winning awards and recognition for her outstanding work in identifying gaps in mental health support in the Resources industry and helping create safer work environments. But behind the scenes, Jessica endured prolonged workplace bullying that included physical and...

Read More
Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?
Jan04

Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?

It was, for most, first day back after Christmas and the New Year after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged, then perhaps feigned the dreaded lurgi, cough or cold!! This is not unheard of, but there are some excuses which are so excessive and exaggerated that you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of it. Here are five of the worst excuses for absences that we have heard!! 1. My only pair of work trousers are in the...

Read More
Five workplace trends for 2019
Jan02

Five workplace trends for 2019

Guest Blog By Liam Butler AVP – SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company 2018 has been an eventful year for HR. Across every industry, digital transformation is making its mark, with disruptive technologies like AI and blockchain starting to permeate the workplace. This is changing how we work and the skills employees need to do their jobs proficiently. For HR departments, 2019’s focus will be preparing the workforce for the digital...

Read More
Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec21

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the...

Read More