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Fearful of AI? Here’s how AI could be HR’s friend

By utilizing AI, organizations can enhance employee experiences, improve communication efficiency, and reduce the burden on HR and support teams.

Contributor: Toshiya Navas, Head of Human Resources - | Published: 21 September 2023

Wrong shaped peg – what exclusion feels like

With National Inclusion Week coming up (25th September - 1st October), please find enclosed an interview with Joanne Lockwood, a Diversity & Inclusion & Belonging Specialist, to find out more about what inclusion and discrimination are like in 2023

Contributor: Joanne Lockwood - SEE Change Happen | Published: 20 September 2023

Two and a half scandals: when employee problematic behaviour resurfaces online

Nothing is private in this day and age, and something you did years and years ago is at risk of coming back to bite you. But while footage of you doing the Macarena after a few too many tipples isn’t likely to ruffle an employer’s feathers, something that toes the line into illegality will...

Contributor: Thea Watson, Chief International Growth Officer - BrightHR | Published: 20 September 2023

Saving one percent could boost a pension by 25 percent

According to research* from WEALTH at work, 1 in 3 (33%) employees think they won’t be able to afford to retire at all due to increasing costs. Whilst 8 in 10 (83%) are concerned the cost of living crisis will mean they will have to work longer before retiring to make up for a shortfall in savings.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work | Published: 19 September 2023

Number of people not working due to long-term sickness reaches record high

“If you look at the big picture, right now in the UK, there are over 2.5 million people out of work due to long-term sickness. That is extremely worrying. Equally worrying is the fact that this number only seems to be growing, largely driven by those in the 50-64 age group. From May-July this year, a record 491,433 people became economically inactive due to long-term sickness – a 1265% increase on 2020 levels. 

Contributor: Vicky Walker, Director of People - Westfield Health | Published: 19 September 2023

Winners revealed at menopause friendly employer awards 2023

Now in its second year, the 2023 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards recognise organisations and individuals whose commitment and determination have succeeded in providing support, solutions and resources that normalise menopause in the workplace. Two new categories this year celebrated the work of SMEs and organisations fully embracing diversity and inclusion.

Contributor: Deborah Garlick, CEO - Henpicked | Published: 18 September 2023

The UK cities with the most female leaders

"Recent studies reveal a 150% surge in UK female leadership roles, with London leading at 32,854 positions. Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol rank prominently in the top 10 cities. The real estate sector has witnessed a 147% growth in female leadership since 2018-2019. The rise signals a promising future for aspiring female leaders across the UK

Contributor: Laura Gomez - IQ Students | Published: 18 September 2023

SMEs failing to optimise employee workplace pensions

A new report from Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing shows that a substantial number of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are failing to fully maximise the benefits of employee workplace pensions, leaving potential retirement savings untapped. Based on a comprehensive survey involving 500 SME employers and 500 SME employees*, the research found that 90% of employees said their employers haven't encouraged them to increase their workplace pension contributions to secure enhanced retirement provisions.

Contributor: Mark Fosh, Executive Director SME - Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing | Published: 17 September 2023