RNLI Crew Members Sacked Over Safeguarding Concerns
May10

RNLI Crew Members Sacked Over Safeguarding Concerns

Two mugs given as a Secret Santa gift by Whitby lifeboat crew members have resulted in two crewmen being sacked and four others resigning in protest. Newspaper reports say that Ben Laws, who had volunteered for the RNLI for 15 years, and trainee Joe Winspear were fired due to safeguarding concerns after a complaint was made about mugs featuring naked women, one of which had a crewman’s head superimposed on the body. A spokesman for...

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Is your workplace toxic?
May10

Is your workplace toxic?

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, content executive at Brighter Business   A recent report published by Expert Market has uncovered the unsavoury truth behind employee unhappiness caused by toxic workplaces.   Toxic workplaces are those where bad attitudes, bad interpersonal relationships, bad work styles and more affect the morale and productivity of workers.   While half of the workers surveyed said they are looking for new employment,...

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GDPR isn’t a crisis for recruiters if they are careful
May10

GDPR isn’t a crisis for recruiters if they are careful

Guest blog by Charles Hipps, CEO & Founder, WCN   Am I the only one seeing increasing numbers of resubscribe e-mails bombarding my inbox of late? There is now just weeks to go before the new GDPR laws finally come into action across the EU. Are you compliance ready or are you still wondering how do we make the recruitment process more respectful to candidates without losing our edge?     This is perhaps the biggest question we...

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3 ways to demonstrate your green credentials at a careers fair
May08

3 ways to demonstrate your green credentials at a careers fair

Displaying your company’s environmental responsibility is becoming increasingly important when you’re looking to hire the best candidates. In this article, Andrew Dark, from promotional specialists Custom Planet, takes a look at how you can demonstrate your green credentials at careers fairs.   With record levels of job openings available and a national skills shortage, it’s becoming even more difficult for companies in...

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Beyond the Scooter: Why Trendy Perks Won’t Help Retain Millennial Employees – and What Will
May04

Beyond the Scooter: Why Trendy Perks Won’t Help Retain Millennial Employees – and What Will

Guest Blog by Ronni Zehavi, CEO and Co-Founder of HiBob   Amid economic change and a generational shift in attitudes toward careers, millennials have embraced job hopping as a pathway toward better opportunities and personal fulfillment. Millennials predict that they will have an average of nine jobs during their careers – a marked contrast to the seemingly distant era in which it was not uncommon for professionals to remain with the...

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AAT: UK Small Businesses Should Do Five Things To Grow Sustainably In 2018
May04

AAT: UK Small Businesses Should Do Five Things To Grow Sustainably In 2018

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is calling on UK SMEs to do five key things to help deliver sustainable growth this financial year. Exclusive research from an expert panel of AAT licenced accountants has found that four in five SMEs have someone who is not in a qualified financial role managing their financial processes, resulting in potential average losses of around £15,000 a year. The findings highlighted key threats to...

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With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this
May03

With presenteeism in the workplace on the rise, Activ Absence suggests ways companies can tackle this

A new survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) highlights the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ – with 86% of employers they surveyed having observed staff coming into work while ill in the last year.   This is up from 72% in 2016, and just 26% of employers in 2010. However, employers are doing little to tackle this growing problem. The CIPD found just a quarter of respondents that have experienced...

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How Office Design Can Solve Every Day HR Issues
May03

How Office Design Can Solve Every Day HR Issues

Guest Blog by Emily Wells of CBS Office Interiors Office design can directly affect the working environment in a variety of ways, which in turn can affect the overall success of the business. Small changes to optimise the office design can pay dividends in many ways, so we’ve outlined how your company can be affected and what steps you can take to solve HR issues with great office interior design.     What is Good Office Design? It...

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How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee
May03

How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee

By Lisa Gillespie, HR Services Director, Moorepay  By now all companies should have an adequate equal opportunities policy in place which includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment, two of the ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010. But is having an equal opportunities policy enough? Just because you may have such a policy tucked away in your handbook, this doesn’t mean that everyone in your place of work has...

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What could the Asda and Sainsbury’s merger mean for employees
May03

What could the Asda and Sainsbury’s merger mean for employees

Guest Blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer   Merging one company with another is a technique often used to ensure company growth whilst keeping expansion costs low. The latest merger in the public eye is that of Britain’s second and third largest supermarkets, Asda and Sainsbury’s, which will create a combined workforce of 330,000 employees. Staff may, however, be wondering what the merger means for them?     Employees of...

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Is your organisation GDPR ready?
May03

Is your organisation GDPR ready?

With a little over a month left until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in Europe, the Pillar Project’s in-house GDPR specialist, Michael Shea, examines how the new law will begin to affect the lives of private EU citizens.   Ahead of GDPR D-Day on Friday, 25th May 2018, there are a number of critical concerns we need to address such as: Will it really protect your data? How will it affect businesses...

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5 tips for handling Sunday night work anxiety
Apr27

5 tips for handling Sunday night work anxiety

As Sunday draws to a close, many are left feeling anxious about the week ahead and deflated at the thought of returning to work. It’s not uncommon to feel daunted by what the week might bring, especially if the last one was particularly challenging or if the next will bring a lot demanding tasks. Having relaxed at the weekend, the next five days can seem like a lot to deal with and the anxiety this causes is often underestimated.  ...

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Short-term Recruitment Specialist, RedWigWam, Champions Experience Outside the Classroom
Apr27

Short-term Recruitment Specialist, RedWigWam, Champions Experience Outside the Classroom

Thursday 26th April marked ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’. A pioneering initiative that originated in the US, there is no such formal programme in the UK, but several companies and organisations have recognised the benefits of exposing children and young people to the workplace, such as top ‘disruptive business’, RedWigWam. Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment agency, RedWigWam, believes that early work experience...

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5 actionable staff retention strategies
Apr27

5 actionable staff retention strategies

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, UK Managing Director, Robert Half There’s an art to people management. There is a fine balance that needs to be found when trying to engage employees and keep them challenged. Push employees too hard and they’ll become over-stressed and under productive. Don’t push them enough and they’ll resign in search of a more exciting role. The war for talent has impacted most UK industries, seeing those few highly...

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Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace
Apr26

Ten steps for employers to tackle stress in the workplace

April is Stress Awareness Month[i] which seeks to raise awareness of this growing problem. It’s also a good opportunity for employers to consider their role in helping reduce stress in the workplace.   The Health and Safety Executive[ii] says that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Some of the causes include workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much...

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