Dress codes in the workplace
Mar13

Dress codes in the workplace

Guest Blog By Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law Discrimination and Dress Codes HR Professionals may recall the highly publicised case from 2016 of Nicola Thorp, a 27 year old receptionist working as a temp via an agency, Portico, for Price Waterhouse Coopers. Part of the Portico formal dress code was for women to wear high heels. When Nicola turned up to work in flat business shoes she was told that she must wear...

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Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk
Mar07

Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson, CEO, RedWigWam With only 17% of Brits admitting they love their job, Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment specialist RedWigWam, explains the emerging hiring trends for 2019 and the importance of employee happiness.  LinkedIn recently published their 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of 5,100 hiring professionals, which informs businesses of today’s hiring challenges and...

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The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching
Mar07

The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching

Guest Blog By Amy Andrews, The PHA Group In an increasingly complex and cut-throat business landscape, the need to stand out ahead of your competition has never been more crucial to the success of both an individual’s career and company futures, alike. Projecting confidence and being able to effectively lead teams to develop a support network has now become just as important as having acute industry knowledge.  With the coaching...

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How can I secure a pay rise?
Mar07

How can I secure a pay rise?

Guest Blog from Louise Goodman, Marketing Director, UK & Ireland at Monster. When’s the right time to ask? You can ask for a pay rise at any time, but there are certain moments that are more naturally suited to it than others like a performance review or the end of the calendar or financial year. However, don’t ask more than once a year as you’ll come across as unrealistic, if not unreasonable in your boss’ eyes....

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5 tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace
Mar06

5 tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

Guest Blog from Kate Palmer, Associate Director at Peninsula ‘Balance for Better’ is the chosen theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and organisations may choose to utilise this to create a greater gender balance in their workplace.  By now most employers should hopefully understand that it is unlawful to pay women less than men working in the same position. However, there may be less obvious instances where women are...

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Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle
Feb28

Asda loses latest round in equal pay claim battle

Guest Blog by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and ors – Equal pay: comparators Court of Appeal upholds decision that retail workers can compare pay terms to distribution workers due to common terms applying at the establishments. The facts Around 30,000 predominately female retail employees have submitted equal pay claims against the organisation, alleging there are not receiving equal...

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Why resilience is the key to managing people through Brexit
Feb27

Why resilience is the key to managing people through Brexit

Guest Blog by Amy Aggleton, Product Development Lead, Lane4 When the pressure is on at work, how do you cope? Do you get frustrated and bury your head in the sand? Or do you remain calm and collected? Regardless of sector, experience, or role, we will all face challenges throughout our careers. This has always been a fact of life, but with Brexit looming, there is a sense that resilience is more important than ever. With the future of...

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Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?
Feb20

Is your workplace discriminatory towards certain accents?

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Kate Palmer    Studies indicate that up to 80% of employers admit to having made discriminating decisions based on regional accents, with YouGov polls showing the least popular voices in theUK come from Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. Although having a strong, noticeable accent is not a protected characteristic within UK law employers should bear in mind that deliberately...

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Managing a Disciplinary Hearing…the cost of getting it wrong
Feb19

Managing a Disciplinary Hearing…the cost of getting it wrong

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner HCHR A disciplinary hearing can be a difficult area for employers. Even though there can be a wealth of evidence against an employee, if a fair process is not followed, it leaves the employer open to the risk of a claim for unfair dismissal If, following an investigation, an employer decides that there is a disciplinary case for an employee to answer, a disciplinary hearing should be arranged. Preparing...

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Want a new job in 2019? Check out these CV tips from a CEO
Feb18

Want a new job in 2019? Check out these CV tips from a CEO

We all know the basics; try to stick to one page, keep it simple and relevant, and check for spelling mistakes. But what makes a CEO keep reading past the seven seconds?   Lorna Davidson is an entrepreneur with a background of successfully building and managing businesses and knows a thing or two about separating remarkable resumés from the mediocre. When it comes to CV’s, first impressions count, as recruiters make a decision on...

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Crisis Control: solving the recruitment issue
Feb08

Crisis Control: solving the recruitment issue

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD of 10xPsychology Recruitment can be difficult for many businesses. The British Chamber of Commerce suggests UK businesses are facing the biggest challenges to their recruitment practices in a generation. While it is a positive sign that unemployment is at its lowest level for 40 years, companies now have a smaller pool of applicants to choose from. It is therefore important that HR departments ensure...

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Keeping fit in the New Year: Why businesses should care
Feb08

Keeping fit in the New Year: Why businesses should care

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive & Recognition at Sodexo Engage The start of the year is the time when a lot of staff comeback from their holidays feeling determined to keep fit. Whether it’s dieting, going to the gym or trying out veganism, there are loads of things that employees are doing to keep healthy. This gives employers the perfect opportunity to get on-board and try out some of these practices too,...

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What can HR learn from Fyre Festival?
Feb07

What can HR learn from Fyre Festival?

 Guest Blog by Peninsula Operations Director and HR Expert Alan Price Fyre Festival was marketed as THE event of summer 2017. Festival goers were excepting the event to be held on the white sandy beaches of a private island, party with some of the most well-known models and listen to the biggest bands and DJ’s on the planet. However, it filled the headlines of summer 2017, for all the wrong reasons. Fast forward to 2019 and two...

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What You Can do to Slow Down a High Staff Turnover
Feb07

What You Can do to Slow Down a High Staff Turnover

Whether your organisation suffers from a higher than usual turnover or not, it benefits organisation to look to slow the rate of unwanted people turnover. In the war for talent, it pays significant dividends to retain good people. Kate Keaney, CEO at Connor.co.uk, the People and Organisational Change experts, explores how experienced leaders, line managers and HR professionals can take fresh approaches to talent retention. Staff...

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Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function
Jan23

Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR If you’re business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about how to approach human resources to deal with the additional responsibilities that come with growth. If you don’t have the skills or funds to develop an in-house team, then outsourcing to an HR specialist or consultant, like HCHR, will give you access to skills, knowledge and support, and save you costs in the long run....

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