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The benefits of eye care for health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing took several leaps up the corporate agenda last year and are likely to be a major focus for business and HR in 2020. To fully comprehend the issues, we surveyed over 500 HR decision makers, in companies of all sizes across the UK, asking which health conditions concern them regarding their company’s employees.

Article by 30 January 2020


The horror of bullying at France Télécom

Between 2008 and 2009, 35 employees of France Télécom committed suicide. One woman threw herself from a fifth-floor window in front of her colleagues. Many had left notes explaining that the ‘terror’ of bullying from management had made them feel they had no other choice.

Article by 28 January 2020


To mitigate the impact of artificial intelligence we must harness the power of emotional intelligence

One of the most recognised interpretations of emotional intelligence (EI) is that of the American author and science journalist, Daniel Goleman. He describes EI as how we use a combination of self-awareness, self-management and empathy to build and maintain successful relationships. Goleman suggests that EI accounts for 67% of the abilities needed to be a successful leader and that it is twice as important as technical proficiency or IQ.

Article by 21 January 2020


A Mindset for Coaching, Leading and Personal Growth

Maybe the place to start is by refreshing how we think about ourselves, and by developing a mindset that is open to new insights into how we operate and how others perceive us. When we bring the same old mindset that served us in 2019 to new resolutions, we may set ourselves up for failure. When we shift towards a mindset of personal growth and choice, we become more open to others as well and are more likely to have a positive impact on the outcomes we desire.

Article by 16 January 2020


Building a unified culture after M&A

Bringing two or more companies together to create a single unified business requires a foundation of shared values. Operating in a global marketplace, organisations need a clearly defined set of goals and values that are understood inside and outside the business. This becomes more important than ever at a time of change, when there is a requirement to retain staff, partners and customers as well as recruit the best talent.

Article by 15 January 2020


Fostering a happy and productive workplace

With productivity at stake and a reduced talent pool to tap into,[1] employee wellbeing has risen to the top of many businesses’ agendas and is no longer merely an afterthought when addressing sickness absence or talent retention. There is an undeniable correlation between a happy, healthy workforce and enhanced productivity with “improvements in employees’ wellbeing also being conducive to economic growth.”

Article by 14 January 2020


The role of HR in successfully adapting a business to suit the millennial generation

Everybody is obsessed with millennials – they’re one of the most highly sought-after target generations for advertisers and marketers. Their habits and lifestyles receive an absurd amount of attention online, and product developers often design projects with millennials in mind. But they’re far from being catered to by everybody, and the workplace is one notable exception.

Article by 9 January 2020


How to prepare staff for international assignments

As a business expands into new territories, for the assignment to be a success it’s important that employees relocating are supported and well looked after, not only during their secondment abroad but before they travel.

Article by 7 January 2020