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Are you ready for the digital future?

Yesterday’s way of working is no longer an option in today’s fast-paced, technology-fuelled business environment. In our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, the demands on employees are changing. Is your organisation ready to cope with the digital future? New competencies are needed if your organisation is to survive and thrive in the digital age.

Article by: Lena Justenhoven | Published: 28 July 2018

Elevator

Life’s ups and downs

Did you know more than 7 billion elevator journeys take place every day? However, according to a recent survey by thyssenkrupp Elevator and YouGov, there is not much conversation taking place in them as more than two-thirds (66 percent) of people won’t speak a word during their journey.

Article by: Luis Ramos | Published: 27 July 2018

sexual harassment

Continued failures on sexual harassment in the workplace

The Government, regulators and employers are failing in their responsibilities to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, says the Women and Equalities Committee in a major report published today, following a wide-ranging six-month inquiry.

Article by: Maria Miller | Published: 27 July 2018

branch

Working in the bank branch of the future

Despite regular news about closures, the death of the bank branch is rather exaggerated. Even with cuts, major high street banks expect to retain nationwide branch networks, and many are investing in new branches. Challenger banks like Metro Bank are even opening more branches.

Article by: Mark Aldred | Published: 26 July 2018

INTERNATIONAL
Southern Asia – CVs in the Paper Shredder

The monotonous tones of a hyperactive paper shredder pierce the chatter-laden office environment, while I lay motionless for my turn to be turned into confetti. The sound of my heartbeat is deafening as the anticipation of being touched by apathetic hands of an overworked HR Assistant increases with each passing moment. Contributor Murad Salman Mirza.

Article by: Murad Salman Mirza | Published: 25 July 2018

meetings

Nine types of people that ruin meetings

“Meetings can be useful, but we’ve all been in a meeting that’s been ruined by some bad habits. Whether it’s cutting people off mid-sentence, people twiddling their thumbs with their eyes on the clock or slurping down a late lunch, these habits — if left unchecked - can turn a good meeting into a bad one.”

Article by: Steve Thompson | Published: 25 July 2018

hot weather

How to survive the hot weather at work

As the hot weather continues in the UK, it pays to ensure a comfortable working temperature, whatever the elements throw at us. Many people are aware there is a minimum working temperature indoors (usually 16C, or 13C where the work being done is strenuous) but that there is no equivalent statutory level for how hot a workplace can be.

Article by: Chris Wood | Published: 24 July 2018

var

VAR: Vitally Awesome Rhetoric

What’s not to like about the World Cup? Awesome skill levels, great games, fantastic goals and all the drama you could wish for. Much of the drama is provided by the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR), a system that takes the controversy out of major decisions. A game-changer for the beautiful game.

Article by: Russel Wardrop | Published: 23 July 2018

cost

Thinking about starting your own HR consultancy? How much will it cost?

2018 is the year of the entrepreneur, with the highest number of would-be business owners ever set to take the plunge and take a chance on their dream. But whether it’s opening a grocer’s, or launching the next big tech start-up, the cost of setting up alone is still a concern for many.

Article by: Anne Author | Published: 22 July 2018

gig economy

Keep calm and embrace the gig economy

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Pimlico Plumber case gives new hope for workers’ rights in the gig economy. The case highlighted confusion regarding the rights of those who work as freelancers, short-term employees or seasonal workers in our modern economy and how businesses and individuals should operate under this new ruling.

Article by: Nicole Rogers | Published: 21 July 2018