Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?
Apr11

Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?

  Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the Government’s new apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates. “Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our...

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New performance model promises to deliver optimum performance
Apr11

New performance model promises to deliver optimum performance

A new model for improving not only performance, but the lives of employees has been launched by breakthrough growth coach John Cottrell. The background John Cottrell has always been fascinated by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where only 2% of people are supposed to be able to reach self-actualisation. So what about the other 98%? How can we facilitate those needs being met to motivate those people to be more, achieve more and be...

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cut-e launches world’s first instant messaging simulation game for more engaging recruitment
Apr06

cut-e launches world’s first instant messaging simulation game for more engaging recruitment

A new instant messaging simulation game – which provides a situational judgement assessment of a candidate’s strengths, personality and abilities, in the style of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger – has been launched by cut-e, the international talent and assessment specialist. Called chatAssess, the new, customisable 6-15 minute assessment is primarily designed to support early screening and attraction in graduate and...

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22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months
Apr04

22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months

22-year-old undergraduate student Nicholas Shekerdemian has celebrated massive success and has been named as one of 2017’s ‘most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch’ in several reports, after his ground-breaking Headstart app was a finalist and award winner in the ‘Disrupt HR’ competition at HR Tech World in Paris.  Signing up over 20,000 students in just 6 months,  the app which he co-founded and launched with...

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Soft-hair Europe: the office becomes the salon in the latest tech-co perk
Apr04

Soft-hair Europe: the office becomes the salon in the latest tech-co perk

When it comes to unusual and inventive employee incentives, tech companies are often seen to rule the roost. From the midday siesta in a nap pod at Google, to Facebook’s on-site healthcare facilities it’s easy to see why. It’s therefore no surprise to discover that within a few minutes of entering Software Europe’s head office in Lincoln you can grab a can of Shandy Bass out of the vending machine, catch a game of...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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First week of Spring sees soar in sickness absence
Mar27

First week of Spring sees soar in sickness absence

A combination of beautiful weather, the clocks going forward and last night’s England match has led to an increase in workplace absences today. Absence management specialist the ELAS Group has seen a marked difference in the number of people calling in sick today when compared to the last couple of Mondays.  As of 10am today, their data shows more people have called in sick than did by this time on National Sickie Day, which this year...

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How HR leaders can improve their communication
Mar15

How HR leaders can improve their communication

  Guest blog by Rachel Maclean, COO, Air. Communicating the key messages about your company is the most important job you’ve got as an HR leader  but most employees have so many demands on their time at work that they tune out, or rely on their colleagues to tell them what’s going on. So if you are to be effective, you’ll need to up your game. Communicating effectively is a skill – just like anything else....

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Parsing the payroll cloud
Mar10

Parsing the payroll cloud

Guest blog by David Woodward, Chief Product & Marketing Officer, SD Worx   Payroll technology has come full circle. In the 1960s, computer bureaux appeared to make expensive and specialised computers available to businesses via a time-share model. Later, modems also enabled remote access for customers. Computer bureaux started vanishing in the 1980s, being replaced by affordable IBM PCs and minicomputers, allowing businesses...

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NHS Trust Takes Unique Approach to Managing Workplace Conflict
Mar10

NHS Trust Takes Unique Approach to Managing Workplace Conflict

One of the UK’s largest and most successful NHS trusts, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), as part of their strategic approach to address bullying and harassment, is implementing an innovative new approach to managing workplace conflict with the support of one of the UK’s leading mediation and conflict management providers, Consensio. UCLH is a complex NHS trust which employs over 8000 staff across its...

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Leading salary sacrifice provider launches scheme for high mileage business drivers
Feb28

Leading salary sacrifice provider launches scheme for high mileage business drivers

Fleet Evolution, one of the country’s leading providers of car salary sacrifice schemes to SMEs, has launched a scheme to give drivers who cover a lot of miles peace of mind when it comes to their vehicles. The newly-announced Employee Car Ownership (ECO) scheme will allow employees who do high business mileage to own a company car with employer volume discounts – but without forking out any company car tax. Andrew Leech, Managing...

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Fleet Operations triples fundraising target with £12,000 charity bonanza
Feb28

Fleet Operations triples fundraising target with £12,000 charity bonanza

Leading independent fleet consultancy Fleet Operations has smashed its 2016 annual fundraising target by raising £12,000 for local and national charities. Staff from the Newcastle-under-Lyme company were given a £4,000 goal at the start of 2016 and set about organising different ways to reach their target. Events included a challenging hike up Mount Snowdon, Cycle London Orbital – a 117-mile static bike ride – and most recently, a...

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Is Your Talent Management Strategy Ready For The Global Skills Gap?
Feb27

Is Your Talent Management Strategy Ready For The Global Skills Gap?

Guest blog by Alexandre Pachulski, Co-Founder of Talentsoft Our global economy has begun yet another transformation. We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution that will bring major changes to our societies, driven by advances in connectivity, automation, and artificial intelligence. With that, has come a global gap in the skilled talent necessary to keep pace. As expert Klaus Schwab, puts it, “the changes are so...

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As IR35 reforms loom, free tool provides mass IR35 assessments.
Feb27

As IR35 reforms loom, free tool provides mass IR35 assessments.

Public sector bodies which engage contractors need no longer face high charges for IR35 status testing thanks to a free, automated compliance solution developed by ContractorCalculator, an online portal that has become the UK’s leading guide to contracting and freelancing. HMRC estimates that 26,000 public sector contractors are affected by the reforms.  With traditional IR35 tests proving expensive and often slow, a free new...

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Why employees with physical conditions also require mental health support
Feb27

Why employees with physical conditions also require mental health support

Employees who initially present with physical health conditions need support for mental health and emotional problems in practically all cases, according to RedArc’s team of nurses. The company has found that no matter what the individual’s physical health condition, some level of additional mental or emotional problem also needs to be dealt with after the initial diagnosis. Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc says: “For...

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