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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Labour Market Volatility – Hiring Havoc
Feb02

Labour Market Volatility – Hiring Havoc

Welcome to the candidate driven market, writes Betsy Williamson In September 2021, the Office for National Statistics reported there were 1.2 million job vacancies in the UK. In conjunction with this, the average unemployment rate fell to 4.5% meaning the UK faces its tightest labour market in decades.  The latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD shows that one in four organisations expect the number of ‘hard to fill’...

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Tips for helping workers combat the January blues
Jan17

Tips for helping workers combat the January blues

Blue Monday’, 17 January – billed as the most depressing day of the year – Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR stresses the importance of employers looking out for mental health issues amongst employees, after almost two years of Covid-19. Lewis says, “Although Blue Monday is unofficially seen as the most depressing day of the year, it’s a useful marker for reminding employers to keep an eye on people’s mental...

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Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR
Jan05

Looking after employees mental health is vital in 2022 says Activ People HR

A new report by GoodShape[i] has revealed that mental health issues were the main reason for people taking time off work this year – with people taking on average 18.8 days off.  They also highlight that over half of workers (54%) o who take two or more mental health-related absences, will go on to leave their jobs. Given these statistics, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR says it’s more important than ever for...

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Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year
Dec09

Why rewarding staff is more important than ever this year

With more than three quarters (76.4%) of UK professionals intending to look for a new job in 2022 according to a new survey by CV-Library[i], Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ People HR advises that rewarding staff and showing appreciation could be key to retention and has never been more important this festive season. This follows a warning from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and  KPMG[ii] in...

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Why the battle for talent will be won or lost over hybrid working
Dec07

Why the battle for talent will be won or lost over hybrid working

By Nicola Downing, COO Ricoh Europe All businesses share a simple principle: they are only ever as good as their people. To stay ahead of the competition, businesses need the very best people on board. The pandemic beamed the brightest of spotlights on this. Yet for many employees, the feeling hasn’t been mutual and they are leaving their jobs at an unparalleled rate in something dubbed the ‘great resignation.’ For some, the extra...

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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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