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Cyberbullying – Employer Responsibilities

Microsoft have reported that since 31st January 2020 they have seen a 500% increase in the use of Teams, which is perhaps unsurprising given how many businesses have adopted the technology to help facilitate working from home.  However, many other technologies such as Zoom, WhatsApp (who have reported a 40% jump) and Facebook messenger have […]

Working from Home – Part 2

This blog is the second in our series exploring the topic of working from home during the current period of government restrictions.  Our first blog explored the topics of managing employee productivity, working hours and engagement, and is available here. This second blog will explore some practical considerations for staff working from home, including health […]

Working from Home – Part 1

The current UK government guidance in response to the Covid-19 pandemic states that “travelling for work purposes” is permitted, “but only where you cannot work from home”, and as such as a manager or business owner you may currently find yourself managing your employees remotely for the first time. In this first blog on the […]

Employee Motivation and Wellbeing in Uncertain Times

The employment landscape has changed dramatically in recent weeks thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.  When the UK government began to announce restrictions that led to many businesses closing their doors, and many others within supply chains experiencing knock-on effects, the immediate priority has been to secure the future of businesses, and with that, jobs.  The […]

Spreading Christmas cheer far and wide

The majority of businesses are set to do something nice for their employees over Christmas, but is the office party the best choice? Today, employees are challenging their employers to look at their benefits as well as reward and recognition programs more closely, getting them to understand that what has worked traditionally may not work […]

Will you be switching off this summer holiday?

We are in the midst of the school holidays where many take annual leave to go away and catch some sun with friends and family. Despite being the most expensive time of the year to travel, thousands of Brits will make their way to their closest airport before embarking on hours of waiting at check-in, […]

The ageing generation and the impact on the workforce

Considering the growing demographic of elderly people in society, it’s become more apparent to me that as employers we need to be looking at how we can support employees caring for elderly parents and relatives as well as children. After all, we are all living longer and it’s likely that a vast proportion of us […]

Summer is here!

Summer is finally here, and we are set to start the great work life holiday challenge. For those of us remaining in the workplace over the summer months there are some important safety and wellness actions that can to be taken to make sure our employees remain safe, happy and productive. The laws requiring action […]

Healthy employees outperform unhealthy employees by 17%

Employee Wellbeing is a key trend in 2019. Businesses are promoting employee wellbeing and steps they have taken to improve the work environment. I am so enthused when I hear these statements but sometimes when I read on, I find there is a lack of substance. Maybe change has occurred. However, I don’t always get […]

How to retain your best employees?

Considering the cost, the time and the emotional effort involved in recruitment and training staff, you want to ensure you hold on to them! After all, a successful business is driven by the experience, knowledge and commitment of good staff. Each employer will know too well the regret of an excellent and knowledgeable member of […]

BEIS Response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

Today the Government published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. Amongst other things, in the Good Work Plan the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) sets out its intention to consult on: guidance on employment status ‘for the first time’ enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday and sick pay introducing a […]

Did National Sickie Day impact your business this week?

Supposedly, today is National Sickie Day , whereby the highest number of people took a day off sick. Let’s face it, no one likes February but it’s a quite annoying when your colleagues go sick just because they don’t feel like it, when quite frankly you don’t feel like work either but you’re not so […]

Mental Health at Work

If I’m honest, I left 2017 feeling shocked by the extent of the increase in mental health at work issues landing on our desks and the number of clients requiring support to deal with mental health absence situations. Mental health support in the workplace is something that resonates with me and with the pressure everyone […]

Are performance appraisals adding value?

A performance appraisal, also known as the performance review or evaluation is a method by which the overall job performance of an employee is evaluated and documented by their employers. It is a management tool that aims to ensure the employees’ performance contributes to the business objectives and is a tried and tested approach to […]

Employee retention – the importance to businesses

Retention of productive employees is a major concern for all businesses. It is more efficient and cost-effective to retain a quality member of staff than to recruit, train and orient a replacement employee of the same high quality. According to latest research findings, the majority of employees find the relationship with their senior management or […]

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give of their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. If an employee is disengaged, then this leads to poor work […]

What is a Millennial?

The word ‘millennial’ has been bounced around for years when referring to a generation of people. Years have passed since the birth of the term, so does the concept of a millennial still apply and who to? When searching for the meaning, a millennial is described as: Noun a person reaching young adulthood around the […]

How to retain staff following the Summer months

We are approaching that time of year when Summer holidays seem like a lifetime ago and the Christmas season is yet to fill us with festive joy. This is the time when employees need the most attention as well as motivation. The Summer blues create the urge for some to quit their jobs and run […]