UK employment figures for August showed not only that there were more than 32 million people in employment, but that average wages had risen by 3.9 percent, the fastest in a decade.
That is very good news. There is another key area of focus to which businesses must now turn, which is whether changes in the UK workforce demographics are storing up challenges for businesses in the future. The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) has stated that not only are 30 percent of UK workers now aged over 50, but that insufficient numbers of young people are entering the labour market to replace them.
Published: 19 February 2020
Leaders who consistently ignore the subtle and explicit signals of unhappy employees are almost certain to face talent retention issues. Research shows that leaders have the biggest impact on whether their employees stay or leave.
Published: 10 September 2019
There’s a well-known Chinese proverb that teaches: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” At the heart of this are two principles, both of which chime with the wisdom of our times.
Published: 21 August 2019
And, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the self-employed sector now includes approximately 4.8 million people, with freelancers comprising 42 percent of that population and 6 percent of the UK workforce as a whole. This according to research from Instant Offices.
Published: 11 June 2019
A number of complaints have surfaced over the years which suggest NDAs often work to the disadvantage of the claimant, whereby a financial settlement from a wealthy business combined with an NDA is used as a ‘hush’ tactic to prevent an individual from speaking out about a crime.
Published: 4 May 2019
With life expectancy now sitting at an average of 85 and the state pension age increasing to 68 by 2039, employees are likely to work for many more years than previously expected. This scenario provides both opportunities and challenges for businesses
Published: 22 February 2019
Canada’s health and safety system grew out of the Royal Commission on the Relations of Capital and Labour that started in 1887. It grew further from the 1913 Royal Commission to study workers’ compensation – The Meredith Report - which outlined a no-fault compensation for injured workers. In 1919 the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada was founded as a non-profit organisation to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions, as by the early twentieth century, every jurisdiction in Canada had created workers’ compensation boards and had passed laws to regulate hygiene, lighting, heating, ventilation, accident reporting and fire safety at factories. The fundamental worker rights within all Canadian legislation jurisdiction came from the 1974 Hamm Report, and are the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse dangerous work.
Published: 24 January 2019
There are over 150 recognised cognitive biases, and identifying the ones that the senior leadership team had, and then ensuring that they were mitigated effectively, was a Herculean task. Experience, from the bomb disposal profession, of the biases that leaders typically held certainly helped.
Published: 9 January 2019
The benefits of mobile working practices are beginning to be widely recognised by employers. Chief amongst them for employees is the flexibility and autonomy to balance work and personal life demands, resulting in demonstrable gains in employee engagement and productivity. Mobile working could, therefore, help to boost aspects such as the retention of current staff, but the question facing employers now is could global mobile working practices bolster the recruitment of new staff?
Published: 3 January 2019
The country’s population is skilled and highly proficient in English, while Poland’s position in the EU gives it a climate favourable to foreign investment. These factors, combined with a relatively low cost of living and lower salaries, have encouraged an array of world-leading businesses to set up in the country.
Published: 18 December 2018