Salary increases across Europe: Brits falling behind with pay rises
Apr30

Salary increases across Europe: Brits falling behind with pay rises

The UK is falling behind with annual average salary increases, according to new research which analysed the pay rates for countries over the past two decades. With the pandemic meaning financial worry and pay freezes for many employees across the country, the research from payroll software provider Mitrefinch, found the UK ranks in 20th place for annual salary increases, behind Ireland, France and the US. The data shows salaries have...

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How HR leaders can rebuild the confidence of older workers post-pandemic
Apr30

How HR leaders can rebuild the confidence of older workers post-pandemic

Paul Naha-Biswas, CEO and Founder of Sixley Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard politicians and public bodies raise the alarm about a potential lost generation of younger workers. On 19th April, the One Nation group of Tory MPs called on Boris Johnson to give every member of ‘generation COVID’ a one-off payment of £500 to help them deal with the financial losses caused by the pandemic. And, in September last year, the Government...

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This is what Brits are searching for around returning to the office, according to Google
Apr30

This is what Brits are searching for around returning to the office, according to Google

New research has identified what employees and business owners alike are wanting to know about returning to the office, with employers starting to gear up for fully re-opening workplaces from the summer.  Analysing Google search data, leading training providers Virtual College have found that some people are worried about returning to work, with searches for ‘not comfortable returning to office’ and ‘are offices safe during...

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5 Professional Designations For Post-Pandemic Job Security
Apr30

5 Professional Designations For Post-Pandemic Job Security

If you are a job seeker in this labour market, you are likely exasperated, and if you are a lucky job holder right now, you are likely stressed out over the thought of your job security and the many headlines and news stories detailing the various ways in which large social, political and economic forces are making life progressively harder for both blue and white-collar workers. Since it is up to workers to make themselves as secure...

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5 Steps to an amazing onboarding Experience
Apr29

5 Steps to an amazing onboarding Experience

For any brand to succeed, the efficiency of its employees holds a key role. The better a brand values its staff, the higher the graph of the company goes in the longer run. This aspect can be very well explained by the work environment and culture. Every firm follows a specific work culture for its employees to develop better team goals and enhance the experience. The friendly working environment is also reflected in the work quality....

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9 out of 10 businesses are planning to replace employees who struggle to work independently
Apr29

9 out of 10 businesses are planning to replace employees who struggle to work independently

Global expenses app, ExpenseOnDemand, has published new data highlighting how businesses are planning for the ‘new normal’ post COVID and how this is impacting recruitment over the next 12 months. The vast majority (90%) of companies surveyed stated that part of their strategy was to start replacing staff who were unable or struggled to work remotely. Many of these firms are looking to automate more systems to ensure a seamless...

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How businesses can avoid the next health crisis lurking in the water pipes
Apr29

How businesses can avoid the next health crisis lurking in the water pipes

As Britain looks to return to the workplace, employees should be aware of a nasty surprise potentially waiting for them when they turn the taps on. Leading public health organisation, NSF International is urging vigilance from building managers to be aware of the legionella risk associated with their water supply. With vaccines being widely deployed across the UK and the first easing of lockdown restrictions underway, businesses are...

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HR Report Reveals Mental Health & Wellbeing Are Now Top Priorities
Apr29

HR Report Reveals Mental Health & Wellbeing Are Now Top Priorities

37% of HR Leaders say Covid-19 Impact Will be a Lasting Challenge A new in-depth report has revealed the trends, challenges and priorities facing the HR profession, and the impact of the pandemic. In 2019, the top priority of HR leaders was cited as recruitment and retention, however by the end of 2020 this had shifted to employee health and wellbeing.  The research was commissioned by leading online HR and payroll software providers,...

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More than half of people still think Diversity and Inclusion is just ‘political correctness’
Apr29

More than half of people still think Diversity and Inclusion is just ‘political correctness’

A poll carried out by leading training provider RightTrack Learning has revealed that 51% of people associate the term ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ with ‘political correctness’. Out of the 1,242 people surveyed, only 49% believe the term holds positive associations and feel it represents an opportunity for change. In the context of the workplace, this data shows that in every team of ten, as many as half have not yet bought...

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Employees face skills shortage ahead of return to the workplace
Apr29

Employees face skills shortage ahead of return to the workplace

Teamwork and leadership less important amidst lockdown and working from home  Employees face skills shortage ahead of return to the workplace A study by the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, has revealed that adaptability is now the number one skill required in the workplace. Pre COVID-19, 48.3% of candidates surveyed believed that communication was the top skill required to do their job. After a year of...

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A virtual shot in the arm for productivity
Apr29

A virtual shot in the arm for productivity

By Tom Allen, Founder, The AI Journal The irreality of Virtual Reality is having a dramatic impact on the reality of the bottom line, and more and more businesses are getting onboard. But, as we revealed in a recent report published by The AI Journal, the unique benefits of VR, and its Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality siblings, are not restricted to creating safer and more engaging company training programmes, but are having a...

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5 Tips for Returning to Business as Usual After Covid-19
Apr28

5 Tips for Returning to Business as Usual After Covid-19

Over the past year, many businesses have had to drastically change the way they operate. As offices were closed down and customers forced to stay at home, businesses needed to find a way to continue to run despite the problems around them. This involved either shutting down the business entirely or transitioning their teams to work from home. Now, however, it’s starting to become safe again for businesses to re-open. Hopefully, before...

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Why healthy eating matters to employers
Apr28

Why healthy eating matters to employers

As the UK finally appears to be on the point of finding its post-pandemic “new normal”, businesses will have to figure out how to make the most of any office space they keep. Aside from the usual stacks of paperwork, food (and drink) will play a very important role in this. Why healthy eating matters to employers You are what you eat. It’s a cliche but it’s true. Employees who eat well tend to be healthier. As a result, they have...

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Dismissal of employee with COVID-19 concerns was not automatically unfair
Apr28

Dismissal of employee with COVID-19 concerns was not automatically unfair

Partner Sue Dowling, head of leading Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy’s Employment Law team, looks at the recent case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd ET1803829/2020 and what it means for employees and employers.  The case With the UK’s first national Lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic now being over a year ago, it was only a matter of time before we saw a case on the subject reach an employment tribunal....

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Over a fifth of Brits can’t name THESE common DIY items
Apr28

Over a fifth of Brits can’t name THESE common DIY items

More than one in eight of us have taken up DIY in the past year, but a recent study has found a third are disappointed or embarrassed (33%) by their skills. The research by online designer radiator specialist, BestHeating, asked homeowners about their DIY skills and tested their knowledge on 20 common household items to find out if they really know as much as they think. Of the 2,003 homeowners polled, more than a quarter believe they...

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