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Leaders self-medicating with alcohol and substances on the rise

New research from Bupa Global has found that two in five UK board level executives have 'self-medicated' their mental ill-health with drugs or alcohol over the pandemic, due to mental health stigmas.

Article by: Luke James, Medical Director Bupa Global and UK Insurance | Published: 8 January 2021

Why you should always be prepared for a payroll audit

It’s advisable to review your payroll efficiency annually, in anticipation of an HMRC check or audit. Adding value to your whole organisation, efficient payroll engages employees and develops standardised processes for future growth.

Article by: Hannah Gilroy - sdworx | Published: 7 January 2021

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A guide to 2021 Workforce Predictions

The speed of change has been phenomenal and employers have had to think on their feet, ensuring employees have the support, technology and skills to work effectively and happily from home. Of course, some businesses have fared better than others (and employees likewise), but as we move into 2021 and the uncertain picture continues, what can businesses expect in the 12 months ahead? HR departments will look to re-ignite career development and personal development plans after a year in which many people have felt stagnant in their careers. To achieve this, HR leaders will embrace new digital platforms which optimise performance management across a distributed workforce and align PDPs to competency frameworks and culture.

Article by: Mark Seemann | Published: 7 January 2021

Can data-driven technology transform mental health?

Technology has played a significant role in allowing us to continue working during the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and is likely to play a role going forward in how we manage our mental health. Digital support is not new, health apps have been around for many years now and range from mindfulness to preventing self-harm, but can data-driven technology transform mental health?

Article by: Kirsty Ritchie, FCCA Dip. CST, co-founder and director, Mind & Mission and former professional rugby player Mark Blair, co-founder and director at EffectiveNow | Published: 7 January 2021

Curiosity is the key to a fresh start in 2021

believe that curiosity is the key to a fresh start in 2021. Curious people are more confident, fearless, open, collaborative, and resilient. Curious company cultures will be those who innovate, grow, and thrive in the future. Curious company cultures are also more likely to engage and retail talent, employ professionals that are resourceful and collaborative, support a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and to be profitable. Curiosity is a life skill that can be nurtured and strengthened with knowledge and practice like a muscle. Increasing the level of curiosity in all of one’s communications leads to strong relationships built on trust, respect, and resiliency. Stronger relationships lead to increased collaboration and productivity of teams.

Article by: Robin Barone - Curiosity Conversations | Published: 6 January 2021

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For 2021, be a champion for equality and diversity

The response of a lot of us to BLM is “I am not a racist”. This is a common response in organisations and those who work in HR . What we are being challenged to respond to is the statement , “ In a racist society it is not enough to be non racist you must be anti racist.” Angela Davis.

Article by: Blair McPherson - former Director, Author and Blogger | Published: 5 January 2021

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The Business Case against Bullying

If your organisation’s recovery plan doesn’t include a strategy for stamping out bullying it will fail. Because when the going gets tough poor managers get rough, unable to inspire their staff and under pressure from above they resort to intimidation, humiliation and shouting. This doesn’t get the job done.

Article by: Blair McPherson - former Director, Author and Blogger | Published: 5 January 2021

How 2020 has Accelerated the Fourth Industrial Revolution

As we approach the end of 2020, a global pandemic and social and racial injustice movement has put a microscope on the glaring need for complex transformation. With our world rapidly evolving around us, our workplaces must do the same. The “this is how we’ve always done things” mentality has become obsolete in 2020. For organizations with more traditional business models to endure this time of transformation, they must take a page out of the start-up playbook by embracing constant change and providing an employee experience that encompasses mobility, inclusion, development and connection.

Article by: Beth Clutterbuck, Chief Human Resources Officer - Relativity | Published: 4 January 2021

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Keep the Faith

Episode of Yes Minister- how to be seen to do something whilst changing nothing. Set up a working group, investigate, report on findings, make recommendations, set targets, monitor targets. By the time it comes to reporting on progress a new set of priorities will be dominating the agenda.

Article by: Blair McPherson - former Director, Author and Blogger | Published: 4 January 2021