Employers are failing staff on helping reduce home energy costs
Jan21

Employers are failing staff on helping reduce home energy costs

Following yesterday’s government announcement to relax working from home guidance, millions of workers will be today discussing with their employer when they might return to the office. But will they be discussing the impact of all this working from home on their rising energy bills? Probably not.  New research reveals businesses are not providing enough support or advice to employees on how to reduce energy costs. Neither are...

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HR Dilemma of the Day: Can I force my staff to work if they are showing Covid symptoms?
Jan21

HR Dilemma of the Day: Can I force my staff to work if they are showing Covid symptoms?

Almost 1 million Brits are self-isolating right now, leaving a lot of businesses short-staffed and struggling to keep up with their workload. Whether testing positive for Covid or being identified as a close contact in the case of someone who is unvaccinated, current self-isolation rules mean at least five full days of staying at home. The Government recognises the issues for businesses across the country right now and so has reduced...

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Employers must provide overseas staff with support for everyday illnesses, not just Covid
Jan12

Employers must provide overseas staff with support for everyday illnesses, not just Covid

Employees working abroad need support for everyday illnesses and chronic conditions, not just major health incidents such as Covid. Although the pandemic has taken the headlines recently, it’s important that other illnesses and conditions are not forgotten. Sarah Dennis, head of international at Towergate Health & Protection, says: “There is a tendency to think of the bigger health issues when it comes to supporting employees...

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Can employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?
Jan11

Can employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

Companies including IKEA and Wessex Water are reportedly cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees who are self-isolating; instead of receiving full pay, they will now only be eligible for SSP. Under current Government guidance, people in England who have received at least 2 doses of the Covid vaccine are not required to self-isolate, however, unvaccinated people contacted through the test-and-trace system must still do so by law....

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Productivity, not Presenteeism: 2022 Predictions
Jan10

Productivity, not Presenteeism: 2022 Predictions

As we step into year three of the pandemic, it has become clear that uncertainty is the new certainty. Since Covid-19 swept the globe in 2020, organisations have scrambled to adjust to the disruption, taking whatever steps they can to survive. But while the pandemic is still devastating parts of the world, we are starting to see some transition towards normalcy, helped...

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How to Best Look After Your Team
Jan07

How to Best Look After Your Team

Looking after your team is a no-brainer as a business. They’re the people who drive your productivity, and even a couple of absences can have adverse ripple effects across your firm. But perhaps more pertinently, from a business perspective, there are understandably strict protocols and regulations in place to protect workers in the workplace. If you’re found to have contravened these, you could be liable for fines and litigation. As...

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6 tips to enjoy working from home
Jan07

6 tips to enjoy working from home

Over the last couple of years, there have been several seismic changes to how we work. Unprecedented events like the Covid-19 outbreak have meant that office spaces have been left empty or at reduced capacity for months. The number of people working from home has more than doubled since the pandemic began, which has meant that many people have had to adapt to this new way of working. Although many have taken happily to the flexibility...

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‘Ride out the wave’? Only by keeping available staff on board
Jan07

‘Ride out the wave’? Only by keeping available staff on board

With Omicron surpassing 200,000 daily cases and the government warning that some workforces could see absence rates as high as 25%, many businesses are facing enormous staffing challenges as they begin the new year. Will it be possible for companies to ‘ride out the wave’, as per Boris Johnson’s aim for the NHS? Only with a crystal-clear employee relations strategy and optimised management processes, asserts Toma Pagojute, chief HR...

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How to support your workforce remotely this January
Jan05

How to support your workforce remotely this January

Amy Tomlinson, Head of HR at MetLife shares five tips on how you can show your workforce that you’re there for them as they continue to work from home this January. “A supportive workplace is essential. Happy employees are more engaged, creative, and open to making constructive suggestions that can help the business prosper. It’s important to maintain momentum to regularly check in with colleagues and employees, particularly in the...

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Hiring slowed in November amidst Omicron variant
Dec16

Hiring slowed in November amidst Omicron variant

After a year where vacancies have hit record levels, the number of job adverts have taken a downward turn – where in November vacancy volumes were the lowest seen since May. In November, national vacancies dropped -9%, ending an 10-month hiring spree where vacancies steadily increased by +6% each month from early 2021 (an average of 32,377 new professional vacancies per month). The findings – from professional services recruiter...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Etiquette this Covid Christmas
Dec14

The Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Etiquette this Covid Christmas

Business leaders provide their insights on what needs to be considered this Christmas 9 December 2021 – We’ve had lockdowns, remote working, hybrid working and now the complications of the new Omicron Covid variant. Throw all this into the mix and it’s hardly surprising that employers aren’t clear what Christmas in the office should look like this year. Might it even be best to cancel office celebrations altogether? Here,...

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Preparing your workforce for Plan B
Dec10

Preparing your workforce for Plan B

With Covid cases on the rise again, it’s possible businesses will revisit their remote working approach once again and a continued people-first approach will be crucial to approaching any change. People teams remain central to an organisation’s response to the pandemic. People/HR teams therefore have an ongoing opportunity to ensure that people’s needs, and expectations are at the forefront of any hybrid or home-based ways of working....

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Adapting employee training programmes in the pandemic
Dec09

Adapting employee training programmes in the pandemic

Shelley Frosdick, Managing Director of The PHA Group It’s no secret that staff training has had to evolve in many ways over the course of the pandemic, bringing with it plenty of new challenges – but also valuable opportunities for improvement. At The PHA Group, we recently launched the PHAcademy, a comprehensive training programme that is tailored for the various roles within our business. Introducing a formal training programme...

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A Dog is for life, not just for lockdown
Dec02

A Dog is for life, not just for lockdown

with 60% of new dog owners saying that they decided to adopt or purchase their pet as a direct result of the pandemic, many fear for the longevity of these pups’ ‘forever homes’  The past two years have seen a record increase in pet ownership amongst the UK population, and it is not hard to guess why.  A report in March 2021 from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association counted a total of 3.2 million new pet owning households...

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Two thirds of young people say Covid-19 has made it harder to find decent jobs
Nov26

Two thirds of young people say Covid-19 has made it harder to find decent jobs

New research published today by the Institute for Employment Studies details the struggle that young jobseekers are facing in the post-lockdown labour market.  Young people were among the hardest hit groups in the Covid-19 crisis, seeing the largest falls in employment, disruption to education and continued negative impacts on their mental health, aspirations and future prospects. Key findings include: Three quarters of young...

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