Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued
Jun10

Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued

An annual international study exploring the attitudes and habits of deskless workers – everyone from care managers, lorry drivers and supermarket cashiers to warehouse operatives and restaurant staff – paints a fragmented UK picture of understaffing, high pressure, stressful working, and a lack of appreciation. The findings have been released by Workforce Management Solutions provider, Quinyx, as part of its State of the...

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Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business
Jun04

Codel Software celebrates 15 years in business

Codel Software, a highly respected UK software developer and leading provider of cloud-based HR solutions based in Bridgend, South Wales celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, growing from a small family run business established in 2006 with under 10 clients to working with over 400 UK and global clients today. The company has grown from 3 employees in 2006 to 16 – including five new recruits hired in the past six months to manage...

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How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week
May27

How companies can successfully manage the four-day working week

Growing employee interest in working a four-day working week, as well as hybrid and flexible working could present challenges for businesses unless they have systems in place to effectively manage staff, warns Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence. A recent survey from the charity Be The Business found that more than a million British companies employing three million workers could move to a four-day working week after...

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Why isn’t your team innovating?
May26

Why isn’t your team innovating?

Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner What is innovation?When we think of innovation it is often imagined hand in hand with creativity and of conjuring visions of moving forwards, pushing boundaries, new opportunities, and of course, staying relevant. Innovation is the cornerstone of all successful businesses, yet it is perceived that this can only happen when you have those ‘creative types’ in a room coming up with new ideas and paths...

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Flexible working needs flexible learning: Closing the UK digital skills gap
May21

Flexible working needs flexible learning: Closing the UK digital skills gap

By Alexia Pedersen, EMEA Vice-President, O’Reilly The UK has become a hub of technology. No matter where we go, it’s become part of our everyday lives. We use it in our personal lives, at work and recently it’s become one of the most important ways to interact with one another. However, despite the growth of technology, the UK is now heading towards a digital skills shortage. Many people could blame the pandemic and its ramifications...

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How coaching can support your team’s return to the office
May18

How coaching can support your team’s return to the office

Wei-Ying Chen is the founder of COACHLAB, a digital conversation guide enabling managers to foster more meaningful conversations at work. Slowly but surely, organisations are heading back to the office. Whether your team is returning to the pre-pandemic set-up or a new hybrid working model, there will undoubtedly be some level of adjustment. After over a year working from our kitchen tables, not everyone wants to return to the office...

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Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence
May13

Monitor mental health and presenteeism more closely says Activ Absence

Worsening mental health in the workplace is a growing issue, which employers need to get on top of urgently, says Adrian Lewis, commercial director at Activ Absence during Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). New research from the Office for National Statistics[i] shows that one in five adults experienced some form of depression in 2021 – more than double the level recorded before the pandemic. Women and younger adults are most...

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Workplace mental health: The “one-size-fits-all” approach must end
Apr21

Workplace mental health: The “one-size-fits-all” approach must end

Joel Gujral, Founder of MYNDUP Mental wellness has become an increasingly pertinent topic over the past few years as HR leaders work towards creating a workplace that encourages a healthy workforce – both mentally and physically, but never has the topic been more relevant and important than it is now. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought increased economic uncertainty, restrictions to daily lives, disruption to child and elderly...

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The Challenges Human Resource Executives Face Working in Online Casino Industry
Apr19

The Challenges Human Resource Executives Face Working in Online Casino Industry

From the perspective of human resource management, every single industry has to face distinct challenges. Management of HR in the online casino industry is uniquely intriguing cause from offering players innovative gaming titles to proffering them with winnings; the industry has to go through a highly complicated work process daily. In the following sections, we have highlighted some of the impediments online casinos are conquering to...

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Toxic positivity- It’s not new, but it’s on the rise
Apr19

Toxic positivity- It’s not new, but it’s on the rise

By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, business psychologist and change specialist. What is toxic positivity? Toxic positivity can come in the form of advice from someone else who possibly unwittingly invalidates your feelings when you’re feeling low, or stops you feeling justified about your response to a situation with “things could be much worse” or makes light of your experience.  Toxic positivity also occurs when we feel we have...

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How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations
Apr16

How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS is inviting over 45s to book their vaccines, with younger age groups expected to be invited in the coming weeks, because all the over 50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered their first dose of the vaccine[i]. As more employees will be having the vaccine it is important for employers to keep track of which employees have had their jab to ensure the safety of their workforce, as well as their customers...

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How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers
Apr08

How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers

The nation’s mental health is now a major cause for concern for employers says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. This Stress Awareness month Adrian is pressing for employers to do more to recognise and address signs of stress and burnout before they escalate into something more serious. This follows a new study from the Stress Management Society and Huawei which found that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since...

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How to clear your brain fog
Apr01

How to clear your brain fog

By Dr Lynda Shaw, neuroscientist, business psychologist and change specialist. Many of us have been talking about brain fog of late, whether that is because of ageing, feeling burnout, recovering from illness, or juggling too many balls in the air during this incredibly difficult last year. So what is brain fog and how does it relate to memory and what exactly can we do about it? WHAT IS BRAIN FOG? Brain fog can range from mild to...

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Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared
Mar24

Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared

Growing concerns around the number of people suffering from Long Covid should be prompting employers to consider how they might support employees suffering symptoms and manage rising absences, warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. According to the Office for National Statistics around one in five people who tested positive for Covid-19 had symptoms that lasted for five weeks or longer, and one in 10 had symptoms that lasted for...

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Hiring and developing digital leaders
Mar22

Hiring and developing digital leaders

By Chris Underwood, MD at Adastrum Consulting Digital technology continues to disrupt and change how and where we work, how we shop, how we learn and communicate, how we do business and even how our economy runs. For organisations, the challenge is to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks to stay ahead of the curve. Leadership teams will be at the forefront, driving organisational change and leading teams through...

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