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  • Heartfulness vs Mindfulness

    heartfulness in the workplace

    Is heartfulness about to knock mindfulness off its pedestal as the latest weapon in the battle against workplace stress? In our fastrack, quick-fix lives, there is a tendency to look for shortcut solutions rather than explore, practice and study a technique or discipline in detail. Mindfulness is often used as a quick and easy, standalone concept (eg sitting still and focussing on breathing, using colouring in books, harnessing the present…

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  • Implications of Brexit for Small and Micro Employers

    Brexit Special - implications for small and micro employers

    Employment Help for the Very Busy – Summer Edition 2016 Implications of Brexit for Small and Micro Employers The implications of Brexit for small and micro employers will take a long time to emerge – years not months. It is important to emphasise that the UK’s move to initiate Article 50 and start its negotiation with the EU to draw up its Withdrawal Agreement will not take place before a new Prime Minister is in post and the…

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  • Sandwich Generation

    Sandwich Generation

    So who are the Sandwich Generation? They are employees and workers who are ‘sandwiched’ between caring for ageing parents and their own children. Carol Abaya, a recognised expert on eldercare, coined the term ‘Sandwich Generation‘ ten years ago and has since added a further category, ‘Club Sandwich’, referring to those who care for ageing parents, grandparents and their own young children, or those who care for…

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  • 10 Things Employers can do to help Employees with ASD (Part 2)

    How to help employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Guest blog article written by Sam Warner of Get Your Message Across. This is Part 2 of Sam Warner’s blog on Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD (click here for part one) to help employers understand some things they could do to improve the working environment for someone with ASD and get the very best out of a happy, comfortable and productive employee. ASD isn’t a great label, but it does help to describe a differently-brained set of…

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  • 10 Things Employers can do to help Employees with ASD (Part 1)

    How to help employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Guest blog article written by Sam Warner of Get Your Message Across. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) isn’t a great label, but it does help to describe a differently-brained set of people that might need a little extra help to be their best at work. Only 15% of all diagnosed adults in UK are in work, and only 10% of those feel supported, respected and safe from ridicule at work. This is Part 1 of a two part blog and hopes to go someway to…

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  • In Work Poverty

    Criminal Finances Act

    What is In Work Poverty? In Work Poverty (or Income Poverty) is defined as those living in a household with an equivalent disposable income below 60% of the national median. Equivalent disposable income is the amount of money that households have available for spending and saving after direct taxes (such as income tax and council tax) have been accounted for, adjusted for household size and composition. How big a problem is In Work Poverty? In…

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  • Latest Employment News

    Small Business HR News GDPR and statutory rates

    Employment Help for the Very Busy – Spring Edition 2016 Welcome to another round-up of the latest employment news and legislative changes. If you find this information helpful, please feel free to pass on to others. National Living Wage (1st April 2016) The new mandatory ‘National living wage’ (NLW) applies to workers aged 25 and over and is initially set at £7.20 per hour. The Government has also announced that the National Minimum…

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  • International Women’s Day

    Tackling Gender Issues

    International Women’s Day is a global day that has been observed since the early 1900’s to not only celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but actively campaign for change – so, is it actually still relevant for today? Sadly, the answer has to be ‘yes’. Why? Well, the World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity, but in 2015 that estimate…

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  • Robot Revolution

    The Robot Revolution - should Shropshire businesses be worried?

    Dramatic headlines last month announced massive job cuts over the next two decades thanks to robots taking over our jobs, implying that a Robot Revolution was on its way!! So, should Shropshire businesses be worried? As with so many headlines, you have to analyse them carefully. The recent Deloitte’s report, on which many of the news articles were based, “From Brawn to Brains: the impact of technology on jobs in the UK” talks about the…

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  • Caveman Stress

    small business anthropology

    The title of this article is a little misleading, because our prehistoric ancestors did not actually suffer from caveman stress, mainly because they relied heavily on an instinct called the ‘fight or flight’ response. Still in operation today, it is a highly sophisticated survival mechanism, triggered when the hypothalamus sends a message to the adrenal gland. This heightens the senses giving the body extra strength and stamina – the…

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