Different Contract Types

An individual’s employment status determines their rights as an employee and their employers’ responsibility towards them. The type of contract given to new recruits should make clear their employment status. An employer can benefit from utilising the different types of contracts available to ensure the business needs are met in the most efficient way.

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance

 

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life balance can be defined as dividing your time between work and family or leisure activities. It is not realistic or rewarding trying to arrange your time so that you spend an equal number of hours working as you do relaxing and so work-life balance does not necessarily mean an equal balance.

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Retaining Your Best Employees

Retaining the best employees is critical to the long term success of any business. Benefits of retaining the best talent include; product sales, customer satisfaction and high levels of organisational knowledge. Ultimately, retaining the best employees saves money from the bottom line on recruitment, selection and training. There are a number of ways an organisation can ensure they retain the best employees;

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Tips for Team Building

Tips for Team Building

In any workplace, the entire workforce help to contribute to the overall success of the organisation. There are a number of benefits an employer can reap from having a strong team such as increased efficiency, a culture of creativity and innovation can be created, positive working relationships enable employees to build on their skills and abilities from each other, trust is built upon and increased, conflicts are less likely to occur and if they do arise they can be resolved quicker and it encourages employees to work harder and take responsibility for their contribution to achieving goals and objectives.

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The Importance Of Training

Training is an important part of an individual employees’ development which consequently is a key factor in an organisation’s development and success. Training employees has a number of benefits; however, many organisations consider training and development a time-consuming, costly process which they do not have time for. The benefits, however, outweigh the costs and training employees is a worthwhile investment.

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting April 2017

“The gender pay gap is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between women and men.” Gov.uk

There are a number of complex reasons for the Gender Pay Gap according to Gov.uk. Primarily, the causes are;

  • A higher percentage of women chose occupations that offer less financial rewards.
  • A higher percentage of women work part-time, and part-time workers on average earn less than their full-time counterparts.
  • Women are still less likely to progress up the career ladder into higher paying, more skilled jobs.

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The Cost of Undervaluing Human Resources

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Any HR Department carries out essential tasks that act as the back bone to the performance of the organisation’s workforce and in suit, the success of the organisation as a whole. Monitoring employees in terms of sickness absence and time keeping along with supporting and developing staff are some of a HR departments main responsibilities.

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Workplace Mental Health

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According to ‘Mind’ the charity for better mental health, when asked how stress in the workplace affects individual employees 21% of the investigation participants admitted that they had taken time off sick to avoid work due to the stress of the workplace. In the same investigation, 42% of participants disclosed that they had seriously considered giving up their job due to stress in the workplace. 56% of employers expressed interest in doing more to develop and improve staff health and wellbeing, however they felt that due to lack of training they are unable to do so. Some pressure can encourage and motivate people to achieve. However when pressure becomes excessive or overwhelming it can ultimately lead to work-related stress.

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