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Employees still want regular check-ins with their line managers

New research* from performance management software specialists, Appraisd, has revealed that employees really do value regular conversations with their line managers. 84% of respondents rated check-ins, also known as 1-2-1s, as important, with around a third viewing them as very important.

Contributor: Roly Walter | Published: 23 June 2019

Labour Market Statistics – employment of older people sets new records

No news is good news in today’s jobs figures – with the employment, unemployment and economic inactivity rates all the same as in May, and earnings growth virtually identical.  And given that today’s figures cover the period February to April

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 21 June 2019

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Is innovation on the decline? R&D tax credit claims plummet 

Consequently, the amount of Corporation Tax relief handed out by the government for both the SME and RDEC schemes also fell with the value claimed by innovating companies decreasing by 6 percent. In 2016-17, £3.41 billion was claimed in R&D tax credits - £230 million less than the previous year.

Contributor: Nigel Urquhart | Published: 20 June 2019

Huge cost of poor hygiene at work revealed

When quizzed on the reasons they felt their workplace has made them sick in the past, the majority said that they believed this was due to lack of general hygiene in their workplace (68 percent), while 62 percent said it was due to colleagues bringing sickness into the office.

Contributor: Mark Kelly | Published: 19 June 2019

theHRDIRECTOR announces new monthly Video interviews with HR Directors’

Each month, we interview an HR Director for our flagship publication and now, across our online platforms, we are proud to announce a video version, in which the interviewee responds to six key questions, designed to really gain an understanding of the challenges that HR is facing

Contributor: theHRDIRECTOR | Published: 17 June 2019

The 20-minute London commute is the perfect time 

Detailing which boroughs are the happiest, in top spot is Richmond where 93 percent of workers in Richmond enjoy going to work, of which 1 in 3 of those have a commute of 20 minutes or less. Workers have also named Richmond as one of the best boroughs for greenspace, pubs and coffee shops. 

Contributor: Michael Dubicki | Published: 16 June 2019

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More support is needed around menstruation in the workplace

Half of menstruators (48 percent) say there is a definite stigma against periods in their workplace. A new survey of 2,000 menstruators by CIPD training specialist DPG has revealed a significant period stigma in UK workplaces.

Contributor: Sarah Aubrey | Published: 15 June 2019

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Sewage smells, rodents and shabby carpets – the UK workplace in 2019

A nationally representative poll of 2,000 people found that 83 percent of UK adults consider their workplace to be an “unpleasant” environment, with many citing uncomfortable temperatures, lack of natural light, unpleasant smells, damp and mould, poor ventilation and even vermin and insects among their complaints. 

Contributor: Nick Bizley | Published: 11 June 2019

One in three commute 90 minutes every day

A new nationwide survey of the UK workforce by leading serviced office provider, Office Space in Town, reveals that commuting is having a detrimental effect on their productivity, wellbeing, family life and social life, with over a third of respondents (36 percent) commuting for more than 90 minutes a day.

Contributor: Giles Fuchs | Published: 10 June 2019

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UK “most obese nation in Western Europe”

Harvard Medical School in the US**** says that the reasons behind obesity are complex - from overeating high calorie foods, snacking, genetic and environmental influences - some starting in childhood.  Our modern lifestyle also has an adverse effect, for example, driving not walking, lack of exercise and sedentary snacking.

Contributor: Professor Smith | Published: 9 June 2019