Lovebirds in the Workplace

I could not let Valentine’s Day pass without a mention. We spend so much time at work with our colleagues, often sharing the same interests, goals, aspirations, and let’s not forget the space we share at work. So, it is not unnatural to find ‘chemistry happening’ … and people falling in love with their work […]

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Appraisals and why Once a Year is Not Enough

January is a good time to look at things anew – and this month we take a look at sorting out the appraisal process, or you may refer to it as a review process. Speak to many people – employees and managers – about the annual appraisal and you’ll be met with sighs, muttering and […]

The Future of Work – Part 2

As we mentioned in our previous blog in this series, the world of work is ever changing – and never more so than now. Fundamental Changes One of the most fundamental changes is the boom of the gig economy. This is where people work on a freelance basis, for different employers, and possibly in different […]

The Importance of Neuroscience in HR

People tend to get worried when terms such as neuroscience are bandied about. But don’t be alarmed – nobody is expecting HR professionals to start reading up on brain surgery. However, knowing how our brains work can be a valuable tool in your arsenal. Neuroscience refers to the impact the brain has on behavior and […]

The Future Of Work

In the first of this series, we look at how the way we work and the type of work on offer is changing the face of employment in the UK. In the following two blogs we will look more closely at the gig economy and at how HR professionals will need to adapt to keep […]

Mental Health – The Invisible Problem

It’s easy to know how to deal with someone who breaks their leg and has to take time off work because they are unable to travel in or need to go to physio appointments – but dealing with mental health in the workplace is harder because it is invisible. Mental health and stress is the […]

Workplace Stress and How to Avoid it

In the last of our series on wellbeing, we are looking at stress, how HR can help managers and staff to avoid it, and what effect it can have on companies. The number of working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 9.9 million, according to a Labour Force Survey. That […]

Fit and healthy staff make for a fit and healthy company

This is part two of our wellbeing series. You can read our previous blog on how vital holidays are for a healthy workplace here. As we head into summer, health and fitness come to the fore. We all start to feel more energised once the sun shines, and are more inclined to eat healthily, get out […]

Holidays are vital for a healthy workplace

A healthy workplace is vital, and HR has a major role to play in creating the best conditions for staff. Staff ill health can cost the UK around £14 billion a year according to the CBI’s 2013 Sickness Absence survey, and the CIPD 2015 Absence Management survey reckoned the average annual median cost of absence […]

Six Ways To Spring Clean Your HR Activities

Do you spring clean your house (or better still, get someone else to do it for you!)? This is a great time to spring clean your business too. The tax year has ended, so many companies will be breathing a sigh of relief – and this is a good time to take a close look […]

Legislation and Payment Changes April 2016

As always, April sees a number of changes in financial matters and the big change for 2016 is the introduction of the National Living Wage – rates for many other payments, however, have been frozen. Here’s a snapshot of the current situation: National Living Wage The headline-grabbing change for this April is the introduction of […]

The National Minimum Wage 2014

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases on the 1st October 2014. Below are the current rates and the new rates that comes into force next week. What Prior to October 2014 per hour From 1 October 2014 per hour Workers aged 21 + £6.31 £6.50 Development rate for workers aged 18-20 £5.03 £5.13 Young workers aged16-17 […]