Determining the appropriate management style for your business and your staff
Sep26

Determining the appropriate management style for your business and your staff

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Brighter Business   If you’re a football fan, you’ll be familiar with the managerial cliché that everyone requires a different method of motivation: some players need an arm around the shoulder and others need a boot up the backside.       Off the pitch and in the workplace, something similar is true, as the balance you take between carrot and stick can hugely affect your team. Recent research published...

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A digital offer millennials can’t resist
Sep25

A digital offer millennials can’t resist

Guest Blog By Maria Dillon, Senior HR EMEA Manager at DocuSign   It is predicted that millennials will make up over a third of the global workforce by 2020. With the majority of these young professionals embarking on their careers straight out of university and apprenticeship programmes, they are ambitious, digitally-savvy and keen to move up the corporate ladder fast. That said, it’s important to remember that everyone is an...

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Beating the Burnout
Sep21

Beating the Burnout

Guest Blog by Jackie Furey, Where We Work   SME’s are facing burnout as more and more find it impossible to switch off- Jackie Furey, Director of the workplace consultancy, Where We Work, explains how overworking is not the answer to building a better business…   Earlier this year, it was revealed that the ‘always on culture’ has spread to Britain’s SME’s, pushing many to what has been described as a ‘breaking point’. The survey...

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How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order
Sep20

How to establish flat hierarchies without sacrificing formal order

Guest Blog By Bas Kohnke, Impraise Flat hierarchies is a new organizational trend in today’s corporate world. As opposed to traditional, “mechanic” organizational structures where the team hierarchies are formed based on product category, target market and even a pure order of power, a company with a flat organizational structure has little or no management layers. Team members are engaged throughout every decision-making process and...

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The Four Day Week: Why it might just work
Sep20

The Four Day Week: Why it might just work

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   The working week and its 5:2 ratio has been the norm for the last century or so. But in an age of disruptive technologies and at a time when flexible and remote working arrangements are easier than ever, it’s time to think about making a change. On average, UK workers spend more hours per week working than their counterparts in Germany, Norway, Denmark, France and the Netherlands,...

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Creating a virtual working world by 2030
Sep19

Creating a virtual working world by 2030

Guest Blog by Brian Mackow-McGuire, Product Manager – Voice and Data, Maintel   The world is changing so quickly that it’s difficult to know what life will be like next year – let alone in a decade’s time. If we think back to ten years ago, how many of us would have predicted the ubiquity of then-nascent technologies such as smartphones and apps, or the way we have built our lives around them. How, then, can we accurately predict what...

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How to get your payroll ready
Sep17

How to get your payroll ready

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   When your business moves from a one-person operation to requiring more employees, it’s an exciting time! You’re a successful and growing business, and you’re taking the necessary steps to guarantee future growth.     Part of the process is making sure that you’re ready to take new people on, starting with the most important bit: payroll. After all, people are...

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The blurred lines of the working day
Sep14

The blurred lines of the working day

Guest Blog by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray   A cultural revolution Mobile technology and our handheld computers have revolutionised our lives – we are connected to our social groups, the rolling news … and unfortunately, to our work on a 24/7 basis. We are facing a cultural revolution and concerns are being raised that this is not necessarily good for us.  Are we a generation that is unable to ‘switch off’?     A duty of...

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Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working
Sep06

Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working

Guest Blog by Sanj Mahal, Founder & CEO of AndCo   While the concept of flexible working may seem at odds with the recruitment sector’s traditional working cultures, early adopters within the industry are reaping the benefits of a different way of working.   Flexible working provides an array of benefits to businesses, including improved work-life balance, increased productivity and enhanced motivation. For the recruiters...

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What does no-deal Brexit papers mean for employers and employees?
Sep05

What does no-deal Brexit papers mean for employers and employees?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft   These papers highlight that a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario is likely to result in a period of uncertainty and disruption for businesses and that it is highly advisable for employers to evaluate the effect this would have upon their business and prepare for such an eventuality.     A key point to take from this is the confirmation that existing worker rights, such as laws on working...

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Lunch time! Get your chef on!
Sep05

Lunch time! Get your chef on!

Guest Blog By Emily Wells, Business Development Manager at CBS Office Interiors   Does the idea of having a place where you can store, prepare and enjoy a healthy lunch appeal to you? Are you sitting down? Imagine a comfortable place, a short burst away from your desk. As winter and the cold descends upon us, too many eat lunch at their desk to avoid the rain outside and skip the essential breaks needed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a...

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Ghosting in the Hiring Process: What It Is and How to Stop It
Sep04

Ghosting in the Hiring Process: What It Is and How to Stop It

Guest Blog By Beth Zoller, JD, Legal Editor, XpertHR   You have reached out again and again, but there is radio silence on the other end. No phone call, no email, not even a text or a LinkedIn message. The other person has just vanished. You have been officially ghosted.     Ghosting is defined as the practice of ending a personal or professional relationship with an individual by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all...

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Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?
Aug31

Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?

Guest Blog By Janice Haddon, founder and MD of Morgan Redwood   Millions of UK workers book time off work during the summer months, whether that be to spend quality time with family and friends or to travel to far-flung destinations.   It is during this time we often hear people say they are ‘in need of a break’ or ‘need to recharge the batteries’, but is there any truth behind these expressions and does it really matter whether we...

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Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting
Aug30

Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO & Founder, Oleeo   Recruiting is evolving with technology at a frenetic pace. The future will be more machine-driven than perhaps ever before in the ever-expanding quest for recruiters who have to ensure they are hiring the best quality candidates.     Together, predictive and prescriptive analytics are the future in helping talent acquisition teams to move forward with confident sourcing,...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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