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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GRiD welcomes Medical Expenses Consulting as new member
May04

GRiD welcomes Medical Expenses Consulting as new member

Employee benefits consultancy, Medical Expenses Consulting (UK) Ltd (MEC), has become the latest member to join Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector. Specialising in all aspects of health, wellness and protection, MEC will have exclusive access to networking opportunities, industry speakers, research, and insight into market trends and developments. They also benefit from the recently...

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hfx survey shows demand for flexible working is on the increase supporting a sea-change in attitudes to work
Apr24

hfx survey shows demand for flexible working is on the increase supporting a sea-change in attitudes to work

Flexible work options a now a key differentiator for new job candidates, say 70% of organisations hfx, a leading provider of workforce time management solutions, has published survey  findings confirming that flexible working continues to increase across all sizes and types of organisation, both public and private. The survey showed that part-time working is still the most popular form of flexible working (offered by 97% of those...

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New template report will help companies with gender pay gap reporting
Apr13

New template report will help companies with gender pay gap reporting

New gender pay gap reporting legislation has now come into force making gender pay reporting compulsory for larger organisations. To help companies comply with the new Regulations, XpertHR has launched a new model gender pay gap report template, which includes a supporting statement to help companies put their gender pay gap data in context and provide an explanation about it for employees and other interested parties. Under the new...

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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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