Access to emails outside work hours is ‘toxic’ source of stress for employees

Employees checking email outside work hours has been linked to higher levels of stress and pressure. While personality type affects the degree to which pressure is felt, organisations are being urged to put policies in place to stop employees letting work overspill into home life. The recommendations are from a report by Future Work Centre,… Continue reading

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Things to look out for in 2016

A referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the EU The long promised EU referendum has to happen before the end of 2017, but many heavy hints have been dropped by David Cameron that the vote will be held in the summer of 2016, especially if his renegotiation plan can be brought to a speedy, successful,… Continue reading

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Penalties to be doubled for flouting national living wage: legislation published

The Government has now published the legislation that brings into force the new national living wage next year. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 introduce the new rate of £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over and confirm that the date of introduction will be 1 April. The Regulations also double the financial penalties… Continue reading

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your organisation for the festive season? Ashok Kanani sets out some festive essentials for employers. Workplace Christmas parties bring up issues of conduct and discrimination. For example, employees may misbehave, or employers may have to make adjustments to Christmas parties… Continue reading

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Employers fail to give fifth of new joiners appraisal after first year, study reveals

Employers fail to give fifth of new joiners appraisal after first year, study reveals   Managers ‘too busy’ to offer formal feedback, say more than a third of staff     On paper, appraisals are the yearly event employees face with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation – but that’s if staff actually have one… Continue reading

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