Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence
Nov30

Companies must not run legal risk by not recording absence accurately says Activ Absence

UK businesses could be running into legal hot water by failing to record their sickness absence according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm who has identified through group risk market reviews for employers that many are not accurately recording sickness absence . Aon highlights that failure to record absence is a legal risk which can negatively impact insurance premiums, increase business risks for staff involved in...

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Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?
Nov29

Are HR professionals verging on becoming employment lawyers?

Guest Blog by Arwen Makin, ESP Law   Evolving employment legislation and mounting economic stresses, together with the uncertain political climate, are culminating to create an increasingly challenging legal landscape for HR teams to navigate. Some have even been left feeling as though they’re verging on becoming employment lawyers, as a result.     But are Human Resources professionals putting too much pressure on themselves to...

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Monitoring and managing bullying in the workplace
Nov29

Monitoring and managing bullying in the workplace

Guest Blog Kirsten Cluer, Owner, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR   Kirsten Cluer is the HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field and has Fellow membership of the CIPD.   Almost a third of Britain’s workforce have admitted to experiencing some form of workplace bullying during their careers, with more than one in three of those leaving their job because of the issue.     It is...

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How ‘Human’ is working from home?
Nov27

How ‘Human’ is working from home?

Guest Blog by Portia Vincent-Kirby from Hudson McKenzie   Approximately over 4.2 Million people are now working from home in the U.K.; but how exactly ‘human’ is this working practice?   With the rise of technology comes also the rise of the ability to work completely virtual and thus remotely. Therefore, with the costs of office space skyrocketing, influencing many companies to downsize without resulting in a redundancy of staff,...

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The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees
Nov23

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   From 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:     ·        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) ·        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) ·        Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses ·        Proportion of men and women in each...

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Don’t dump dyslexics like me in the unemployable bin – make use of our unique skills!
Nov22

Don’t dump dyslexics like me in the unemployable bin – make use of our unique skills!

Guest Blog By James Rix, Founder and CEO of Harrix Group   I was watching the BBC [BBC Breakfast, 15/10/18] and they ran a segment on a new report that says that dyslexics – like me – are really strong in a whole range of skills which are becoming vital for companies that want to do well in the 21st Century.     It almost made me choke on my cornflakes. Turns out, all of the things that made my school life hell, and which I later...

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Building a Successful Mentoring Programme
Nov21

Building a Successful Mentoring Programme

Guest Blog by Katy Tanner, UK Director for Leadership Mentoring at Robert Half   Mentoring in the workplace has moved on from the days of it being used purely as an onboarding tool for new hires. Offering people ways to work happy is vital in the war for talent and mentoring is now a key part of employee engagement and retention.     According to the Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide, skills development is now a crucial component of job...

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How VR can train employees effectively
Nov20

How VR can train employees effectively

 Guest Blog by Ben Bennett, Managing Director, Luminous Group The way we learn is changing. The increased availability of virtual reality (VR) technology has opened up a valuable platform for businesses to teach their employees, often providing training that is both cheaper and more effective than traditional methods. Here, Ben Bennett, managing director of virtual reality experts Luminous Group explains how this tech can be used to...

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Public sector recruiting can match the private sector – it just needs to transform
Nov20

Public sector recruiting can match the private sector – it just needs to transform

Guest Blog by Charles Hipps, CEO and Founder, Oleeo   The public sector needs people with the right skills to cope with the significant challenges expected from citizens. While training and continuous development are important, a large part of securing a qualified workforce is to attract people with the right qualifications and best potential in the first place. Both jobsgopublic and Manpower Group have recently released data that...

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Balancing Act: The 22 min lunch hour reveals a real disruption to work-life balance
Nov16

Balancing Act: The 22 min lunch hour reveals a real disruption to work-life balance

Guest Blog by Brett Moffatt, Managing Director (EMEA) of Talent Intelligence. Studies show the effects of ‘quick lunch-breaks’ are detrimental to employee’s mental and physical health. The average lunch break – just 22 minutes according to one estimate – may increase the risk of premature death by 60 per cent. It’s entirely preventable – so why is our work-life ratio still so unbalanced?   UK employees are losing up to 18 days a year...

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HR expert warns employers not use to NDAs to silence sexual harassment claims
Nov16

HR expert warns employers not use to NDAs to silence sexual harassment claims

Since the beginning of the year, the #MeToo campaign and increasing focus on sexual harassment in the workplace has revealed worrying details about employers’ use of non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs, to prevent harassment being reported. Previous cases have included waitresses at the Presidents Club dinner having to sign agreements before commencing duties, and Harvey Weinstein’s former aide being silenced by an NDA.   The Telegraph...

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Networking—needs working at, but it’s worth it.
Nov15

Networking—needs working at, but it’s worth it.

Guest Blog by Jeremy Marchant Few business people would turn their noses up at more clients. Most of them understand that business networking is an excellent way of finding them, particularly if you have been recommended by someone they know, like and trust whom you met at a networking event.   It’s at this point that many business people falter. Some try networking in an effort to achieve this and find that, although they did what...

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Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age
Nov13

Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Employment lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP   When you are recruiting and interviewing applicants, make sure you don’t make their age a factor unless you want to fall foul of the law. In a recent judgment, the Cardiff Employment Tribunal has held that a job applicant had been unlawfully discriminated against when he did not get a job as a park keeper because of his age.   At the date of the interview the job...

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How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party
Nov13

How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party

Guest Blog from Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm.   Employers are being reminded of their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting their staff at Christmas parties after a Court of Appeal Judge held a company liable for the behaviour of its managing director at a festive get-together.   Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm, is urging employers to set out strict...

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Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role
Nov13

Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD at 10xPsychology Recruitment is a constantly evolving process for any business. Whether it is growing the team, finding a replacement or just making sure the company has the right people in the right roles, it is not easy, and getting it right takes a good understanding of the business and the type of candidates needed to make it a success.     Knowing the challenges When HR teams are looking to recruit,...

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