Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health?  We ask the experts
Jul20

Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health? We ask the experts

A recent response from a CEO to a worker who was taking leave for mental health reasons has recently gone viral. The story concerns an email from a worker where she told her team she was taking time off work for mental health reasons. Her CEO responded to this email thanking her for sending the message as it provided a reminder that taking time for mental health is important.   Mental health issues on the rise A recent survey...

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HR Support experts share their most-asked questions from June 2017
Jul14

HR Support experts share their most-asked questions from June 2017

Every month XpertHR analyses the most popular FAQs asked by HR professionals in the past month.   They have revealed their top five XpertHR FAQs in June 2017:  Is there a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work? Will there be changes to the rules on obtaining consent to process personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation? What is the General Data Protection Regulation? Must an...

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Finance and HR Leaders Shape Digital Disruption, New Research Finds
Jul13

Finance and HR Leaders Shape Digital Disruption, New Research Finds

New Oracle and MIT Technology Review study reveals the human drivers of cloud automation as the roles of finance, HR, and IT evolve to meet the needs of a more connected organization      To enable organizations to thrive in a competitive digital marketplace, Oracle and the MIT Technology Review today released a new study that highlights the importance of collaboration between finance and human resources (HR) teams with a unified...

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Could annualised hours solve the precarious employment issue?
Jul13

Could annualised hours solve the precarious employment issue?

Kevin White, Managing Director at Working Time Solutions, explains why those in HR tasked with tackling strategic workforce challenges should reappraise Annualised Hours. The volatile demand patterns created by 24/7 markets has seen many employers’ approach to resourcing become reliant on zero and short hours contracts and agency models to provide flexibility and responsiveness. Yet, these forms of ‘precarious employment’ are the...

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Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity
Jun29

Employee ill health costing businesses up to one month a year in lost productivity

UK employers are losing 27.5 days of productive work per employee each year, because of poor health, according to new research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW) – commissioned by Vitality Health Insurance. The company also suggests employee absence and presenteeism is a problem that is costing the UK economy £73 billion a year. The research measured employee health in terms of exposure to risk factors associated with a...

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Study Reveals British Business Leaders Lack Confidence in Digital Transformation
Jun28

Study Reveals British Business Leaders Lack Confidence in Digital Transformation

Most businesses look to adopt digital business models and deploy new technology, but few British businesses feel like they are best-in-class. A new study conducted by IDC and sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, found that the UK’s business leaders don’t deem themselves ‘top performers’ in digital transformation, compared to confident regions such as...

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APSCo report surge in IT security vacancies – meanwhile more cyber attacks threaten UK businesses
Jun28

APSCo report surge in IT security vacancies – meanwhile more cyber attacks threaten UK businesses

Businesses around the world are today reporting a new round of cyber attacks, as the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have announced that IT Security vacancies increased by 6.2% during the year ending 30 April 2017.  The recent attacks are only likely to see this trend increase. There was strong demand for IT Security staff from the Accountancy (40%), Retail and Education sectors, all of whom hold huge amounts of...

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Benefits experts add new products to combat rising US healthcare costs

Individuals in the UK observing the ongoing US healthcare saga will no doubt be feeling increasingly grateful to have access to the National Health Service (NHS). It is well documented that healthcare treatment in the US is by far the most expensive in the world and there is no “free at the point of use” option for residents. Sourcing a suitable health insurance policy is therefore vital to all individuals residing in the US, however...

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GDPR: How HR can help UK businesses avoid crippling fines over upcoming privacy laws
Jun05

GDPR: How HR can help UK businesses avoid crippling fines over upcoming privacy laws

It seems that many UK businesses are far from being GDPR ready – but if they don’t get ready in time, they risk fines that could sink them. With just a year until the stringent privacy regulations come into force (May 25 2018), significant numbers of organisations have let this critical legislation drop off the planning agenda, believing, wrongly, that the new European regulations won’t affect them. HR software provider Ciphr,...

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Fighting for talent: how focusing on people can drive business growth
May31

Fighting for talent: how focusing on people can drive business growth

Adam Hale, EVP of Sage People, discusses how employers can use people-data for a competitive advantage A new report released by Sage People (formerly Fairsail) reveals that the single greatest challenge for the smaller enterprise as they build their business is the global skills crisis and associated war for talent. Research of over 500 HR leaders in mid-sized companies reveals that despite fast growth ambitions less than half (47%)...

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HR’s Secret Weapon for GDPR Compliance
May24

HR’s Secret Weapon for GDPR Compliance

Mika Javanainen, Vice President of Product Management, M-Files discusses why new data protection regulations will significantly impact HR, and what they can do about it. The clock is ticking. One year from now in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect. The new European Union (EU) data privacy regulation will have major implications for companies worldwide, not just those in the EU. Additionally,...

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Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues
May10

Companies must use technology to tackle rising workplace mental health issues

Workplace absence costs UK businesses £18 billion per year in lost productivity, according to research by Firstcare[i] and The Centre for Economic and Business, and a rising number of absences are related to stress and anxiety. According to Firstcare, the number one cause of absence from work is musculoskeletal conditions, which are often associated with stress and poor posture.  The number two cause is stress and anxiety, creating a...

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“The millennial myth”
May10

“The millennial myth”

Guest blog by Gareth Way, HR and Training Director at Creditsafe I’m often asked to review what companies should do to engage with new employees who are entering the world of work for the first time, and so I thought it was about time that I set out where I stand in the whole ‘generation discussion.’ A great deal of column space is given to the dissection of the differences between the multiple generations that coexist in the...

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Why the written CV is here to stay
May10

Why the written CV is here to stay

By Stuart Haddow, MD, Xperisoft There’s a mountain of material available from expert recruiters, bloggers and media companies postulating the imminent death of the Curriculum Vitae. In a nutshell, they suggest that the CV and cover letter-bundle is too inflexible for a modern world with its Social Media focus and new ways to express oneself. Consigning the CV to the history books, they cite how poorly it evidences applicant skills in...

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Absence management expert now offers free Online HR Resource Centre for employers
May09

Absence management expert now offers free Online HR Resource Centre for employers

One of the UK’s leading commentators on Absence Management and flexible working, Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence has today announced the company’s plans to launch a new free Online Resources Centre for HR professionals. Adrian explains: “We have already made a strong commitment to promoting best practice in HR by our sponsorship of HR News.  We are also regularly asked to offer absence management tips and advice to the...

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