HR in Wales? There will be hugs!
Jun19

HR in Wales? There will be hugs!

Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales, explains how Welsh passion is driving HR in the region – and that includes hugs! As the Head of the CIPD in Wales, my role can be quite varied, but there’s one thing that’s consistent: big, genuine, friendly hugs!  Some colleagues based outside Wales find it both amusing and bemusing – no air-kissing for us! However, there’s something else that I share with my Welsh HR colleagues...

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Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’
Jun15

Shock study finds Wales ‘haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade’

The scale of challenges for Wales’ manufacturing heritage has been highlighted by a new GMB study, which reports that the region haemorrhaged almost 28,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade.   The figures were discussed at GMB’s annual Congress in Plymouth between June 4 and 6. They show that 27,900 jobs in the sector disappeared from 2006 to 2016, a massive fall of 15%. [1] Between them the lost jobs have meant Wales...

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CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success
Jun08

CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success

CIPD Wales’ South East Branch were proud to round off their annual year with a gala dinner at Cardiff Bay’s St. David’s Hotel to celebrate success among the region’s students. Students and members celebrated the evening with a delicious three course meal, a mock casino, and of course, dancing, after the all-important awards were announced. Winners of the most outstanding student from each of their...

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Workplace mediation specialist Alison Love Limited rebrands as Resolution at Work
May31

Workplace mediation specialist Alison Love Limited rebrands as Resolution at Work

Leading Welsh workplace mediation and people management consultancy, Alison Love Limited has come together with Bristol-based sister-company Mediation at Work under a new umbrella brand to become Resolution at Work. The move signals further integration between the two companies following the acquisition of Mediation at Work by Alison Love and business partner, Dionne Dury in May 2016 from then owner John Drowley. The name change to...

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CIPD Wales opens nominations for inaugural Wales People Management Awards
May30

CIPD Wales opens nominations for inaugural Wales People Management Awards

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Wales (CIPD Wales) has opened nominations for its inaugural Wales People Management Awards, to be held on 26 October at the National Museum Cardiff.  This is exciting news for Wales, and HR News readers can nominate their colleagues in Wales here.     The Welsh PMAs will recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation across not just human resources but all aspects...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
May26

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: “The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to. “Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit...

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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Wales HR Network announces new programme of events
May18

Wales HR Network announces new programme of events

Following the success of the first ever Wales HR Awards, the Wales HR Network has announced three new seminar dates to address key topics within HR. The Wales HR Network, created by Wales’ leading recruitment and training agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, offers HR professionals across the country the opportunity to network and engage with others in the industry, swapping experience and best practice. The first event,...

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Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality
May10

Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality

The Welsh Government’s campaign to recruit and train nursing students starts as Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years. The...

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Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues
May08

Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues

As part of our series on this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, shares her top tips on making reasonable workplace adjustments for workers who have a mental illness.   Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly talked-about topic, but it can be difficult for employers to identify, support and manage employees suffering from mental health problems....

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London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!
May04

London businesses lead the way for flexible working – but don’t forget Wales, says Lewis!

London-based businesses are leading the way in flexible working in the UK – at least, according to new research. The research, conducted by Powwownow, found that business leaders in the capital let their staff spend the most time working out of the office during an average week – a total of 3 hours and 31 minutes, compared to the UK average of 2 hours and 34 minutes. The survey of 2,000 working professionals found that young people,...

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Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap
Apr28

Research reveals ‘presenteeism culture’ is making offices more sick & increasing the UK productivity gap

To coincide with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has today launched new research urging business leaders to tackle the growing problem of ‘presenteeism’ across Britain. More than half (52%) of UK workers are currently going to work when their performance is negatively affected by work-related health issues – and a third (34%) of workers have admitted they have even considered moving...

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What does it take to be an HR award winner in Wales?
Apr19

What does it take to be an HR award winner in Wales?

  One of the organisers of the Wales HR Awards: Paula Morris, Head of Marketing, Darwin Gray, shares her perspective on what it takes to win an HR award in Wales. The first Wales HR Awards ceremony was held on 23rd March 2017 at the SSE SWALEC in Cardiff. With almost 350 people at the event, it’s fair to say it was a roaring success, far outstripping expectations in terms of the sheer volume of nominees, the quality of the...

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Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement
Apr18

Wales officially has the UK’s happiest workers – but the UK as a whole has much room for improvement

Office Genie surveyed 2,000 UK office workers and asked them about factors affecting their happiness in the workplace. Happiness levels were rated out of 5, with the average level of workplace happiness for British employees scoring at 3.63/5.  The findings made interesting reading: Welsh workers are happiest and Northern Ireland workers the least happy Overall, the report found little differentiation between the regions, but of the...

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HR acquisition aids growth at EST
Apr03

HR acquisition aids growth at EST

Professional advisory firm EST has acquired a HR consultancy to grow the HR division it established last year. The Cardiff-based firm, which has divisions offering accountancy, tax, payroll, auto-enrolment, commercial finance and HR services, has bought Julie Kelly HR, a trading style of Risk Monitor Limited, for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition sees HR officer Lucy-Ann Thomas join the 15-strong team and follows the recruitment of...

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