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Dealing with the demographics of the workforce

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.

Article by: Simon Rouse, Managing Director - PeoplePlus | Published: 19 February 2020

Sure fire ways of losing your talent and how to avoid the pitfalls

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.

Article by: Greg Smith | Published: 10 September 2019

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Resolving not to solve other people’s workplace conflicts

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.

Article by: Tania Coke | Published: 21 August 2019

Rise of the freelancer – self-employed spikes as people seek flex 

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.

Article by: Peter Johnson | Published: 11 June 2019

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What do new NDA regulations mean for victims of workplace crime?

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.

Article by: James Townsend | Published: 4 May 2019

How should businesses plan for an ageing workforce?

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

Article by: Anthony Sutton | Published: 22 February 2019

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Canada – Health and Safety – in focus

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.

Article by: NEBOSH | Published: 24 January 2019

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Can global agility resolve skills crisis, despite barriers?

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?

Article by: Ius Laboris | Published: 3 January 2019

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Recruiting talent in Poland’s increasingly saturated market.

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.

Article by: Susie Turpin | Published: 18 December 2018