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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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 can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?
Oct23

How can companies manage a fragmented workforce during this winter of upheaval?

Wales is going into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday[i]. Other areas of the UK are in different tiers of the new Covid tier system, with several northern regions now living under the most severe restrictions of tier 3. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence, says as the situation is continually evolving, employers will find the next few months hugely challenging. Adrian says, “While the government’s advice is for people to work...

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Wellbeing in a warehouse workplace
Oct22

Wellbeing in a warehouse workplace

Martin O’Rourke, Commercial Director at Birchwood Park, the largest single-owned out of town business park in the North West, discusses warehouse-based working, employee wellbeing and the recent shift in expectations from workers. AN OVERWHELMED WORKFORCE In the age of e-commerce and industrial growth, there has been a rising demand for warehouse space and, subsequently, warehouse workers which are, typically, high in demand and short...

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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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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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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 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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Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR
Dec12

Employers looking to nurture talent in 2020 should overhaul their appraisal process, says Activ People HR

Performance appraisals may be losing favour in some organisations over different approaches to performance management, but Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ People HR says they are still a crucial part of nurturing and engaging staff. The 2019 Gartner Performance Management Benchmarking Survey[i] showed 81% of HR leaders are making changes to performance management, and some companies have even considered eliminating altogether the...

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Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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How can employers address parental burnout?
Apr24

How can employers address parental burnout?

Guest Blog by Health Assured, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Nicola Jagielski Research claims that one in 12 parents are suffering burnout. Burnout is more commonly associated with work—but the stigma around the difficulty of raising children is lifting. More and more, people and organisations are beginning to understand that juggling work and parenting is incredibly difficult. The criteria for burnout—whatever the cause—are...

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Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues
Apr23

Sharing Information on Salaries with Colleagues

Guest Blog by Lucy Lewis of Lewis Silkin In this article, Lucy Lewis of Lewis Silkin, UK member firms of Ius Laboris, the world’s largest global HR and employment law firm alliance, examines the legalities of discussing salary information amongst colleagues. The Equality Act introduced a law that makes unenforceable contractual provisions, which prevent employees sharing information about pay in order to consider whether there may...

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