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Matthew Sanders: Zero hour contracts – good for nobody

Recent media buzz about the use of zero hour contracts has divided both the public and UK businesses perception on the issue. News coverage has segmented the story every way from naming individual companies and looking at how it affects the public sector, right through to which sectors rely most heavily on zero hour contracts.…

Stephany Carolan: When was the last time you checked your resilience toolbox?

WorkGuru is sponsoring the Workplace Wellbeing and Health Summit, a subject that is very dear to our hearts. I am going to take this opportunity as we approach the summit, to blog about my own experience of increasing resilience and managing stress and how my own health problems have forced me to dust off the…

Mark McCusker: Disability in the workplace and creating a more inclusive working environment

This week marks Dyslexia Awareness Week starting on the 14th October. Recent research by the British Dyslexia Association suggests that about 10% of adults aged 16-65 in the UK have some difficulty reading or spelling. Contrary to popular belief, dyslexia is not only about literacy but affects the way information is processed, stored and retrieved,…

Faye Holland: Employee Engagement – Rhetoric or reality?

There’s no denying that the phrase ‘employee engagement’ is bandied around most HR departments like it’s going out of fashion at the moment. But what is it really all about, how can it be achieved, and has the penny finally dropped that happy workers really do drive profit? One thing is for certain, when it…

Derek Kelly: What HR professionals need to know about the new Immigration Bill

All UK-based businesses have a duty to ensure that their employees are legally entitled to work in the country. Since February 2008, this obligation has been underpinned by a civil penalty scheme. Under the current system, an employer who flouts the rules by hiring illegal workers can be hit with a civil fine of up to…

Matthew Sanders: Why businesses should become more disability confident

There are 1.3 million disabled people in the UK that want to work and nearly 1 billion disabled people worldwide. While recent research from the Government suggested that almost half (42 percent) of disabled jobseekers cite employers’ attitudes as a key barrier to securing work,  it becomes very clear why the employment rate for disabled…

Nikki Duncan: Legal comment on pledged crackdown on zero hours

Hard on the heels of Ed Miliband’s vow, at the TUC’s annual conference, to crack down on the abuse of zero-hour contracts, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has used the Lib-Dem Conference to highlight the Government’s own, somewhat similar, plans. Whilst Ed Miliband has announced the appointment of the former Head of HR at Morrisons,…

Eleanor Hammond: One size fits all – why automated video interviewing offers multiple benefits

For recruiters, automated video interviewing is like a baseball cap: “one size fits all” because the adjustable strap means that it fits most heads. While this new screening tool may not be suitable for every job position, the early adopters have now built up enough experience to know that it works for a huge proportion.…

Ben Black: What Are The True Benefits of Being a Family-Friendly Employer?

So what are the true benefits of being a family-friendly employer? It’s a good question. There’s lots of stuff written about being “family-friendly” and about how by being nice to your working mums you will somehow help the bottom line. But is that really true? As usual, hard numbers are difficult to come by but…

Gary Cattermole: How to engage UK employees

Employee research (such as employee engagement surveys, focus groups and workshops), no matter what type of business or where it is located, regularly pinpoint these three main enablers where organisations are performing less well than other areas: Internal Communications Training and Career Development Recognition The results often shake employers who thought that these areas were…