Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?
Nov25

Hybrid working is here to stay, but how do businesses manage that effectively?

After the lifting of COVID-19 there is still reluctance by some workers to return to the office and a growing need for firms to offer flexibility in working patterns to retain and recruit staff, says Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR. New data from XpertHR has revealed that 97% of UK organisations have deployed some form of hybrid working, and, despite the trend for employers to call for return to a largely office-based future...

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Pandemic has had detrimental impact on legal careers
Nov23

Pandemic has had detrimental impact on legal careers

Half of all legal professionals think that the pandemic has been detrimental to their career, with many now looking for new roles. The survey by south London and Kent law firm Thackray Williams, in cooperation with legal recruiters LR Legal, found that 43% of those working in law firms were currently seeking a new role, with a further 22% considering making a move. The overwhelming reason for wanting to change job is for more money...

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Mandatory vaccination – the employment challenge beyond carers
Nov03

Mandatory vaccination – the employment challenge beyond carers

Kimberley Barrett-St.Vall, partner in Napthens’ employment team, discusses the challenge that mandatory vaccination rules cause for care homes and their partners From 11th November 2021, anyone who works inside a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home, which provide accommodation and nursing or personal care, in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt. This step that has been...

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Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?
Nov01

Can technology help swamped HR professionals manage a surge in holiday requests?

After the relaxation of the rules for travel abroad last month, Thomas Cook[i] reported that half-term bookings were up by 200% and are also expecting a surge in Christmas bookings after the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes would last “at least” until the beginning of 2022[ii]. Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR says that managing a big rise in holiday requests, as the year comes to an end will be a major...

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Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model
Oct14

Over two thirds of business leaders concerned about digital inequality in the future hybrid working model

A new report from People Analytics and consulting company, Actual Experience, has revealed organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of digital inequality on employees, as hybrid working looks set to become the new normal. This new working model is causing concern across multiple sectors; 67% of C-Suite representatives cite that they’re worried these new ways of working will introduce inequalities in how...

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Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health
Oct08

Employers must be mindful of ‘Returnism’ and support employee mental health

With World Mental Health Day[i] on 10th October, Adrian Lewis Commercial Director at Activ People HR is urging businesses to be mindful of their employees’ mental wellbeing and particularly as they return to the office. A survey by McKinsey in June highlighted that whilst many people welcome the return to on-site work, one-third said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Also, almost half of those who...

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Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?
Oct07

Flexible working proposals published – but is practice outpacing the law?

The UK government has at last released its proposals for flexible working reform, which have been expected since the Conservative Party published its 2019 manifesto for the general election. Despite the fact that the pandemic forced many employers to embrace homeworking arrangements, the proposed reforms are limited.  Campaigners for more extensive reform will be left underwhelmed. With employees now expecting to have longer-term...

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Overcoming the return to the office challenges
Oct05

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

This September saw large numbers of employees finally heading head back to the office, and now employers face the challenge of deciding if they will continue offering flexible working and how this will work in practice in the long term, says Adrian Lewis from Activ People HR. Recent research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with...

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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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