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      Can your boss legally reject a holiday request, even though you’ve booked flights?

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      We’ve all been tempted before. You start browsing flights to exotic locations on Skyscanner and spot a bargain. You want to book them before they increase in price but you haven’t submitted a holiday request yet. Can your boss legally reject your holiday request even though you have booked the flights? Alan Price, CEO and HR […]

      How to keep employees happy and productive during a heatwave

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      A heatwave is predicted across the UK this week. The Met Office and Public Health England have jointly issued a level two ‘alert and readiness’ warning with temperatures predicted to hit 37°C in some parts of the country. But what should employers do when the mercury rises? XpertHR offers advice to employers around the legalities of working in […]

      63% of HR pros say gap year helps applicants stand out

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      Reports from the Department of Education reveal that 88% of students who took a gap year believe it made them more employable, while a survey by YouGov also found that 63% of HR professionals believed a constructive gap year can make a job application stand out. Reports collated by Fresh Student Living looks into the facts behind […]

      Mental health struggles and burnout costing the UK economy £1.4bn a year

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      British workers are still uncomfortable disclosing mental health issues or burnout, with nearly a quarter (23%) admitting they would rather take an unexplained sick day than discuss their issues with their employers.   Indeed, the research carried out by HR software provider Breathe found 40% of employees are uncomfortable calling in sick to their employer […]

      Is microchipping staff the future?

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      With data being one of the greatest commodities for a business to trade on, it’s important for organisations to understand the movements and productivity of their workers. However, is a microchip a step too far? It sounded like an Orwellian nightmare. The Telegraph was the first to announce recently that Swedish firm Biohax was in […]

      Top tips to avoid the Blue Monday feeling

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      Blue Monday, January 21, is known for being the least motivated day of the year. Sue Andrews, senior HR professional and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, looks at how you can prepare ahead of time to be ready for when that lack of motivation hits. Mondays are never easy, you’ve enjoyed […]

      Should recruiters favour education over potential?

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      Looking for the right candidate can be difficult, with people from all different background, levels of education and experience fighting it out to be your next employee. Vincenzo Ferrara looks into the argument about at who you should hire and who you should avoid. British businesses are at risk of losing out on the greatest candidates, […]

      Prince William on why employees need to open up about mental health

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      The Duke of Cambridge William Windsor today acknowledged the importance of HR in the workplace and why more businesses need to understand the effect of high-pressure work environments. Speaking on a panel at the inaugural This Can Happen conference, the royal shared with the audience his own experiences of mental health issues while working as […]

      Finding ‘the line’

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      Knowing when your work ends and your personal life begins is often ignored in the corporate world, warns Declan Halton-Woodward, EA to CEO at Handlesbanken Wealth/Heartwood. He shares why assistants must learn to say ‘no’ once in a while I was once asked in an interview, “How far does the job go for you, where’s […]

      Halloween HR nightmares

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      It’s that spooky time of year where we all dress up and pretend to be demons and ghouls in order to try and scare each other until we can no longer sleep at night. But for those that work in HR, the things that go bump in the night are nothing when compared to the […]