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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Auriga expands team with two senior appointments 
Apr25

Auriga expands team with two senior appointments 

Two new senior appointments have been confirmed by Auriga Services, the Sutton-Coldfield-based public benefit entity which assists vulnerable families who struggle to pay their energy bills, as part of its strategic development. David Woakes is the new Business Development Director, while HR specialist Clare Fleming becomes People Director.  David has worked in a wide variety of sectors, including engineering, technology,...

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Five workplace challenges for pressured HR teams to handle
Apr21

Five workplace challenges for pressured HR teams to handle

As we get into the next financial year, HR is bracing itself to manage fresh challenges in the wake of the pandemic.  The pandemic has had a huge impact on the workplace, not least the rise in remote working and growing concerns around mental health. As businesses start to get back to normal there are several challenges with the potential to overwhelm HR teams.  1. Managing the ‘hybrid’ worker...

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Activ People HR marks St David’s Day launching new Welsh language HR software
Mar03

Activ People HR marks St David’s Day launching new Welsh language HR software

Bridgend based Activ People HR is marking St David’s Day with the launch of a Welsh version of its Activ People HR Software. This is the 10th language version of its suite of flexible online HR solutions and the company wants to support Welsh businesses and enable their staff to use the technology in their preferred or native language. Research last year by language app Preply predicts the number of Welsh language speakers to increase...

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Business leaders’ ability to deal with conflict is declining with unprecedented pressures
Feb21

Business leaders’ ability to deal with conflict is declining with unprecedented pressures

Our ability to healthily deal with tensions and disagreements between colleagues, competitors, adversaries and antagonists, whether that be at a business, social or even global political level, is declining because of the unprecedented pressures we are under, according to new President of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and internationally renowned mediator and conflict specialist, Jane Gunn. “Each day critical...

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Why National Sickie Day is an opportunity for businesses to step up mental health support
Feb07

Why National Sickie Day is an opportunity for businesses to step up mental health support

Research tells us that more ‘sickies’ are likely to be pulled on Monday 7th February, commonly known as ‘National Sickie Day,’ than any time of the year. While people are typically more ill during the winter months, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says employers should be vigilant and monitor whether sickies are signs of more serious employee mental health issues, as this is a growing concern for businesses. Mental health...

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