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Two-thirds of Brits have been romantically involved with a colleague

A survey by job search engine,, has shed light on the supposed taboo of workplace relationships in the UK, revealing that 66% of workers in the UK have had a romantic relationship with a colleague and 28% found their current partner at work.

Contributor: Adzuna | Published: 11 February 2020

Employers face challenges supporting the needs of higher earners

96% of companies have been forced to implement new initiatives to deal with higher earners including offering cash alternatives since the tapered tax allowance came into play

Contributor: Steve Watson, head of proposition - Smarterly | Published: 11 February 2020

Soft skills development not on half of employers radars

Country Director UK and Ireland at GoodHabitz, Stephen Humphreys says “We see the link between learning and engagement all the time that levels of engagement and retention increase after they begin offering soft skills learning. Employee engagement is actually very important metric for determining the effectiveness of an L&D programme.”

Contributor: Stephen Humphreys, Country Director UK and Ireland - GoodHabitz | Published: 11 February 2020

XpertHR offers guidance for employers in relation to the Coronavirus

“If they haven’t already got one, employers should consider putting in place a flu pandemic contingency plan to address business continuity in case the situation worsens. They should also consider implementing an infectious diseases in the workplace policy to ensure a clear approach to minimising the risk of the coronavirus being contracted and spread.”

Contributor: XpertHR | Published: 10 February 2020

Failure to put employees at heart of data strategy costing £10bn in lost productivity

Data is a gold mine that can fuel a culture of innovation and growth. However, when employees struggle to make sense of data, productivity and business value can be affected. The survey of 1,000 UK employees found that each year companies lose an average of almost an entire working week (34 hours) per employee each year due to procrastination and sick leave due to stress resulting from information, data and technology issues. This is costing British firms over £10 billion in lost productivity every single year.

Contributor: Sanjeev Vohra, group technology officer and global lead - Accenture’s Data Business Group | Published: 8 February 2020

Top trends influencing talent strategy in 2020

Janine Chamberlin, Director of Talent Solutions UK at LinkedIn, said: “LinkedIn data shows that the hottest hard skills in-demand in the UK right now are people with blockchain, analytical reasoning, cloud computing, AI and business analysis expertise. Soft skills like creativity, persuasion and collaboration are also highly sought after. HR professionals are using these data-driven insights to power their talent strategy, assessing the existing skills within their organisations, identifying potential gaps and planning for future needs.”

Contributor: Jon Addison, Vice President of Talent Solutions EMEA at LinkedIn, | Published: 6 February 2020

Pension savers aren’t being too quick on drawdown

Anyone using drawdown to provide income must understand and be comfortable with the fact their capital and income can fluctuate and they could end up running out of money entirely. They must also be comfortable with reviewing their drawdown plan regularly; we’d suggest following this ten point plan every year.

Contributor: Nathan Long, Senior Analyst - Hargreaves Lansdown: | Published: 5 February 2020

Benefits focus shifts to supporting employees’ emotional and financial wellbeing

Mark Witte continued: “If we acknowledge the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on private medical insurance spend or working days lost, or the considerable impact that cancer and heart-related conditions can have both financially and emotionally for a firm, then a business case can surely be built to put in place strong strategies which focus on education, prevention and behavioural change. It is incredibly encouraging that employers are focusing on emotional and financial wellbeing, but it’s inarguable that they focus on what their specific company data is telling them”.

Contributor: Mark Witte, principal - Aon | Published: 4 February 2020

2020 UK & Ireland Top Employers Revealed

The first step in the certification process is participation in the HR Best Practices Survey: a comprehensive analysis of the organisation’s Human Resources environment. The Top Employers Institute then validates the answers and documents provided to ensure they accurately reflect the organisation’s employee conditions. After the validation of participants’ surveys, a third-party audit is conducted to ensure the integrity of the Top Employers Institute’s procedures, processes, systems and data. All participants must attain the international rating standard required for certification.

Contributor: Phil Sproston, Country Manager UK & Ireland - Top Employers Institute | Published: 2 February 2020