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More than eight in 10 workers experience technology issues when presenting

More than eight in 10 workers experience technology issues when presenting

15 March 2017

Speech written, slides prepared, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! The key to a successful presentation is preparation. However, little can prepare you for the random glitches caused by unexpected technology problems. In fact, 86% of workers have experienced technology issues. A survey, which supplies video projection technology, also revealed that…

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Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

15 March 2017

Theresa May recently pledged to tackle the stigma around mental health problems with a host of new initiatives. However, HR professionals need to consider not just how to manage employees once they become ill, but what’s behind their health issues too.  A law firm look at the potential benefits. Last month, the Prime Minister unveiled…

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Why employers need a better understanding of what fulfils their workforce

Why employers need a better understanding of what fulfils their workforce

15 March 2017

A source reveals the results of its Work Satisfaction Survey. It shows a huge disparity between what employers thinks motivates staff and what employees really look for in terms of work satisfaction.  Today’s professionals are not as driven by salary and the financial benefits of their jobs as their employers think they are. This…

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Recruitment data: Is this the dawn of the biometric CV?

Recruitment data: Is this the dawn of the biometric CV?

15 March 2017

Wearable devices already measure metrics such as step count and heart rate. But could data generated from personal technology be gathered and analysed to understand employees’ performance and how well they might be suited to a role? In the not too distant future, biometric CVs containing data about everything from sleep patterns…

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Six ways organisations can create an ethical culture

Six ways organisations can create an ethical culture

15 March 2017

The reputation – and profits – of any organisation rests on the work ethics of its employees. Developing an ethical culture is imperative, and doing so requires six key actions. 2015 was a year full of corporate scandals. It seemed like every time you opened a newspaper there was another organisation lambasted for its lack of…

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Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

15 March 2017

New rules regarding references in the financial services industry come into force on 7 March as part of the Senior Managers Regime. What are employers’ obligations and what information must they include?   Six months ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published new…

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Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

24 January 2017

Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.  Large compliance projects for data protection and gender pay gap reporting will dominate the HR agenda in 2017. Employers are likely to see costs increase as the apprenticeship levy and additional fees for…

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Companies shorten recruitment times to get staff in quicker

Companies shorten recruitment times to get staff in quicker

24 January 2017

Almost half of employers have had to shorten the time it takes to recruit someone because they want to hire new staff more quickly, according to new research. Forty-six percent of employers have reduced the length of their hiring process as the market for good candidates becomes tighter, research found. A further 28% have reduced the process…

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Gender pay gap for millennials falls to 5%, but parenting penalty persists

Gender pay gap for millennials falls to 5%, but parenting penalty persists

24 January 2017

The gender pay gap for employees in their 20s has halved in a generation to 5%, according to new research published. However, this improvement continues to be undone for older workers, as a wider gender pay gap persists for women in their 30s and 40s. Females currently in their 20s will still earn significantly less than their male counterparts…

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Seven steps to a payback on workplace wellbeing initiatives

Seven steps to a payback on workplace wellbeing initiatives

24 January 2017

Making a business case for wellbeing initiatives is problematic. Intervening in employees’ personal lives by providing a batch of benefits is one thing, but how can you demonstrate the payback on major wellbeing campaigns and programmes? There is often confusion initially about the scale and scope of what “employee wellbeing”…

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Seven in 10 organisations use social media to hire

Seven in 10 organisations use social media to hire

24 January 2017

Around seven in 10 organisations now use social media for recruitment purposes, according to the latest data on recruitment metrics. A survey found that just under one-fifth (17.5%) of organisations plan to use social media for this purpose in the next year, demonstrating the popularity of channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. The most…

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Bosses only “pay lip service” to digital learning, survey reveals

Bosses only “pay lip service” to digital learning, survey reveals

24 January 2017

Businesses are not ready to embrace their digital potential, with senior executives failing to train up employees to be sufficiently ready for this transformation. According to a survey, which polled businesses with an excess of £100 million in turnover, more than half (55%) of learning and development professionals in these companies think…

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Wasim Khan

24 November 2016

BBC Sports News Article Sports boards 'not open' to BAME people  Khan leading the way Wasim Khan was the first Britain-born Pakistani to play professional county cricket, and was part of Warwickshire's double-winning side in 1995. In 2014, Leicestershire made him the first BAME chief executive of a county cricket club, recruited by Novo…

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Public-sector English fluency requirements come into force

Public-sector English fluency requirements come into force

15 November 2016

New English language requirements for public-sector workers in customer-facing roles come into force on 21 November 2016, following the publication this week of provisions under the Immigration Act 2016. Workers must be sufficiently fluent in English, or – in Wales – in English or Welsh, for the effective performance of…

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Five questions to ask when addressing gender equality

Five questions to ask when addressing gender equality

15 November 2016

Gender pay gap reporting is just the start of tackling gender diversity.  It’s the action that businesses take based on these insights that will set them apart.  With government figures showing the average British woman still earns 81p to every £1 earned by a man, it’s clear that more needs to be done to back up the…

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Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

15 November 2016

Second medical opinion services can help older workers return to work after sickness absence and reduce risks for employers, argues a source. Few things in business can ever be predicted with any great degree of certainty. However, one thing is a foregone conclusion: older workers will increasingly dominate the workforce. Due to a combination of…

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World of Learning 2016: sharing means success

World of Learning 2016: sharing means success

15 November 2016

Employees need to know how to surface and share knowledge. That’s the biggest learning and development challenge facing start-up companies, according to a technology investor. Organisations of all sizes can learn much from the experience of start-up companies, talking about the future of workplace learning at this year’s World of…

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Employers cautious about pay awards in the year ahead

Employers cautious about pay awards in the year ahead

15 November 2016

Many employees are set to see their pay eroded over the next year as inflation rises and employers keep pay awards to a minimum. Findings from a survey reveal that private-sector employers are planning to give their employees pay awards of just 2% over the next year. This is the same level that pay awards in the sector have been at over the past…

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Sickness absence rate stays level in major annual survey

Sickness absence rate stays level in major annual survey

15 November 2016

The average rate of sickness absence during 2015 across the UK was 2.6% of working time, calculations for a recent survey has concluded. Benchmarking survey on absence rates and costs examined sickness absence among 1,681,721 employees within 661 organisations, and concluded there has been a gradual but sustained decline in absence rates over…

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Why it is crucial to create leaders at all levels

Why it is crucial to create leaders at all levels

16 September 2016

The majority of organisations say it is crucial to have the right leadership in place for success, yet only 15% feel they’re developing their managers properly. A source examines how this can be addressed.  According to a recent global survey, leadership is the number one issue organisations face today. Eighty-five per cent of…

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Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work

Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work

16 September 2016

The requirement to speak English at work at work is a policy area where employers should tread carefully to avoid discrimination. A source, considers recent legal controversies and gives tips on drafting employment policies. While many workplace policies come as standard, many businesses will have particular requirements they want to encompass…

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Cancer is top cause of long-term sickness absence claims, report shows

Cancer is top cause of long-term sickness absence claims, report shows

16 September 2016

Cancer accounts for almost one-third of all long-term sickness absence claims paid through income protection in the last year, according to findings by employee benefits company. Cancer accounts for 31% of claims paid, with breast and gastrointestinal cancers responsible for almost half of those claims. Gastrointestinal was the most…

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Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

16 September 2016

The Government should continue to increase the national living wage at the rate it planned when it was announced, according to a source. Since the Brexit vote in June, there have been calls from business lobbyists to restrain future increases above the current rate of £7.20 per hour for those aged 25 and over. Last month, 21 trade…

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Balancing CEO pay: can publishing pay ratios really help?

Balancing CEO pay: can publishing pay ratios really help?

16 September 2016

CEOs of FTSE 100 companies earn almost 150 times the average employee in their organisation. With calls for greater transparency, would publishing pay ratios balance things out? As proposals to force companies to publish excessive salaries are fast-tracked by Downing Street. A source looks at the some options for pay ratios. Theresa May recently…

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HR – Separating facts from fads

HR – Separating facts from fads

16 September 2016

HR and L&D professionals are increasingly at the heart of key decisions over resource and projects that significantly impact business performance and organisational culture. We are frequently asked to look at ways to improve business performance, yet knowing exactly what research, data or trends to trust is an incredibly difficult challenge.…

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How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

20 July 2016

There’s no doubt that the Brexit vote sent shockwaves through workplaces across the UK, whichever side staff voted. Some employers have emailed workers to offer reassurance, but is this the best or only way to support staff during this period of uncertainty? In offices around the UK, Friday 24 June was not the most productive.…

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Employee health and wellbeing can help bridge the UK’s productivity and engagement gap

Employee health and wellbeing can help bridge the UK’s productivity and engagement gap

20 July 2016

Employee health and wellbeing programmes should play a major part in helping the UK close the productivity gap with competing economies, especially with an ageing workforce and a rise in long-term health conditions. An independent specialist advisor on work, health and wellbeing, outlines the steps employers should take in an article…

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Changes to law on employing illegal workers come into force 12 July

Changes to law on employing illegal workers come into force 12 July

20 July 2016

New rules on the offence of employing illegal workers and other changes under the Immigration Act 2016 take effect on 12 July 2016. Employers will be guilty of an offence if they employ an illegal worker while having “reasonable cause to believe that the employee is disqualified from employment” because of their immigration…

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Protecting confidential information: six tips for employers

Protecting confidential information: six tips for employers

20 July 2016

A source sets out six tips to help employers protect confidential information. 1. Know the legal difference between trade secrets and confidential information Trade secrets can be protected during and after an employee’s employment without the need for express contractual provisions. In practice, genuine trade secrets are rare and much of…

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Wasim Khan

Wasim Khan

8 June 2016

An article in the Sunday Times from Wasim Khan.   Appointed for Leicestershire Cricket Club by Novo Executive Search & Selection. NOW FOXES HUNT CRICKET GLORY Field of dream:  Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of Leicestershire, was the first English player of Pakistani orgin to play cricket, inset, and hopes that his county will dominate…

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Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

Redundancy pools: myth vs fact

12 May 2016

Determining the correct composition of the redundancy pool is a step in the right direction to carrying out a fair redundancy exercise. To avoid getting tripped up at an early stage, we explore some of the myths surrounding the redundancy pool.   1. Myth – It is okay to select fixed-term employees for redundancy because of their…

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Flexible working key to commuter work-life balance

Flexible working key to commuter work-life balance

12 May 2016

Employees in London are less likely to work flexibly than staff in the rest of the UK, yet almost two-thirds of flexible workers in the capital are more satisfied with their jobs and have a better work-life balance, research has found.  A survey revealed that, despite London-based staff having much longer commuting times than the…

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Gender pay gap reporting timeline: key dates for HR

Gender pay gap reporting timeline: key dates for HR

12 May 2016

Although gender pay gap reporting legislation does not take effect until October, employers may have to collect gender pay gap data from as early as 1 May 2016. HR professionals can use this timeline to get ready for their reporting obligations.   Tuesday 10 May, 2:00pm BST Do you know what information you will…

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Five recruitment tech trends to keep on top of

Five recruitment tech trends to keep on top of

12 May 2016

Recruitment confidence is high, but employers are struggling to find the right skills they need to fill crucial roles. What are the key recruitment technology trends influencing how employers attract and retain good candidates? There is little doubt that economic conditions are improving. Confidence in hiring intentions is high, with the…

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“Now wash your hands”: Three ways to look at employee engagement

“Now wash your hands”: Three ways to look at employee engagement

18 March 2016

We can really over-engineer things in HR. The jargon, the models of engagement, the diagnostics. Are we creating a veneer of complexity to make ourselves believe we are actually changing things? Three simple ways to look at employee engagement. All the research we come across that tells us that, even with billions being spent on…

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Managers frustrated at time off for employee medical appointments

Managers frustrated at time off for employee medical appointments

18 March 2016

Nearly one-third (29%) of managers say that they are frustrated by the amount of working time lost when employees take time off for medical appointments, research has suggested. Despite this, a survey of more than 1,000 managers (owners, directors, and senior and middle managers) by a healthcare company…

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Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

18 March 2016

Every April, new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities is introduced. This year, the development receiving the most attention is the introduction of the national living wage. But are you aware of other important employment law changes on their way? A recent webinar, Introduction to the national living wage, discusses the…

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Candidates becoming choosier about their next role

Candidates becoming choosier about their next role

18 March 2016

How selective are you about your next role vs your previous role? Job candidates are becoming increasing selective about their next career move, according to new research. More than four in 10 jobseekers (43%) said that they are more selective about their next role than their previous role; 19% said they were less selective and 38% said they did…

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Performance-related dismissals: five key points

Performance-related dismissals: five key points

21 January 2016

Performance-related dismissals should never seem “out of the blue” to an employee. Time and planning by employers are the secret to a fair and legally watertight approach. Dismissing an employee for poor performance has its own particular challenges and relies on good communication with the employee and thorough planning to be…

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New war for talent pushing up adoption of HR tech

New war for talent pushing up adoption of HR tech

21 January 2016

As the economy continues to improve and skills are in shorter supply, mid-size companies have a greater appetite for HR technology and automation. Faced with an uphill struggle to bring employees in with the right skills, many mid-sized organisations have now bitten the bullet and automated their HR processes. During the recession, most companies…

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Employment law changes in 2016: eight things employers should know

Employment law changes in 2016: eight things employers should know

21 January 2016

In 2016, employers will begin to feel the impact of the employment law reforms made by the first Conservative Government in nearly 20 years, with some controversial decisions affecting a number of HR areas. The introduction of the national living wage sees a major change to minimum pay levels; this will be a big issue for many employers as…

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Why better management could unlock the productivity puzzle

5 January 2016

Why better management could unlock the productivity puzzle  UK productivity is still lagging behind that of other countries, and bad people management is often to blame. How can we unlock the best manager behaviours and get the most out of employees? We all know bad people management is a workplace issue, but we are only now becoming aware of…

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Mental toughness: how to build a resilient workforce

5 January 2016

Mental toughness: how to build a resilient workforce  Mental toughness has become a buzzword in learning and development – frequently used but often without context. But what exactly does it mean, and can it be taught? Applied psychology academic source looks at how organisations can build resilient workers. Mental toughness. A concept…

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What could reward look like in 2025?

5 January 2016

What could reward look like in 2025?  With huge changes predicted to how and where we work over the next 10 years, what does this mean for how we incentivise and pay staff? A source considers the future of reward. The first thing I have come to realise about reward is that we really have no idea what might shape the future. Ten years ago we…

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Managing learning for the YouTube generation

5 January 2016

Managing learning for the YouTube generation  How should L&D departments track and measure learning that is becoming more technology driven and informal? Finding the right balance is the challenge. The UK learning and development sector has been undergoing change for some time. Not only is there a growing trend for increasing amounts of…

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How HR can support IT with information security

5 January 2016

How HR can support IT with information security Typically data security is the realm of the IT department, but HR can make a huge difference to protecting vital corporate data with the right procedures in place. You might not consider that the average HR professional would have a major role to play in protecting an organisation’s…

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What could reward look like in 2025?

22 September 2015

With huge changes predicted to how and where we work over the next 10 years, what does this mean for how we incentivise and pay staff? A source considers the future of reward. Ten years ago we did not predict the impact of social media, tablets or phones and smart watches.The reality of disruption comes from all angles; Uber transforming the way…

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Rugby World Cup 2015: guidance for employers

22 September 2015

The Rugby World Cup 2015 begins on 18 September and ends with the final at Twickenham on 31 October. While many matches take place in the evening and at weekends, employers need to think about how they can minimise disruption at work while helping staff enjoy the tournament. Rugby World Cup 2015: employer resourcesEmployers that operate during…

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News - Bank holidays: five things employers need to know

News - Bank holidays: five things employers need to know

1 July 2015

The UK has 8 permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Late Summer, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, Scotland and Northern Ireland have omissions and additions in relation to the bank holidays taken in England and Wales. Bank holidays and annual leave But how much do you…

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News - Six tips for effective probationary periods

News - Six tips for effective probationary periods

1 July 2015

While there is nothing in law that requires employers to use probationary periods, they are commonly used when an employee joins the organisation and are useful way of assessing performance in a given timeframe. We set out six tips for implementing them effectively. 1. Probationary periods can help avoid performance issues later There is no…

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