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Preparing for the SMCR extension: How the new rules will impact HR

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In 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority launched the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).  Initially applied to all UK banks and building societies, the regulations aimed to set a new standard of conduct for those working in financial services.  In turn, it hoped to protect consumers and strengthen the integrity of financial services, following years of perceived malpractice that culminated in the 2008 financial crash. This year, the regulations are to be extended. From the 9th December 2019, the SMCR will apply to all FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) solo-regulated UK financial services firms – bringing almost 50,000 further businesses under…

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Join us at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018

By | HR News, Natural HR

CIPD’s 71st Annual Conference & Exhibition returns 7 – 8 November 2018 at Manchester Central. The theme of this year’s free event is ‘leading the people profession’, with the aim for thousands of HR and L&D professionals to develop their skills and competencies in the ever-changing world of work to drive good work and good business within their organisation. Over the course of CIPD’s two-day agenda, you’ll have the chance to be inspired by 60 free learning lessons and 38 professionally-led conference sessions. You’ll also have the opportunity to make valuable connections and network with over 5,000 people professionals from…

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10 non-work activities HR professionals can indulge in to help raise productivity

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In a world full of distractions, remaining productive is a constant battle. In HR, it’s particularly tricky, given the high level of communication, teamwork and level-headedness the role demands. To-do lists mount, email inboxes bow under the weight of expectant employees and the hours contained within a working day appear to hurtle away at speed, leaving nothing but half finished tasks and disappointed colleagues in their wake. We’re all capable of being ultra productive, but few tools and best practices alone will help us get there. In order to be productive at work, we need to start by being productive…

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Brilliant gamification ideas to put the fun back into learning

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The global video game industry is expected to hit a market value of over $118 billion by the year 2019. That’s simply staggering for a hobby that was once confined to clunky arcade machines and tape-based home entertainment systems that would make you wait twenty minutes before indulging in any kind of gaming. Now, video games are an intrinsic part of every day life. They still play a big role in the living room, but are increasingly the method of relaxation we choose when we need to grab a quick five minute break on our smartphones. They’re alluring, immediately obtainable…

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Happy Bring Your Dog to Work Day

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Today is the 20th annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day! An initiative where staff are encouraged to bring their pets into the workplace. The day is to raise money for All Dogs Matter, a charity that rescues and rehomes dogs in the UK. So why would you want your employees to bring dogs into the office? The main argument for this idea is that bringing dogs into the workplace can significantly improve team morale. There’s also scientific research which says being around dogs is good for your health. Research from Harvard Medical School has shown that stroking dogs can…

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