Articles on Human Resource and General Business Topics
Getting your workplace ready for the colder weather
June 24 2021 - It is always better to prepare before the colder weather sets in rather than wait until it is here and have the rush of getting things sorted out.
HR Tips For Businesses In 2021
May 21 2021 - Life in HR has certainly been challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, and things will not get any easier in the coming months as the world tentatively starts to return to normal.
How to get the best out of your workforce
May 21 2021 - Looking after the fully skilled members of your team has never been so important to employers and as the pandemic has shown people what their life priorities are.
What Personal Advice Should HR Professionals Give to Employees?
April 16 2021 - Here’s what some of those are, and also the kinds of advice that they should be providing.
Protecting lone workers through Covid-restrictions
February 24 2021 - With hundreds of business districts left empty throughout lockdown and many not able to work from home, protecting lone workers is a matter that more management teams are having to think about.
3 things every fine art collector should know
January 22 2021 - The security, display, and insurance of your collection can be the greatest investment you make after the purchase of the pieces themselves.
5 Things To Expect When Returning To Work After Parental Leave
December 17 2020 - You've been out of sync with the office and your coworkers for a number of months and you're now returning back to your old job, but as a new person - you have new priorities and concerns compared to when you were last sat at your desk.
6 Ways to Reduce Rising Fleet Costs
December 15 2020 - Fleet managers are under constant pressure to keep fleet costs down, but their approaches can be vastly different depending on the organisation.
The office of the future: What will workplaces look like in a post-pandemic world?
December 1 2020 - What will happen when staff can eventually return to the office?
A new way to collect for office occasions
November 27 2020 - Office gifting has received a digital makeover.
What Should HR Leaders' Priorities Be Right Now?
November 9 2020 - We've learned a lot, and we continue to learn more every day. Let's look at the top priorities for HR executives and their teams that have surfaced.
Check That Your Employer Has These Things In Place Before Going Back To Work
October 18 2020 - If you have any concerns about being asked to go back into work, then we've put this post together with some things you should check that your employer has in place before you do.
Steps that Directors should consider in fulfilling their duties
June 22 2020 - Now that there are indications that the initial wave of the pandemic may be passing in the UK, companies need to take stock, adjust to new realities and prepare for the future.
COVID-19 Presses Need to Close UK Detention Centres for Good
June 18 2020 - The Home Office should pursue claimants' cases on the outside, where migrants and asylum seekers can attempt to build and integrate into UK life while their case is reviewed.
Too much screen time? Here are 5 ways to turn a lazy day into a productive one!
June 17 2020 - Many of us may be finding it hard to be productive during this difficult time, especially when our work and social life are all centred around the same location.
Creating an Ideal Workspace
June 9 2020 - Creating a positive, calming and creative atmosphere at work is a great way to keep your team motivated and achieve your business goals.
7 Human Resource Tips to Help You Run an Efficient Business
March 4 2020 - Employees are the biggest resource in any organization. Click here for human resource tips that will help you run an efficient business.
Is Your Location Harming Business Growth?
February 7 2020 - You could have the most unique idea in the world or the best business plan possible, but if your location doesn't fit your business model, you're instantly limiting your potential for success.
Key options for companies looking to become IR35-proof
January 4 2020 - Kirsten Logue, Scotland Regional Manager for Edge Testing explores the key IR35 issues impacting the private sector and considers the options for making a company 'IR35-Proof'.
How to Solve the Problems of Being a Commercial Property Owner
January 4 2020 - Owning a commercial rental property is not always as straightforward as it seems.
Reasons Why Corporate Hospitality Might Be Beneficial For Your Business
December 13 2019 - There are many reasons why corporate hospitality might be beneficial for your business.
Should HR Departments Help Employees Cope With Financial Strain?
November 16 2019 - Should HR departments and businesses be more considerate towards their employee's financial difficulties?
How to Help an Employee through Difficult Personal Issues
October 9 2019 - During difficult periods, employers must be understanding and focus on ways to support their staff and maintain performance in the workplace.
The importance of adopting a loving attitude towards stakeholders
September 16 2019 - An organisation with a loving attitude develops continuous goodwill and mutually beneficial relationships with all its relevant stakeholders; this company is more likely to succeed in the business arena.
Building a Strong Team Identity: A Guide
September 4 2019 - There are some steps you can take in order to create a cohesive team which works in harmony towards a common goal and this guide outlines some of the most effective for your consideration.
4 Services That Will Help Finance Your Dream Home
July 17 2019 - The housing market is always moving up and down, but even if you try and time your purchase to a point where housing prices have dropped, the truth is that you need a lot of money in order to fund the purchase of your dream home.
Budgeting Advice Every Professional Should Have
July 9 2019 - As an HR professional, you likely deal with a number of tasks. One of them could be managing finances, so getting better at managing it in your personal life is key.
Your Business In Print: How To Find The Best Business Card Service For Your Needs
July 9 2019 - Whether you want to print and design your own business cards or you'd rather go a more convenient route, here's how to choose the best business card service.
How to Stay Organized During a Move to a New Business Office
July 4 2019 - An office move is a big and important decision, especially if it is a move done to expand your team and get a new office in a more attractive location.
How to Ensure High Hygiene Standards in the Workplace
March 28 2019 - A poorly cleaned office space can cause havoc to your company's reputation but also risk the health of your employees.
Keeping Your Factory's Flooring up to Code
March 22 2019 - Factories have to be up to code so that accidents are kept to a minimum.
How to improve your warehouse safety
March 22 2019 - Implementing a warehouse health and safety plan is an integral part of ensuring employee wellbeing, and getting it right is key ensuring a smooth operation.
What To Think About When Purchasing A Vehicle
February 11 2019 - Whether you're buying a vehicle for work or leisure, it's a wise idea to know what to think about and consider before you put any money down.
5 ways to protect your workers with PPE this winter
January 11 2019 - When your employees are working in higher-risk industries where the chance of danger is increased from duties that require working at height, as well as with heavy machinery and powerful tools, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) may be necessary.
5 Ways That HR Can Drive Sales
December 31 2018 - It can be a huge challenge, but there are a few effective ways that HR can be used to boost sales and help the company to grow.
The Undeniable Relationship Between Effective HRM and Bespoke E-Commerce Solutions
November 14 2018 - How are e-commerce and human resources inexorably linked?
Ensuring Your Staff Are Prepared For Work Travel
June 11 2018 - Workers travelling cross-country and internationally poses a specific challenge to HR when it comes to ensuring compliance is upheld and standards are followed.
How to recover from a cyber-attack
October 23 2017 - Ever been fooled by a bogus email?
Brexit and Change Management
August 11 2016 - The certainty of change coming down the line makes this the perfect time to take a look at the challenges inherent in introducing any change within an organisation.
The Changing Nature of Human Resource Management
June 24 2015 - Here are some ways in which HR has changed in past years.
Employees Behaving Badly: UK Study Uncovers Office Habits
June 23 2015 - Surfing social media, printing CVs out at work and browsing the net are just some of the things that UK employees get up to during work hours, according to a study.
Looking to the future - are your feet on the ground or in the clouds?
March 20 2015 - In this article, Mark McKergow explores the various ways in which managers and leaders view the future including the dreamer, the realist, the business planner and the host.
Substance Abuse in the Workplace
May 10 2014 - Nearly one third of UK employers (32%) admit to not having enough knowledge or training to identify workers under the influence of recreational drugs.
Flexibility and resilience can boost the bottom line
March 10 2014 - Resilient managers who can choose when and how they work perform significantly better than 9-5 colleagues.
Top tips for new management consultants
March 4 2014 - Whether you're a beginner or an expert in your field, there are always new elements that can be added to your role to improve your outlook on your business.
The New Parental Leave rules - what they mean for the workplace
December 18 2013 - New statutory rules first trailed last year, have now been announced as coming into force in April 2015, which allow working mothers to effectively share their statutory maternity leave and pay entitlement with their partners.
Why the work-life balance is now more important than ever
October 23 2012 - The business case for job satisfaction is clear: satisfied employees make for a more engaged workforce that will be committed and advocate the business. What's more it'll make for a more productive and profitable business.
Technology extends the working day
July 2 2012 - Replying to emails and answering work calls at home means that the average UK employee is putting in an extra three weeks a year in overtime.
The Importance Of Not Being Ernest
June 4 2012 - Creating an environment where humour - and laughter - is viewed positively will create a place of enjoyment.
Monitoring Job Satisfaction
February 10 2012 - Employee satisfaction is a key indicator for defining staff rewards and benefits and over 70% of businesses have taken steps to monitor it.
Stress is number one cause of long-term absences
October 5 2011 - Stress has been identified as the most significant cause of long-term absence according to this year's CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey.
HR Changes Can Increase Stress
January 21 2008 - Teamworking and other contemporary employment practices can put as much strain on a woman's family relationships as working an extra 120 hours a year.
Management Consultants - What Do They Do?
August 1 2007 - Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) challenges the notion that management consultants play a vital role as expert outsiders in disseminating new approaches within organizations.
UK Business Vulnerable To Globalization
August 29 2006 - A new TUC report acknowledges that UK employees undoubtedly benefit from cheap goods and greater prosperity resulting from globalization, but are more vulnerable to its negative effects than others in Europe.
Hairdressers and Managers - Today's Working Icons
August 23 2006 - A recent report from the Work Foundation identifies the occupations of hairdresser, management consultant, celebrity and manager as offering the best insight into current trends and the nature of working life.
A new boss, please, say one-third of employees
August 22 2006 - A survey of 1700 adult employees in the UK shows that almost one-third of (31 per cent) would change their manager if they could. Nearly one in four (22 per cent) felt they could do a better job themselves, with men (25 per cent) more confident of their ability than women (18 per cent).
Aesthetic Labour: Looking Good, Sounding Right
Updated August 2 2006 - 'Aesthetic labour' is a concept based on the notion that employers in parts of the service industries described as the 'style labour market' (Nickson et al, 2004, p.3), such as boutique hotels, designer retailers and style cafes, bars and restaurants, require 'aesthetic skills' in addition to social and technical skills from their workers.
World Cup 'Sickies'
June 15 2006 - Amicus has attracted the wrath of business owners following widely-cited reports in the media that it has encouraged World Cup 'sickies'. Meanwhile employees are spending more time on World Cup websites.
Amended April 29 2006 - The use of humour is one key to the success of management gurus. Researchers Dr Tim Clark and Dr David Greatbatch, authors of Management Speak: Why We Listen to What Management Gurus Tell Us, analysed the techniques used by world-famous gurus such as Tom Peters, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Gary Hamel. They found that successful gurus employ skilful communication techniques, especially humour, to promote their sometimes uncomfortable messages.
Internal communications - don't just do it - use it!
By David Oliver, Fourth Corner Communications
Internal communications - don't just do it - use it!
By David Oliver, Fourth Corner Communications. Part 2 - Effective communication
Academics and students abuse non-teaching staff, say UNISON
June 20 2005 - Support staff in Higher Education are treated with very little respect for the services they provide to academics and students according to a UNISON survey.
BT and Accenture Sign 10-Year HR Outsourcing Contract
February 2 2005 - BT and Accenture have signed a 10-year, £306 million (US$575 million) business process outsourcing (BPO) and transformation contract for human resource (HR) administration services.
Chancellor's measures not enough
December 11 2003 - The UK will still be behind in the productivity stakes, according to Will Hutton, chief executive of The Work Foundation.
Department for Work and Pensions
June 16 2003 - Following Tony Blair's reshuffle of the Cabinet and Junior Ministers, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is Andrew Smith.
E-mails Damaging Efficiency
January 9 2003 - Managers are being deluged by e-mails, according to a survey by the British Computer Society (BCS).
TUC General Secretary-elect's New Year Concerns
4 January 2003 - Text of TUC General Secretary-elect, Brendan Barber's New Year message:
New Employment Bill introduced
8 November 2001 - The Government claims that its new Employment Bill is aimed at delivering a balanced package of support for working parents and, at the same time, reducing red tape for employers and simplifying the process for settling disputes in the workplace.
TUC welcomes new Employment Bill
8 November 2001 - The TUC welcomed the Employment Bill plan for grievance and disciplinary procedures.
Work permit system reconsidered
3 October 2001 - Home Secretary David Blunkett is to review the work permit system for skilled economic migrants.
Blood-borne viruses in the workplace
10 August 2001 - A new booklet, "Blood-borne viruses in the workplace - guidance for employers and employees" has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
CBI absenteeism survey
16 May 2001 - British employees averaged 7.8 days absence from the workplace in 2000 - amounting to a total of 192 million days or 3.4 per cent of total working time.
4 May 2001 - Digby Jones, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry criticised a number of "damaging myths" about the consultation rules that govern company plant closures
Tube delays are hitting London's productivity
18 April 2001 - According to a 'snapshot survey' by the Industrial Society, almost 9 in 10 managers in the capital feel that the performance of the London Underground has a negative or very negative impact on their workplace.
One in ten school kids play truant to work
28 March 2001 - TUC research suggests that more than 100,000 schoolchildren play truant in order to do paid work.
CIPD - New examiners
23 March 2001 - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has made a number of appointments to support its Professional Qualification Scheme.
Joint call by TUC and CBI for budget to improve productivity
4 March 2001 - The Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress were asked by Chancellor Gordon Brown to work together on budget proposals.
TUC's campaign on call centre working
20 February 2001 - There were almost 400 calls to a TUC hotline in the first week of its campaign on call centre working. 397 call handlers contacted the TUC in 6 days, complaining about issues
New Deal creates jobs in Britain
2 January 2001 - Kerry Marks a 24-year-old from Brighton, unemployed on and off since leaving school, now runs her own business, Squeaky Clean with 3 employees because of New Deal.
Work and Parents: Competitiveness and Choice
7 December 2000 - After much leaking to the press, the Green Paper on "Work and Parents: Competitiveness and Choice" has been released.
UK economy praised
22 November 2000 - Whilst concluding that "The overall performance of the UK economy remains impressive" and labour market policies "continue to be exemplary" in comparison with other European countries there is still a problem with employee productivity.