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FIVE HR CHALLENGES OF 2022

FIVE HR CHALLENGES OF 2022

12 January 2022

Global research* has identified five main HR challenges in today’s organisations. Addressing each of these will allow businesses to better prepare for 2022, moving out of crisis towards stronger and more resilient workplace cultures. The challenges are highlighted in O.C. Tanner’s 2022 Global Culture Report  which involved lengthy…

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SO WHAT IS CAUSING THE “BIG QUIT”?

SO WHAT IS CAUSING THE “BIG QUIT”?

12 January 2022

Around four in 10 UK employees (or 11.7m workers based on the most recent ONS data) would consider leaving their employer in the pursuit of better employee benefits, according to new research by leading employee benefits provider Unum UK1. Small businesses are particularly at risk of losing top talent as although 78% of decision makers at SME…

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There’s Bias in Burnout, and Things Need to Change

There’s Bias in Burnout, and Things Need to Change

12 January 2022

In different workplace settings across the world, the strange and unsettling feeling of exhaustion – known as ‘burnout’ – has taken many workers by surprise. With cases on the rise in our society, following the fallout of a disruptive global pandemic, many have studied the phenomenon of burnout. Interestingly, the problem…

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Number of ethnic minority FTSE 350 directors jumped 108 per cent in 2021, study finds

Number of ethnic minority FTSE 350 directors jumped 108 per cent in 2021, study finds

12 January 2022

Although ‘great strides’ have been made, experts say firms need to proactively engage with inclusion and diversity efforts on their boards  The number of FTSE 350 companies with a director of colour on their board increased by 108 per cent in 2021, research has revealed. The analysis of 272 companies in the FTSE 350, by Thomson…

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What has 2021 taught HR about hybrid working?

What has 2021 taught HR about hybrid working?

12 January 2022

People Management asked employment experts what they have learnt about changes to working practices over the last 12 months, and how businesses should manage moving into 2022 The world of work has had a bumpy 2021, from ‘Freedom Day’ and calls to return to the office (and its watercooler moments), to an introduction of the…

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How can HR get ahead of AI regulation

How can HR get ahead of AI regulation

12 January 2022

A government report into the impact of AI on the workplace has recommended greater regulation. What are the risks of the use of AI in people processes and how can HR audit its use in the organisation?  Printing presses, typewriters, the word processor and mobile phones – new technology transforming how we work is nothing new. But…

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Equal Pay Day: stop asking candidates for their salary history

Equal Pay Day: stop asking candidates for their salary history

14 December 2021

A gender equality campaign group has urged employers not to ask candidates about their salary history as it believes this contributes to the gender pay gap. A survey carried out by the Fawcett Society to mark Equal Pay Day today (18 November) – the annual day at which women effectively start to work for free because they are paid less than…

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Employers urged to focus on retention as job vacancies hit another record high

Employers urged to focus on retention as job vacancies hit another record high

14 December 2021

Experts also warn pay growth could cause inflation increases, adding the UK must find ‘Goldilocks’ solution that still protects living standards The number of job vacancies has reached a new record high, official figures have shown, with experts warning that employees are increasingly taking advantage of the jobseeker-friendly labour…

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Leaders Concerned The Are Failing to Focus on Diversity And Inclusion

Leaders Concerned The Are Failing to Focus on Diversity And Inclusion

14 December 2021

Diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) in the workplace is a prominent issue brought into sharp focus during the pandemic and intensified in the wake of the recent racially motivated crimes in the US and other parts of the world. However, new findings from the Trends Report* 2021/22 says that 58% of UK senior employees believe the main…

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Quarter of employers expecting increase in hard-to-fill vacancies, CIPD warns

Quarter of employers expecting increase in hard-to-fill vacancies, CIPD warns

14 December 2021

Firms are improving pay and taking steps to boost job quality in a bid to attract and retain talent, research finds More than a quarter of employers are concerned the number of hard-to-fill vacancies will increase next year, the CIPD has warned, as firms continue to increase starting pay and job quality to attract talent. The latest Labour…

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Flexible Working Ranked Top Priority

Flexible Working Ranked Top Priority

14 December 2021

A whitepaper reveals that flexible working is now a top priority for job candidates, identified by 70% of HR professionals surveyed when asked about their experience of the recruitment process. Further to this, 67% of HR professionals surveyed said that a working from home policy was a key priority for candidates. Both flexible working and working…

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Iain Coleman appointed as head of EV services

Iain Coleman appointed as head of EV services

7 December 2021

OMEGA RED APPOINTS EV SERVICES LEAD Iain Coleman joins the business with experience in senior roles across essential infrastructure markets, having previously worked for a number of UK companies with a focus in the utility services sector. Coleman said: "It's a great time to join Omega Red as the business expands its core skills and services into…

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Redundancies continue to fall in face of furlough finale

Redundancies continue to fall in face of furlough finale

16 September 2021

The number of collective redundancies planned by employers continues to fall, despite the imminent closure of the government’s furlough funding. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 30 September and currently allows businesses to claim 60% of a furloughed employee’s pay, down from 80% before the summer. But there are…

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Recruitment showing signs of recovery, but challenges persist

Recruitment showing signs of recovery, but challenges persist

16 September 2021

Latest data* shows that the UK recruitment market is showing strong signs of recovery from the disruption posed by the pandemic, yet significant challenges remain, with skills shortages and finding the right talent proving acute for many organisations. As restrictions imposed earlier in the pandemic are now being lifted, there has been increased…

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Businesses urged to maintain Covid-secure measures as staff return to offices

Businesses urged to maintain Covid-secure measures as staff return to offices

16 September 2021

As many schools in England return today after the summer holidays, employers have been told not to ‘let their guard down’ around workplace safety The professional body for health and safety professionals has urged businesses not to relax their enforcement of Covid guidelines as society starts to further return to normality. While many…

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Line managers focusing on output over hours since Covid, research finds

Line managers focusing on output over hours since Covid, research finds

16 September 2021

Experts welcome ‘encouraging’ change in attitude and suggest it can improve inclusion, retention and wellbeing. Since the start of the pandemic, line managers have moved their focus towards employee output and away from hours worked, research has found, with experts saying the change of approach can improve inclusion and retention. A…

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Headhunting on the rise but how does HR get it right?

Headhunting on the rise but how does HR get it right?

16 September 2021

Almost two-thirds (63%) of talent teams are actively headhunting to find high-quality hires in the UK’s competitive job market, but what's the key to success? According to a LinkedIn poll of 399 HR magazine followers, just 37% said they worked in organisations that are not actively seeking to poach talent to keep up with recruitment…

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Pay Awards Reach Highest Level In Six Months

Pay Awards Reach Highest Level In Six Months

9 July 2021

The latest data* shows that pay awards have nudged upwards in the three months to the end of May 2021, with the median reaching its highest level for six months. Between March and May 2021, the median pay award was 2%, 0.1 percentage points higher than the figure recorded last month and back to the levels last seen at the end of November 2020.…

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Sharpening Employees’ Tools on a Tight Budget

Sharpening Employees’ Tools on a Tight Budget

9 July 2021

As firms weigh up the benefits of flexible working and employees decide whether to stay remote, there is one thing they both agree on: reskilling must be a priority, discovers Emma Greedy . In the past year, a quarter (24%) of the UK’s workforce have started learning new skills to guard against coronavirus job uncertainty, according to The…

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Number Of Skilled Vacancies Increases As Economy Continues To Recover

Number Of Skilled Vacancies Increases As Economy Continues To Recover

9 July 2021

Data reveals total job postings now exceeds pre-pandemic levels, but experts warn there is ‘work to be done’ to ensure roles are filled. The number of vacancies for skilled occupations is growing as the economy recovers from the pandemic, according to new data. During the week of 21 to 27 June, there were 1.55 million job adverts in…

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Leaders Embracing Employee Differences Will Be The Big Differentiator

Leaders Embracing Employee Differences Will Be The Big Differentiator

9 July 2021

Inclusive leadership is climbing the business agenda and is now the most requested management coaching topic, according to the latest feedback figures from Talking Talent, a specialist coaching consultancy. While more than a quarter (27%) of business executives have requested more coaching on being an ‘inclusive leader’ there is still…

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How Should HR Handle Staff Who Refuse To Return To The Office?

How Should HR Handle Staff Who Refuse To Return To The Office?

9 July 2021

Workers will be able to return to offices after 19 July, the Prime Minister has confirmed, but employers may face resistance from staff who are worried about rising Covid-19 infection rates, have caring responsibilities, or who have enjoyed home working. Yesterday evening, Boris Johnson confirmed that all remaining Covid-19 restrictions including…

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Use This 3-Step Process to Hire the Best Talent

Use This 3-Step Process to Hire the Best Talent

9 July 2021

Want to identify and recruit the perfect candidate for the role? Here’s a guide to help to find the best people for the job. Recruiting and identifying the job candidate with the right skills for the role is a situation every business owner faces. But actually developing a process that allows you to hire the best talent is tough. Generic…

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What employees want to know about the return to work

What employees want to know about the return to work

17 May 2021

New research* has identified what employees and business owners alike are wanting to know about returning to the office, with employers starting to gear up for fully re-opening workplaces from the summer. Analysing Google search data* has found that some people are worried about returning to work, with searches for ‘not comfortable returning…

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Post pandemic, what employees want is a mindful culture

Post pandemic, what employees want is a mindful culture

17 May 2021

Slack has today revealed new research looking into how UK businesses can change their approach to employee experience as lockdown eases, in order to help uphold culture, create flexibility, and maintain productivity. Working closely alongside Chartered Psychologist and Founder of The Career Psychologist, Rob Archer, and to mark the end of Stress…

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Want to improve your leadership skills? Focus on critical thinking

Want to improve your leadership skills? Focus on critical thinking

17 May 2021

Highly successful leaders are exceptional critical thinkers. Here are five ways to improve your approach to strategic problem-solving and decision-making. As a strategic business coach, one of my core responsibilities is leveling up leadership skills on the senior team. I like to say, if you want to grow and scale a business, you have to grow and…

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Societal change is driving businesses to focus on purpose, diversity and sustainability

Societal change is driving businesses to focus on purpose, diversity and sustainability

17 May 2021

Increasing pressure from investors, customers and employees are causing CEOs to focus their businesses on purpose, resilience and long-term sustainability. According to a new report* board priorities are shifting onto people and businesses’ impact on wider society. The report, People risk – why the need for change is urgent reveals a…

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Vacancies increase at record rate as employer confidence grows, study shows

Vacancies increase at record rate as employer confidence grows, study shows

17 May 2021

But experts warn businesses need to do more to attract talent as candidate availability falls. Vacancies in April increased at the fastest rate in 23 years, research has found, with businesses gaining confidence as coronavirus restrictions start to ease. The latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found…

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Right to work checks have been left too late, according to employment trade body

Right to work checks have been left too late, according to employment trade body

17 May 2021

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has written to home secretary Priti Patel to highlight major concerns about the date set for the start of physical Right to Work checks. Patel said physical Right to Work checks will return this month on 17 May however the APSCo have argued it has been left too late. Tania Bowers,…

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Employment law changes in 2021

Employment law changes in 2021

8 March 2021

Employment law in the UK is ever-evolving - what to look out for in 2021. In this article we capture the principal changes which have already, or will be, introduced in 2021 Recruitment of European Economic Area nationals (“EEA”) - 1 January 2021 Following the EU-UK transition period, EEA nationals now no longer have an automatic…

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Skills Gap Widening – hiring’s not the answer, so what is?

Skills Gap Widening – hiring’s not the answer, so what is?

8 March 2021

Organisations must leverage skill adjacencies to build skills due to hiring freezes spurred on by the covid-19 pandemic. HR leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to quickly find and develop talent with the most in-demand skills, yet 58% of the workforce needs new skills to get their jobs done, according to Gartner, Inc. Data shows the…

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Could we see the rise of the weekend interview?

Could we see the rise of the weekend interview?

8 March 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we hire people, including how we interview and communicate with candidates. Could increased flexibility over time and location mean a surge in candidates attending interviews at the weekend? James McGill says this can be a convenient solution. Traditionally, job interviews have been reserved for standard…

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Process

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Process

8 March 2021

The next generation of recruiting will better attract and engage talent. Here's how:- When it comes to recruiting well, it is an art as much as it is a science. Unfortunately, many organizations aren't unlocking the full power of recruiting, and are settling by using outdated processes. To attract the best and brightest, you need to make sure your…

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Wave of flexible jobs would boost gender equality

Wave of flexible jobs would boost gender equality

8 March 2021

Hundreds of thousands of new flexible jobs could be created if employers were more transparent about job details, with women likely to benefit the most, according to landmark research by the world’s largest job site Indeed and the Government-backed Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). BIT analysed more than 780,000 job postings on Indeed.co.uk…

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Are You Offering The Right Benefits To Retain Your Best Talent?

Are You Offering The Right Benefits To Retain Your Best Talent?

5 March 2021

You’ll be hard pushed to find a business or individual who hasn’t experienced at least some negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in some way. Uncertainty about when the economy and our way of life will get back to normal weighs heavily on everyone. While the recent news about vaccines is encouraging, we are still many months away…

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Executive Search industry ploughs on in the Thames Valley

Executive Search industry ploughs on in the Thames Valley

17 February 2021

Significant growth in the Thames Valley economy?  Well, that’s certainly what we’ve experienced in previous years with Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire clients up to 2020 of course. Headhunting Assignments Clearly the last year or so has had its challenges. However, Novo Executive Search continues to have a very…

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Executive Search Interviewing

Executive Search Interviewing

8 February 2021

Video v Face2face? What are the pros & cons and what do we all think? Our experience here at Novo Executive Search over the last 12 months, operating under present conditions is that the benefits of interviewing via Zoom or Teams hugely outweigh those of face to face interviewing. Executive search assignments can be run much more…

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Retain key talent through data insight

Retain key talent through data insight

29 January 2021

When the world of work finally emerges from COVID-19, attracting and retaining top talent while reducing operating costs is set to become of paramount importance. Forward-looking companies are harnessing their global rewards data to generate insights and support evidence-based decision-making that can mitigate employee retention risk and unlock…

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Is psychology the secret sauce for leadership development in 2021?

Is psychology the secret sauce for leadership development in 2021?

29 January 2021

‘The Work After Lockdown Study’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), reports on the impact on working from home, and predicts new ways of working in 2021 and beyond. Kate Pearlman-Shaw – Clinical Psychologist, leadership, team development and business coach, and public speaker has reviewed the study and…

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5 Ways Leaders Can Prepare for the 2021 Workplace, According to LinkedIn Execs

5 Ways Leaders Can Prepare for the 2021 Workplace, According to LinkedIn Execs

29 January 2021

LinkedIn's top executives share what this new world of work will look like in 2021 and beyond. As the business world heads into 2021 with great optimism, a cloud of uncertainty remains hanging over the heads of many leaders. Execs are faced with two different realities: a pre-vaccine world of remote work and a post-vaccine world of figuring out…

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HR can redefine what productivity means

HR can redefine what productivity means

29 January 2021

Being productive at work in many organisations means how many video calls you’ve attended. But as we move forward into a new era of work, HR can be the force for common sense, bringing back those water-cooler chats and “unproductive moments” that can spark innovation, argues Martin Lindstrom. What did you do today? Let me guess.…

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Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

29 January 2021

Leaders can learn a lot about helping employees in times of stress by looking at how individuals approach problems. Using Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation Theory, Dr Megan Seibel looks at five ways burnout can be prevented. With the third UK lockdown now underway, employee mental health is declining, staff absences are growing and motivation…

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So, what are the big HR issues for 2021?

So, what are the big HR issues for 2021?

29 January 2021

HR teams must make talent acquisition and retention their number one priority this year if they are to thrive. This is according to TrueProfile.io, a leading provider of Primary Source Verification (PSV) services, which says that for HR teams, 2020 was about resilience and adaptability, while the year ahead will be about nurturing and…

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Flexible working more popular with male employees since lockdown, survey finds

Flexible working more popular with male employees since lockdown, survey finds

13 October 2020

Widespread home working has lessened the stigma around men requesting non-conventional arrangements, say experts Flexible working has become more popular with male employees since the beginning of lockdown, according to a study of employers. In the poll of 26 UK employers, conducted by Working Families in September, two-thirds (68 per cent)…

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Brexit talks failings threaten already uncertain jobs market, say Lords

Brexit talks failings threaten already uncertain jobs market, say Lords

13 October 2020

UK trade negotiations with the EU are at risk of leaving those in the professional and business services sectors unprepared. Peers on the EU Services Sub-Committee argued that some sectors are currently being overlooked in Brexit negotiations, creating issues around areas such as business mobility, and the recognition of professional…

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How racism, wellbeing and performance are connected

How racism, wellbeing and performance are connected

13 October 2020

Senior managers at companies who are serious about improving diversity need to ensure they understand the relationship between ethnicity, wellbeing and performance in the workplace writes psychologist Elizabeth Yardley of Pearn Kandola It’s well established that our personal wellbeing influences our performance at work. When our wellbeing…

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Job Support Scheme guidance needed soon to avoid redundancies

Job Support Scheme guidance needed soon to avoid redundancies

13 October 2020

Organisations are in desperate need of guidance around the Job Support Scheme in order to make decisions about their future. According to law firm Fieldfisher, employers are crying out for further information about how the scheme will work in practice to consider whether they can safeguard jobs beyond October. Its warning was issued shortly before…

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Some Things to Consider Before You Decide to Promote Someone

Some Things to Consider Before You Decide to Promote Someone

13 October 2020

When a company grows quickly and talent is in short supply, the pressure to promote people is high. Here are six things to consider before you do. Over the last two decades, I've worked with hundreds of founders and CEOs of high-growth companies, helping them with strategy development and execution. And while we can come up with amazingly…

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Research reveals | HR issues now dominate CEO agenda

Research reveals | HR issues now dominate CEO agenda

13 October 2020

A plethora of HR issues including demotivated employees, poor mental health and diluted company culture have been cited as top concerns for company leaders when it comes to the concept of working from home in the long run, new research has found. Prior to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiling new COVID-19 restrictions, new research from…

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Plan Now To Ensure Compliance With April Employment Legislation Changes

Plan Now To Ensure Compliance With April Employment Legislation Changes

16 March 2020

Businesses need to ensure they are ready for updates to employment law that come into force in April. The government published its Good Work Plan in December 2018, with the aim of bringing employment practice in line with the changing world of work. More specifically, it aims to tackle the grey areas and blurred boundaries of employment status…

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