As clocks go back this week,a Priory expert explains ‘SAD’ syndrome
Oct19

As clocks go back this week,a Priory expert explains ‘SAD’ syndrome

With clocks going back on 25 October 2020, an expert offers her insight into Seasonal Affective Disorder, or so-called SAD syndrome. Working from home, and other recent Covid restrictions, might increase the depressive aspects of SAD because staying indoors limits exposure to natural light, says Priory consultant psychiatrist Dr Natasha Bijlani. And while many won’t welcome the idea of winter, snow can actually help, she says, because...

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Get to grips with temp workers’ rights, so you can count on them during Covid-19 and beyond
Oct16

Get to grips with temp workers’ rights, so you can count on them during Covid-19 and beyond

New research released has highlighted that three in four senior and HR managers do not know the rights of agency workers. The news runs alongside insights that suggest temporary work is set to surge, as firms struggle to effectively plan in the wake of a worsening pandemic. Kit Glover, UK MD of digital staffing platform Coople, explains what you need to know about hiring flexible workers, and how they can help you. Today, just one in...

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Why managing absence will be key post pandemic
Oct15

Why managing absence will be key post pandemic

New Employee Benefits Healthcare research[i] has revealed that just under half (41%) of employers has a strategy in place to manage employee absence, with this figure hardly changing over the past three years. Interestingly though a further fifth say they are planning to introduce an absence management strategy, this represents a fall on the proportion that were planning to do so in previous years. Responding to the research, Adrian...

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Guidance for Employers: Welsh Government Aims for Homeworking
Oct09

Guidance for Employers: Welsh Government Aims for Homeworking

On 13 September 2020, the Welsh Government announced its long-term goal to have 30% of the Welsh workforce working remotely, even after the threat of Covid-19 is reduced. The Government has confirmed that there is no intention to encourage all workers to return to the office. Instead it wants to create a hybrid working model so staff can work part of the time from home, part-time at the office, and/or in a hub location shared by...

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The Changing Face of the Employer-Worker Social Contract
Oct02

The Changing Face of the Employer-Worker Social Contract

By Alberto Lopez Valenzuela, Founder and CEO, alva The last few months have brought a host of challenges to employees in a variety of different industries. Those still journeying into work have to grapple with new anxieties around safety, with something as simple as the daily commute now representing a significant health risk. Meanwhile, many of those working from home are dealing with issues that can range from increased isolation,...

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How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19
Sep17

How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19

In the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence is calling on employers to offer better support for staff who may be suffering from mental health issues, which are amplified this year due to Covid-19. Recent analysis by the charity, Centre for Mental Health[i] suggests that at least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of the global...

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Getting Redundancy Right – Key Steps for Employers
Sep09

Getting Redundancy Right – Key Steps for Employers

Unfortunately, as the furlough scheme tapers, more and more businesses are announcing redundancies. The job market for redundant employees is tough, resulting in employees more likely to challenge the fairness of the process they have been through. As an employer, how can you minimise the risks? Fiona Sinclair, HR Consultant at Darwin Gray, guides us through the key steps in a fair redundancy process: Establish the rationale for the...

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Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19
Sep04

Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19

One in five (19%) new dads have faked illness at work to take care of the children and 20% of dads have changed jobs to better reconcile work and family obligations, according to a new report from telecommunications firm PowWowNow[i]. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence says, “Many men want to take a more active role caring for their children, and some are even prepared to leave their job to find an employer that better supports...

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Solving the corporate knowledge problem with AI
Sep03

Solving the corporate knowledge problem with AI

Nikolas Kairinos, Founder and CEO, Soffos In the new era of working from home, never has our reliance on technology been so pronounced. Globally, businesses are successfully adapting their day-to-day working practices to suit this shift, with Zoom meetings and Slack becoming the norm. However, for many, grappling with learning and development (L&D) poses a significant issue. In the current climate, with so many employees working...

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The office is not redundant – some basic steps can help us all return safely
Sep02

The office is not redundant – some basic steps can help us all return safely

“Employers must reassure staff that offices are not only safe, but the same buzzy environment they left six months ago”Rune Sovndahl, CEO and Founder of international cleaning franchise Fantastic Services Yesterday Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the boss of the CBI, issued a rallying cry to the Prime Minister to do something about Britain’s ‘ghost towns’. The message was simple – give people confidence to return to the workplace, or the once...

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Recruiters’ stats reveal finance sector’s resilience during Covid-19
Sep01

Recruiters’ stats reveal finance sector’s resilience during Covid-19

FIRMS in one of Scotland’s most critical sectors have demonstrated resilience – with its jobs market continuing throughout lockdown. Recruiters specialising in Scotland’s finance sector, which accounts for 8% of both GDP and total employment north of the border, have also recorded a 283% jump in new roles marketed in June and July versus April and May. Despite this, more than half of all vacancies are seeking temporary or contractor...

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Returning to the workplace
Aug28

Returning to the workplace

Nick Gold, Managing Director of Speakers Corner Both in society and in business, the early days of the pandemic, we witnessed at first-hand` how people were pulling together, supporting each and understanding that we were all in this terrible situation together.  As time has gone on, this comradeship has been challenged, undermined and the uncertainty we feel has caused tensions which has tested this kinship.  But there is...

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Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing
Aug14

Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing

With the August Bank holiday coming up, as well as many people having had to delay holidays due to the pandemic, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, is urging employers to remind workers about the importance of taking annual leave for their mental wellbeing. Recently the NHS Confederation[i] highlighted that doctors are seeing a rise in people reporting severe mental health difficulties, following a more than 30% drop in...

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Set a goal for every meeting to give it purpose
Aug13

Set a goal for every meeting to give it purpose

By Sion Lewis, Vice President of EMEA, LogMeIn Meetings are like marmite. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but meetings have become a staple of corporate life. This year, the importance of the meeting has taken on a whole new meaning. Whether it’s a formal company ‘all-hands’ or a casual catch up with a colleague, meetings have been pegged as the interactions that keep a company moving when the workforce dispersed to work...

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Reviewing contracts: why it’s never been so important
Aug07

Reviewing contracts: why it’s never been so important

With the Coronavirus pandemic leading to significant changes in legislation across a range of sectors and people throughout the country being impacted, businesses and business owners should take the time to look into the processes they have in place. Phil Parkinson, Head of Commercial Law at Blacks Solicitors, discusses why it’s never been so important to review contracts and what organisations need to be aware of. Why is it important...

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