Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend
Aug24

Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend

Full-time office employees are finding that their precious weekends are becoming the ‘workend’, according to new research by membership organisation Boundless. A study of 2,000 full-time office workers has revealed that 65 per cent do extra work at the weekend, and would earn an extra £3,359 each year on average if paid for this overtime.* The survey revealed that 82% of those polled have worked at least one weekend in the last six...

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Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes
Jul19

Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes

In order to comply with the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s rules requiring the identification of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year, the corporation has today released the salaries of 96 of its top stars. The total pay for those on the list is almost £30million. The data released today shows a definite pay gap between top BBC male and female presenters. Only a third of the 96...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Is the ‘people factor’ being left behind by the gig economy?
Jun29

Is the ‘people factor’ being left behind by the gig economy?

Caroline Griffiths, Managing Director at Bradfield HR expresses concerns that some gig employers may be forgetting the value people bring to a business. ‘It’s all good at the gig’ On the surface, the gig economy is packaged as one of the most desirable forms of employment. Employees get to work for an organisation that is often responsible for operating an innovative product or service. There’s often a quirky office...

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Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017
Jun15

Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017

  Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that employers who were hoping for a reprieve from the changes to Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OPRA) will be disappointed and must take action to comply. The Finance Bill 2017 has now received Royal Assent, making it the Finance Act 2017 and while many original clauses were cut, the OPRA elements have remained largely intact. Aon...

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Christmas ‘Click Off’ – The December Date When The British Workforce Finally Gives Up
Dec14

Christmas ‘Click Off’ – The December Date When The British Workforce Finally Gives Up

From Friday 16th December 2016 over half of people working in Britain (54%) will have started winding down for Christmas Employee engagement platform, Peakon, has conducted research to discover the day in December when productivity in the UK will plummet, as weary staff turn their thoughts towards the Christmas holidays. With the festive season seemingly starting earlier and earlier each year, Peakon assessed the workplace engagement...

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32% of workers report increase in workplace hostility after political discussions
Dec01

32% of workers report increase in workplace hostility after political discussions

1 in 5 employees are negatively affected by political talk 65% avoid talking politics at work 32% of employees report that workplace hostility has increased because of political discussions at work 2016 has been a year of electoral surprises, with the UK voting to leave the E.U. and the U.S. sending Donald Trump to the White House. These results have made political discussions in the workplace near inescapable. Talking politics with...

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Workbooks strengthens senior management with appointment of Christelle Fraysse as Chief Marketing Officer

Workbooks a leading provider of CRM and business applications to the mid-market today announced that Christelle Fraysse has joined as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. A seasoned marketing leader with 20 years experience, Christelle has particular expertise in establishing and managing marketing operations for global software businesses. Based at Workbooks’ Headquarters in Reading, Christelle will lead the marketing function to...

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Keeping productivity high when the leaves are falling
Oct13

Keeping productivity high when the leaves are falling

Guest blog by Neil Pickering, Marketing and Industry Insight Manager at Kronos Very little makes you think more seriously about making changes at work than returning from a summer holiday and going back to work. Holidays can be a great time for reflection and employees who were slightly disengaged with their current employment may have returned with new passion or plans to make changes. Of course, by October the holidays are long...

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Editors blog: how can employers improve staff mental health at work?
Oct10

Editors blog: how can employers improve staff mental health at work?

As well as being Editor of HR News, and working in marketing for Activ People HR, I have a keen interest outside work in holistic healing.  I actually qualified as a vibrational therapist and reiki master over 10 years ago, and although I don’t have time to practice these days, I still treat friends and family and teach them self-care.  I also maintain a holistic healing blog. No matter what physical symptoms present, nearly...

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Tribunal victory for father denied full pay during shared parental leave
Oct06

Tribunal victory for father denied full pay during shared parental leave

Sex discrimination cases are unfortunately all too common, but a case this week was unusual as the claimant was male. Network Rail worker David Snell successfully brought a claim against his employer after the employer offered only statutory pay to male employees during shared paternity leave, whilst Mothers were given full pay. Both Mr. Snell and his wife work for the same company, Network Rail.  The couple planned to take advantage...

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“You’ll never believe what he asked me!” The Strangest HR Requests, Ever!
Oct05

“You’ll never believe what he asked me!” The Strangest HR Requests, Ever!

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question’, but when working in HR, we’re often caused to wonder if that really is the case! To celebrate the launch of new online CIPD Level 5 Training Course, CIPD training experts DPG plc asked their community of HR professionals to anonymously share the most obscure requests they have experienced over the course of their careers. Paul Drew, Managing Director...

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One in 5 seriously injured workers will be unable to return to work
Sep23

One in 5 seriously injured workers will be unable to return to work

When workers are injured, best practice HR focuses on the eventual return to work for the injured worker.  However new research has shown that return to work may not be an option for a fifth of the workers who sustain life changing injuries. Claims management company National Accident Helpline has this week released their Life-Changing Injuries Survey, which found that over one in five (21%) of the UK workers who had suffered a...

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Have you published your Modern Slavery Statement yet?
Sep20

Have you published your Modern Slavery Statement yet?

Guest blog by Peninsula HR Director, Alan Price The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced a legal requirement for large businesses to produce and publish a yearly modern slavery statement. Modern slavery covers offences of human trafficking, servitude, forced labour and compulsory labour. Slavery takes place when a person is forced to work through mental or physical abuse or threat, is owned or controlled by the employer, is treated as a...

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Being a ‘good’ coach – who you are is as important as what you do, say IES
Aug18

Being a ‘good’ coach – who you are is as important as what you do, say IES

Successful coaching depends as much on who is providing the coaching as on what they do, says research from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). The Institute’s study, ‘What makes a coach effective?’, sought the opinions of those who have been coached (coachees) and coaches themselves to find out what they thought made a difference to achieving successful outcomes. While employees valued coaches who were accepting,...

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