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“Don’t show me the money, show me meaningful work”!

In the UK, meaningful work emerged as the single largest contributor at 30 percent, 3 points above the global average. Meaningful work ensures that employees’ skills and talents are being fully utilized and there is greater alignment to shared, core values.

Contributor: Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute in partnership with IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute | Published: 28 December 2017

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Calls for clear employment definitions

This is an extremely valuable contribution to the debate about self-employment and the gig economy. For too long, confusion has reigned because of the lack of a clear definition of self-employment, which leads to individuals and businesses being forced to seek clarity through expensive and time-consuming court hearings.

Contributor: Simon McVicker | Published: 8 December 2017

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UK lags behind the world for worker engagement

UK workers are some of the least engaged in the world, that’s according to the latest Qualtrics® Employee PulseTM, which surveys more than 4,500 workers. Contributor Sarah Marrs - Qualtrics.

Contributor: Sarah Marrs - Qualtrics | Published: 5 December 2017

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Engineering must prove to the young that it helps society

Among the 9-18 year olds questioned by researchers only a few (10 percent) were actively considering a career in engineering but two-thirds (67 percent) would consider a career in engineering if it allowed them to help the world, the environment or save peoples’ lives.

Contributor: Beth Elgood | Published: 11 November 2017

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Employers, need to wake up to urgent labour market challenges

Recommendations include that: Hirers should engage with schools, colleges and universities to provide real-world, practical advice and help young people be better prepared; Employers be more creative with their recruitment procedures, offer flexible work as standard and remove barriers for under-represented groups, eg by using collaborative hiring or name-blind recruitment

Contributor: Rt Hon Esther McVey MP | Published: 23 October 2017

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Employees becoming ‘customers’ of organisations

Simon Pole, Unispace Global Design Director said: “Our research suggests that there will be greater HR ownership of the physical workspace. This is reflective of a change in perspective from ‘human resources’ to responsibility for the employee life cycle and experience, and a growing sentiment that employees are internal ‘customers’.”

Contributor: Simon Pole | Published: 20 October 2017

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Make this a Christmas party that can be forgotten

Most concerning from an employer’s perspective, is the potential liability for acts of discrimination or harassment by its staff. The potential for trouble after any incident is likely to have increased following the recent decision to remove tribunal fees, which is expected to create a significant increase in claims from employees, who would previously have decided against pursuing an action.

Contributor: Tina Chander | Published: 20 October 2017

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Employees in the UK increased by 540,000 (2015-2016)

The UK Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), the number of employees in the UK increased by 540,000 (1.8 percent) between 2015-16 - from 29.5 million to 30.0 million.

Contributor: James Turner | Published: 4 October 2017