Are robots the answer to a post-Brexit jobs crisis?

By | Business

Britain will officially leave the EU on the 29th March 2019, when the two-year-long game of ‘Deal or No Deal’ comes to its conclusion. While the exact outcome of these negotiations remains to be seen, it’s clear that Brexit will have (and already is having) a significant impact on the UK jobs market – with an impending skills shortage predicted by many economists. That’s not just a problem for the economy and for the Government, but a very real concern on the front lines of business too. As an employer, how do you overcome this potential shortfall to keep your…

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5 key benefits of an integrated HR system

By | Analytics, HR Software

Typically, when you’re evaluating HR software you have to choose between a ‘best-of-breed’ strategy with point solutions for different HR capabilities – recruitment, payroll, learning and development etc – or an integrated system that caters for everything through one comprehensive package. The rationale for best-of-breed is that the specialised functionality and more advanced features of these solutions provide advantages that an integrated system can’t meet. An example of this is a specialised recruitment tool that provides the entire range of features you might ever need, such as multiposting, applicant tracking, candidate management and so on. Yet on the flipside, with…

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Revealed – the hidden costs of manual HR administration

By | Business, Human Resources, Uncategorized

Manual administration can create many problems for HR, as working with spreadsheets and paper-based systems are cumbersome and difficult. The negative impact of all this labour-intensive administration is most obvious in the amount of time and effort involved in people doing these tasks. This translates into higher costs and missed opportunities i.e. preventing teams from working on more impactful HR initiatives. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are a host of unseen costs related to manual HR administration that may be sucking up resources and causing problems without you even realising it. Here are seven…

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How to boost engagement with a workplace wellbeing programme

By | Employee Engagement, Employee Wellbeing

It’s a fact that a happy and healthy workforce is good for business. That’s because looking after both the mental and physical wellbeing of your employees offers a host of benefits, such as: Lower absentee levels – more people at their desks, more often, means more work gets done Better performance at work – happy employees are more enthusiastic and efficient, boosting your productivity More effective recruitment – a working culture that nurtures and protects employees makes your organisation attractive to the best talent in your sector So, investing in the happiness and wellbeing of your employees not only helps…

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How flexible working can improve productivity in your organisation

By | Business, Human Resources

In the UK, there is widespread distrust of flexible working. Many senior people are suspicious of it – worrying that if they allow employees to work outside the office, it will be a privilege that is abused. In many parts of our working culture, leaders still have issues with trust, accountability and ‘presenteeism’. In short, it is often discouraged because managers and business owners fear it will harm productivity. But this view is not backed up by research. In fact, studies overwhelmingly show that flexible working boosts productivity. For example, a recent HSBC report into the technology sector, one of…

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