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Home working risk assessment

Home working has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with the number of people working from home now reaching four million, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Article by: | Published: 13 October 2014

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It’s not about change – it’s about control

I stared at the blank screen in disbelief. I prodded the power button, it burst into life and then died again. It was 9.30pm at night, dark and I was somewhere deep in the Provence countryside. Article by Dominic Irvine, founder of Epiphanies LLP.

Article by: | Published: 13 October 2014

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What PA’s think, revealed

the UK’s leading annual two day exhibition and conference for PAs, EAs, VAs, secretaries, office managers and executive support professionals, has released a summary of the results of this year’s National PA Survey.

Article by: | Published: 9 October 2014

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Just what is engagement?

Tom drove to work. He walked into the office, left the keys to the van on the desk and told the depot manager in no uncertain terms that he was resigning. He’d had enough. He could no longer take the pressure ‘management’ were putting him under to do more and more deliveries per day. Their expectations were totally unrealistic. It’s not that Tom had any other job to go to. He also had a family to look after - but he’d reached breaking point. Enough was enough. Tom was so disengaged with his job - he quit. Article by Dominic Irvine founder of Epiphanies LLP.

Article by: | Published: 6 October 2014

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Rewards at Christmas

Danny Clenaghan, Managing Director at Argos for Business, part of Home Retail Group, reflects on the benefits of gift cards as a staff reward at Christmas and their use as a motivational tool.

Article by: | Published: 6 October 2014

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The era of flexible benefits

New research from Staffcare, a leading UK provider of software for reward communications, auto-enrolment and benefits administration, has discovered that over 80 percent of companies with over 100 employees, now offer some form of flexible benefits (flex) to their employees, compared to just 11 percent offering full flex ten years ago, when Staffcare carried out its 2004 Hidden Benefits report. Comment from Phil Hollingdale, CEO and Founder at Staffcare.

Article by: | Published: 6 October 2014

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Revealing hidden talents

We are experiencing a fundamental transformation in the structure of the labour market, driven largely by technology, demographics and economics. Millions of people are working more flexibly and enabling organisations to become more responsive and agile in the battle to retain competitive edge. Victoria Butt, founder of Talentgapp.com, investigates how HR needs to adapt in today’s changing talent market.

Article by: | Published: 3 October 2014

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HR advice on persevering with Big Data

A survey of senior HR Directors and Managers from private sector organisations in the UK including the financial services, retail, transport, telecommunications and food and beverage sectors has revealed a lack of understanding about what the term ‘Big Data’ refers to and how to harness this for corporate advantage. Over half (56 percent) of respondents advised that they do not understand the definition of the term, specifically in relation to a HR environment. Comment from Julie Windsor, Managing Director at Talentia Software UK.

Article by: | Published: 2 October 2014

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Guide to Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Why are companies concerned that some members of their staff might have mental health, low self-esteem, problems at home or even have a major debt problem? If someone has a “proper” illness or a “real” injury you can understand it, you can probably see it. By Mike Conlan Wellbeing Manager at BT.

Article by: | Published: 30 September 2014