Why we need to foster a new working culture in the property sector
Aug20

Why we need to foster a new working culture in the property sector

Guest Blog by Ricky Poonia, Group Director at The Blackmore Group.   Ricky Poonia, group director and head of real estate at The Blackmore Group discusses his ambitions to shake off the old-fashioned perceptions of finance and property institutions. I am very lucky that I can genuinely say that I love my job and I know my colleagues feel the same, but I am all too conscious of the reputation that the property and finance sectors have...

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The Importance & Benefits For An Organisation Of Working Towards Early Talent Diversity
Aug20

The Importance & Benefits For An Organisation Of Working Towards Early Talent Diversity

Guest Blog By Will Shepherd, CEO, Cohesion   The Early Talent market is changing and becoming increasingly competitive.  In fact, in 2017, the number of students planning to go to university fell to its lowest level in 8 years. Companies are having to adapt and evolve to this changing marketplace where competition and demands are high.     When it comes to making changes, increasing Early Talent Diversity represents both a priority...

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The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses
Aug16

The case for always-on appraisals for today’s businesses

By Daniel Kasmir, Chief Human Resources Officer, NGA Human Resources  Performance-based appraisals have traditionally been an effective tool to measure employee competence in the corporate environment. Organisations across many industries have traditionally relied on conventional appraisal processes to determine employee performance. In today’s agile and fast moving atmosphere, however, they are increasingly seen as rigid and...

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Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management
Aug13

Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation...

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Employee Engagement Trends 2018
Aug06

Employee Engagement Trends 2018

Guest Blog By Michael Hartland, SnapComms Remember the Candy Crush game? It was all the rage in 2014, yet now seems so old-school. The world has largely moved on. It’s the same with the world of employee engagement. Innovations and evolutions are constant. For busy HR managers, it’s hard to stay on top. So, with a finger on the pulse and an eye on the future, here are what we see as the top five employee engagement trends of 2018 –...

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There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence
Aug03

There are no excuses for employers not letting staff take a break says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence

A new report from the TUC[i] this week has highlighted that many companies are failing to give staff paid holiday leave, putting them at risk of ‘burnout’.   According to the report, one in 12 workers in the UK – around 2.2 million people get less than the legal minimum holiday requirement of five and a half weeks a year. 1.2 million workers receive no annual leave at all.     According to the report, these workers are losing out on...

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Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce
Aug02

Reduced absenteeism at work isn’t necessarily a sign of a healthy workforce

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Director Activ Absence responds to the latest ONS figures on sickness absence   New figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this week have revealed that the number of sickness days have almost halved over the past two decades to reach a record low. Absence figures dropped from an average of 7.2 days in 1993 to 4.1 days in 2017 and have been steadily falling since 1999.     Responding to...

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How can you make sure workplace productivity stays high when you are on holiday?
Aug02

How can you make sure workplace productivity stays high when you are on holiday?

Guest Blog by BrightHR Chief Technological Officer Alastair Brown   Keeping staff on point and maintaining high levels of productivity can be difficult at the best of times, however this problem is often exacerbated when you decide to take a period of annual leave. With this being said, thankfully there are a number of key steps employers can take to ensure standards are maintained whilst they are away from the workplace.       As...

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How AI is transforming the world of HR
Aug02

How AI is transforming the world of HR

Guest Blog By Simon Tucker, Partner, Infosys Consulting   The most fascinating aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) is what it can tell us about ourselves. From finding the perfect match on a dating site to using big data to find better medical treatments, AI will soon influence every aspect our lives for the better.   In business, one of the most exciting applications for AI is human resources. The clue is in the name: no business...

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Does the answer to your employee’s happiness lie in your canteen?
Jul31

Does the answer to your employee’s happiness lie in your canteen?

Guest Blog by Ruth Tongue and Lucy Faulks  The link between the food we eat and the way our brain functions is well established – with a growing body of evidence showing that nutrition may play a key role in the prevention, development and management of diagnosed mental health problems including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dementia. But how does what you eat day to day...

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Is Britain’s productivity problem bad managers?
Jul30

Is Britain’s productivity problem bad managers?

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentives and Recognition at Sodexo Engage   Productivity has slowed down to worrying levels. According to research, Brits are falling behind the likes of France and Germany, taking five days to produce what others can achieve in four. There’s no ignoring the importance of productivity for our economy and the effect of bad managers on employee engagement is part of the problem. The numbers...

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Recommendations announced to tackle sexual harassment at work
Jul27

Recommendations announced to tackle sexual harassment at work

Guest Blog by Owen John, Employment Lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP.   The Harvey Weinstein affair and the resulting #MeToo twitter movement has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace over the past year or so. What has followed the furore is a steady stream of surveys outlining the true depths of the problem. One recent UK survey suggested that 53% of women and 20% of men have experienced sexual harassment at work.     With...

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How to encourage a friendly culture at work
Jul27

How to encourage a friendly culture at work

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle from Brighter Business   Work is better when you enjoy the company of your colleagues and co-workers, and having the right environment is a big part of that. One of the best ways to create a friendly culture at work is to improve the quality and quantity of social interactions between your colleagues – inside and outside of the workplace.   Getting them to engage with each other outside of their work roles...

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How ‘presenteeism’ can be monitored and tackled in the workplace
Jul26

How ‘presenteeism’ can be monitored and tackled in the workplace

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR     With a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealing that ‘presenteeism’ – the practice of working for more hours than required – has hit a record high in the UK, it comes as no surprise that the unhealthy workplace practice is damaging the economy and having an adverse effect on productivity.   Of the...

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees
Jul25

Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner or HCHR If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018. However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The team at HCHR has come up with...

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