Eurovision – if only businesses could be as successful
May25

Eurovision – if only businesses could be as successful

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive & Recognition,  Sodexo Engage As the europop and garish outfits begin to die down for another year, one lasting image from Eurovision always remains: how people from all walks of life unite under one roof for an epic display of talent and competition, all in good taste and positive energy. How many business leaders would be confident in achieving that atmosphere on such a scale...

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Collective redundancies – 5 things employers should know
May24

Collective redundancies – 5 things employers should know

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft   Recent news stories surrounding job losses at retail giants Marks & Spencer and Tesco Direct has brought to light the issue of collective redundancies. Carrying out collective redundancies can often be an emotive and onerous matter, particularly for first time employers, and the below highlights five key points you need to be aware of.     1)    What qualifies as collective...

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5 ways to arm employees against data breaches
May24

5 ways to arm employees against data breaches

Guest Blog by Andrew Stellakis, managing director of IT support specialist Q2Q IT, explores why employee training is vital when it comes to keeping data safe.   With the GDPR looming, and new cyber-security threats continually on the horizon, it has never been as essential for companies to safeguard the data they hold. This new set of protection laws – centred around upholding the rights of individuals and limiting how their...

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Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary of ELAS Group
May23

Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary of ELAS Group

Last year a Parliamentary committee recommended a change in the law regarding dress codes in the workplace, following a spate of reports that revealed archaic practices including some organisations requiring women to wear high heels and make up.   The law has not changed but today the Government Equalities Office has issued guidance for employers on the issue warning of the risk of sex discrimination and providing examples of what...

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Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!
May23

Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR If you want people to trust you with their data, you need to earn it…stick with me.. Companies hold more personal data on their customers than ever before. Details about our social media habits or what kind of washing powder we prefer are collected, stored and then used to tailor our interactions with brands. Hence, why I’m followed all over the internet by Karen Millen dresses. But the...

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Is presenteeism affecting your workplace?
May22

Is presenteeism affecting your workplace?

Guest Blog by, Rachel Stockell, Senior Manager, Robert Half UK   Presenteeism is an issue for almost all businesses. In fact, 86% of UK companies report people coming into work ill, a record high, according to the CIPD.   Presenteeism has many hidden costs and far reaching effects. Coming to work while you’re sick has been proven to be more damaging than absenteeism (lack of attendance at work) despite considerable awareness and taboo...

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Top 5 tips on how to build a successful financial wellbeing strategy
May17

Top 5 tips on how to build a successful financial wellbeing strategy

Guest Blog from WEALTH at work   Many employees feel in the dark with their finances and the impact of this is being felt in the workplace.   In fact, research* shows that 78% of employers believe that financial worries cause increased levels of stress amongst employees, 43% think that it results in lower productivity and 31% believe that it leads to absenteeism.     It’s important to help employees feel secure when it comes to their...

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World Cup can be a big win for employee engagement
May17

World Cup can be a big win for employee engagement

Major national events such as this month’s Royal wedding and next month’s football World Cup offer employers an opportunity to boost employee engagement and motivation, a study by HR website XpertHR shows.   More than half (51.7%) of employers say their organisation’s approach to major sporting and special events has a positive or very positive impact on employee engagement. Fewer than one in 20 (4.2%) say it has a negative effect.  ...

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A ground-breaking way to attract passive job seekers: the world’s first automated, job-based, micro campaigns for Facebook
May17

A ground-breaking way to attract passive job seekers: the world’s first automated, job-based, micro campaigns for Facebook

  A new automated service to help businesses target passive job seekers on Facebook, the first in the world, is set to fundamentally change recruitment advertising.   ClickIQ, an award-winning automated talent attraction platform, has already disrupted the market by using AI and programmatic technology to challenge more traditional methods of recruitment.     The service allows clients to automate, manage and optimise their...

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Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce
May15

Impact Of Presenteeism on the UK Workforce

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Despite a general misconception, employees who attend work while unwell isn’t a sign of dedication. It’s more likely that the culture in their organisation makes them feel pressurised to be there.  This is known as presenteeism and has become both a prevalent and costly problem that needs to be addressed.   Think of it like a technical malfunction; if a photocopier or printer jams, employees can...

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Why team jollies are good for business
May14

Why team jollies are good for business

Does your team need a break? In the fast paced world of business, employees are routinely expected to perform at peak levels, often in pressured work environments, working long hours and to tight deadlines. Stress related illnesses are unfortunately a common occurrence, particularly among those team members who never take their foot of the gas at work.   Most employers are only too aware of the problems of stress in the workplace and...

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Five ways to nurture a learning culture
May14

Five ways to nurture a learning culture

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, content executive at Brighter Business   For businesses to stay flexible and innovative, it’s important to encourage learning. To do that, you must create an environment which puts learning, professional and personal development at the heart of your people strategy.   This goes beyond improved productivity and profit. A strong learning culture can help you to fill skill gaps and to gain a competitive edge,...

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The Workwear Revolution: Are dress codes becoming more relaxed than ever?
May14

The Workwear Revolution: Are dress codes becoming more relaxed than ever?

Guest Blog by Hayley Stansfield, PR & Media Relations Manager, twentysix   The Western trend of ‘casual Fridays’, also known as ‘dress down Fridays’ has been widely adopted by many UK businesses for several years, with some now taking on this more relaxed approach five days a week. For a large number of enterprises, jeans and a nice shirt have become the workwear norm, with many business owners, including CEO of Curated Digital,...

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Spotting the signs of, and managing, workplace stress
May11

Spotting the signs of, and managing, workplace stress

Guest blog by Richard Jenkins, behavioural psychologist and CABA wellbeing consultant   It’s not always easy to spot signs of workplace stress as everyone copes in different ways. Asking an employee or a colleague if they’re stressed offers no guarantees that they’ll tell you how they’re really feeling. But, spotting the signs early can help to prevent longer-term issues. Employers can play an active part in helping staff manage...

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Supporting Employees During Ramadan
May10

Supporting Employees During Ramadan

Guest blog from Shakira Joyner or HCHR   This year, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday, 15 May and ends on Thursday 14 June.  During Ramadan Muslims are prohibited from consuming food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset for 30 days.     Many Muslims will carry on working during Ramadan and can be affected by a drop in energy, feeling tired and experiencing lower concentration levels.   In the UK,...

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