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Human Resources

Employment and the gig economy – are you ready for change?

By | Business, Human Resources

The gig economy is booming, and the makeup of the modern workforce might well be changed forever. Zero hours is the new ‘nine to five’, freelancers are the new full-timers, and increasing digital capabilities mean independent and casual workers continue to rise. It’s estimated that as much as 30% of the working-age population in Europe is dancing to the tune of the gig economy already. The pros and cons of the gig economy, both for these flex-workers and their employers, can be debated long and hard – but the movement itself is undeniable. It’s therefore unsurprising that legal and tax…

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The GDPR revisited – how the new legislation has affected HR

By | Business, Human Resources

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect for just over four months. For all the hype and trepidation that spread across the business world in the lead up to May 25th 2018, the noise has now somewhat dissipated. So, what has been the impact of GDPR four months on, both on HR and the wider business? And how much is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ready and willing to flex its new powers? For the latter, this may become clear very soon when we see what action is taken against British Airways (BA) for its recently reported…

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Four steps to designing the ideal employee experience

By | Human Resources

Your employee experience (EX) is the sum of every touchpoint, exchange and interaction your people have with your organisation, right from their first contact with you as a potential recruit to when they end their employment. It includes pay and benefits, working environment, technology, security, performance appraisals, career path, training and development and so on. In short, employee experience is everything. Employees expect a working experience that’s both engaging and enjoyable. And companies that respond to this reap considerable financial benefits, as happy employees are typically the most productive employees.   Businesses are becoming more and more aware of the need…

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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 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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