Acas issues advice for employers as flexible working changes come into force

Acas issues advice for employers as flexible working changes come into force

New legislation that encourages flexible working practices comes into force today (30 June). From today, all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more will have the right to ask if they can work flexibly. This right previously only applied to the parents with children under the age of 17 (or 18 if […]

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Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

More UK companies are proactively designing their workspaces with wellbeing in mind as the health and wellbeing of office workers soars up the list of business priorities. This is according to Bostjan Ljubic, the newly appointed head of Steelcase in the UK and Ireland, who believes the economic impact of employee wellbeing, plus greater understanding of the issue […]

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Five things we have learned about flexible working ahead of the new right to ask regs

Five things we have learned about flexible working ahead of the new right to ask regs

You can’t help but notice that surveys about flexible working have been pretty thick on the ground over the last few weeks and months. The reason is that – as well as the usual ongoing fascination with the subject – the UK Government is extending the right to request regulations at the end of this […]

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Recruiters failing to adapt to increasing demand for flexible working

Recruiters failing to adapt to increasing demand for flexible working

Contrary to the recent report by Robert Half, which found that larger firms use flexible working to attract staff, hiring managers are failing to keep pace with the growing trend for flexible work. According to research by the Timewise Foundation, two in every five full time workers want to work fewer hours or remotely, on […]

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UK businesses have mixed attitudes to flexible working, according to two new studies

UK businesses have mixed attitudes to flexible working, according to two new studies

The mixed attitude of businesses towards flexible working generally – and a new tranche of UK regulation in particular – is evident in two new studies. While a Citrix survey found that under half of small and medium sized business owners support the new flexible working legislation due to come into force at the end […]

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Attitudes towards flexible working still at odds with needs of modern life, claims report

Attitudes towards flexible working still at odds with needs of modern life, claims report

There is still a stigma attached to flexible working and employers are still reluctant to offer it to staff, according to a survey of UK employees carried out by parenting website Netmums and charity the Family and Childcare Trust. According to a third of just under 1,800 respondents, there remains a degree of resentment from work […]

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Employers may need to take a disciplined approach to the World Cup

Employers may need to take a disciplined approach to the World Cup

With the World Cup now underway, many football fans will be gripped with football fever over the next month, but employers could face HR headaches as a result. Given the time difference in Brazil, games at this year’s World Cup will take place during the late afternoon and evenings in the UK. England’s opening game […]

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Government plans encourage employers to appreciate older workers

Government plans encourage employers to appreciate older workers

Employers must recognise the potential of older workers and help them stay in the workplace. This is the message the Government will stress today at the launch of its new action plan. The new measures set out in Fuller Working Lives – A Framework For Action published today include; the appointment of a new Older […]

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Challenge for employers to find right talent as candidate availability falls

Challenge for employers to find right talent as candidate availability falls

There’s been a record employment rise over the last three months, with nearly 5,500 more people in work every working day and the number of private sector workers up by more than 2 million since 2010, according to official figures published today. The latest Labour Force Survey tallies with the recently published Recruitment and Employment […]

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Flexible working law change will see a quarter of UK staff make requests

Flexible working law change will see a quarter of UK staff make requests

Just over a quarter (26 percent) of British employees will ask their employers for flexible working arrangements when the latest changes to legislation come into effect on 30 June 2014, according to a survey by YouGov and Croner. The survey of 2,328 employees also found that over two-thirds (69 percent) of workers have never applied […]

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Physiotherapists warn that poor work habits are damaging staff health

Physiotherapists warn that poor work habits are damaging staff health

Physiotherapists are warning employers that bad working habits are damaging workers’ health. A survey by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) found that one in five people (21%) worked through their lunch every day. Of those who do manage to take a break, 48 per cent said they ate at their desk. Only 19 per cent leave […]

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Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

As employers prepare for new flexible working legislation, which comes into place at the end of this month; Deloitte UK has announced it is to allow its 12,000 employees more say in where, when and how they work. The firm has introduced a range of new and adapted, formal and informal agile working arrangements to […]

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