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Is part-time work the answer to happiness?

Inspired Villages Group, an operator and developer of later living accommodation, is among businesses across the country who are aware of the benefits of empowering their staff to have a better work-life balance. Research has revealed that one in four full-time workers in the UK would prefer to work part-time, provided it didn’t affect their hourly pay or career progression.

Article by: Jamie Bunce | Published: 9 June 2018

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Self-employed staff, are they still a risk to your business?

We have all read the challenges made against Uber, Deliveroo, Addison Lee and Pimlico Plumbers by members of staff. The issue is not new and boils down to whether certain self-employed staff should be considered as employed (and subject to employers NI) and in turn whether they should then have employment rights and benefits.

Article by: Karen Holden | Published: 30 May 2018

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‘Optimal office’ productivity gains could unlock UK productivity

The United Kingdom could reshape its economic future and unlock its share of £39.8 billion in untapped GDP if organisations were to optimise their workplaces, according to a new study by Ricoh and Oxford Economics, titled ‘The Economy of People’. Contributor Phil Keoghan, CEO - Ricoh UK and Ireland. The UK could achieve a 1.8 percent increase in GDP, equal to £36.8 billion, which could pay for the cost of Brexit twice with change to spare.[i]Similarly, the Irish economy could expand by 1.0 percent, or £3 billion, if businesses commit to creating the optimal office.

Article by: Phil Keoghan | Published: 15 May 2018

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Will self-directed training shape the future workforce?

Emerging technologies and trends are making it far easier for businesses to maintain agile workforces. From smartphone-based training apps to virtual classrooms and distance learning solutions, all have brought the opportunity to strengthen workforces with consistent, effective training within even the most dispersed global organisations.

Article by: Samantha Caine | Published: 22 April 2018

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Gold Giggers
Print – Issue 162 | Article of the Week

Research shows 59 percent of gig workers are from professional, creative and administrative services. Whereas driving (11 percent) and delivery (nine percent) only make up a small part. So despite the focus on the likes of Uber and Deliveroo, giggers are suddenly a valuable commodity .

Article by: Luke Talbot | Published: 18 April 2018

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Your Guide to the Gig Economy

Gig economy ramifications regularly hit the headlines but how far is too far in the application of temporary and zero-hour contracts within your business? Neville Henderson, has authored a new guide which examines how future workforces may be shaped by the application of different forms of flexible working.

Article by: Neville Henderson | Published: 22 March 2018

The perils of a Superiority complex

Whether we choose to admit it out loud or not, many of us experience that little flutter of delight when we think we’re better at something than our colleagues. That’ll be the superiority then. But before you go and hang your head in shame, we want to delve a little deeper into what makes us think we’re superior to others, and whether it’s always as bad as it sounds.

Article by: Paul Russell | Published: 13 March 2018

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Why the workforce is changing

Successfully onboarding and retaining employees can be a challenge for HR departments. With such a high departure rate, HR departments are investing more time and effort into onboarding and retention strategies. When someone leaves, it costs the firm money.  Investment in retention can return dividends over a relatively short period of time. 

Article by: Steve Wainwright | Published: 7 March 2018

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Gig in a poke | Print – Issue 160 | Article of the Week

The Central Arbitration Committee offers its own opinion, in relation to Deliveroo riders, and HMRC has its own systems in place. All of these entities are bound by the same law, the statutory and common law provisions of English law, so why are the results so unpredictable and uncertain?

Article by: Yvonne Gallagher | Published: 28 February 2018

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Five key drivers shaping the world of work

The world of work has undergone massive changes in the last decade. People have gone from having a job for life to frequent industry hopping and freelancing. Jobs that were once manual have been transformed by computers and automation and the way we do both complex and simple tasks has dramatically changed.

Article by: John Marshall | Published: 16 February 2018