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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 Unfortunately, many organizations aren't unlocking the full power of recruiting, and are settling by using outdated processes.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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Three Fears Your Employees Have During a Merger or Acquisition

Three Fears Your Employees Have During a Merger or Acquisition

16 March 2020

A merger or acquisition play is a risky one, since the vast majority of mergers and acquisitions fail. As you weigh and seek to manage each risk, make sure you’re not risking your most important asset: your people. Did you know that between 70% and 90% (Forbes) of mergers and acquisitions fail?  Every situation and every reason for…

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Employees are your greatest shareholder

Employees are your greatest shareholder

16 March 2020

In light of comments made at davos during this year’s world economic forum, companies are beginning to understand that shareholder value is no longer just about short-term, quarterly results. The major business-leaders showpiece event raised debate as to whether employees and communities were as important stakeholders for businesses as…

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The Top 5 Soft Skills of 2020 and How to Develop Them

The Top 5 Soft Skills of 2020 and How to Develop Them

13 March 2020

You can develop soft skills just like hard skills. Here's how to hone the five most in-demand soft skills of the year. Earlier this year, LinkedIn released a list of the five most in-demand soft skills for 2020. They were determined by examining the skills listed on the profiles of the people on the network getting hired at the highest rates. The…

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Higher education has greater salary impact for men

Higher education has greater salary impact for men

13 March 2020

Men gain more financially from higher education qualifications than women, The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ research has found The impact of undergraduate degrees on lifetime earnings studied the impact of undergraduate degrees on income and found that median earnings of male graduates grow strongly throughout their thirties, at a of 3.5%,…

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Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?

Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?

13 March 2020

There has been much discussion about what pay workers will get if they have to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. There is concern that people will be more likely to infect others if they do not have incentives to stay at home when they are at risk - Eight charts on how coronavirus has hit the global economy Will I get paid…

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NOVO ASSISTS SOMERSET CCC APPOINT NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NOVO ASSISTS SOMERSET CCC APPOINT NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

12 February 2020

  Somerset County Cricket Club today announced the appointment of Gordon Hollins as Chief Executive Officer. He will take up the role on March 16th, 2020. For the last 18 years Gordon has held a number of senior positions in cricket, following a successful commercial career in Scotland and the North East of England. Most recently Gordon was…

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

20 January 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already on the horizon. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the year ahead? 1. Carry out Brexit workforce planning Now that the withdrawal agreement has passed the vote in the House of Commons and Brexit is due…

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Getting value out of your company values

Getting value out of your company values

20 January 2020

It wasn’t until around 20 years ago that most companies began to state their values and deploy them as strategic HR and business tools. Debra Corey examines why, while the vast majority of businesses now do this, few have values that truly act as strategic tools. According to a 2016 study by Gallup, only 27% of employees believe in their…

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Is succession planning an outdated concept?

Is succession planning an outdated concept?

20 January 2020

Intentional pathway planning could help to fill those empty chairs better than succession planning. Succession planning often focuses on key leaders in the organisation. But in a changing business environment, planning for the future needs to be far more strategic and widespread, argues Miecha Ranea Forbes. In a perfect world, your executive…

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Hiring and retaining talent CEOs' greatest concern

Hiring and retaining talent CEOs' greatest concern

20 January 2020

The biggest internal concern for CEOs in 2020 is attracting and retaining top talent, according to non-profit research group The Conference Board. This is due to a tight labour market regardless of company size or location, the CEOs said. Its research has also shown that chief executives around the world deem the risk of a recession their biggest…

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Half of UK workers considering moving jobs in 2020

Half of UK workers considering moving jobs in 2020

20 January 2020

Accreditation body warns of ‘recruitment crisis’ caused by disillusioned employees. More than half of UK workers are considering finding a new job in the next year, a survey has found. The poll of 2,000 employees, commissioned annually by accreditation body Investors in People (IIP), found nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of respondents…

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Are you looking for an Executive career move?

Are you looking for an Executive career move?

20 January 2020

If so, please join us for a free and live CV writing webinar on Tuesday 28th January 2020 from 12.30 - 13.30. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4179166035347515148 Looking for a new role, change of direction, the next step or more flexibility? Understand what executive headhunters, recruiters and senior leaders look for on paper, overhaul…

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10 Signs Your Employees Aren't the Right Fit For Their Jobs

10 Signs Your Employees Aren't the Right Fit For Their Jobs

12 November 2019

Hiring the right talent and helping those people thrive in their positions is one of the biggest challenges any leader, CEO, or founder has, especially since job hopping has become the norm. You not only need to find incredibly smart people, you also need to make sure they stick around, rather than jump to the next best thing around the corner.…

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3 Tips for Smart Business Growth

3 Tips for Smart Business Growth

12 November 2019

These tips can help your business fly sky-high ... without getting too close to the sun. The ancient Greeks warned about the tragic outcome of flying too high, too fast ever since they spun the tale of Icarus. Yet businesses like Forever 21, which recently filed for bankruptcy after rapid global expansion proved to be the wrong move, often jump…

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How to make better professional decisions

How to make better professional decisions

12 November 2019

Making important decisions is a fundamental part of any business leader’s role. Whether it’s determining how to better improve company policies or how to enhance an organisation’s profits, these decisions are never easy and can result in a number of repercussions. According to The Balance Careers, managers often face unstructured…

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It's difficult but necessary to get the best leaders

It's difficult but necessary to get the best leaders

12 November 2019

Getting the best people in leadership jobs continues to be the simplest and most effective way to fix a business. During my years as an HR executive I’ve had to review various local subsidiaries. Some of the lowest-performing market reviews felt painful. The business seemed mired in every sort of complication. Key metrics reviews translated…

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Is your office empty on a Friday?

Is your office empty on a Friday?

12 November 2019

Employers fear offices are too empty on the last day of the working week. But is blaming flexible working too simplistic? The email surprised employees with its strident tone. Sent by the HR team to the entire London staff of Starcom, one of the world’s largest media planning agencies, it expressed displeasure at how “noticeably…

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Half of UK adults plan to work past retirement, finds survey

Half of UK adults plan to work past retirement, finds survey

12 November 2019

Employers urged to offer more flexible options as older workers shun ‘cliff-edge’ retirement. Over half of adults are planning to carry on working in their retirement, a survey has found, as experts highlight the importance of employers giving workers control over how they chose to retire. The poll of 2,400 people in the UK, conducted…

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Should salary history questions be outlawed?

Should salary history questions be outlawed?

11 September 2019

Ending employers’ ability to ask candidates about their salary history could help tackle gender and ethnicity pay gaps, writes Jon Heuvel, but there are doubts over whether the law is really the best way of dealing with the issue. Cincinnati, Ohio, recently became the latest in a series of states and cities in the US to announce that it…

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Struggle to fill vacancies continues

Struggle to fill vacancies continues

11 September 2019

The struggle to recruit is still on. In fact, advertised vacancies increased by 4.2 percent year-on-year in Q1 2019, while job applications dropped by 4.8 percent. Contributor Lee Biggins, founder and CEO – CV-Library. The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull…

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Four-day week popular with three-quarters of UK workers

Four-day week popular with three-quarters of UK workers

11 September 2019

While research shows employees are in favour of a four-day week and increased flexibility, most firms still only offer traditional working hours. Three-quarters (75%) of UK adults are in favour of a four-day working week, even if it means they have to squeeze their working hours into less days, according to research from Know Your Money. Almost…

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Pressure to cut pension inequality at top firms bears fruit

Pressure to cut pension inequality at top firms bears fruit

11 September 2019

Shareholder pressure has led 30 FTSE 100 companies to cut their pension payments for executives over the past year. Analysis of the 2019 AGM season by the Investment Association (IA) revealed what the body called “significant changes” including 17 companies committing to awarding new directors pension contributions in line with the…

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Poor recruitment processes can damage brands

Poor recruitment processes can damage brands

11 September 2019

Research into recruitment experiences has underlined the potential damage caused to brands by negative processes. These might include failure to provide feedback and to acknowledge receipt of the application. The research by Reed UK also found major discrepancies between candidate expectations and companies’ handling of the process.…

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Quarter of HR excluded from Boardroom decisions

Quarter of HR excluded from Boardroom decisions

4 July 2019

Despite the importance of HR departments, it seems HR professionals are being left out of strategic Boardroom meetings. This news comes after research released by HR recruitment specialist Reed HR, discovered that one in four HR professionals are not involved in key strategic business decisions. This has proven to be a concern as respondents…

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HR the worst function on data

HR the worst function on data

4 July 2019

HR and recruitment is the business function that's made the least progress in using data and insight to optimise and measure performance, according to business leaders Capita Resourcing's survey of 350 HR and recruitment specialists, 500 business leaders, and more than 2,000 employees, found that almost a quarter (24%) of business leaders cited HR…

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International expansion: three HR essentials that get overlooked

International expansion: three HR essentials that get overlooked

4 July 2019

With Brexit encouraging a growing number of organisations to establish themselves abroad, Ben Wright explores three people management challenges that are often ignored when companies expand quickly. Human capital management is an often expensive, time-consuming and complex challenge, but it becomes more difficult to manage when an organisation…

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L&D leaders ‘in the dark’ over lack of data

L&D leaders ‘in the dark’ over lack of data

4 July 2019

Learning professionals not collecting or making use of insights to inform content, says survey. L&D professionals are not utilising people analytics to make the most of their limited training resources, leaving them “in the dark” about how effective their learning strategies really are, according to a new study. A survey of…

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Employees struggle to find L&D opportunities effective, report finds

Employees struggle to find L&D opportunities effective, report finds

4 July 2019

Only 13% of employees believe the learning opportunities they’ve been given over the past year have been very effective, according to new research from Kineo, part of City & Guilds Group. It found that although four-fifths of UK employees it surveyed said their organisation had taken steps to improve their skillset over the past year,…

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Only 12 Percent of Employees Believe Their Companies Do a Great Job With Onboarding. Here Are 3 Ways to Make Your Process Better

Only 12 Percent of Employees Believe Their Companies Do a Great Job With Onboarding. Here Are 3 Ways to Make Your Process Better

4 July 2019

In today's competitive hiring market, your team needs an effective onboarding program in place -- or employees won't hesitate to seek opportunities elsewhere. Your team's onboarding process is critical to the success of your employees. Without effective onboarding, it will take longer for employees to get up to speed and drive profitability for…

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