Top Tips to Stay Healthy at Work
Jul03

Top Tips to Stay Healthy at Work

Guest Blog by Dr Kenny Livingstone, founder and CEO of ZoomDoc   The role of the HR director has changed to reflect our 21st century attitude to work. Rather than worrying about employees pulling sick days or neglecting their work, businesses now worry about the possibility of employees becoming burnt out and unable to find that crucial work – life balance.   With the increased focus on the value of our work as a society, It’s easy to...

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We need to talk – Why we’re too afraid to report racism to HR
Jul02

We need to talk – Why we’re too afraid to report racism to HR

Guest Blog by Professor Binna Kandola OBE, Senior Partner, Pearn Kandola Would you report an act of racism in the workplace? Whether it be an incident that you happened to witness or one that you were personally the target of, would you have the confidence to tell someone about it? Indeed, would you agree that racism is even a problem in the modern workplace?   It’s true that racist language and overt discrimination are no longer...

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The importance of BYOD policies in managing data protection risks and compliance
Jul02

The importance of BYOD policies in managing data protection risks and compliance

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR   Stricter GDPR legislation rules came into effect just over a month ago, with all businesses and organisations across the UK, no matter what size, now expected to be compliant with the new rules.   But what about employees who use their own devices for work, thereby holding personal and possibly sensitive data about clients, customers, prospects, suppliers and...

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How HR can support SMEs competitive advantage
Jun28

How HR can support SMEs competitive advantage

 Guest Blog by Dr Xiaoxian Zhu, Principal Lecturer    Talent is the core competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – every single newcomer or talent counts for these firms.   Differing from HR management in large companies, SMEs, due to their smaller scale, less management hierarchies, quicker decision speed and fewer employees, should pay special attention to the selection and training of talent.     However, there...

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What pension providers can learn from Abba?
Jun28

What pension providers can learn from Abba?

Guest Blog by Harri Mead, Associate Client Servicing, Punter Southall Aspire It’s finally festival season again and thousands of people will be descending on parks around the country, praying for sunshine. If, like me, you have chosen to abstain this year due to shoddy line-ups, fear not. Next year is promising a ground-breaking concert experience from ‘70s pop sensation ABBA. Even if you are a die hard metal fan, or hooked on trance,...

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Too hot to work? A guide for employers
Jun27

Too hot to work? A guide for employers

Guest Blog by Joanna Adams, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray  With the summer well on its way and the temperature rising, work can be a pretty challenging place at this time of year. For some there may be a temptation to pull a ‘sickie’ and head to the beach. But what is an employer’s duty to their staff in such hot conditions, and how can they encourage employees to give their best while the sun is shining?     Here are some...

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Having it all… the ultimate solution for stay-at-home parents who want to keep their CVs alive and earn extra cash
Jun26

Having it all… the ultimate solution for stay-at-home parents who want to keep their CVs alive and earn extra cash

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson. The evolution of the recruitment industry is offering hope to stay-at-home parents who want to dip their toes back into the world of work.   For a parent, nothing beats the experience of being there for that first smile, and those very first words and steps. But being a stay-at-home mum or dad also comes with plenty of challenges, including seemingly endless nappy changes and feeds.     Plus, there’s the...

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The traditional recruitment model is “broken” says Armstrong Craven CEO
Jun21

The traditional recruitment model is “broken” says Armstrong Craven CEO

The CEO of global talent mapping and pipelining specialist Armstrong Craven has called the traditional recruitment model “broken”. Writing in the first ever AC Review, Tom Mason says the increasing demand for senior and scarce talent is causing organisations to question the way they go about hiring. Tom Mason, who joined Armstrong Craven as CEO in November last year, writes: “Traditionally in-house recruitment teams and/or RPO...

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Can I Insist My Employees Speak English?
Jun20

Can I Insist My Employees Speak English?

Guest Blog by Andrew Weir, Employer Services Manager, Moorepay   The reach and modern utility of the English language stretches across the world, and yet not everyone in the United Kingdom speaks English fluently, or even at all.     With an increasingly diverse workforce, employers may find themselves having to grapple with language issues that arise in the workplace and their legal implications.   So what should employers do when...

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Is Menopause A Disability? What Latest Tribunal Ruling Means For Employers
Jun19

Is Menopause A Disability? What Latest Tribunal Ruling Means For Employers

Menopause has been in the news recently after the deputy Bank of England governor used the word to describe his negative view of the economy, prompting debate about the nature of menopause and attitudes towards it; he later issued an apology regretting the ageist and sexist undertones of his comment. Discussion will no doubt be re-energised following an Employment Tribunal’s ruling that a Scottish Court and Tribunal Service employee...

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Businesses need to consider the ‘health’ as well as the ‘safety’ of employees
Jun18

Businesses need to consider the ‘health’ as well as the ‘safety’ of employees

Guest blog by Mary Lawrence, partner and health and safety practice lead at international legal practice Osborne Clarke LLP   This week has been recognised in the UK as Mental Health Awareness Week and this year, the focus is on the important topic of stress. The Mental Health Foundation revealed this week that two thirds of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem within their lifetime – with stress being a key factor...

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4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup
Jun14

4 ideas to encourage team spirit during the World Cup

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   The World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and excitement is building. On the 14 June, the first match kicks off with Russia v Saudi Arabia and the tournament continues with the final taking place on 15 July. Football fans around the world will be watching the games with baited breath.     Some employers may be concerned that these events can cause distractions in the...

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Productivity begins at home
Jun14

Productivity begins at home

Guest Blog by Hilde Haems, HR Manager at Global Payroll Provider SD Worx   Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes. Yet we spend the best part of our waking hours either at work, or commuting. The recent National Working from Home Day clearly indicates the appetite for employees to work from home. The onus is on businesses to support flexible working, and actively ensure that employees remain engaged and motivated wherever...

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ACAS on Strike
Jun13

ACAS on Strike

Guest Blog by Arran Heal, Managing Director, CMP Resolutions, www.cmpsolutions.com   The fall-out from the rush to employment tribunals – up 90% according to the government’s statistics – is starting to be felt across the range of organisations. Even at the conciliation service Acas, where staff unhappy at the sudden and growing pressures from cases have opted for strike action. Conflict can affect any organisation,...

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Mind the gap: How HR professionals need to analyse gender pay data further to see the benefit
Jun13

Mind the gap: How HR professionals need to analyse gender pay data further to see the benefit

Guest Blog by Peter Meyler, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Barnett Waddingham   The introduction of mandatory gender pay reporting was an attempt to bring the issue of visibility and understanding of differences in pay into the open. Peter Meyler, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Barnett Waddingham, outlines the questions and answers raised by gender pay reporting and looks at ways HR professionals can take the lead in responding.  ...

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