The Rise of the Boomerang Employee
May18

The Rise of the Boomerang Employee

Why hiring a returning employee can be good for business. By Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer of Employment Hero For many, the Great Resignation has been a time of new roles, new opportunities, and career changes. Some have called it the Great Reset. Anthony Klotz predicted ‘The Great Resignation’ in 2020, citing poor working conditions, toxic workplaces, uncertainty over job security, a lack of career progression opportunities and...

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Overcoming the graduate retention crisis – what must employers do now?
May18

Overcoming the graduate retention crisis – what must employers do now?

From Chris Anthony, Head of Employer Sales, UK at Handshake Students, graduates and the companies that employ them faced huge challenges during the pandemic. Many roles or schemes were reduced in scope or shelved altogether as organisations reckoned with the immediate threat posed by the pandemic. And where students and graduates were able to find roles or internships, their impact could potentially be diminished by the inability to...

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion: More than an HR quota-filling exercise
May18

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: More than an HR quota-filling exercise

By Windy Tshepiso Maledu, Senior Behavioural Scientist at CoachHub Diversity has been pushed up the corporate agenda in recent years with movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo compelling companies to develop more comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategies. These efforts have seen significant results, with the proportion of women in senior leadership roles within FTSE 100 companies up almost 10% from...

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Three in five UK electricians are now more likely to work abroad than pre-Covid 
May18

Three in five UK electricians are now more likely to work abroad than pre-Covid 

More than three in five (62%) UK electricians say they are now more likely to move abroad to work than they were before the pandemic.  The study by ElectricalDirect, the specialist retailer of electrical products, found that almost a third (31%) are actively looking for opportunities overseas and a similar number (35%) know a colleague who has already made the move.  The most common reason for considering a different country is...

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Do your colleagues hate you? It’s probably because of this!
May18

Do your colleagues hate you? It’s probably because of this!

2 in 10 UK workers think flirting with colleagues is acceptable, whilst a massive 86% of people think alcohol in the office is a big no no.  The most unacceptable work behaviour was deemed to be shouting, called out by 87% of Brits, above swearing (80%) and people discussing their sex lives (83%). Perhaps quite a cheeky one – a third of British workers (32%) think running errands during work time is completely...

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Brits want their managers to have leadership skills
May18

Brits want their managers to have leadership skills

A new study on skills in the workplace has revealed a list of the most important skills that workers expect a manager to possess, with leadership right at the top of what they want. Around half (51% of men and 45% of women) of the 2,048 working-age adults polled by Censuswide, on behalf of enterprise LMS provider Digits, thought leadership skills were the most essential. Verbal communication and teamwork skills ranked joint second for...

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UK unemployment rate back to pre-pandemic levels
May18

UK unemployment rate back to pre-pandemic levels

Data discovered by payroll experts, Staffology, has discovered that the UK unemployment rate has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, and is 0.4% off the lowest ever rate of unemployment for 49 years. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise of 1.2% in unemployment from February to December 2020, which peaked when the vaccine was introduced. Unemployment in relation to COVID-19 was at its worst during the time period of October to...

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The top ten most valued work perks
May17

The top ten most valued work perks

A survey of 2,000 workers aged 18-41 revealed what they value when it comes to their careers, including the ability to meet new people, sample different roles and offer a good work-life balance to employees. However, 78 per cent admitted a lack of social interaction would be a key consideration to changing jobs. In fact, 25 per cent of 18-41-year-olds thought about switching jobs in the past year due to concerns for their mental...

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Side hustle dream job: You can now earn £1k to advertise from your window
May17

Side hustle dream job: You can now earn £1k to advertise from your window

With the cost of living increasing at a rapid rate[1], we can expect that more Brits will be looking to find new and nifty ways to make some extra cash to increase their streams of income. Not only this, but the pandemic has also resulted in greater flexibility in work schedules and opened up new ways of thinking about money.  In a recent study by 247 Blinds polling 2,000 Brits, 1 in 3 were found to currently have a side hustle....

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UK businesses could see a ‘flexidus’ amongst women due to lack of flexible working
May17

UK businesses could see a ‘flexidus’ amongst women due to lack of flexible working

New research from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, highlights a potential impending ‘flexidus’ amongst women in the UK workforce, with a staggering 52% saying they’ve considered leaving, or have left, their role due to a lack of flexibility.  According to the research, it’s clear that a perceived lack of flexibility at work is having a significant impact on women’s careers. Of the women who have left a job...

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How to support the mental health of employees that work remotely
May17

How to support the mental health of employees that work remotely

By Tanya Woolf, Head of Psychological Services at Onebright With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May, we wanted to raise awareness of the challenges of working remotely and the steps that business leaders can take to support their workforces. Remote working has presented challenges for companies of all sizes. Regardless of the size of a company, one thing that remains true is that fostering connection...

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Breaking the Cycle: Why are we only paid 12 times a year?
May17

Breaking the Cycle: Why are we only paid 12 times a year?

By Paul Jackson, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Level Once there was a single way to pay, now there are many ways to pay. Visa, Klarna, Paypal, Clearpay, Mastercard, Apple Pay, Google Pay. Credit card, debit card, bank transfer, pay in 3, pay in 30 days. Online checkouts now offer a plethora of different options and brands. You can pay with the same method every single time should you wish. You may choose a different method...

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The Happiest Jobs With Highest Salaries In UK Have Been Announced
May17

The Happiest Jobs With Highest Salaries In UK Have Been Announced

Across the UK, 1 in 6 workers experience mental health issues, with nearly 13% of all sickness absences in the UK attributed to mental health. As many of us have come to find, the working environment can have a huge effect on your mental and physical health – never mind your performance. Phoenix Health & Safety have created the ‘Career Welfare Index’ to reveal which jobs are the ‘happiest,’ which careers have the highest...

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What will the new legislation mean for hybrid work?
May17

What will the new legislation mean for hybrid work?

Kathryn Barnes, Employment Counsel EMEA at Globalization Partners The Bill doesn’t specifically refer to ‘hybrid work’, nor does it seek to deal with the matter at all. The hybrid work regime is a term attributed to flexible working in the age of Covid where companies have had to, where they can, allow employees to work from home. Hybrid working is the term coined to refer to employees that work from home and occasionally work at the...

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Check in with employees as cost of living crisis starts to bite, says Activ People HR
May16

Check in with employees as cost of living crisis starts to bite, says Activ People HR

New research from MetLife UK that reveals employees are too worried to take a sick day in case their finances suffer, shows it is essential for businesses to regularly check in with and offer support to their staff says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR. MetLife UK found almost a quarter (23%) of Brits admit to feeling, or have felt, worried about their finances if they were too ill to go to work, with women more...

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