When Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, killed the company’s popular work from home policy in late February, she did not only create controversy, but she also sparked a ferocious debate about productivity in the workplace.
According to an internal memo, which was leaked to tech site All Things D, Yahoo! ordered several hundred employees, at the time enjoying working from home, to start working in the office full-time from the 1st of June. Mayer discovered that some remote workers weren’t using Yahoo!’s virtual private network (VPN) often enough; she reasoned that if employees weren’t using the VPN, they couldn’t be working …
Working from home is becoming more and more conventional. As well as the traditional home working roles generally associated with self-employed freelancers or small independent businesses, computer and internet based roles are ever on the increase, allowing many workers in many different sectors the opportunity to forgo the full time office life.
As most people who work from home will tell you; having a designated workspace within your home is essential.
What Not to do
- Don’t use your bedroom as a home office
Bedrooms should be a place of rest. Using this room as your ‘office’ will only serve to …
Work-life balance – splitting your time and energy between work and other important aspects of your life – is important for employee engagement, and individuals who do not manage this balance are at risk of burnout or demotivation. However, Aon Hewitt employee engagement research suggests that work-life balance often isn’t the main driver of employee engagement in the UK. Instead these tend to be availability of career opportunities and recognition for a job well done. However, overall organisation-level results can sometimes mask the drivers of specific populations e.g. Generation Y, Baby Boomers, technical specialists, long-serving employees.
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It is often suggested that you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure but for some individuals this simply isn’t possible. Those starting their own business often do so with someone they know – a friend or relative, spouse or partner. In these situations, plenty of things need to be considered in order to protect both the personal and professional relationships.
The division of company assets and management control is perhaps the biggest consideration and closely related to this are legal considerations surrounding what would happen if one of the partners was to lose their life or become physically or mentally dependent …
Benefits of HR training
Knowledge of HR is becoming increasingly important for employers, with increasing regulations and guidelines which must be followed. Employees are considerably more aware of their rights than in previous years, with significantly greater numbers of tribunals brought against employers. With this in mind, it is especially important that employers protect their businesses by maintaining a strong understanding of HR.
One of the best ways to keep up to date with everything you need to know is HR training sessions, dedicated to providing you with the most relevant and up to date HR information.
What should be …
Finding the perfect HR job
If you are considering a career in Human Resources (HR), or you are already working in the industry and looking to move on, the following article explains how to find the role that’s perfect for you.
What does a role in HR involve?
A position in HR involves finding and retaining the best employees for an organisation. HR positions deal with multiple facets of how an organisation and its staff function, such as salaries, benefits, healthcare and employment law. Jobs can range from more junior roles such as HR Assistants, Training Officers and more senior …
When seeking employment, focusing on your strengths is always advisable – after all, who is going to hire someone who lacks confidence in their own abilities?
Employers and recruiters such as Randstad recruitment receive an unprecedented number of applications for every position they need to fill. This means skimming through written application and CVs to scope out those that might survive the next stage of interviews. At this stage, if the applicant hasn’t made an effort to point out their strengths, the employer will not take the time to find out what they are.
Knowing Your Strengths
You can’t expect …
Is Coffee Helping You In the Office?
Did you know that London is one of the biggest coffee drinking areas in the whole of the UK? I am as guilty as the next person for relying on my morning latte to get me through; in fact I don’t even get going in the morning until I take a sip of coffee.
Coffee is a known stimulant, the caffeine gives us a boost and many of us use that boost to get through the day, but in fact coffee also has adverse effects which we are sometimes not aware of.
Nine out of ten UK professionals expect flexible working to be the normal form of employment in the coming years, according to HR Recruiter Ortus.
Conducting research amongst 450 professionals, the survey revealed that flexible working will be the preferred model of employment in the near future. The allure of remote employees is due to the lack of travel costs and the costs to a business of running a desk in an office.
Although flexible working is expected to be the norm, its growth does not seem to be welcomed Only 1 in 10 of the surveyed individuals believed it …
Many don’t know their rights in the workplace, and so can easily become victims of unfair treatment. To prevent this, we have prepared this handy guide to what we think are the most important changes to employment law occurring in the UK during the year ahead.
Read on to know what you will be entitled to when the year is out.
An Expansion of One-Month to Unpaid Parental Leave:
This is a very important change to employment law, and one that will massively affect any who have children, or are considering having children. In March, the length of time an …