The first weekday England game kicked off at 8pm last night (Thursday 19 June) and some employers were concerned that productivity and staffing levels would plummet today as workers are more likely to be tired, hung over, or they may just call in sick.
Spending less than £500 per employee each year on social outings and training courses could increase workforce happiness by over a third (35 per cent) in UK small business.
Research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed that British employers are potentially losing a lot of money due to a lack of productivity amongst staff that are experiencing ‘holiday fever’; with the average person in full time employment spending a combined total of 38 hours before and after a holiday planning, booking and reminiscing about their trip.
“Do you have a loyalty card?” the Barista asked as I paid for my double espresso. My card was duly stamped – only two more coffees before I could claim a free brew. Most people in the queue had a loyalty card too. And so I got to thinking.
If it wasn’t true you would think that someone had made it up. However, the story I am going to tell you gets recounted to me every single week of the year. It is a scenario that is played out all over the world, again and again, with depressing regularity.
I have been the CTO of Affectv for three years now. During this time, we have grown from three to 40 people, more than doubling our Engineering team in the last eight months alone. In the next six months, we are looking to double this number again. We’ve made mistakes and avoided some…here are the things I wish I’d known three years ago!
We are finally coming out of a recession that started as the ‘credit crunch,’ and then plunged the World into a financial crises that some believed we would never recover from. It is certainly cause for celebration and I hate to be the person sounding a note of caution, but in the UK we have to urgently address another crisis if we’re to maintain our prosperity — skills shortages.
There is no single legal definition of an internship and the reality is that it is used to cover a number of different arrangements. It is certainly a phenomenon which has been increasing in popularity, but also one which often receives mixed press. Internships can be beneficial for both the business and intern. The business will have additional help (often to assist with short term projects or needs) and the opportunity to assess the intern’s performance. The intern gains valuable insight and experience. However, there are potential pitfalls in offering internships, particularly where there is a misapprehension as to the position with unpaid internships (see below) and an assumption that this approach can be taken. In addition to the potential for an Employment Tribunal claim by the intern or a challenge by HMRC, there may also be reputational concerns for organisations with the growing focus (by media and industry groups) on the use of internships and the potential for ‘exploiting’ those keen to gain experience in a competitive market.
Let the customer dictate how and where you do business; remember, they are the reason that you have a business in the first place. Being on the ground alongside customers allows you to respond quickly to any requests and also opens the door for further business opportunities – accelerating your company’s growth.
Posted on 2nd June 2014 in Recruitment.
The role of the IT Director is changing. Having fought for years to gain a seat on the board, with mixed success, the inevitable shift of IT infrastructure to the cloud finally presents the IT Director with a chance to fundamentally change the role and deliver true strategic innovation. Removing the routine tasks of day to day infrastructure administration and planning for server/networking refresh releases the IT Director to focus on the real areas of technology innovation that can support business growth.
Keeping up morale is mission critical for employers – if they don’t pay attention to staff satisfaction, they may have to deal with the disruption caused by losing employees, as well as the headache of having to find fresh talent.
As well as being key to retaining a strong team, paying attention to morale is a good way to keep employees loyal and productive. Polycom’s Tim Stone offers five tips on how to get it right.