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Now wellbeing must cover four pillars: physical, mental, financial and social.

There is always a lot of noise around keeping fit and eating well in January, but health and wellbeing support needs to go much further than this. It must be based on a proper understanding of the issues but also of the workplace demographic and the specific needs of the employees. To obtain a return on the investment in wellbeing, employers must ensure it is targeted and tailored.

Contributor: Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 24 January 2023

Over-60s looking for jobs as ‘Great Unretirement’ takes hold

“Inflation is running at levels not seen for 40 years. Living costs are soaring. While an affordable early retirement might have looked realistic a couple of years ago, it might not be an option any more"

Contributor: Victoria Short, Chief Executive, UK and Ireland - Randstad | Published: 23 January 2023

Narrow talent pools are preventing tech diversity

Businesses are struggling to improve the diversity of their tech teams at entry level due to a continuing prioritisation of candidates’ academic prestige over their potential, according to new research.

Contributor: Wiley Edge | Published: 23 January 2023

Employment contracts: The cost of getting it wrong

Some employers, particularly small business owners, may see contracts of employment as unnecessary work. But this couldn’t be further from the truth...

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO BrightHR | Published: 21 January 2023

The pay transparency problem

Of the respondents; 59% of companies reported using salary ranges. Of these companies, only 24% publish them.  Collected between 5 August and 9 September 2022, respondents were asked to submit data per country in relation to their pay review budget for 2022 and their forecasted pay review budget for 2023 as a percentage of base salary. Salary ranges The report breaks the data down by industry, identifying key differences between sectors.  The education and public sector/non-profit sectors show the highest use of salary ranges at 86% and 88% respectively. Meanwhile, real estate/construction (36%) and logistics/distribution/ transportation (40%) are less likely to use them. 

Contributor: Katy Orr, Ambition PR | Published: 20 January 2023

Pensions making a comeback as highly-desired benefit

Two years after flexible working pipped pensions to top spot in the employee benefits HR teams say their people value the most, they have regained pole position. In this year’s Punter Southall Aspire survey carried out with the CIPD, 900 of 1,700 HR professionals put pensions back at the top of the pile. Flexible working is still seen as an important feature but ranked lower with 893. Third was mental health and wellbeing on 882.

Contributor: Steve Butler, CEO, Punter Southall Aspire | Published: 20 January 2023

Teacher strikes could cost businesses millions

Employers should start conversations with their staff now to see what arrangements will need to be made in the wake of the strikes.

Contributor: Jenny Marsden, Director of Services at BrightHR | Published: 19 January 2023

NHS waiting times drive increases in employee referrals to RedArc

Analysis of patient data shows that cancer, musculoskeletal problems, and mental health concerns were the three conditions that were most referred to RedArc, the nurse-led support organisation, in 2022.

Contributor: Christine Husbands, MD, RedArc Nurses | Published: 19 January 2023

Government consulting on how annual leave is calculated for part-year workers

Any changes to current legislation will be particularly important for those in the education sector who commonly use term-time contracts. However, it could also pose a new HR headache for any employer who has zero-hours, variable-hours, or agency staff.

Contributor: Kate Palmer, HR Advice & Consultancy Director at Peninsula | Published: 18 January 2023