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Consistent work absence: How do HR deal with this?

According to the most recent Office for National Statistics report, 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences throughout the UK in 2013. There has been a slight rise in the last year according to the CIPD, therefore HR professionals have a duty from employers to address and attempt to bring down the level of absences.  How they do this is…
Published: 06/06/2016

Construction jobs increase: How are employers coping with the upturn?

Construction experienced a sharp upturn in the number of workforce jobs available, according to the latest UK Labour Market statistics. Between December 2014 - December 2015, the construction industry saw an expansion of employment opportunities to the tune of 94,000. But what has this meant when recruiting for these roles? We get a flavour of the challenges…
Published: 06/06/2016

Revealed: The UK's Best and Worst Jobs 2016

One of my earliest memories as a kid was reading my Nan's war time poetry. The book was ragged and words faded, but it was in this moment I knew I wanted to be a writer. For me it's the best job in the world, but I'm aware it won't be for others - after all, job satisfaction is ultimately fuelled by passion. So, in said writerly fashion, I shall now…
Published: 31/05/2016

What UK Business Thinks of the Referendum on Brexit

In less than one month, polling stations will be open for voters to make the pivotal decision about whether or not Britain should exit (Brexit) the European Union (EU). Thursday 23rd June is the key date for the referendum, which has been years in the making. The battle lines have long since been drawn, with the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Leader of…
Published: 24/05/2016

Guide to Interviewing Part 2: Face-to-Face Assessment Techniques

In the first part of our series on interview technique, we showed you how to design effective screening interviews. Now, in part two, we're going to get to the heart of the matter - the face-to-face interview itself. We guarantee that no matter how much interviewing you've done, there's still much to be learned about interview technique and question design! So,…
Published: 17/05/2016

Does the UK have a workplace bullying problem?

Have you ever stopped to think about workplace bullying? While we may like to believe that bullies are solely confined to the back of the school bus, harassment at work is a serious problem that appears to have slipped under the radar of the nation's employers and HR departments. Does the UK really have workplace bullying problem though? And what can…
Published: 03/05/2016

Holiday entitlement: the basics

Regardless of where you work, all staff are entitled to the occasional break from Excel spreadsheets and £3 meal deals. Just how many days of holiday and the amount of pay might differ depending on the individual though, so it can be worthwhile to occasionally brush up on your legal knowledge of paid leave.  So in case you're new to HR or you just…
Published: 28/04/2016

In-House Vs. External Training: which is better?

No matter what industry your company operates within, there's going to come a point where, as an HR professional, you're going to have to organise some training. You know your budget, and you know what you want people to get out of it, but there's something nagging at the back of your mind - is it better to get it done in-house or find an external provider…
Published: 28/04/2016

Performance Management: why a positive phrase has negative connotations

It's 9am, you've just guzzled down your dose of caffeine for the hour and then you see the email. A one-on-one meeting with your boss, entitled 'Performance Management'. What are your first thoughts? I think I speak for most people when I say the phrase brings with it negative connotations and a fear of impending disciplinaries. But why? 'Performance…
Published: 28/04/2016

Guide to Interviewing Part 1: Essential Screening Techniques

Assessing candidates for a job is a crucial, but often misunderstood skill - and in the first of a three-part series, we explore ways that interviewers can get the most from initial screenings. Generally accomplished remotely, screening interviews are a favourite way to increase hiring efficiency - and our guide lists the questions you mustn't forget…
Published: 25/04/2016

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