10 secret, simple tips to improve employee engagement – By Elisabeth Chandler

10 secret, simple tips to improve employee

It goes without saying that by creating an engaged workforce leads directly to higher profitability, increased customer satisfaction and reduced turnover, however, the approach some businesses have been taking recently to improve engagement have not always generated the results they may have hoping for. A number of companies spend thousands of pounds every year on… Continue reading

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Employment law changes in 2016: eight things employers should know

In 2016, employers will begin to feel the impact of the employment law reforms made by the first Conservative Government in nearly 20 years, with some controversial decisions affecting a number of HR areas. The introduction of the national living wage sees a major change to minimum pay levels; this will be a big issue for… Continue reading

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Occupational stress ruling: managers’ notes save the day

The recent case of Easton v B&Q seems to offer reassurance for employers about failure to foresee occupational stress. But James Hockin sounds a note of caution. Occupational stress in the workplace is on the increase. The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that in 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work-related… Continue reading

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Expensive employment tribunal awards: six-figure sums in 2015

While employment tribunal fees have drastically reduced the number of cases and typical awards for claimants are generally four-figure sums, tribunal decisions still occasionally cost employers dear. We round up six-figure employment tribunal awards that employers were ordered to pay in 2015, with a total compensation amounting to £2.5 million. 1. Large award for caste… Continue reading

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Junior doctors restore strike dates as dispute over hours and pay reignites

Strike action by junior doctors is back on after talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers failed to reach an agreement. Three days of industrial action, due to begin on 1 December 2015, were called off but have now been reinstated, with the first day of strikes on 12 January. The negotiations… Continue reading

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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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