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Tackling urgent skills requirements of business and young people

The question of whether the UK is developing a workforce that has the appropriate skills and attitudes to meet the demands of businesses now and in the future is likely to be in the news over the coming weeks in connection with the ongoing discussions about access to talent post-Brexit.

Article by: Mark Fawcett | Published: 10 August 2018

sick days

Guide to handling sick days

Unfortunately sick days are an unavoidable part of running a business. Having absent employees can feel like productivity and performance stall. Whilst sick leave can cause some days of reduced outputs and overall efficiency, it is actually better for businesses in the long run to encourage staff to take the time off for their health.

Article by: Sarah Musgrove | Published: 10 August 2018

occupational health

How to make Occupational Health programmes work harder

Generally, employers use occupational health to be responsible and compliant, while also reducing costs. Aon's 2018 Benefits and Trends survey found that 96% of employers agree that they have a responsibility to influence employee health, although only 65% access Occupational Health services*.

Article by: Charles Alberts | Published: 9 August 2018


Invoking the spirit of ’78
Print – Issue 166 | Article of the Week

The year, 1978, was the year in which the world never had it so good. We had the perfect balance of wealth, work and happiness, according to some Australian experts. They used a novel method to track the social and economic progress of the world, taking into account various economic, lifestyle-related and ecological factors to come to their conclusion.

Article by: Marc Stigter | Published: 9 August 2018

global benefits

How to overcome the challenges of buying global benefits

The many challenges employers face buying global benefits for expat employees, particularly, global medical insurance, were discussed at Punter Southall Health & Protection’s recent Global Employee Benefits Masterclass held in London in association with Expat Academy, the UK's leading Global Mobility training and networking organisation.

Article by: Tristan Cleaver | Published: 8 August 2018


Talent Management Strategy for Workforce Nationalisation

One of the most important initiatives undertaken by governments across the world is to ensure that the unemployment percentage of their working-age citizens remains low to ensure domestic harmony and a respectable international standing among the galaxy of nations.

Article by: Murad S. Mirza | Published: 8 August 2018


A Guide to productive meetings

Eight tried-and-tested ways to make your meetings a success. Recent research suggests that unproductive meetings are costing the UK a staggering £582m a week, so if bad meetings are a regular occurrence in your workplace, it could be seriously damaging your bottom line.

Article by: Nick Pollitt | Published: 8 August 2018


The importance of regular downtime

Despite there being a lot of commentary on the importance of switching off whilst on holiday, in order to truly secure a productive and mentally sound workforce all year-round, being able to take regular intervals away from the tasks of the day-to-day office routine, is crucial.

Article by: Alex Gifford | Published: 7 August 2018


In focus – gender pay gap reporting

The report notes that while the median pay gap across the economy is 18 per cent in favour of men, at an organisational level, the new figures reveal some alarming truths: with gender pay gaps of over 40 per cent not uncommon in some sectors and 78 per cent of organisations reporting gender pay gaps in favour in men.

Article by: Carolyn Brown | Published: 7 August 2018


The cost of being a Uni student vs apprenticeship

The average debt of a student at graduation is £50,000, with poorer students being stung more with an average owed of £56,000. This consists of £27,000 student loan to pay for fees and between £16,290 and £27,000 over the three years as a maintenance grant for rent, bills, loan etc.

Article by: Conor Anderson | Published: 6 August 2018