How to get your payroll ready
Sep17

How to get your payroll ready

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   When your business moves from a one-person operation to requiring more employees, it’s an exciting time! You’re a successful and growing business, and you’re taking the necessary steps to guarantee future growth.     Part of the process is making sure that you’re ready to take new people on, starting with the most important bit: payroll. After all, people are...

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The blurred lines of the working day
Sep14

The blurred lines of the working day

Guest Blog by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray   A cultural revolution Mobile technology and our handheld computers have revolutionised our lives – we are connected to our social groups, the rolling news … and unfortunately, to our work on a 24/7 basis. We are facing a cultural revolution and concerns are being raised that this is not necessarily good for us.  Are we a generation that is unable to ‘switch off’?     A duty of...

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Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working
Sep06

Why the recruitment sector needs flexible working

Guest Blog by Sanj Mahal, Founder & CEO of AndCo   While the concept of flexible working may seem at odds with the recruitment sector’s traditional working cultures, early adopters within the industry are reaping the benefits of a different way of working.   Flexible working provides an array of benefits to businesses, including improved work-life balance, increased productivity and enhanced motivation. For the recruiters...

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What does no-deal Brexit papers mean for employers and employees?
Sep05

What does no-deal Brexit papers mean for employers and employees?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft   These papers highlight that a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario is likely to result in a period of uncertainty and disruption for businesses and that it is highly advisable for employers to evaluate the effect this would have upon their business and prepare for such an eventuality.     A key point to take from this is the confirmation that existing worker rights, such as laws on working...

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Lunch time! Get your chef on!
Sep05

Lunch time! Get your chef on!

Guest Blog By Emily Wells, Business Development Manager at CBS Office Interiors   Does the idea of having a place where you can store, prepare and enjoy a healthy lunch appeal to you? Are you sitting down? Imagine a comfortable place, a short burst away from your desk. As winter and the cold descends upon us, too many eat lunch at their desk to avoid the rain outside and skip the essential breaks needed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a...

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Ghosting in the Hiring Process: What It Is and How to Stop It
Sep04

Ghosting in the Hiring Process: What It Is and How to Stop It

Guest Blog By Beth Zoller, JD, Legal Editor, XpertHR   You have reached out again and again, but there is radio silence on the other end. No phone call, no email, not even a text or a LinkedIn message. The other person has just vanished. You have been officially ghosted.     Ghosting is defined as the practice of ending a personal or professional relationship with an individual by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all...

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Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?
Aug31

Is taking a holiday really that important for your mental health?

Guest Blog By Janice Haddon, founder and MD of Morgan Redwood   Millions of UK workers book time off work during the summer months, whether that be to spend quality time with family and friends or to travel to far-flung destinations.   It is during this time we often hear people say they are ‘in need of a break’ or ‘need to recharge the batteries’, but is there any truth behind these expressions and does it really matter whether we...

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Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting
Aug30

Why algorithms at events are the future of recruiting

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO & Founder, Oleeo   Recruiting is evolving with technology at a frenetic pace. The future will be more machine-driven than perhaps ever before in the ever-expanding quest for recruiters who have to ensure they are hiring the best quality candidates.     Together, predictive and prescriptive analytics are the future in helping talent acquisition teams to move forward with confident sourcing,...

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BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!
Aug29

BBQ-itis… has it hit your office? Beware this Bank Holiday weekend!

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ People HR Bank Holiday Tuesdays have a high rate of attrition – whether its down to the after effects of too much alcohol, too much sun or food poisoning down to badly cooked barbecue food, adding to delayed onset ‘Mondayitis’, I’ll hazard a bet that in many workplaces, there will be at least one empty seat Today.  Of those that are present and correct, there will be more than...

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Technology can help workers improve their written communication skills
Aug29

Technology can help workers improve their written communication skills

Guest Blog by Fergal McGovern, CEO of VisibleThread   The written word is still used extensively in our organisations.   Just think of website content, FAQ documents, contracts, terms and conditions, customer journey drips, scripts for live chat… or your inbox. Emails are one of the main ways we do business with our internal and external customers.     However, there are numerous factors that influence the quality of written...

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6 Signs you’re being underpaid
Aug29

6 Signs you’re being underpaid

Guest Blog by Emma Gilbey You are the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave, you are accountable for most of your departments tasks and you fuel your colleagues with endless coffee runs. However, each month your funds are dangerously low as your wage does not mirror your flair in the workplace. Is this the norm or is it time to strike up the courage and ask for a pay rise?     Here, the financial experts at Finance.co.uk...

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Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management
Aug24

Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation...

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AI is changing the workplace and the world. But is it helping to eliminate the workplace bias?
Aug24

AI is changing the workplace and the world. But is it helping to eliminate the workplace bias?

Guest Blog By Peter Hogg, Talent Acquisition & Mobility Manager, Schneider Electric UK&I   Based on analyst predictions, today’s workplace is on the brink of disruption. New connected technologies, such as AI, machine learning and cognitive collaboration practices, promise to change the nature of the workplace as we know it. Yet, stories of burnout, stress, inflexible policies and hiring practises still make the headlines.  ...

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Shared Parental Leave – Why Has the Uptake Been so Low?
Aug24

Shared Parental Leave – Why Has the Uptake Been so Low?

Guest Blog by Andrew Weir, Employer Services Manager at Moorepay   Despite being launched more than two years ago Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has not been as popular as expected. In this article we look at what SPL offers, why uptake has been far below expected levels, and the proposed changes due to come into force in 2018.     What is Shared Parental Leave?   SPL was first introduced in April 2015 and provides eligible parents with...

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Tackling the workplace physical inactivity crisis
Aug22

Tackling the workplace physical inactivity crisis

Davina Deniszczyc, Charity Director and Primary Care Medical Director, Nuffield Health   Technology is changing how we work for the better – increasing business output and making us all more efficient. However, while digital tools offer huge productivity benefits, the move away from manual labour is having unintended consequences on our health.   The service sector now contributes around 80 percent of GDP to the UK economy,...

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