Nine out of 10 bosses believe changing departmental office seating improves efficiency
Nov03

Nine out of 10 bosses believe changing departmental office seating improves efficiency

Over nine in 10 (94%) senior decision makers in UK companies believe project efficiency could increase significantly if they simply re-arranged their office seating plans to promote cross-departmental collaboration between team members Yet more than three in five (64%) of the same respondents say their office can be best described as being arranged by departments The median length of time before any organisational structure change is...

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Is pension salary sacrifice a trick or treat?
Oct27

Is pension salary sacrifice a trick or treat?

Guest Blog from Steve Butler, CEO, Punter Southall Aspire Halloween is just around the corner and many families will be planning to go ‘trick or treating’ in recognition of this ancient celebration. But some employees may be forgiven for thinking pension salary sacrifice is a trick their employer is about to play on them. In our experience it seems that both employers and employees tend to be suspicious of salary sacrifice. It could...

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Lighting Design Can Boost Workforce Productivity
Oct27

Lighting Design Can Boost Workforce Productivity

As the clocks go back on 29th October, LUX365 highlights how LEDs can be used to replicate the benefits of natural light, including vitality and alertness Inadequate workplace lighting can impact mood, emotions and also result in health problems according to research undertaken by LUX365. The UK’s 32 million-strong labourforce1, works an average of 30.5 hours per week. Statistics show that between 2015 and 2016, 26 million days were...

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Trump tops the list of most ghoulish bosses this Halloween
Oct19

Trump tops the list of most ghoulish bosses this Halloween

American President Donald Trump named as the scariest celebrity boss to work for Candidates say Lord Alan Sugar would be most intimidating to be interviewed by But employers take a different view on Lord Sugar claiming The Apprentice star is the celebrity most likely to make a “great boss”   Lord Alan Sugar, star of the BBC’s The Apprentice and made famous by his ‘you’re fired!’ catchphrase, has divided opinion among employers...

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Five wellbeing lessons Britain can learn from Romania
Oct19

Five wellbeing lessons Britain can learn from Romania

Stella Photi is founder and managing director of wellbeing holiday experts, Wellbeing Escapes. Stella founded Wellbeing Escapes after feeling burnt out in her corporate job and recognising the importance of taking time out and embarking on meaningful getaways that rejuvenate both mind and body. This inspired her to found Wellbeing Escapes, a specialist travel company that offers a range of results-driven wellness programmes and offer...

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One Identity global Survey results show hackers could be getting a month or more to exploit
Oct18

One Identity global Survey results show hackers could be getting a month or more to exploit

• Global study indicates disgruntled former employees or other threat actors still have widespread opportunity to cause harm because their IT   accounts remain active • Seventy percent of respondents lack confidence that accounts of former employees are fully deactivated in a timely manner • Eighty-four percent of respondents say it takes a month or longer to discover forgotten dormant accounts • Results show that common IT security...

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How can an employee’s use of drugs/alcohol outside the workplace impact within?
Oct17

How can an employee’s use of drugs/alcohol outside the workplace impact within?

These days everyone is aware of the impact drugs and alcohol can have on the workplace environment and most, if not all, companies will have a strict drugs and alcohol policy in place. Societal use of drugs and alcohol has undergone a dramatic change in recent years in terms of attitude towards drink driving and drug use as well as the introduction of so-called legal highs, so it’s important to also look at how an employee’s use of...

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Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors
Oct12

Europe lacks effective policies to support return to work by breast cancer survivors

Although the rate of breast cancer diagnoses is rising in Europe, a higher proportion of women are surviving the form of cancer – but returning to everyday aspects of life prove challenging; with many survivors unable to return to work, due to a lack of support and consideration by employers. A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Pfizer, investigates the challenges involved in returning to...

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31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job
Oct12

31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job

With starting salaries set to rise by just 1.4% in the year ahead, research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK has revealed half (50%) of UK employees are satisfied with their salaries and feel they are paid fairly given their efforts and achievements at work. In a sign that it’s not just salary that’s important in the workplace, over a third (37%) would be open to re-evaluating their salary expectations in the hunt for their...

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Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination
Oct12

Young people lose more than £6,000 a year due to wage discrimination

A new report by Young Women’s Trust shows that under-25s are missing out on between £820 and £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the legal ‘National Living Wage’. The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, found that more than a million young people are being paid as much as £3.45 an hour less for doing the same jobs as older workers, despite having the same responsibilities and the same outgoings. Over the...

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Up to 93% of businesses risk sponsor licence revocation – and many at risk of instant home office closure
Oct10

Up to 93% of businesses risk sponsor licence revocation – and many at risk of instant home office closure

  Just months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019, less than a third of companies are aware of the serious sanctions in place for non-compliance to strict ‘right to work’ rules for overseas workers, from fines to prison sentences for Directors, or even instant closure – not least the potential impact to business’ reputation. Only a third of businesses knew what documents should be kept on file for sponsored...

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80% of blindness is avoidable | Employers have a role to play
Oct10

80% of blindness is avoidable | Employers have a role to play

This World Sight Day, 12 October, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is asking employers to consider what they can do to help reduce blindness statistics. ‘Make Vision Count’ is the theme of this year’s campaign by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)*, which focuses on paying attention to eyecare issues that impact lives everywhere, in developed countries as well as developing economies. With the IAPB asking...

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The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud
Oct09

The importance of reference checking to minimise risk of candidate fraud

Guest Blog from I Screen You Screen (www.iscreenyouscreen.com):   With the skills gap widening for UK businesses, it seems HR departments and recruiters are willing to take more and more risks in an attempt to fill vacancies. One avoidable risk however is reference checking of candidates to ensure details of the individual’s history can be checked. However, one survey suggests only a third of employers carry out these all-important...

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Is it time to boot the commute?
Sep22

Is it time to boot the commute?

Graham Bird, Director of workplace consultancy, Where We Work- explores the effects of a daily commute and explains how the rush-hour race can be reduced …    With over 24 million regular commuters making an average daily journey of 56 minutes per day- and as many as 3.4 million travelling for two hours or even longer- it’s safe to say, that many of us are subject to the perils of the daily commute. But, whilst we dutifully continue...

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Only 24% of ‘working carers’ receive full support from their employer, new Eldercare research reveals
Sep21

Only 24% of ‘working carers’ receive full support from their employer, new Eldercare research reveals

New study shows the impact of elderly relatives on working professionals Eldercare – a provider of elderly care support, today releases new research revealing the mental, physical and professional strain that juggling a job with caring for an elderly relative is having on the UK’s workforce.   The ‘Invisible Carers’ research of over 2,000 working carers shows that less than a quarter (24%) of those caring for an elderly relative...

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