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How HR can cultivate connections and enhance engagement

Ask an Expert: Director of EPIC, Gary Cookson, on how HR can cultivate connections and enhance engagement

By | Employee Engagement, Leadership

A recent survey has found that 33% of UK respondents feel less connected towards both their company culture and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tackling the connection challenge of COVID-19 in this isolating pandemic has been one of HR’s most significant tasks. However, that has not been the only worry for HR professionals. Organisations have had to focus on employees’ emotions to help restore productivity and enhance engagement levels. While we’re currently at a fork in the road, leaders must resist their command-and-control instincts and instead look to bring their people closer than ever, ensuring they get the best out of…

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9 ways to maintain employee engagement during lockdown

9 ways to maintain employee engagement during lockdown

By | Employee Engagement, Leadership

It’s no hidden secret that employee engagement is a major contributing factor towards building a successful business. Yet, driving employee engagement doesn’t come at the click of your fingers. In fact, only 15% of employees worldwide are considered to be fully engaged in their job role. As far as buzzwords go, employee engagement will always be on the HR community’s tongue with initiatives proving to make employees more productive, customer-focused, loyal and better yet, companies with highly engaged workforces are 21% more profitable. This is shown within our own findings, ‘HR in 2021: trends, challenges and priorities’, with 63% of…

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How HR can stay resilient in challenging times

How HR can stay resilient in challenging times

By | COVID-19, Leadership, Motivation

The Health Foundation found that more than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worrying about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling isolated (49%). Balancing organisational aims while finding ways of staying resilient and resourceful seems an essential capability for HR professionals in the 21st century. This has been amplified more recently when businesses look to HR leaders for concrete answers in an uncertain environment and your sense of control can feel tenuous. That’s why…

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Actionable resolutions for HR in 2020

Five actionable New Year’s resolutions for HR in 2020

By | Employee Engagement, Leadership, Performance Management, Technology

With a new year on the horizon, positivity and optimism beings to spread from person to person. The ‘new year, new me’ mantra gets most people striving to eat healthier, give up bad habits and attempt to conquer the gym. While harmless, if we are all openly honest, none of them actually last. As HR professionals, the new year presents a perfect opportunity to do the exact opposite. HR is equipped with the unique position of overseeing many aspects of the workplace; it’s the ideal time pull a few loose ends together and set resolutions that can help your HR…

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How HR can drive innovation in your business

How HR can drive innovation in your business

By | Employee Management, HR Software, Leadership

As famous sports coach Lou Holtz once said: “Nothing on earth is standing still – it’s either growing or dying”. This is entirely true in a business context too, where the rapid rate of change means your organisation is either moving forward with the times or falling behind with inevitable consequences. We live in the age of disruption, with countless examples of companies such as Netflix, Airbnb and Uber that have turned established industries on their heads. It’s why, in 2019, a culture of continuous innovation is just about the most important thing an organisation can create. Of course, every…

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