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Recruiting the future workforce: Recognising and nurturing Gen Z talent for success

Generation Z, or Gen Z, currently accounts for about 2 billion of the world’s population and is expected to represent 27 per cent of the workforce by next year. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the way employers seek to attract and retain new talent. So, how adaptable are we being – and how aware are we of the positive contributions this generation [...]

Unlocking success: Harnessing the power of gender diversity in business

Recognising the unquestionable benefits of gender diversity in business. In today's fast-paced business landscape, it's encouraging to see so many companies recognising and embracing the importance of diversity, through their implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and policies. However, when examining this from a purely business perspective, what are the most compelling reasons for implementing a robust gender-diverse policy? It's not just [...]

Handling employee absence: Smart planning to minimise disruption

The inevitable curve balls Post New Year’s and most HR managers will be gearing up for the time of year that tends to throw a few curveballs when it comes to employee absenteeism.  Post-holiday blues, inevitable sickness and the self-promise of a new job in the new year can all play havoc with the general equilibrium of our office workforces. Add to the mix, [...]

The National Living Wage – why employers may feel their pockets are being picked

Picking the employer’s pocket? Why the latest increase in the National Living Wage is a new challenge for so many employers. The unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge famously denounces Cratchit’s appeal for a day off with his family over the festive period as: “a poor excuse to pick a man’s pocket every 25th December.” And whilst it is difficult to feel sympathy with the old miser, [...]

Employment law in 2024: What’s on the horizon?

As this rather tumultuous year draws to an end, we inevitably look forward to what 2024 might have in store. Next year is likely to be quite eventful for employment lawyers and HR practitioners. The current government is less preoccupied with keeping the country going through a pandemic, and Brexit now allows for some freedom to amend legislation that originated from European law.  Consequently, [...]

Supporting mental health in the workplace

Understanding the importance of mental health Today, mental health has become an increasingly important issue in our society, and rightly so. It affects every aspect of our lives, from our personal relationships to our professional performance. In particular, mental health in the workplace is a concern that cannot be ignored. It is, therefore, crucial for every business to understand its role in supporting the [...]

Transform your hiring strategy: The benefits of partnering with permanent recruitment agencies

Recruitment can be a tough game, and finding the perfect candidate for a specific job can be a time-consuming and challenging process. Fortunately, permanent agencies can help businesses save time and energy by tracking down the ideal candidates. As the name suggests, permanent recruitment agencies are recruitment specialists who focus on providing employers with expertise in finding qualified candidates to fill long-term or permanent [...]

Why work with finance recruitment agencies

As any business owner will know, recruiting for finance roles can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Not only do you need to identify the right candidate with the correct skillset, but you also need to ensure that they have the qualifications, experience and cultural fit necessary for your business. Working with a finance recruitment agency is one way of making this process easier [...]

Recruitment Trends 2023

Understanding the direction recruitment is moving in is vital to ensure your strategies and approaches to hiring are in line with candidate expectations. From accepting remote technologies to exploring the use of AI in recruitment and embracing the shift towards a candidate-first market, we’re exploring some of the key trends in recruitment below. Candidate experience matters It is widely recognised that the current job [...]

AI in recruitment: How talent acquisition still needs the human touch.

2023 is shaping up to be the year where artificial intelligence (AI) dominates many aspects of our lives. With tools like ChatGPT taking over, it’s understandable that people are questioning the role AI may play in the future of their life and work. The Oxford Study, one of the most commonly shared reports into AI in the workplace, found 47% of total US employment [...]

Government Call for Industry Input on Umbrella Consultation

The latest government consultation, ending on 29th August 2023, has advised on new changes to tackle tax non-compliance in the umbrella sector. Today, we take a closer look at the impact this will have on the umbrella company market and employment businesses, and how new legislation could help to transform employment rights. What are Umbrella Companies? Before discussing the governments bid to adopt a [...]

Diversity & Inclusion – driving positive outcomes with behavioural insights

HR and the importance of Diversity & Inclusion Paul Richards, Founder, Better Decisions. Working with many great HR professionals over the years, I know that it’s an important but tough role. You have to oversee talent acquisition and retention, engagement, motivation, performance and well-being. And all of this occurs in a rapidly changing environment with an ever-growing compliance burden. An important area that increases [...]

The economy and financial well-being – supporting your employees through 2023

Let's start at the beginning In early October 2022, Steve Herbert, Wellbeing & Benefits Director for Partners& spoke to an audience of Surrey & Sussex HR Forum members about the UK’s economic outlook, and what that might mean for the financial well-being of their workforce. Unprecedented timing This particular presentation delivery was an extremely challenging one.  The (now infamous) “Mini-Budget” of an embryonic Truss/Kwarteng [...]

What is an HR project manager & how could they benefit my business?

From recruitment, onboarding, and employee performance, a human resources project manager is responsible for overseeing all HR-related projects within an organisation. Their role involves planning, operating, and delivering projects that are designed to improve the HR function in a company. HR project managers can be beneficial to your business due to their deep understanding of all aspects of HR management, their drive to generate [...]

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