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Prejudice still very much an obstacle to flexible working

UK companies are still slow to adopt best practice on issues such as parental leave, caring responsibilities and family commitments; 75 percent of employees find it difficult balancing family commitments with their work, causing an uplift in national stress, and companies are failing to support these employees.

Contributor: Helen Smith | Published: 12 October 2018

Third of employees have no more than a month’s savings

Over half of Britain’s workforce (55 percent) want employers to help with financial planning, new research from Neyber has found. Younger staff in particular are keen to get more support from the businesses they work for. Contributor Heidi Allan, Head of Employee wellbeing - Neyber.

Contributor: Heidi Allan | Published: 11 October 2018

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Stress is top concern at work

New TUC surveys find stress is top problem in UK workplaces. Other concerns include bullying, harassment and overwork. Stress is the top concern in UK workplaces, according to a new TUC survey of trade union health and safety representatives just published. Seven in ten (70 percent) of the reps said that stress is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work.  

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 10 October 2018


DC schemes urged to reconsider default investment design

Four in five (81 percent) employees trust their employer to make good investment decisions on their behalf. With over 90 percent of pension savers investing in the default of their DC scheme, employers must accept the responsibility to offer defaults that help members achieve their lifetime savings goals.

Contributor: Claire Felgate | Published: 9 October 2018


Three million disgruntled UK workers exaggerate hours

Employers urged to address worker fairness or risk losing staff during the Christmas rush. As Britain’s retail, leisure and hospitality sectors gear up for the busy Christmas season, businesses are being urged to introduce fairer shift patterns to avoid the costs associated with unhappy staff jumping ship or clocking ‘phantom hours’.

Contributor: Carl Holloway | Published: 8 October 2018


Clamping down on late payment, the ‘scourge of the self-employed’

IPSE have welcomed new government proposals to ‘end the problem of late payments to small businesses’, saying it is especially relevant to the self-employed. IPSE research shows freelancers spend an average of 20 days a year chasing invoices for late payment. Almost half (43%) of freelancers have also done work they were never paid for.

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 7 October 2018


Is Artificial Intelligence making dangerous decisions without us?

Is Artificial Intelligence making dangerous decisions without us? Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to be take over the world, but not enough is being done to hold anyone responsible, reveals new research from ESCP Europe. “If we are launching self-driving cars and autonomous drones we are involving AI in life-or- death scenarios and the day -to- day risks people face."

Contributor: Terence Tse | Published: 6 October 2018


Money worries biggest cause of stress for Millennials

Millennials are twice as likely to stress over money than their Baby Boomers parents, research has revealed. Financial circumstances have been cited as the biggest cause of stress by 38% of employees – with almost half (47%) of millennials saying it was their number one source for stress, but only a quarter (24%) of Baby Boomers agreeing. 

Contributor: Mike Blake | Published: 5 October 2018


One in three workers let down by lack of flexibility and support

A third of UK workers believe they are not given the flexibility and support they need to do their job properly, according to a YouGov survey. The survey of 1174 UK employees, which questioned their true thoughts about their employers and company culture, found that 32 percent of employees don’t receive the option to work flexibly.

Contributor: Asimina Stamatiou | Published: 4 October 2018


Gender equality needs a new deal for dads at work

New research had identified that it is essential for employers to improve support for working fathers in order to achieve equality for working mothers. Organisations need to go further than setting policy to achieve this - they need working practices that make it easier for employees to share parental responsibilities between mum and dad.

Contributor: Rebecca Hourston | Published: 3 October 2018