Increasing motivation with employee benefits
Dec18

Increasing motivation with employee benefits

Guest Blog by Paul Avis, Marketing Director, Canada LifeGroup Insurance Employers may not feel entirely comfortable investing in attracting and retaining staff at the moment. The level of political uncertainty caused by Brexit paired with concerns for the UK’s economic position is perhaps more conducive to battening down the hatches and waiting out the storm. Yet the biggest risk for businesses and their growth beyond 2018 is the...

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Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec14

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 most...

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Driving a happier workforce
Dec13

Driving a happier workforce

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business Commuting is rarely a pleasant experience; between congested roads and delayed trains, many UK workers now spend two hours commuting each day, according to a recent study by ONS. The quality of the commute, whether good or bad, can set the mood for the entire day. We all know there is no greater frustration than being stuck in rush hour traffic or on a freezing trainplatform. A new Global...

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Five wellbeing trends businesses should look out for in 2019
Dec10

Five wellbeing trends businesses should look out for in 2019

Guest Blog by CEO and wellbeing expert, David Price   It’s that time of year when everyone is starting to make their New Year’s resolutions. Most of the time these resolutions tend to focus on improved health and wellbeing. Promoting good health and wellness should also be an employer’s goal for 2019 so with this in mind, here is a summary of the five best workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends that businesses should look out for...

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Where are all the women in automotive?
Dec10

Where are all the women in automotive?

Guest Blog By Amanda Holtby, Director and Joint Owner, G3 Remarketing   It’s hard to believe that in 2018 when visiting any car dealership, garage or auction house and, chances are, women staff members will be few and far between. If you do see any female faces, they are more likely to be handling your paperwork than selling you a vehicle or fixing one.     And men still occupy more than 82% of the jobs in the UK motor sector at a...

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How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?
Dec07

How can businesses manage demand for seasonal workers this Christmas?

New research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk has revealed there are currently over 23,000 Christmas jobs available in the UK, with 21% of Christmas vacancies online and 17% with some of the biggest high street retailers such as Tesco, Superdrug and Debenhams.     Managing additional seasonal workers alongside existing staff can be a real headache for employers at one of the busiest times of the year for the high street and online...

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Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search
Dec06

Deploying cognitive AI assistants for a cutting-edge candidate search

Guest Blog by Martin Linstrom, Managing Director UK&I at IPsoft   Effective talent management that successfully attracts and retains the best candidates is now more vital than ever, particularly in times of increasing job competition.     Significantly, 56% of recruiters state that access to new recruitment and interview tools is very or extremely important for the future of hiring processes. Working more efficiently is essential...

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Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse for the remaining staff?
Dec06

Absenteeism vs. presenteeism – which is worse for the remaining staff?

Guest Blog by Mike Davis, Head of SME at AXA PP Healthcare   When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse?     It will not come as a surprise to any business owners that an employee’s absence from work can be a disruption.   According to a report by ERS Research and Consultancy, sickness absence costs UK...

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HR & The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Dec06

HR & The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Guest Blog by Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Howden Employee Benefits    Anyone familiar with that seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” will of course recognise that of all the spirits that Scrooge met, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was by far the most unsettling for the old boy.  The story concludes with Ebenezer’s actions of the moment being very much shaped by the potential uncertainties ahead.     And that seems...

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Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?
Nov29

Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?

Guest Blog by Arwen Makin, ESP Law   Evolving employment legislation and mounting economic stresses, together with the uncertain political climate, are culminating to create an increasingly challenging legal landscape for HR teams to navigate. Some have even been left feeling as though they’re verging on becoming employment lawyers, as a result.     But are Human Resources professionals putting too much pressure on themselves to...

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Monitoring and managing bullying in the workplace
Nov29

Monitoring and managing bullying in the workplace

Guest Blog Kirsten Cluer, Owner, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR   Kirsten Cluer is the HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field and has Fellow membership of the CIPD.   Almost a third of Britain’s workforce have admitted to experiencing some form of workplace bullying during their careers, with more than one in three of those leaving their job because of the issue.     It is...

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How ‘Human’ is working from home?
Nov27

How ‘Human’ is working from home?

Guest Blog by Portia Vincent-Kirby from Hudson McKenzie   Approximately over 4.2 Million people are now working from home in the U.K.; but how exactly ‘human’ is this working practice?   With the rise of technology comes also the rise of the ability to work completely virtual and thus remotely. Therefore, with the costs of office space skyrocketing, influencing many companies to downsize without resulting in a redundancy of staff,...

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The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees
Nov23

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   From 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:     ·        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) ·        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) ·        Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses ·        Proportion of men and women in each...

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Don’t dump dyslexics like me in the unemployable bin – make use of our unique skills!
Nov22

Don’t dump dyslexics like me in the unemployable bin – make use of our unique skills!

Guest Blog By James Rix, Founder and CEO of Harrix Group   I was watching the BBC [BBC Breakfast, 15/10/18] and they ran a segment on a new report that says that dyslexics – like me – are really strong in a whole range of skills which are becoming vital for companies that want to do well in the 21st Century.     It almost made me choke on my cornflakes. Turns out, all of the things that made my school life hell, and which I later...

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