Will Minimum Wage Increases Lead to Automation and Job Loss?

With current political noise it was easy to miss that the national minimum wage celebrated its 20th birthday last week.  Let’s be frank though – the celebrations were hardly raucous!   Despite a rise of over 4% (depending upon the workers age) the media latched onto the increased cost of living and as such any…

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The Perils of The Office Christmas Party

The Office Christmas Party   ‘Tis the season to be jolly and for many this means joining the annual tradition known as; The Office Christmas Party.  Love it or hate it – there is an etiquette that one should always observe to successful navigates this minefield.  To begin with though, lets follow an example of…

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Time To Wake-Up To The Reality of Glassdoor

It’s hard to believe, but it will be ten years this year since the ratings site Glassdoor was launched.   The website allowing anonymous users to go online and write anything they like about your organisation seemed to be a relatively recent phenomenon to me – but clearly not. I guess the reason I and many clients are…

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Stamping Out Unpaid Internships

In recent months internships have been under the spotlight like never before. A simple scheme designed to give young go-getters some vital work experience in the industry of their choosing and in return provide organisations with a boost to productivity and a chance to nurture future talent is being challenged and it needs to ensure its…

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Long Term Loyalty with Short-Term Temporary Staff

Between now and Christmas I expect the demand for temporary staff to increase significantly in the workplace. Business demands, seasonal fluctuations and in some cases the arrival of swathes of University students looking for ways to earn extra cash adds fuel to the fire. In addition, many organisations do not want to make long term commitments…

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Generation Snowflake? Not what I see!

‘Generation snowflake’ is to my mind a hugely offensive and widely inaccurate term that has been adopted to describe the latest generation of young people now active in the job market.  Now – I really do not like labels and to my mind this new generation of workers is as diverse as any that has…

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