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A new formula for retail employment

What staff expect from their jobs has changed so dramatically that retailers need not just new management processes but a new language for communications as well as the tech tools to enable them

Article by Fabrice Haiat, co-founder and CEO - YOOBIC 4 March 2023


We need to go further with employee mental wellbeing

2022 was undoubtedly a difficult year. The outbreak of war in Europe, the rising cost of living and ongoing effects of the pandemic all took a toll on our mental wellbeing.

Article by Tania Johnston 3 March 2023


The five key roles needed to crack DEI

Women and people of color are saying “hurry & change the systems" while white men are still saying "where do I start?” For the very folks we need to be included in changing systems, white men, often feel like allyship is daunting. They fear saying and doing the wrong things, so they stay quiet at the very moment we need them the most as allies. Based on my research, there are five key roles men can play as allies - sponsors, mentors, advocates, challengers, and coaches.

Article by Julie Kratz 2 March 2023


Women bosses are still judged more on their looks than their smarts

In the corporate environment, convention dictates that appearance needs to convey professionalism, confidence, success, and authority. For men, business attire probably means a business suit, informal or casual, tie optional. But for women, our appearance is loaded with other deep-rooted social norms around femininity, beauty, and sexuality

Article by Dr Parves Khan 1 March 2023


Do we know the cost of sick days?

What causes or contributes to sickness absence is a key question to understanding the reasons for absence? The answer is very few organisations know and to reduce the risk of ill health provide a range of health benefits to support employees and address the risks – but do benefits such as a private healthcare plans, EAP, sick pay etc., really help?

Article by Pamela Gellatly 28 February 2023


Four ways remote working has improved company culture

Weronika Niemczyk, Chief People Officer at ABBYY, an intelligent automation company, discusses how company culture has changed: · Greater diversity: No longer restricted by geography, hiring managers could focus on finding candidates based on their skill set rather than their location. · A more innovative, 'people-first' approach to technology: At the start of the pandemic, a survey commissioned by ABBYY revealed that three-quarters (74 percent) of remote staff experienced challenges. Now 64% of company leaders have adopted new technologies to alleviate the stress of working remotely. · Greater flexibility: The focus is now on output rather than time spent at the office, and business leaders are starting to measure performance by output rather than the number of hours worked. It boils down to strong, effective management · Better employee development and engagement: Policy benefits have shifted to prioritising employees on an individual basis and to attract and retain talent, we need to show consideration for individual needs.

Article by Weronika Niemczyk 25 February 2023


How to Stop and Spot Microaggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions are subtle, everyday non-inclusive behaviors. They tend to affect people of color, women, those with disabilities, people in the LGBTQ+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning), and those that experience other dimensions of diversity at higher rates. These behaviors are extremely common in the workplace and prevent people from doing their best work. Learn what behaviors to watch out for and how to call people in to be more inclusive when you spot microaggressions.

Article by Julie Kratz 24 February 2023


How to maximise town hall meetings

Just how important it is to involve your employees in the strategic direction your company is going? To deny your team of this chance is to underestimate the abilities of your team and to vitally underuse a strength in your company.

Article by Joe Gilliver 23 February 2023


Why expanding globally is a must for successful companies

Globalizing a business is a smart decision for increasing its global reach and accessing global markets, talent, and growth opportunities. The process of expanding a company outside of its main country into foreign places is known as global expansion. A business that expands globally enhances its brand reputation, credibility, and increases customer trust. It also broadens the network of business partners and presents new opportunities in new markets. The global expansion process can also bring a competitive advantage, but it is important to consider cultural differences and conduct a deep dive investigation to understand the impact on the organization. To make the process smoother, consider hiring a Professional Employer Organization in the target country, and market-readiness of the products with proper compliance, testing, and quality assurance evaluation.

Article by Crystal Berg, Business Analyst - NHGlobal Partners 22 February 2023


Bridging skills gap and investing in human capital

This particular downturn has some unique characteristics, most notably a continuing tight labour market. As a result, staff recruitment and retention is a major challenge for organisations all over the world.

Article by Sue Warman - AICPA & CIMA 21 February 2023