Should single parents be asked to seek work once their youngest child reaches 5 years old?

  • a. Yes – as employers, any increase in the pool of available talent is welcome (74%, 264 Votes)
  • b. No – Employees worried about school times and sick kids are better off at home (26%, 93 Votes)

Total Voters: 357

Start Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Can a business be successful with unhappy staff?

  • b. No - how on earth can a company hope to do well if its own employees don't possess enthusiasm for the brand! (85%, 345 Votes)
  • a. Yes - engagement and job satisfaction are nice but, ultimately, people come to work to do a job and not socialise (15%, 60 Votes)

Total Voters: 405

Start Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

As businesses look to cut costs and offer alternative incentives, do you think flexible working hours are vital for a happy workforce?

  • a. Yes - flexible working hours allow employees more freedom without added expense to bosses (85%, 330 Votes)
  • b. No - Its more important than ever that employees buck up and stick to company mantras including office hours (15%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 388

Start Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 @ 1:14 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Should the essential services have the same rights to strike as everyone else?

  • a. Of course - all workers, regardless of their job, should have the chance to protest (58%, 345 Votes)
  • b. No way! - those in the essential services are in a unique, often life saving, role and should be at work when needed (42%, 246 Votes)

Total Voters: 591

Start Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
End Date: No Expiry

In light of reports suggesting employers are over-worked and risk exhaustion, have the last couple of years of economic difficulty:

  • b. Placed enormous strain on employers and staff resulting in ill-health and dismay (74%, 223 Votes)
  • a. Weeded out the weak businesses and forced bosses to work harder and leaner (26%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 302

Start Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Is it the role of a boss to lead by example in ensuring a good work-life balance?

  • a. Yes - Employees look to their managment for guidence in and out of the office (73%, 372 Votes)
  • b. No - a successful and dedicated boss has to put work first; even if that means burning the candle at both ends (27%, 139 Votes)

Total Voters: 511

Start Date: Monday, July 26, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
End Date: No Expiry

In these tough economic times, is employee engagement really that important?

  • a. Absolutely! If employees are not engaged, they are not productive and potentially at more risk of stress and other health problems (86%, 228 Votes)
  • b. No. Employees must accept that it is currently almost impossible to have the ideal job which offers the pay, results and job satisfaction (14%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 264

Start Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The 25,000 NHS job losses will:

  • b. Are over due and will lead to long term efficiency gains (58%, 291 Votes)
  • a. Damage morale and impair the NHS' ability to get its job done (42%, 215 Votes)

Total Voters: 506

Start Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 12:08 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Are today's graduates the doomed generation?

  • a. Yes - They are lumbered with debt and there is little hope of employment for many. (57%, 343 Votes)
  • b. No - The current recruitment climate acts to weed out those that perhaps should never have gone to university in the first place. (43%, 258 Votes)

Total Voters: 601

Start Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 @ 11:56 am
End Date: No Expiry

With only around 5% of immigrant workers coming from outside Europe, is the Government's focus on a revised cap a waste of time?

  • b. No - this will free up jobs for Brits at a time when its greatly needed. (62%, 327 Votes)
  • a. Yes - Theresa May is risking backlash from within the coalition government on a pointless anti-foreigner crusade. (38%, 197 Votes)

Total Voters: 524

Start Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:29 am
End Date: No Expiry

Will today's emergency budget ensure the UK avoids a double dip recession?

  • b. No - the emergency budget will hasten the nation's downturn (60%, 193 Votes)
  • a. Yes - the spending cuts and tax rises will steer Britain clear of economic meltdown (40%, 130 Votes)

Total Voters: 323

Start Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 @ 11:15 am
End Date: No Expiry

In light of reports that many of us are ill prepared for retirement, do you have a plan for life after the office?

  • a. Yes - I am a good saver and have my sights set on that Mediterranean cruise (44%, 90 Votes)
  • c. No - although I recognise it is important to prepare for the worst, considering the ongoing economic uncertainty (29%, 59 Votes)
  • b. No - despite the doom and gloom about job insecurity, I have not even begun to consider my post-career life (27%, 57 Votes)

Total Voters: 206

Start Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 11:19 am
End Date: No Expiry

Several of your employees ask you for time off to watch the world cup. Do you:

  • c. Offer a TV in the office to encourage an engaged and productive workforce (69%, 245 Votes)
  • b. Say no - its only a bunch of blokes kicking a bag of wind around and is not as important as that report you need by Friday (20%, 71 Votes)
  • a. Say yes - it only happens every four years - and struggle through the next month with a skeleton crew (11%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 353

Start Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @ 11:53 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you consider your balanced work-life mix, through such practices as flexible hours, to be more important than higher wages?

  • a. Yes - a healthy work-life balance is vital to happiness and aids productivity (63%, 158 Votes)
  • b. No - in these times of economic uncertainty I'd rather have more cash to keep for a rainy day (37%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 250

Start Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 @ 9:57 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think that cuts to public sector spending will:

  • a. Weed out inefficiencies and save vital government funds (59%, 137 Votes)
  • b. Damage the economy at a time when contractors and freelancers could play an important role in the front line services (41%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 231

Start Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:15 am
End Date: No Expiry

In light of claims that a dose of caffine increases alertness and decreases accidents at work, do you:

  • a. drink the odd cuppa in the office, but could take it or leave it (51%, 210 Votes)
  • b. Go at it like a caffine fiend - having gallons of tea/coffee each day (43%, 180 Votes)
  • c. Resist caffine altogether, instead prefering to lecture your colleagues about the health benefits of smoothies and such like. (6%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 415

Start Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 9:12 am
End Date: No Expiry

As a young government comes to office, the make up of the national workforce looks set to get older over coming decade. Do you think this will lead to:

  • b. businesses run by those with talent but, more importantly, experience. (83%, 257 Votes)
  • a. Stifled creativity and stale ideas (17%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 308

Start Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Does your boss socialise with the staff outside of work?

  • No - they prefer to keep their distance from their employees outside of the office (60%, 115 Votes)
  • a. Yes - they are the first to buy the drinks (40%, 78 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

Start Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ 11:46 am
End Date: No Expiry

HR professionals prefer:

  • c. Labour (38%, 237 Votes)
  • a. Conservatives (34%, 212 Votes)
  • b. Liberal Democrats (16%, 101 Votes)
  • e. Not to vote as the parties are all as bad as each other (8%, 47 Votes)
  • d. Other (4%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 616

Start Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Should stranded workers take unpaid leave as a result of the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud?

  • b. No - these people are victims of a natural disater and should not be punished further (51%, 287 Votes)
  • a. Yes - it was their choice to fly off and employers shouldn't be punished (49%, 275 Votes)

Total Voters: 562

Start Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 @ 10:23 am
End Date: No Expiry

In light of suggestions that bosses do not prepare staff properly for fire emergencies, which of the following do you do when your office alarm rings:

  • c. Leave the office immediately in an orderly fashion, directed by your work's designated wardens (88%, 292 Votes)
  • a. Ignore it and continue working as its always just a drill. (8%, 25 Votes)
  • b. Finish what you're working on then collect your things before vacating the premises. (4%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 333

Start Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Is the new right to demand training for employees:

  • a. A measure that will be to everyone's benefit and should have been made law ages ago (51%, 129 Votes)
  • b. Another way that employees can waste valuable time and resources (49%, 125 Votes)

Total Voters: 254

Start Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 @ 5:39 pm
End Date: No Expiry

According to Acas, ‘Work place war’ will break out via social media after the Recession. Do you see social media as…

  • a. A forum where workers can gripe about their bosses (72%, 73 Votes)
  • b. A channel to show an engaged work force (28%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

Start Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you agree with think tank Policy Exchange's suggestion that Health and Safety is becoming ‘ritual excuse’ not to do anything

  • Yes (63%, 110 Votes)
  • No (37%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

Start Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Following the TUC’s claim this week that unions can help to prevent staff feeling stressed and de-motivated and can reduce the number of staff quitting their jobs, are unions:

  • a. A help to employers (50%, 76 Votes)
  • b. A hindrance to employers (50%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 151

Start Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The TUC's initiative to bring workplace loos into the 21st century is:

  • A key health and safety issue that has been poo-pooed for too long by bosses (51%, 78 Votes)
  • Give Us a (Loo) Break! This is a waste of the TUC's efforts (49%, 76 Votes)

Total Voters: 154

Start Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 @ 2:55 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Outlawing blacklists used to deny trade union members jobs is:

  • A step forward for civil liberties and worker’s rights (67%, 91 Votes)
  • A restriction on employers freedom to weed out potential trouble makers (33%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 135

Start Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think Christine Pratt was right to disclose the N.10 bullying calls?

  • No - this controversy has compromised the credibility of such helplines (86%, 702 Votes)
  • Yes - this has raised awareness of bullying in the UK (14%, 112 Votes)

Total Voters: 814

Start Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The inflation blip in January will:

  • Not matter, as employees still feel under pressure from the recession (86%, 113 Votes)
  • Cause a leap in pay settlements (14%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 132

Start Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Now the economy is picking up, employee engagement is:

  • Essential as part of the recovery (92%, 143 Votes)
  • Superflous as people are feeling better anyway (8%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 156

Start Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:36 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Exempting religious organisations from the Equality Bill is:

  • Sensitive to their unique perspective (50%, 177 Votes)
  • Kowtowing to bigotry (50%, 174 Votes)

Total Voters: 351

Start Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Employment regulation and taxes will cost UK businesses £25.6 bn over four years, says BCC. Following the general election, will this:

  • Increase - all governments add to red tape (58%, 37 Votes)
  • Decrease - any new government will need to be business friendly (42%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

Start Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 @ 12:55 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think the gender pay gap:

  • Is significant and urgent (47%, 60 Votes)
  • Is over-hyped and inconsequencial (27%, 34 Votes)
  • Exists but is modest and a low priority (26%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

Start Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Making migrant workers apply for ID cards is:

  • A simple way for them to prove they are entitled to work in the UK (85%, 190 Votes)
  • Yet another bureaucratic hurdle for employers and employees (15%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

Start Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

If people cannot work because of the snow, does your organisation:

  • Ask people to work flexibly at home (49%, 303 Votes)
  • Count it as holiday (24%, 150 Votes)
  • Overlook it in the circumstances (14%, 85 Votes)
  • Treat it as unpaid leave (13%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 621

Start Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 1:44 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The BBC is recruiting women over 50 as presenters, following the row over the dropping of Moira Stewart and Arlene Phillips. Do you think this is:

  • A fig leaf, to distract attention because of the media fuss (63%, 127 Votes)
  • A timely move to address genuine discrimination (20%, 41 Votes)
  • Irrelevant, Moira was irreplaceable! (17%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 201

Start Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 6:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would £2500 from the Government encourage your organisation to take on an apprentice

  • No (50%, 75 Votes)
  • Yes (50%, 74 Votes)

Total Voters: 149

Start Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have staff in your organisation taken pay cuts to avoid redundancy this year?

  • No (65%, 135 Votes)
  • Yes (35%, 73 Votes)

Total Voters: 208

Start Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How often is there a disciplinary incident at your Christmas party?

  • Every year (37%, 185 Votes)
  • Never (33%, 165 Votes)
  • Occasionally (15%, 77 Votes)
  • Most years (15%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 502

Start Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Is Christmas closing a form of indirect discrimination?

  • Bah! Humbug! (91%, 822 Votes)
  • Possible. It’s worth considering (6%, 58 Votes)
  • Yes it is (3%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 905

Start Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think company provided flu jabs are:

  • A nice gesture of concern for employee’s well-being (30%, 86 Votes)
  • Solely about reducing absence (28%, 80 Votes)
  • An unnecessary expense (23%, 67 Votes)
  • A legal minefield, best avoided (10%, 28 Votes)
  • An imposition on employee’s privacy and choice (9%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 287

Start Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Absence is higher on Mondays because…

  • People “overdo it” partying over the weekend (41%, 141 Votes)
  • Staff think they can get away with it (34%, 117 Votes)
  • Sickness really does come on at the weekend (21%, 73 Votes)
  • It’s a statistical quirk or coincidence (4%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 348

Start Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What is your organisation’s view on using social networks in the office:

  • Short, unobtrusive breaks to surf the internet allow workers' minds to rest, which could boost productivity. (55%, 75 Votes)
  • Humbug. They are shirkers. It shouldn’t be allowed. (45%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 137

Start Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 @ 11:57 am
End Date: No Expiry

Has the postal strike made you consider extending the use of HR technology in your organisation?

  • No (63%, 77 Votes)
  • Yes (37%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

Start Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 11:55 am
End Date: No Expiry

Research by the DWP suggests racism still persists in recruitment as employers select candidates with British names for interview. Do you believe this is

  • Unconscious and subliminal (67%, 99 Votes)
  • Conscious and premeditated (33%, 48 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

Start Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 @ 10:51 am
End Date: No Expiry

Swine flu is like the Recession...

  • It was always overhyped (55%, 160 Votes)
  • Employers should prepare for the next bout (42%, 123 Votes)
  • The worst is over (3%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 290

Start Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 10:56 am
End Date: No Expiry

What is your organisation’s approach to paying interns?

  • Don't use interns – they're more trouble than they are worth (42%, 63 Votes)
  • Pay a nominal sum for travel & subsistence (35%, 53 Votes)
  • Pay a full or nearly full wage (19%, 28 Votes)
  • Don't pay them as they are getting valuable experience (4%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 151

Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 @ 11:26 am
End Date: No Expiry

Is Gordon Brown's pledge to restrain public sector pay:

  • A recipe for strikes and strife (74%, 252 Votes)
  • Realistic and achievable in the current climate (26%, 87 Votes)

Total Voters: 339

Start Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 @ 12:05 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you sack Baroness Scotland for hiring an illegal worker?

  • Yes (64%, 261 Votes)
  • No (36%, 150 Votes)

Total Voters: 411

Start Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 @ 10:38 am
End Date: No Expiry

Does your organization find Job Centres an effective route to source potential recruits?

  • We never use them (54%, 90 Votes)
  • Not great, but cheap (38%, 63 Votes)
  • Reasonably effective (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Very effective (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

Start Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:22 am
End Date: No Expiry