ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity
Jan06

ONS shows Wales is ‘less productive’, blaming ‘family run businesses’ for poor productivity

Productivity started to slump during the credit crunch, and despite today’s figures showing a tiny improvement, solving the productivity puzzle is one of the biggest challenges facing HR at the moment.  The lack of productivity among UK workers is making headlines – with small family firms and Wales, Northern Ireland and Sheffield showing the biggest productivity gap. Here is a summary of today’s findings: Output per...

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Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry
Dec19

Autistic youngsters turn Advent on its head to help the hungry

Young people living with autism are doing their part to combat hunger in Wales this Christmas as part of a ‘reverse’ advent calendar project being run by a leading provider of care for young people living with autism. Pupils from Orbis Education and Care aged from eight to 19 years of age are collecting items urgently required by food banks, such as tinned vegetables, fruit juice, and UHT milk. Each day in December, instead of opening...

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Bereavement Charity holds Christmas Siblings Party

Miskin-based, child bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon A Star has welcomed children from across Wales to its Christmas Siblings Party. The event held at the Miskin Manor Hotel on the 27th November saw siblings that have been supported by the charity enjoy a day of fun, crafts and afternoon tea. There was even a special guest appearance by Santa and his reindeer. The day saw over 55 children aged between one and 16 join together at the...

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Welsh Education Secretary announces new student grants system that ‘provides for all’ Welsh students
Nov23

Welsh Education Secretary announces new student grants system that ‘provides for all’ Welsh students

The Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced that the Welsh Government will adopt proposals put forward in an independent review led by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and a panel of experts which will see £1000 for all students and some students receiving the equivalent of the National Living Wage during term time while they study. The announcement was met with cross party support.  The new proposals mean that the average...

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Welsh HR Managers share their ultimate sickie excuses
Nov08

Welsh HR Managers share their ultimate sickie excuses

The Activ Absence team recently attended the first CIPD Wales 2016 Conference. The Welsh absence management software experts have attended the National Conference in Manchester for years, and have built up a bit of a reputation for collecting the silliest sickness excuses from HR Managers – they even made some of them into a YouTube video that went viral! The team thought it would be interesting to see if excuses were any...

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HR News named in Euromoney Learning Solutions Powerlist top 100 HR influencers
Oct25

HR News named in Euromoney Learning Solutions Powerlist top 100 HR influencers

Here at HR News HQ, we were proud to be listed in The Euromoney Learning Solutions Powerlist 100. The Euromoney Learning Solutions Powerlist 100 is a definitive list of the most influential businesses, publications and individuals discussing the latest in L&D, HR and company culture today. Editor, Lisa Baker, said: “This tops off a fantastic second year for HR News, whilst we are still a relatively new publication, with a...

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Good news for North Wales employers as area named in world’s top 10 travel regions for 2017
Oct25

Good news for North Wales employers as area named in world’s top 10 travel regions for 2017

There’s cause for epic celebrations today in Wales as the north of the country has made it on to the Lonely Planet’s Top Ten ‘Best in Travel 2017’ list – the only destination in the UK to do so. A playground for thrill seekers, a haven for foodies, a hideout for stargazers and a goldmine for heritage seekers, North Wales has a holiday for every kind of traveller – and came in at number 4 on this prestigious list.  But what caught the...

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HR in October – the calm before the perfect storm
Oct21

HR in October – the calm before the perfect storm

Guest post by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence My colleague came into work this morning telling me that her car’s warning light for ice had come on during her journey to work, as the temperatures outside hit below 4 degrees.  Looking out of the window you’d never believe it, it’s a beautifully sunny day – but winter is fast approaching, along with the end of the annual leave year. It’s usually the time of year...

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CIPD Wales: HR leaders say workplaces are mostly not fit for the future
Oct20

CIPD Wales: HR leaders say workplaces are mostly not fit for the future

The challenges facing personnel specialists, both now and in the future, was the focus of the inaugural Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Wales Conference at Cardiff City Hall last week (14 and 15 October). More than 650 HR and people development professionals at all stages of their careers attended across the two days of the conference to hear from sector and business leaders on the challenges of keeping people...

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Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…
Oct18

Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Appraisals Software Traditionally,  appraisals have had a bad press and at least according to Forbes Magazine, they are one of the most frequently criticized talent management practices. Critics claim they are ineffective, waste time, are paper driven and have a negative impact on the relationship between an employee and their line manager. Last year, the CIPD last year pronounced...

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24 November, Cardiff: South Wales HR Forum – Brexit and it’s impact on the workplace in Wales
Oct13

24 November, Cardiff: South Wales HR Forum – Brexit and it’s impact on the workplace in Wales

Following the success of the forum’s ‘Future of HR’ event earlier in the year, the next South Wales HR Forum event will take place on Thursday 24th November in Cardiff & The Vale College’s City Centre Campus where we will be discussing Brexit and how it might impact the workplace in Wales. Confirmed speakers for the event include Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council and Victoria Hall, Head of...

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Wales HR Network launches Wales HR Awards – nominate your team
Oct13

Wales HR Network launches Wales HR Awards – nominate your team

Through the auspices of the Wales HR Network, the network for HR professionals across Wales developed and run by Darwin Gray, leading commercial law firm, and Acorn, Wales’ leading specialist recruitment and training agency, outstanding HR professionals and their teams are invited to nominate themselves or a colleague for the awards. The proceedings will culminate in a black tie ceremony and dinner, hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd at...

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14 October, Cardiff, CIPD All Wales Conference – HR: Fit for the future?
Oct06

14 October, Cardiff, CIPD All Wales Conference – HR: Fit for the future?

“These are exciting times for HR and learning and development. The challenges organisations and their leaders face are people challenges. This is our time – but to seize the opportunities and unlock the potential of people, we need to invest more in building for the future, as individuals and collectively as a profession.” Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive HR conference asks: is the profession fit for the future? CIPD Wales...

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Flex and the City – why Cardiff-London delays could be good for welsh employers
Sep29

Flex and the City – why Cardiff-London delays could be good for welsh employers

Flexible working, or agile working as it’s often called, is growing in popularity.  The ONS reports that the number of “home workers” has doubled since 1998 thanks to the rise in the number of freelancers and new attitudes by employers to flexible and remote working. Despite the growth in home working, TUC figures show that nearly 3 million British workers commute for more than two hours per day – with numbers increasing...

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RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended
Sep22

RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended

Following requests from interested parties, the official deadline for entry into this year’s Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards has been extended until Friday 23rd September 2016. Now in their third year, the awards celebrate the success of organisations which are taking steps to improve the inclusion of disabled talent. Employers and recruiters now have a week to share their stories to help inspire others to...

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