The Apprentice: Honesty in Business
Dec15

The Apprentice: Honesty in Business

Guest Blog by Pam Rogerson, HR Director for the ELAS Group.   This weeks episode of the Apprentice was the much anticipated interview stage. Every season Lord Sugar’s advisors dig up something from the applicants’ backgrounds that they would have preferred to keep hidden, and this year was no exception.   Recruiter James White was caught out by Mike Soutar when he was found to have lied about his business’s accreditation,...

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What kind of a retirement can Santa expect?
Dec15

What kind of a retirement can Santa expect?

Guest Blog from Alan Morahan, Managing Director, DC Consulting, Punter Southall Aspire   Unlike many other celebrities, Santa is an all-round good guy who has resisted the temptation of using his Lapland base as a tax haven. He’s taken the decision to be fair to everyone, so he pays tax on the income he earns in all the countries where he does business. You won’t be reading about Santa in the Paradise Papers…     While...

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How to switch off and still run a business at Christmas
Dec15

How to switch off and still run a business at Christmas

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   With all the excitement and build-up to Christmas in full swing, business owners across the country will be looking forward to taking some well-earned time off before jumping into the new year with renewed enthusiasm. At least, that’s the plan.   No matter how busy your business or how critical your role, it’s important to take the time out at the tail end...

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Six tips for going beyond basics with flexible working
Dec14

Six tips for going beyond basics with flexible working

Guest Blog from Sorrel Shalet Smart Energy GB’s Head of People, explains why flexible working is so much more than shuffling timesheets. The days of hiding out in an airless office from 9 ‘til 5 are long gone, and with the wealth of affordable technology available to us, it’s easier than you might think to give employees the freedom to work flexibly.       Here at Smart Energy GB, we truly believe that flexibility and...

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What’s the cost of cancelling Christmas?
Dec14

What’s the cost of cancelling Christmas?

Guest Blog Graham Bird- Director of workplace consultancy Where We Work- explains the value of ‘The office Christmas do’ and why the ‘Bah-Humbug’ approach should be avoided at all costs… The countdown to Christmas is in full swing, which means many workplaces around the country are getting ready to don paper hats and take part in Secret Santa. But whilst many workforces enjoy the festivities, there are some organisations that avoid...

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Christmas party sexual harassment
Dec14

Christmas party sexual harassment

Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary from ELAS Group It’s the time of year when we usually focus on the dos and don’ts of the work Christmas party. However this year, with new sexual harassment allegations hitting the headlines almost daily, companies seem to be feeling more anxious about exposing themselves to the possibility of such a claim stemming from festive work gatherings.     Emma O’Leary is an employment law consultant...

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Christmas survival guide: stress
Dec14

Christmas survival guide: stress

Guest Blog by Richard Holmes   Underneath the glistening tinsel, carefully wrapped gifts and turkey basting, Christmas can be the root cause of a lot of stress for many people. All the extra time we spend planning the ‘perfect Christmas’ on top of everyday life means there’s less time to look after yourself when you might need it the most. So we’ve put together our top tips on how to not let stress get the better of you during...

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12 workplace benefits employees dream about
Dec14

12 workplace benefits employees dream about

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor in Chief, Brighter Business     The more research we uncover around employee satisfaction and retention rates, the more apparent it becomes that companies need to give more than the basic monthly salary to gain employee loyalty.     The small business experts at Brighter Business have complied a list of truly unique employee benefits, tried and tested by some of the biggest and...

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The right HR assessment methods can already prevent tragic outcomes
Dec11

The right HR assessment methods can already prevent tragic outcomes

Guest Blog  by Zsolt Fehér, Managing Director, Hogan Assessments   Looking at the past 30 years of human resources management, it’s clear that misjudging your employees can have fatal consequences. Thankfully we can now make sure , with the help of the most sophisticated personality assessment tools.     A brief historical context Although the history of personality assessments and decisions covers more than just the...

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Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent
Dec11

Study Suggests Companies Competing to Attract Top Talent

  Guest Blog by Tom Chapman of CandidSky Portfolio Payroll, a specialist recruitment consultancy based in London, has released the results of its 2017/2018 salary survey. Polling professionals across the payroll sector, the organisation revealed how companies were targeting talent through increased salaries and better benefits.     Identifying levels of salary satisfaction throughout the payroll sector, the organisation...

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5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working
Dec08

5 reasons your employee engagement survey isn’t working

Guest Blog from Questback Many employees would like to be able to change certain things about their place of work, whether it’s a particular process or the entire culture. However, most also groan when told that they have an employee engagement survey coming up.   On the surface, this is somewhat strange. Engagement surveys provide the perfect opportunity to comment on what’s going well at work and what isn’t, so why do many...

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Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR
Dec07

Where does the boundary lie? The need for stronger ties between HR and CSR

Guest Blog by Bruce McCombie, Head of Partnerships, Pilotlight   On your commute home tonight, how often will you be reminded about those less fortunate than you? Will you pass a homeless person on the street, will you read in the newspaper about an inspirational charity worker transforming the lives of young people, or will you see an appeal for help on Facebook? And will that prompt you to volunteer?   According to the...

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The Productivity Puzzle: Why is the UK lagging behind Europe in the Workplace?
Dec06

The Productivity Puzzle: Why is the UK lagging behind Europe in the Workplace?

Guest Blog from Claire Richardson, Chair of the Workforce Institute Europe   At a time when the UK workforce is under the spotlight, countless studies, including the “Always On Con” report from the Workforce Institute Europe have revealed that British workers consistently underperform compared to their European counterparts – they are less productive at work, spend more work time on social media, work more often at home and...

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Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?
Dec05

Six workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends businesses should look out for in 2018?

Comment by Health Assured CEO and wellbeing expert David Price     It’s that time of year when everyone is beginning to make their New Year’s resolutions, most of the time these resolutions tend to about their health and wellness. Promoting good health and wellness should also be an employer’s goal for 2018 so with this in mind, here is a summary of the six best workplace wellbeing initiatives and trends that businesses...

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4 ways to support your employees mental health
Dec05

4 ways to support your employees mental health

Guest Blog, Samantha Glass of Thrive   Many employees can feel as if they will be judged or discriminated against if they open up about a mental health condition. This can stop them from getting help when they need it the most. For this reason it is important to fight the stigma regarding mental health in the workplace. One in three employees has suffered or is currently suffering from diagnosed mental health condition, yet most...

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