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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Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health
Aug06

Digital wellbeing organisation to expand as businesses seek online support for employee mental health

Champion Health, a digital wellbeing platform is expanding after receiving an increase in enquiries from businesses wanting to support their employees wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Launched by social entrepreneur Harry Bliss, Champion Health helps businesses optimise the health and wellbeing of staff by offering proactive health assessments, data-driven solutions and online mental health training. ...

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How to implement workplace initiatives which excite and drive employee engagement during lockdown and beyond
Jul31

How to implement workplace initiatives which excite and drive employee engagement during lockdown and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the workplace on its head, with business owners, leaders and employees having to almost instantly revise and adjust their daily operations to fit in with the ‘new normal’ of working from home.  From ensuring the relevant IT infrastructure was in place, to concerns around employee morale and maintaining high productivity, all businesses undoubtedly will have grappled with how to make the new...

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How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?
Jul30

How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?

The news this week that holidaymakers will need to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain[i] highlights one of the major challenges facing employers as the UK tries to get back to normal working life, says Adrian Lewis at Activ Absence. Spain was added to the UK’s quarantine list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours’ warning. This comes as Europe is bracing itself for a second wave of...

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Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19
Jul08

Employers urged to monitor absence closely to stay on top of rising mental health issues post Covid-19

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned this week that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis in the UK unless extra support is provided. Other research from Bupa UK[i]  found that despite high rates of poor mental health during the pandemic, just one in 20 people (5%) has spoken to a health professional about their symptoms. Rather than confide in others about their mental health, many...

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?
Jun25

How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

As Government plans[i] are set to be unveiled regarding so called ‘air bridges’ which will allow  holidaymakers to travel to low risk countries without quarantining from 4th July,  Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence warns that managing annual leave could be a major challenge for companies post Covid-19. During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years...

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Coronavirus and the business interruption insurance debate
Jun02

Coronavirus and the business interruption insurance debate

Organisations of every size have borne the brunt of the Government lockdown, imposed to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, with many losing their entire business revenue overnight. Planning for such eventualities included adding business interruption (BI) cover to already expensive business insurance, safe in the knowledge that when trade is disrupted through no fault of their own, the policy would pay out and cover the...

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A new dawn – the rise of the employee
May27

A new dawn – the rise of the employee

I’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with communications experts from our customers ranging from  ADM and Dow, through to OSF Healthcare and PVH, about how their businesses have adapted in light of COVID-19 and the steps they’re now taking to prepare their employees for a new way of working in some shape or form. As we talked, I experienced this incredible sensation of hope and the realisation that despite everything we are...

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The English Game Season 2: Netflix
May26

The English Game Season 2: Netflix

With almost all sports brought to a standstill in the entire world, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are surely missing a good game of football these days. And while we took on YouTube or other social media channels to remember old matches and legendary players and their goals, we still miss that tremendous action. One way to look at it, through the coronavirus news, is watching the Netflix TV miniseries “The English Game”. With...

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How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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How to tackle mental health in the workplace
May19

How to tackle mental health in the workplace

Adrian Lewis, Director, at Activ Absence says there is a lot employers can do to help break the taboo of mental health, including having systems in place so they can uncover the reasons behind employee absence. A recent survey[ii] conducted by Censuswide and Slater and Gordon found that in 2019 workers took on average 3.75 days off for mental health reasons including stress, exhaustion and depression because they were...

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