UK ice and snow forecast: Legal experts advise on your rights if snow stops you going to work
Jan20

UK ice and snow forecast: Legal experts advise on your rights if snow stops you going to work

The Met office has issued ice and snow warnings across the UK in January.So, with freezing temperatures, long spells of rain and snow, what if the weather stops you from getting to work? The legal experts at Wright Hassall have put together simple advice on where you stand if you can’t get to work due to heavy snow, freezing temperatures or flooding. Tina Chander, Head of Employment Law at Wright Hassall has commented:“As a...

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Study names the top 10 happiest musical hits to cure your January Blues at work
Jan20

Study names the top 10 happiest musical hits to cure your January Blues at work

It’s been a challenging few years for many businesses as they continue to find balance between changing COVID regulations, increased workloads and retaining top talent. It’s important to find ways to manage the daily stresses of working life, whether you’re still working from home, back in the office or hybrid working. Music plays an important part in many employees’ days. Beyond offering background noise, it can enhance productivity...

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Supporting the health and wellbeing of staff has a positive impact on their business
Jan20

Supporting the health and wellbeing of staff has a positive impact on their business

Nearly nine out of ten (89%) employers say that supporting the health and wellbeing of their staff has a positive impact on their business, according to research conducted by GRiD, the industry body for group risk. When asked how that positive impact manifests itself on their business, employers were keen to promote the benefits of improved loyalty, engagement and reduced absence among existing staff. However, they also saw the wider...

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Ban on umbrella companies would escalate worker shortages and pay rates
Jan20

Ban on umbrella companies would escalate worker shortages and pay rates

A blanket-ban on umbrella companies will escalate the current war on talent and shortage of workers, put pressure on pay rates, and penalise both good and bad operators, the CEO of outsourced payroll provider HIVE360, has warned. Commenting on the government’s current call for evidence about the umbrella company market, David McCormack says UK businesses – recruitment companies in particular – are already reeling from the...

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Remote and flexible working: from Zoomers to Boomers
Jan20

Remote and flexible working: from Zoomers to Boomers

Alex Graves, CEO of Silicon Reef, a collaboration, productivity and wellbeing solutions consultancy, explains how to navigate remote working for all ages. It’s a fact: remote, flexible and hybrid working are here to stay. While it hasn’t always been easy, many organisations have overcome the technical and cultural challenges presented by these new ways of operating. As this has taken place, more nuanced issues have popped up,...

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More than a third of women feel intimidated when asking for a pay rise at work
Jan20

More than a third of women feel intimidated when asking for a pay rise at work

Starting your dream job in January and want to ensure you make the right impression? Or perhaps you’re looking to secure that overdue pay rise or promotion in 2022?  New research from Lenstore has revealed the situations at work we find the most daunting, and the interviewer techniques that intimidate us the most, before securing advice from the experts on how to make sure we get what we want from our bosses this new year....

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10 SQL Server database developer interview questions and answers
Jan19

10 SQL Server database developer interview questions and answers

Interviewing for developer jobs with an SQL Server specialism can be daunting, but if you know what questions you’ll likely face, you can prepare to answer them in advance. Here are just 10 questions for SQL database developer interviews and the answers you need to navigate them successfully. What is deadlocking? Interviewers will want to know that you understand the things which can impact server performance, and deadlocking is a...

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Apps and Software HR Teams Can Better Use to Manage Employees
Jan19

Apps and Software HR Teams Can Better Use to Manage Employees

Running employees can feel like needing a dozen arms. Everyone needs a favour, everyone needs something handled, and it’s your job to accommodate in any way you can. A lot of it can feel tedious, however, and others can be made a lot easier. The perks of living in the digital age is the vast advancements in software that can allow you to make a lot of things easier, and outright automate others. You can take a lot of routine and...

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Big Energy Saving Week: What businesses can do to save money (and the planet!)
Jan19

Big Energy Saving Week: What businesses can do to save money (and the planet!)

By Gavin Scarr Hall, Director of Health & Safety at Peninsula As energy costs soar and bills rise, concerns are being raised about the number of people who could be facing fuel poverty. With a 45% to 50% hike expected in the spring, it’s not only will households that feel the pinch. Businesses will also be impacted. And after a tumultuous two years of uncertainty and financial pressures from the pandemic, this is certainly...

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Engaging the non-engaged is crucial for employers to bring value to 2022 health and wellbeing plans
Jan19

Engaging the non-engaged is crucial for employers to bring value to 2022 health and wellbeing plans

Some of the biggest killers and health concerns in the UK today – cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure – are hugely impacted by lifestyle factors. These are also the conditions that can have the biggest impact on an employee’s working life. For employers, the challenge is engaging the non-engaged. Encouraging those who do not already lead healthy lifestyles to connect, get involved, and make positive changes.   Debra Clark, head of...

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Expert Tips on Looking After the Mental Health of Your Contact Centre Employees
Jan19

Expert Tips on Looking After the Mental Health of Your Contact Centre Employees

Employee mental health is in the spotlight following two years of COVID-19 disruptions. Research has shown that 44% of work-related ill health is the result of stress, depression, and anxiety caused by work. Contact centres can be especially stressful for employees, who are speaking to customers and helping to solve their problems on a daily basis. These environments can be intense and emotionally draining, and many advisors deal with...

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2022 Finance Planning: 350% Increase In Searches For “What AgeCan I Retire”
Jan19

2022 Finance Planning: 350% Increase In Searches For “What AgeCan I Retire”

The start of the year is a time where many Brits start reviewing and planning their finances for the year, especially those looking to retire within the next few years.    Private and Commercial Bank Arbuthnot Latham has surveyed 300 respondents asking the question “Are you ready for retirement?” to discover the UK’s attitude towards retirement.    As the topic of retirement can be confusing for many,...

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3 in 5 professionals are unhappy with their current salary
Jan19

3 in 5 professionals are unhappy with their current salary

3 in 5 UK professionals are unhappy with their current salary but latest data shows that some salaries are up by 65% in 2022 According to the latest survey by the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, a staggering 3 out of 5 (61.3%) UK professionals are unhappy with their current salary.   The study, which surveyed 1,500 professionals, also went on to reveal that lawyers, teachers and new graduates...

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2021 jobs figures rise 97% year-on-year and 25% compared to 2019
Jan19

2021 jobs figures rise 97% year-on-year and 25% compared to 2019

Reed.co.uk, reports over 3.3 million jobs were added onto the website in 2021, over 1.5 million more than 2020 – a 97% year-on-year rise. The leading jobs and careers site also reported a 25% increase in new jobs posted last year compared with 2019, when 2.7 million jobs were recorded before the start of the pandemic. September was the most active month for job postings, with 357,489 jobs created – increasing by 150% and 60%...

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Workplace drug use on the rise
Jan19

Workplace drug use on the rise

Leading workplace drug, alcohol, and Covid-19 testing provider AlphaBiolabs is advising employers on the importance of workplace drug testing after the number of drug tests returning positive rose by 54 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels. * Among those drugs showing up in positive tests, the presence of opiates more than doubled. While this could be attributed to an increase in prescribed painkillers, AlphaBiolabs could not rule...

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