HR Tech: The Dawn of a new Industrial Revolution?
Apr25

HR Tech: The Dawn of a new Industrial Revolution?

Guest blog from Helen Armstrong  of Silver Cloud HR   When Henry Ford unveiled the world’s first production line in 1913, it was the biggest change to society since the Industrial Revolution.   By streamlining the manufacturing process of the iconic Model T, Henry Ford could not have foreseen the impact of his innovation – technology had not only made the impossible, possible, but it had completely revolutionised the ways in which we...

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Administration and what it really means for employees
Apr24

Administration and what it really means for employees

Guest Blog By Kelly Tucker, MD of HR consultancy, HR Star Earlier this month, two of the UK’s most established companies – Toys R Us and Maplin –  announced their collapse into administration, putting over 5,000 jobs at risk. When such an announcement is made by any company, it is understandably a worrying time for those involved, especially its employees, with many undoubtedly wondering, ‘’what happens next?’ Initially it was...

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There’s no need to get stressed about stress
Apr23

There’s no need to get stressed about stress

4 Way to Alleviate Stress At Work by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant, Darwin Gray LLP   1.Absenteeism v Presenteeism   Presenting for work when the pressures are mounting may not be the answer for an employee who is struggling with the effects of workplace stress.  A tactical amount of time off to take stock could improve your employee’s perspective and resilience before their health slides to anxiety, depression or even worse.  Employers...

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How creating a positive workplace environment can benefit your business
Apr23

How creating a positive workplace environment can benefit your business

Guest Blog By Lloyd Coldrick, Managing Director of Cobus   With more and more emphasis being placed on staff engagement and its link to productivity, creating a space in which people can flourish is becoming a priority for many businesses.   The old expression ‘you get out what you put in’ is very accurate when creating a positive workplace environment, as designing a space to promote staff wellbeing will in turn bring business...

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Employee stress – Ticking time bomb?
Apr20

Employee stress – Ticking time bomb?

Thanks to a potent combination of both professional and personal issues, one in four employees has taken time off work due to stress in the last year – a figure which has been described as an employee stress ‘time bomb’.   Despite this worrying statistic, half of employees have admitted that they would not approach their employer with stress-related worries. With it being National Stress Awareness Month 2018, Brian Hall, Chief...

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How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?
Apr19

How can companies get on top of costly employee absence?

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence    Gatwick Airport was recently forced to shut its runway four times because of staff sickness. Only one air traffic controller out of three scheduled to be working was in the control tower and the airport needed to schedule mandatory breaks – the situation caused passenger delay and frustration.   In Leicester, the City Council recently published its absence figures...

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Five things employers need to know about hot weather and the workplace
Apr19

Five things employers need to know about hot weather and the workplace

Guest Blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price    1.          There is no maximum workplace temperature   Many employees believe there is a maximum workplace temperature set by the law which, once reached in the summer, means they’re entitled to be sent home from work.   Health and Safety Regulations simply require workplace temperatures to be “reasonable”. This applies all year round but can cause an issue when...

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INTERVIEW: Clear development opportunities vital in attracting Gen Z to the workplace
Apr19

INTERVIEW: Clear development opportunities vital in attracting Gen Z to the workplace

With the second cohort of ‘Gen Z’ graduates born after 1995 hitting the workplace this summer, new expectations are starting to have a significant impact.   Pavan Arora, Head of Talent Development at Acorn, discusses how this generation might impact employers and what Acorn is doing to ride the wave…     Everybody is talking about Gen Z at the moment – will they really have that much of an impact?   Absolutely. The previous furore...

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There’s no place like work
Apr19

There’s no place like work

Guest Blog by Alan Stevens, CBS Office Interiors   Dorothy may not agree but many of our clients and their employees do. A key trend in office interior design in the last year has been to create workplaces that feel more like a home than a traditional office environment.   While most of us spend at least half of our waking hours at work – up to 48 hours per week at work, approximately 49 hours asleep, leaving less than 80 hours...

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Fighting the good fight – How HR can make a difference in the productivity struggle
Apr18

Fighting the good fight – How HR can make a difference in the productivity struggle

Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep   Economists have long bemoaned the fact that on average it takes until the end of the week for the British employee to do what his/her French counterpart has accomplished by Thursday afternoon. And no wonder the obsession – productivity has historically been correlated not only with rising wages but also with quality of life.   In this context of downbeat bemusement, the news...

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Draconian EAT ruling on shared parental leave puts pressure on mothers
Apr17

Draconian EAT ruling on shared parental leave puts pressure on mothers

Guest Blog by Danielle Ayres   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling in the Ali v Capita Customer Management case puts pressure on working mothers to bear the brunt of childcare responsibilities following the birth of their child. Commenting on the ruling in April 2018, leading pregnancy and maternity discrimination solicitor Danielle Ayres says;   “Whilst the decision may come as a relief to employers who provide increased...

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Only 2 in 10 UK Students Consider a Career in Sales
Apr17

Only 2 in 10 UK Students Consider a Career in Sales

Guest Blog by Ella Pattenall of Inspiring Interns Sales brings up images of a loud, chaotic office – row after row of suited youngsters behind busy desks, calling up elderly citizens and convincing them to purchase insurance they don’t need.   Of course, this is not the reality of sales. Sales differs depending on industry and what is being sold; one sales job might be very different from another.   However, research demonstrates that...

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4 Tips for Writing a Resignation Letter You Cannot Afford to Miss
Apr17

4 Tips for Writing a Resignation Letter You Cannot Afford to Miss

It’s a fact of modern life that the vast majority no longer work for one company all our lives. That means that we’ve got know how to cut those ties. People have tried a lot of different ways to cut those ties. Some go for a formulaic letter. Others are a little more colourful about it like a girl who thought she could pull one over on her boss by quitting on YouTube, but where her boss got the last laugh. But which is the best way to...

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Hiring the Right Person Doesn’t Require Unpaid Trial Shifts
Apr16

Hiring the Right Person Doesn’t Require Unpaid Trial Shifts

Guest Blog by Chris McCullough, CEO and co-founder, Rotageek   Unpaid trial shifts might be common practice, but they have no place in 2018. There might sometimes be good intentions – an opportunity for employers to get a measure of how a new hire might slot into their business, and for candidates to decide if they want to work for that company. Yet there are increasing concerns that this practice is being used to exploit job hunters...

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Is ethnicity pay gap reporting next?
Apr13

Is ethnicity pay gap reporting next?

Now that the deadline for publishing the first gender pay gap report has passed, the pay data of over 10,000 organisations is available online. The focus on this issue has not stopped there, however, with enforcement action commenced against those who failed to report and awareness schemes being launched to help women question their salaries. The buzz around gender pay gap reports has resulted in calls for pay transparency to be...

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