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Returning to the workplace: what HR needs to know

By | COVID-19, Health and Safety, Human Resources | No Comments

Since the Prime Minister addressed the nation on the evening of Monday 23rd of March, large swathes of the UK’s workforce transitioned to a new normal of working from home in order to protect themselves against the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many businesses made the decision that evening to introduce remote working for the foreseeable; our Wednesday evenings turned into a nationwide appreciation for our key workers as doctors, nurses and supermarket staff continued their vital work to protect public health and safety throughout the pandemic. But in sectors where working from home wasn’t possible or where businesses…

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HR by numbers: 24 surprising stats you need to know

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From recruiting the best talent to managing employees, HR departments have the business critical responsibility of making sure your workforce is  motivated, engaged and happy in their roles. In this infographic, we’ve gathered 24 stats that demonstrate some of the trends facing HR teams, the most significant challenges and the biggest opportunities for HR professionals in 2020.

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6 tell-tale signs you need to invest in HR software

By | HR Software, Human Resources | No Comments

In today’s modern workplace, managing HR tasks in a fast-paced business can be a relentless task. From answering employee queries, to conducting interviews and on-boarding new staff; it is undoubtedly an incredibly demanding role. But there’s a big difference between being productive and just being busy. And if you’re always busy being busy on admin-based HR tasks with no time for strategic HR thinking, it probably high time you made a change. Here are six tell-tale signs you need HR software. You’re overloaded with admin tasks Everyone has admin to do at work. But when admin tasks form the majority…

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Having difficult conversations at work: how HR can help

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

All managers will face conversations with their team members that they expect to be difficult at some stage in their career. These might include addressing poor performance with an employee, investigating reports of workplace bullying or inappropriate behaviour, discussing sensitive personal issues or informing an employee that their position is at risk of redundancy. In any walk of life, having a difficult conversation with someone can feel daunting and it is easy to think that not broaching the subject at all will make it ‘go away’ or resolve itself without the need for a frank conversation at all. When in…

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Sickness absence - mental health in the workplace

Sickness absence: Mental health in the workplace

By | Employee Wellbeing, Human Resources | No Comments

In 2019, research by The Mental Health Foundation uncovered an alarming 70 million working days are lost each year in the workplace due to mental health problems, costing UK employers a staggering £2.4 billion per year. Now, more than ever, mental health issues are a pinnacle talking point in the HR space, and it’s widely supported that these issues are the leading cause of sickness absence. Taking steps towards managing sickness absence with compassion has never been an easy fleet for HR, even more so if recurring patterns suggest an employee is not genuinely suffering. Although a sensitive subject, is…

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