World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence
Jul19

World Cup rail chaos should have been avoided says Activ Absence

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence  England might not have made it into the World Cup Final, but it didn’t deter train staff from taking time off to watch the match, resulting in hundreds of Sunday trains in the north-west, the west of England and South Wales being cancelled due to staff shortages, causing widespread passenger disruption.   GWR and Northern Rail said that fewer train crews than usual had...

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What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?
Jul19

What is garden leave and when is it right for SMEs?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business   Garden leave is paid leave for an employee who is leaving your business to work for a competitor. But how do you know whether it’s appropriate, or affordable, for you to place an employee on garden leave?   The experts from Brighter Business, Opus Energy’s small business advice hub, have got the following advice. Read on to find out more.       When is it appropriate for SMEs to offer...

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Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs
Jul18

Industry Research Identifies Gendered Language Within CVs

Research by Oleeo, the leading global prescriptive hiring software provider, has scientifically identified a clear difference in the language used by men and women on their CVs.   In a study of over 200,000 CVs from candidates around the world applying to leading global businesses in an array of sectors, it is evident that women are more likely to use words such as volunteer, assistant, organise and social, while equivalently...

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Dealing with crisis management
Jul17

Dealing with crisis management

Guest Blog Gideon Schulman, director at Pytronot   Setbacks in the business world are regular occurrences. Whether it’s through bad publicity, industry struggles or a breakdown in a bid deal, all companies will inevitably face some troubles. In most instances they will likely be small bumps in the road, however in some cases there could be a big impact on the company and their reputation.     Arguably, it’s how the business deals with...

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Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal
Jul17

Minimum wage is not payable when a worker is asleep, rules Court of Appeal

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Solicitor, Darwin Gray   In an important decision for employers and workers in the care sector, the Court of Appeal has decided that workers should not be entitled to be paid for hours when they sleep at their workplace.   A case brought by a worker of the charity Mencap asked the Court to decide whether workers who carried out overnight “sleep-in” shifts at their workplaces could be considered to be...

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What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK
Jul17

What the Brexit White Paper means for employment law in the UK

Guest Blog by Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price   The 98 page ‘Brexit blueprint’ outlines the UK Government’s suggestion for the future relationship between the UK and EU. Whilst the suggested provisions are still to be negotiated and confirmed, the paper serves to confirm a number of areas within employment law that have been previously announced.   Already being considerably ahead of many Member States’ domestic...

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The future of the recruitment supply chain
Jul16

The future of the recruitment supply chain

Guest Blog by Pete Holliday, Managing Director of Sopra Steria Recruitment While organisations have, for some time, relied on master vendor recruiters to source diverse and disparate skills, the ‘master – servant’ relationship which defined historic RPO structures is beginning to crumble. Internal hiring managers are instead increasingly choosing to work with external organisations which are open and honest about their carefully...

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The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one
Jul12

The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one

Guest Blog by Nicolas Walker   Business communication ought to differ from a secular one as it has a certain role and a strict ethic of behavior when sophisticated small talk is totally free in a form. Business gatherings are held with a goal to come up with a concrete decision of actual task or problem.   Such communication form allows seeing the company’s current situation in complex, to make out all its strong and faint sides. It...

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Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team
Jul12

Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team

Guest Blog by Beat Buhlmann, Evernote’s General Manager for EMEA   Virtual teams have become a crucial part of many organisations in order to allow them to cope with the new globalised nature of the business environment. In fact, by 2020 half of the UK workforce will work remotely according to estimates. But as this trend grows, research shows that an alarming two out of every three experienced managers fail at their first attempt to...

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Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad
Jul11

Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad

Guest Blog by Sinead Bunting, VP Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk   Brexit has left half of Brits (45%) worried they won’t be able to work abroad, according to new research from global jobs site Monster.co.uk.   Moving abroad to work in the future is of interest to almost a third (31%) of UK workers, and around a fifth (17%) of Brits say they’ve held a job overseas already. Workers aged 18-36 (41%) are most interested in broadening...

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Preparing for summer holiday season
Jul09

Preparing for summer holiday season

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   Summer is nearly upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare. For all the sunshine, beach trips, BBQs and picnics that summer brings, there are invariably some challenges that businesses face.   Here, Conor McArdle from Brighter Business has some advice and pragmatic solutions to help businesses and business owners navigate the obstacles they face...

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Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s
Jul06

Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   When the weather warms up and holidays are edging closer, it can be all too tempting to relax and let your professional guard down. If this is something you identify with, then you aren’t alone.     Workplace data suggests that productivity drops 20% during the summer months, with 45% of employees admitting that they’re more distracted. This could be down to excitement...

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Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career
Jul06

Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career

Guest Blog by By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   Most of us can probably agree that coming up against competition brings out a very different side to our personalities. Rivalries for promotions, pitches or new roles can push us to be more productive and to produce stronger work.     Experts believe that being competitive in business drives creativity and helps refine skills like a willingness to push boundaries,...

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What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success
Jul06

What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success

Guest Blog by Jonathan Cameron of Incendium   The 2018 FIFA World Cup is certainly a break with tradition so far as the England squad is concerned. In previous tournaments, England fans – encouraged by the media – dared to dream that their boys could replicate the success of 1966, when Bobby Moore’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final after Geoff Hurst scored two goals in extra time. With remorseless predictability, such...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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