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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The challenges CEO’s are facing right now
Jun22

The challenges CEO’s are facing right now

By Thom Dennis, CEO at Serenity in Leadership The challenges facing CEO’s right now are mounting. Many businesses have had to stop, start, reassess and reconfigure in the last year as we went through lockdowns, Brexit and unprecedented global health instability, with countless employees having faced isolation, burnout and anxiety. In the UK we are beginning to endure a third wave of the...

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Supporting employees through pregnancy loss
Jun17

Supporting employees through pregnancy loss

Channel 4 recently launched a dedicated pregnancy loss policy, which aims to support employees who have experienced any form of pregnancy loss, whether miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. As the first major organisation to introduce such a policy in the UK, an important conversation has been started regarding employee rights during this upsetting time. So, should more businesses follow suit?  At...

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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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