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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Why do expats fear coming home?
Mar28

Why do expats fear coming home?

Guest Blog by Caroline Walmsley, Global Head of HR, AXA – Global Healthcare Living the expat dream is a lifestyle choice that many people would seize if they had the opportunity. The chance to experience different cultures, climates and lifestyles is a prospect too exciting to ignore, and with international travel and trade opening up employment opportunities across the globe, the global expat population is estimated to rise from...

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One in 10 UK adults have never had a paid job
Mar25

One in 10 UK adults have never had a paid job

Despite record employment figures, a report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found one in 10 UK adults have never done paid work, with students accounting for a large majority of the 3.6 million people. Lorna Davidson, Founder and CEO of short-term recruitment specialists, RedWigWam, shares her thoughts. The report released by ONS, showed the number of 16 – 64 year olds who have never had a paid job has...

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How will Brexit affect the Contractors in the UK?
Mar25

How will Brexit affect the Contractors in the UK?

Guest Blog by Anthony Sherick, MD of ContractorUK As we enter what could be the final stretch of the Brexit negotiations, we are still left with little assurance of what it will mean for contractors in the UK. Many currently have strong ties to European-based companies and may well be affected by the UK’s orderly or otherwise exit from the EU. So, how could Brexit affect contractors? Contracting provides the opportunity to work on...

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Why trust is more important than wellbeing
Mar19

Why trust is more important than wellbeing

Guest Blog by Zoe Humphries, Senior Workplace Consultant, Steelcase Workplace wellbeing programmes have become hugely popular amongst enlightened employers, who see them as a solution to combatting absenteeism and stress, while simultaneously boosting productivity and engagement. Consisting of activities ranging from health screenings and exercise classes, to mindfulness advice and educational sessions, these programmes promise to...

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How to Avoid Epic Career & Life Fails
Mar14

How to Avoid Epic Career & Life Fails

Guest Blog By Merilee Kern, MBA Success Guru Sheryl Grant Cites 3 Ways a Mental ‘Road Map’ Can Help you Reach Work and Life Goals For entrepreneur, professional speaker and success coach Sheryl Grant, transformational leadership through personal development and community building is the name of the game. A Ms. Olympia at over the age of 50, Sheryl clearly knows what it takes to realize over-and-above achievement both in life and...

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Dress codes in the workplace
Mar13

Dress codes in the workplace

Guest Blog By Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law Discrimination and Dress Codes HR Professionals may recall the highly publicised case from 2016 of Nicola Thorp, a 27 year old receptionist working as a temp via an agency, Portico, for Price Waterhouse Coopers. Part of the Portico formal dress code was for women to wear high heels. When Nicola turned up to work in flat business shoes she was told that she must wear...

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Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk
Mar07

Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson, CEO, RedWigWam With only 17% of Brits admitting they love their job, Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment specialist RedWigWam, explains the emerging hiring trends for 2019 and the importance of employee happiness.  LinkedIn recently published their 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of 5,100 hiring professionals, which informs businesses of today’s hiring challenges and...

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The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching
Mar07

The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching

Guest Blog By Amy Andrews, The PHA Group In an increasingly complex and cut-throat business landscape, the need to stand out ahead of your competition has never been more crucial to the success of both an individual’s career and company futures, alike. Projecting confidence and being able to effectively lead teams to develop a support network has now become just as important as having acute industry knowledge.  With the coaching...

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