A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work
Sep09

A return to the office highlights key challenges facing businesses over where staff should work

As workers head back to the office after the summer holidays, many employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice long term, says Adrian Lewis from Active Absence. According to recent research by LifeSearch, 44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time...

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HR is in the age of reinvention
Sep06

HR is in the age of reinvention

By Laura Baldwin, President at O’Reilly This is the age of reinvention. Businesses started the 21st century by re-inventing themselves as online businesses; then they took the next step to become data-driven; finally, they have started incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning into their processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to accelerate these changes: if a business hadn’t made the digital transition at...

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Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage
Sep06

Tackling The Big Customs Skills Shortage

By Leigh Anderson, Managing Director at Bis Henderson Recruitment Skills and labour shortages across the UK’s trade and logistics sectors have been hitting the headlines, most obviously for goods vehicle drivers. Less newsworthy, but equally threatening, is the shortfall in staff with knowledge and experience in Customs procedures; a situation that is beginning to pose an existential threat to many small, and not so small, companies...

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Personality vs Profit: You Can Have Both When You Recruit Right
Aug23

Personality vs Profit: You Can Have Both When You Recruit Right

Businesses have never recruited as much as they do today. They spend more time doing it and invest more money to get it done. But why do so many businesses get it wrong? What is the true cost of their mistakes? And is the increased emphasis on personality conceding ground to competence? David Bernard, CEO of the innovative recruitment technology firm AssessFirst, believes that businesses can improve both their profits and...

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HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech
Aug18

HR Increasingly turning to cloud-based tech

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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Travelling abroad could leave workers out of pocket
Aug18

Travelling abroad could leave workers out of pocket

Holidaymakers forced to delay their return to work through government rule changes while overseas, or because they’ve been pinged, run the risk of losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds of earnings. The stark warning comes from Kerry Hudson, Head of Employment at Coventry law firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James who said employees could be out of pocket if the rules change while they are abroad, for example going from green to...

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Four-day working week: avoiding the legal nightmare to live the dream
Aug09

Four-day working week: avoiding the legal nightmare to live the dream

By Esther Smith, partner, and Sarah Maddock, professional support lawyer, at UK law firm TLT In the sunlit uplands of the new world of work, technological advances and societal changes allow us to work fewer days with the same pay and same levels of productivity. It’s an idea that has been gaining traction. Advocates of a four-day working week point to improved employee wellbeing, reduced inequalities and even the possibility of...

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Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology
Aug05

Heightened work pressures and remote working create demand for HR cloud-based technology

The increase in companies offering remote and hybrid working is leading to rising demand for HR cloud-based technology to ease the pressures on HR teams, says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. New figures from LinkedIn[i] show that remote job postings advertised on the platform have increased substantially across all industries – with some sectors recording five to 19 times the level of remote work postings compared...

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Suspensions from work on the increase
Aug05

Suspensions from work on the increase

An established Coventry & Warwickshire legal firm is reporting a rise in the number of workers seeking advice after being suspended from their jobs. Kerry Hudson, Head of Employment at Brindley Twist Tafft & James said there had been a steep increase in the number of enquiries in recent months. In almost all cases the workers were completely unsure of their rights. It was also uncharted territory for many employers. A person...

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Speak up and listen actively
Jul29

Speak up and listen actively

~ Considering different perspectives is important to keep employees happy ~ Employees are what keeps a business running, but without customers there wouldn’t be a business to run. So, what happens when you need to make a decision that boosts customer satisfaction at the expense of employee happiness? Here Yashmi Pujara, Chief Human Resources Officer at Cactus Communications, a technology company accelerating scientific advancement,...

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Getting it right from the inside out
Jul22

Getting it right from the inside out

Often cited as a democratic, edgy and creative place to work, BrewDog has recently fallen foul of the barbed wrath of online reviewers. An open letter to CEO James Watt, signed by 60 former members of staff, suggests that a toxic culture exists behind the scenes, and has undone years of reputation building in a single post. While BrewDog may dispute the allegations made in this letter, it does highlight how important it is for...

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How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise
Jul21

How businesses can manage the ‘pingdemic’ as Covid-19 cases rise

With businesses increasingly concerned about staff shortages following a rise in people self-isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says employers need to urgently plan for disruption and put systems in place to monitor staff absence so they can cope. New research from the CIPD[i] has found that almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have...

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Untapped employee retention potential in half of British businesses
Jul08

Untapped employee retention potential in half of British businesses

Research conducted by Workplace Pensions Direct (WPD) and YouGov, has found that only half (50%) of British business are leveraging the salary sacrifice benefits available for workplace pensions. This means that more than 15 million people could be missing out on the ability to contribute an average of £204 extra into their pension every year – which for a 30-year-old planning to stop working at the age of 68, could mean a £30,500...

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Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce
Jun24

Preparing for Freedom Day and managing a hybrid workforce

As the UK counts down to the delayed ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021 many employers are concerned about what the workplace will look like after Covid-19 restrictions lift, with many anticipating hybrid working will become the new norm says Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent report from Envoy revealed that 70% of UK workers believe a hybrid model—involving the flexibility to choose when and where to work—would...

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Recognising imposter syndrome in the workplace
Jun22

Recognising imposter syndrome in the workplace

By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, business psychologist and change specialist. WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME Imposter syndrome is the belief that you are not as competent as others think you are, or that you don’t deserve the success you have. The term’ Imposter syndrome’ was coined by psychologists Dr Suzanne Imes and Dr Pauline Rose Clance in the 1970s and was originally thought to apply mostly to high-achieving women who strove for the...

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