When disaster strikes: preparing your business
Jan16

When disaster strikes: preparing your business

Guest Blog If we could predict the future, life would be easy. We’d prepare for everything effortlessly, do what we wanted when we wanted, and have far fewer worries. Unfortunately no-one has this ability – all we can do is take plenty of steps beforehand to at least mitigate some of the problems should disaster occur. Here are three ways to deal with different types of crises.     Financial Preparation Quite how you run...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?

  Monday 15th January 2018 or ‘Blue Monday is being billed as the most depressing day of the year – with the miserable weather, debt and post Christmas blues all considered to be major contributing factors.   While Mental health charity, Mind is dismissive of Blue Monday, absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence believes the day could serve as a positive reminder for employers to think about...

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The traditional office is dead…
Jan15

The traditional office is dead…

Guest Blog from Alex Hirst,  Co-Founder and Joint CEO of The Hoxby Collective.   Recently I – someone who founded a business that will never need an office – was invited to join the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange – London’s most dynamic series of debates – to discuss the Future of the Workplace, together with a prolific panel of business consultants and chaired by Jonathan Prynn of London Evening Standard....

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From feeling festive to feeling blue
Jan12

From feeling festive to feeling blue

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor at Brighter Business   Christmas is over, the decorations are down, the New Year’s celebrations are already a distant memory – welcome to January.   It’s a long, dark month, so it’s hard to find some feel-good factor to cling to – particularly with employees coming back to work after a relaxing Christmas break.   As tempting as it is to start the year as you mean to go on,...

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Algorithms Could Boost Your Recruitment Efforts in 2018
Jan11

Algorithms Could Boost Your Recruitment Efforts in 2018

For many of us, the last couple of weeks have been all about getting back to business after a busy festive period. The start of a new calendar year can be a strange time, particularly as it is not exactly uncommon for those within a workforce to start thinking about a change from their current role. Put frankly, the new year brings new perspectives, and that can often mean some people have the desire to move on to a fresh challenge or...

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Are you flexing for return-to-workers?
Jan11

Are you flexing for return-to-workers?

Guest Blog by Richard Morris, UK CEO, Spaces   A recent survey from coaching organisation Women Returners reveals that 87% of women making a return from a career break want the option to work flexibly. The figure makes for interesting reading at a time of declining candidate availability and with demand for staff growing at the fastest rate since 2015.   Businesses are on the look-out for top talent, and often women...

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How can workplaces support parents with premature babies?
Jan11

How can workplaces support parents with premature babies?

Guest Blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer Employees will experience an extremely difficult and worrying time when they become parents to premature or sick babies. It is estimated over 95,000 premature or sick babies are born each year in the UK, making it highly likely that all workplaces will employ a parent who is undergoing this situation.   Manchester City has recently made headlines for their sensitive and...

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FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Jan11

FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Guest Blog by Lorraine Heard, Legal Director at transatlantic law Womble Bond Dickinson.   The Financial Times investigation into the accuracy of the gender pay gap information published to date highlights a growing concern that some companies are not reporting accurate figures (Financial Times 8 December 2017).     Whilst it is not impossible for a Company to have a zero gender pay gap it is highly improbable that the...

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5 Reasons Why HR Professionals Should Use Video
Jan10

5 Reasons Why HR Professionals Should Use Video

Guest Blog by Finja Kruse   Videos have been around for a long time, and there are many reasons for their success. They are adaptable, relatable, engaging, and provide information in an exciting way.  Their range of allocation is diverse and not bound to one specific target group. Formats include explainer videos, personalized videos, tutorials via webinars…the list goes on! This is just one of the reasons why corporations and...

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The link between employee engagement and customer service
Jan03

The link between employee engagement and customer service

Guest Blog by Kenny Bain, CEO of Rant & Rave explains the intrinsic link between employee and customer engagement.   With the proliferation of communication channels, customers now have more power and information than ever before, and they expect instant service gratification. This has led to a widening expectation gap with today’s businesses where 61% of customers churned in 2016. More significantly, 81% of those defectors...

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Why it could be payroll that stops you harnessing the gig economy
Dec21

Why it could be payroll that stops you harnessing the gig economy

Guest Blog by Jerry Chilvers, managing director, Zalaris UK&I   We are witnessing the rise of the freelancer. Freelance trade body IPSE said in 2016 that there were 1.77 million full-time freelancers, whilst People Per Hour has predicted that half the UK workforce will be freelancing by 2020.       This explosion is being driven by several factors, from the end of jobs for life to the arrival of technology...

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10 Expert Tips for Improving HR Business Writing
Dec21

10 Expert Tips for Improving HR Business Writing

Written communication is an integral part of any successful business, and it is specifically critical for Human Resources staff. These people have to come up with various manuals for the rest of the employees, partners, and stakeholders.     The reasons to improve business communication & writing skills include:   Writing often plays the most significant role in the workplace. This activity is indispensable to the...

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Tribunal statistics show a significant increase since fees removed – Comment by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer
Dec21

Tribunal statistics show a significant increase since fees removed – Comment by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer

The tribunal fee statistics released show a significant increase in the number of tribunal claims made since fees have been removed. Over the quarter, July to September 2017, there was a 64% increase in single claims compared to the same quarter in 2016.   The monthly breakdown in claim numbers clearly reveals the impact of removing the fee system. In July 2017, there were 1,358 single cases. Since the Supreme Court judged fees to be...

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Three top tips for a dynamic December
Dec20

Three top tips for a dynamic December

Guest Blog from Richard Morris, CEO of Regus   The Christmas holiday season is eagerly anticipated. But the forthcoming festivities mean that the number of working days in the month is curtailed – and at a time when planning for the new business year makes life busier than ever.   So how can you maximise available working days to ensure a fully relaxing festive period? Richard Morris, UK CEO, of workspace provider Regus...

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Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018
Dec19

Make Flexible Learning A Priority in 2018

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence   New research from HSBC has highlighted that flexible and remote working practices are more likely to motivate staff and increase workplace productivity than financial incentives.     Nine out of ten employees (89%) surveyed claimed that flexible working is their number one motivator to boost their productivity at work, compared with 77% of respondents who said financial...

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