The future of pensions
Nov29

The future of pensions

Guest Blog By Gavin Zaprzala-Banks, Principal Consultant, Punter Southall Aspire     For many years, revealing that I worked in the pensions industry signalled a quick shift in the conversation.   “Pensions? Not as good as property though is it? Do you need another drink?”   “Pensions. Really? Anyway, have you heard the latest news about…?”   Did I ever pretend that I had a different job? Absolutely! However,...

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Five challenges for becoming GDPR compliant
Nov29

Five challenges for becoming GDPR compliant

Guest Blog by Mike James   The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of rules that will come into force on the 25th May 2018. Designed to addresses a number of issues regarding the collection, storage, use and protection of personal data, almost every business across the UK will need to follow the regulation.   So if you have your own business or you are responsible for any kind of personal data within a...

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Top 10 Benefits of Continuous Performance Management
Nov28

Top 10 Benefits of Continuous Performance Management

Guest Blog from Mischa Riedo, Co-Founder of QuercusApp Nobody enjoys performance reviews. They are an annual event that costs everyone in your business time and money while generating little improvements. Even though most companies know that classic performance management is incredibly ineffective for evaluating performance, they are still looking for new alternatives.     The alternative is called continuous performance...

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7 things not to say when asking for a raise…
Nov28

7 things not to say when asking for a raise…

Guest Blog from Instant Offices Asking for a raise can take you completely out of your comfort zone but in today’s economic climate if you don’t ask you often don’t get. Here are 10 things to avoid when asking for that raise.     1) “I Quit!” (unless you are prepared to) While it is very important to do your preparation don’t threaten to leave if your salary expectation is not met unless you are prepared to do so. Using a...

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Employing a Millennial Generation
Nov27

Employing a Millennial Generation

Guest Blog from Sarah Manley, Design Lead at Innovation Arts     This demanding group want a company to live and breathe their values – why organisations need to shape up in order to capture best talent   There’s a brilliant sketch in the American TV comedy “Portlandia,” where two millennial characters at a restaurant have a question for the server about the chicken: was it locally raised, how much room did it have to...

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The one thing that’s missing from your workplace perks
Nov27

The one thing that’s missing from your workplace perks

Guest Blog from Michael Dunnett-Stone of Seed Music   When it comes to picking workplace perks, the stakes couldn’t be higher. According to a recent survey by Payment Sense, 38% of employees would consider moving companies to get the perks they want.   The best companies are well aware of this – and will go to great lengths to provide the perks which will keep their workforce happy. This is great news for...

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Fewer than 1 in 10 businesses have cultures that are understood. Why does this matter and how to address it?
Nov27

Fewer than 1 in 10 businesses have cultures that are understood. Why does this matter and how to address it?

Guest Blog from Claire King, Programme Director at Innovation Arts    One thing we hear time and time again recently is corporate leadership’s need to support both change initiatives and day-to-day operations whilst managing greater flux and uncertainty than ever before.   The spotlight often falls on HR Directors, with those who rise to the challenge usually being stewards of a strong and agile culture, underpinned by...

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Mental Health and Employers
Nov24

Mental Health and Employers

Guest Blog from Charlie Thompson, associate in the employment team at law firm Harbottle & Lewis   A recent government review of mental health and employers, Thriving at Work, reveals that “15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition” and “300,000 people with a long term mental health condition leave employment every year, equivalent of the whole population of Newcastle or Belfast”. It is not...

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Employment Law: The Fallon fallout
Nov24

Employment Law: The Fallon fallout

Guest Blog from Tim Gooder, Employment Solicitor at Gordons Law Firm   It is little more than two weeks on from Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation from his cabinet post as Defence Secretary following “kneegate”. Here Tim Gooder, employment solicitor at Gordons law firm, considers the facts as we know them in the context of employment law.   Sir Michael Fallon resigned from the cabinet after admitting repeatedly touching female...

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‘How can HR directors help create a cyber-aware environment?’
Nov23

‘How can HR directors help create a cyber-aware environment?’

Guest Blog by Isaac Daniel, CEO and founder of Macate   2017 has seen a number of high profile institutes become victims of cyberattacks, with 40 percent of businesses having experienced an attack in the last 12 months. As more and more business become conscious of the threat of cyberattacks, companies are revising their policies, with many turning to their IT department for answers.       Yet, IT directors aren’t...

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Bullying in the workplace- advice for employers
Nov23

Bullying in the workplace- advice for employers

Gues Blog by Ed Stacey, Head of legal Services and Employment Law at PwC   With recent research suggesting workplace bullying is a significant problem for UK employers, this article looks at the policies and practices employers should adopt to tackle this issue and what the consequences are for failing to do so.   One of the first ways by which employers can tackle the problem of bullying is to ensure that there are adequate...

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Seven employee benefits that help you retain staff
Nov22

Seven employee benefits that help you retain staff

Guest Blog  by Mike James   Are you considering introducing an employee benefit scheme to your business? Providing your staff with benefits has many advantages including increasing the appeal to potential recruits and to boost the morale and productivity of the team. But undoubtedly one of the most attractive things about them is their ability to help you retain your staff. Workers with more benefits are more likely to feel happy...

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Learning from past mistakes to avoid future failure
Nov22

Learning from past mistakes to avoid future failure

  Guest Blog by Zsolt Fehér   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 last 30 years, the concepts of...

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How can employers maintain productivity on Black Friday?
Nov22

How can employers maintain productivity on Black Friday?

Guest Blog by Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer Black Friday, the American name for the day after Thanksgiving when Americans traditionally started their Christmas shopping, has been a welcome phenomenon for UK workers seeking a bargain on their Christmas shopping. For employers, however, the weeklong build up and on-the-day flash deals can lead to higher levels of absence, loss of focus and a negative impact on workplace...

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Which unfavourable personality trait makes a great entrepreneur?
Nov21

Which unfavourable personality trait makes a great entrepreneur?

Written by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   One of the challenges of being an entrepreneur is the process of constant development, giving yourself a competitive advantage. There are a lot of qualities which are essential for business people – resourcefulness, drive and desire to succeed, creativity, imagination and so on. But according to Aaron Allen & Associates, a global consultancy firm, impatience...

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