Support employee’s health and wellbeing by making annual leave a priority
Aug11

Support employee’s health and wellbeing by making annual leave a priority

As many Brits head away this month for their summer break, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR warns of the importance of taking annual leave as a new survey reveals over half (60%) of employees said their employer actively discourages them from taking time off[i]. The survey by Just Eat for Business[ii] found that that 2 in 5 (40%) of office workers have had their annual leave requests either rejected or significantly amended...

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A Checklist For Changing Your Career
Aug01

A Checklist For Changing Your Career

There’s no reason you shouldn’t consider a change of career if you’re not feeling your current job. There aren’t really any reliable statistics showing just how many people decide to switch careers midway through their professional lives, but suffice it to say that lots of workers get bored with their jobs or feel that their potential is being wasted and decide to take their fate into their own hands. If that’s you, then there are a...

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Bring back appraisals to retain staff
Aug01

Bring back appraisals to retain staff

With the war for talent and many firms struggling to recruit and retain staff, employee performance reviews need to be back on agenda, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR to stop people leaving their job because of a lack of career advancement. Adrian’s comments come after a recent survey by IRIS Software Group (IRIS) showed that nearly half (47%) of UK employees don’t see a clear path to progression, and almost three...

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Celebrations as Activ People HR reveal new look
Jul26

Celebrations as Activ People HR reveal new look

Bridgend-based business, Codel Software is launching a completely new look and rebranding of Activ People HR, its suite of online HR solutions. Today, the company is introducing the re-brand across their website, brochures and collateral, with a new logo, all of which have been designed to meet the needs of its growing customer base. The re-brand of its software will launch in autumn 2022, which will include closer integration of the...

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Can ‘nudging’ make us better savers? 
Jul22

Can ‘nudging’ make us better savers? 

By Stephen Holliday, Founder and CEO at Level  Financial wellbeing strategies have proved something of a headache for HR teams. Where physical health schemes such as discounted gym memberships have a tangible value, it has proved far harder to quantify the benefit of employer-led programmes that support people’s personal finances.  The cost-of-living crisis has highlighted a lack of financial resilience among many, who are...

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The impact of hybrid working on mental health
Jun14

The impact of hybrid working on mental health

Katrina Cheverton is CEO of Savannah Group and her background in finance rather than recruitment makes her unusual as a leader in this industry but gives her the skills required to help her own organisation thrive, as well as solving problems for clients. She drives and supports transformation and innovative solutions, ensuring Savannah is at the forefront of the changing world of work.  Hybrid working (a mixture of home and office...

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LRN Code of Conduct Report reveals more than 1 in 6 of the top publicly-traded companies in the world presently fall short on Code effectiveness
Jun14

LRN Code of Conduct Report reveals more than 1 in 6 of the top publicly-traded companies in the world presently fall short on Code effectiveness

LRN’s 2022 Code of Conduct Report released today, a review of codes of conduct of the top publicly-traded companies in the world, revealed disparities in the codes of conduct for the largest companies and that majority have a long way to meet basic expectations for more effective codes of conduct. Among other key findings is “speak up” culture: While 96% of the most effective codes describe the process for speaking up to report...

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Sickness absence at a decade high
Jun09

Sickness absence at a decade high

With a new report from XpertHR stating sickness absence rates are at their highest levels in a decade and four in ten employers believe they are too high, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says to address this, companies must get a handle on their absence data. Figures shows that sickness absence had risen from 3.1% in 2021, up from 2.2% in 2020 during the pandemic, with figures at 4.4% in the public sector. This equates to an...

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Shaping a better business future
Jun08

Shaping a better business future

Justine Greening, former secretary of state for education and Conservative MP Ensuring that anyone with potential can get on in life makes good business sense. It means that women should have the same opportunities as men to start their own businesses and be represented in business at every level. Despite female-founded SMEs contributing around £85bn of the UK’s economic output each year, there is still much more to do. The Alison...

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Why businesses should embrace Employment Bill changes, even if it is delayed
Jun06

Why businesses should embrace Employment Bill changes, even if it is delayed

Workers’ rights have long since been protected by law… to an extent. However, in 2019 the Conservative government promised to introduce a unified Employment Bill which would hold British businesses accountable across the board. As part of this, workers would have more protection from unfair discrimination and zero-hour contracts would be further restricted with workers being able to request a more predictable contract after 26 weeks’...

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How to build more resilient, ethical cultures in any environment
May20

How to build more resilient, ethical cultures in any environment

Margaret Sweeney, Chief Human Resources Officer for LRN Corporation Around the world, especially the UK, many organisations actually emerged stronger amid the pandemic. Those are the main findings from LRN’s 2022 Ethics and Compliance Programme Effectiveness Report, which reflects the input of business leaders and ethics and compliance professionals from around the world, filtered through insights our organisation has gained from our...

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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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Hybrid working; Does it really work for employers?
May04

Hybrid working; Does it really work for employers?

By Lucinda Pullinger, The Instant Group Across every sector and every sized business, office based workers are wrestling with what their version of hybrid working is. Companies are working to find the balance to create hybrid working strategies that achieve the best results for both employees and the business. A business that helps employees to thrive will reap the benefits in terms of better business performance. The better the...

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Alternative job pathways and how they could help solve the skills gap for businesses
Apr29

Alternative job pathways and how they could help solve the skills gap for businesses

Jordan Richards, Founder and CEO of RCCO. Jordan was one of the youngest Google apprentices, starting at just 18 and stayed on for three years to become a creative lead. He has since become founder of digital design agency RCCO, a 20-person team working with tech giants like Google globally, and exciting start-ups with investment. He is also co-founder of WILD, a video production studio working with PureGym and Revolut, and owner of...

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When a Salary is no Longer Enough – The Rise and Rise of the employee experience
Apr25

When a Salary is no Longer Enough – The Rise and Rise of the employee experience

With resignations at the highest they have been in over a decade, leaders are battling to build an employee experience to suit and retain their workers. Talented employees are calling the shots so organisations are potentially having to explore a completely different offering in the workplace as employees increasingly want a bespoke work life including better flexibility, training, opportunities, recognition, inclusion and an overall...

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