IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees
Aug03

IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees

Many retail employees find it hard to strike a good work life balance, because as consumers want longer opening hours, that means staff working long, anti-social hours. However, furniture retailer IKEA UK is attempting to redress the balance and has this week announced that all of its 10,400 retail co-workers are now eligible for at least one weekend off in every four. As one of the first retailers in the UK to introduce this...

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Survey reveals 67% of workers will waste paid time at work on Black Friday & Christmas shopping
Nov23

Survey reveals 67% of workers will waste paid time at work on Black Friday & Christmas shopping

A new survey has revealed that the UK faces a surge in web browsing at work this Friday – most of it not work related. One thousand office workers across the UK have contributed to a survey by www.OfficeBroker.com into honesty and integrity at work. OfficeBroker.com uncovered the truth about how much time office workers are likely to spend online this year shopping for gifts during paid working hours. 67% of the group admitted...

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57% of staff admit they are willing to risk jobs for huge Black Friday discounts
Nov23

57% of staff admit they are willing to risk jobs for huge Black Friday discounts

Black Friday has typically been a US tradition but in the past couple of years it has made its way across the pond. This year, Black Friday is 25th November with Cyber Monday – traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year – following closely behind on Monday 28th November. With most retailers offering huge discounts on products, can employees resist the urge to do their Christmas shopping while on the clock? Online...

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Ashley to take over as Sports Direct Chief Executive as Forsey Quits
Sep23

Ashley to take over as Sports Direct Chief Executive as Forsey Quits

Sports Direct has today announced that Mike Ashley will now take over as Chief Executive of Sports Direct as the former Chief Executive, Dave Forsey, has resigned. The controversial company has hit headlines continually this year as clashes with unions, investigators and politicians have revealed a history of unethical work practices, including sexism, bullying and a failure to pay the minimum wage to contractors at the...

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Sports Direct announce independent review, Ashley unrepentant, talks about commuting by helicopter
Sep20

Sports Direct announce independent review, Ashley unrepentant, talks about commuting by helicopter

Despite his company announcing plans for an independent 360 degree review of its working conditions and practices at the company’s Shirebrook warehouse, owner Mike Ashley remained defiant in defence of his business in an interview with the BBC this morning. Despite some comparing practices at Shirebrook to those of a Victorian workhouse, Ashley stressed that there were positive aspects to working for the company, explaining that...

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Sports Direct hit headlines again as work related injuries ‘almost twice’ sector average
Aug17

Sports Direct hit headlines again as work related injuries ‘almost twice’ sector average

Sports Direct sees nearly twice times the number of injuries compared to the rest of the sector, according to a letter published today (Tuesday) advocating a shareholders vote in favour of an independent review on how workers are treated. Staff in the retail, office and distribution section of the company face 2.7 injuries per 100,000 hours worked – nearly twice as many as the average for the sector (1.4 per 100,000 hours). Sports...

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Why High Street Retailers need Digital Talent to Survive
Aug11

Why High Street Retailers need Digital Talent to Survive

The latest Eurozone retail sales figures make for depressing reading.  The harsh reality is that 14 high-street stores a day are closing in the UK, not least the recent collapse of high street stalwarts BHS. However, as bricks-and-mortar shops close, retail opportunities are growing – 65 per cent of internet users in the EU are shopping online. E-commerce sales for businesses with 10 or more employees topped £561 billion –...

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Engaging employees – are these the funniest ever health & safety documents?
Jun08

Engaging employees – are these the funniest ever health & safety documents?

One of the most frustrating things for an HR Manager is spending time writing and frequently re-writing policy and health & safety documents, only to find that staff don’t actually read them, far less follow them. Over the years, different companies have tried new and innovative strategies with varying results.  Activ Handbook, for example, puts staff documents online, ensures that employees read them, then records their...

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Blow for BHS staff: 11,000 Jobs to go as no buyer found
Jun02

Blow for BHS staff: 11,000 Jobs to go as no buyer found

Administrators have today announced that retailer BHS will be liquidated after they were unable to secure a buyer for the chain. Both former owners, Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green and Dominic Chappell, who purchased it from Sir Philip for £1, have been heavily criticised over their running of the chain, are due to face MPs in the coming weeks, though sadly this will do nothing to help today’s announcement. Administrators Philip...

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5000 New Retail Jobs for Aldi
May04

5000 New Retail Jobs for Aldi

Cost-cutting retailer Aldi has announced ambitious expansion plans which will create 5,000 new UK jobs this year with the creation of 80 new stores.  Jobs will include managers, stock assistants and store staff. Only last month, Aldi opened a new distribution centre at the Logistics North site in Over Hulton, with 550 employees moving to the new site, and the discount supermarket chain, along with fellow German business Lidl, has...

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What’s Next for BHS Staff?
Apr29

What’s Next for BHS Staff?

Gorvins Law Team examine what 11,000 BHS workers can now expect after the company has announced that it is filing for administration: Over a year ago, Gorvins’ employment team wrote a post about the sale of British Home Stores for the paltry sum of £1. Just over a year later and the former high-street stalwart is in dire straits again. BHS boss Dominic Chappell has told his staff in a letter that they have been unable to secure a...

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John Lewis named ‘UK’s Most Attractive Employer’
Apr14

John Lewis named ‘UK’s Most Attractive Employer’

  Employees most want to work for retailer John Lewis and have rated it the most attractive company to work for in the UK, according to new research. John Lewis beat off competition from BMW and British Airways, gaining 59% of the vote, compared to 57% and 55% respectively to be named the most attractive employer in the 2015 Randstad Award. The Award is the largest survey, involving 11,000 working adults from around the UK, of...

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