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Do you have a toxic work culture?

By | Employee Wellbeing, Motivation | No Comments

No organisation ever sets out to have a toxic work culture but every company has the potential to have one. According to a study by Inc, 11.3% of companies reported having a toxic culture. A toxic company culture is the single greatest issue that can paralyse a workforce. It may be a slow process for it to rear its ugly head but nevertheless it will erode creativity and stifle innovation. In a world where employees have more choice from organisations fighting to attract the top talent and locations becoming more obsolete due to working from home policies and improved technology;…

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unlimited holiday policy

6 pros and cons of an unlimited holiday policy

By | Employee Benefits, Holiday Pro-Rata | No Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’re probably aware of a new holiday policy that companies such as Netflix, LinkedIn and Virgin are introducing, where employees get unlimited holiday entitlement. The idea is that the organisation trusts each employee to manage their own leave requests and to take as much or as little as they want, when they want it. No tracking, no allocated days, just take a holiday when you want to. It may sound like a joke… but it isn’t. Could this new idea really be introduced into every organisation? Would…

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thomas cook

What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

By | Employee Relations, Employee Wellbeing, Employment Law, Human Resources | No Comments

This week has seen the collapse of one of the longest standing businesses in the UK: Thomas Cook. Established in 1841, the company that was once the face of the UK high street announced it had entered liquidation with immediate effect shortly after 2am on Monday 23rd September, leaving 9,000 people in the UK without a job. But what can HR professionals learn from the demise of such an historic organisation? Communication is key When times of difficulty arise, the worst thing you can do is keep it under your hat and pretend it isn’t happening. Thomas Cook staff were…

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What is leaveism and how can you combat it?

What is leaveism and how can you combat it?

By | Employee Management, Employee Wellbeing, Human Resources | No Comments

Coined by Dr Ian Hesketh in 2013 to describe the annual leave habits of employees, the term leaveism refers to workers taking annual leave to catch up on their workload or working outside of their contracted hours. Research by the CIPD found that 63% of UK leaders reported that leaveism had occurred in their business. As businesses become increasingly lean, the ‘always on’ culture lends itself to late night emails and employees never really getting the time to switch off away from work. While offices can be a breeding ground for distraction and interruptions, leaveism can be conducive to employees…

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Best HR advice from LinkedIn

8 best pieces of advice from LinkedIn: HR professionals

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The HR world is a complex beast, mainly because there is no right or wrong answer for an HR professional to solve a challenge. Generally, the best course of action is to delve into your experience, weigh up the pros and cons and just go for it – after all, you are dealing with people and they can be an uncertain bunch. But how can you manage uncertainty? What has worked for others in the past? What advice can you take on board to tame the beast? I’ve asked the question and got some answers. Here are the best pieces…

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