Apprenticeships are often used as a source of employment by many firms across industries. Whether you view them as a cheaper way to bolster employee numbers, or a means to grant young adults valuable experience, apprenticeships are on the rise. In fact, just over half a million people in the UK started apprenticeships across 2015/16, a marked increase against the previous year.
There are a number of possible reasons for this. One could be that young adults are put off from the eye-watering higher education fees. Some may want to join a firm for the experience, or to try something new. Then there’s always the prospect of a qualification, which along with the experience looks superb on CVs.
The Southern Rail strikes are a stark reminder of how corporate mismanagement has a habit of trickling down to the ground level. When your employees take strike action, it can have disastrous consequences outside of the business, especially so in the public transport sector.
Happy new year, folks! The festive period is over, everyone’s back to work, the kids are in school and it’s business as usual for HR. Or is it? Advancements in technology and a marked increase in working young adults show that change is approaching. As cited by the Office of National Statistics, nearly 4 million 16-24 year olds are in work. As such we’re writing this blog post to highlight and predict what’s going to be trending for HR centric industries in 2017.
It’s that time of year again. Holiday festivities can come with a lot of employee baggage, including taking extra time off in preparation for the Christmas period. This is so common that it can leave businesses short staffed at this time of year. We understand that this is far from the easiest time of year, for retail and hospitality based businesses, for getting employees to work a certain number of hours. This can be especially tricky with zero hours contracts, where the number of hours aren’t guaranteed in the first place.
It’s less than a week until Christmas, and thousands are yet to do their annual gift shopping. In fact, we’ve noticed that most shoppers will leave it down to the wire before hitting the cold expanse of the busy high street. As footfall continues to rise the closer Christmas gets, we understand that retailers can start to feel overwhelmed when they’re greeted by a sudden surge of shoppers. Especially when not all of them will necessarily buy something.
The festive season is unarguably one of the most stressful times of the year for businesses. Whether you’re a Michelin star restaurant or a stall at the Christmas markets, the Christmas period has is by far the most successful and therefore most stressful time of the year. Of course, with the festive season, comes an entirely new set of challenges and obstacles for businesses, many of which land in the human resources department.
With so much happening over just a short space of time, the month of December can become a HR minefield that impedes that unprepared. As such, we’re discussing 5 real problems that integrated HR software can prevent.
Does your company traditionally hold a Christmas party? If so, that’s great! Staff Christmas parties are an excellent way to talk to employees you won’t normally spend much time with during a regular working day. It’s a fun melting pot for all the watercooler moments you’ve experienced that year. To avoid unwanted HR nightmares, make sure to review your policies first and foremost!
If you work or have worked in retail and/or hospitality, you’ve most likely got one or two horror stories about how stressful the Christmas period is. The dreaded Black Friday sales rush, the countless Christmas parties, special offers and promotions and of course, the torrent of customers gift shopping for their kids, relatives and themselves! Not to mention HR nightmares like poorly trained staff, inaccurate payroll and mismanagement of working hours.
Pair this with the long hours workers are often expected to put in and the stress of having to manage hundreds of customers a day. Poor management of these situations can and often will lead to unwanted HR disasters. In this blog we’re going to address the most common of these and how you can avoid them.
This year’s CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition at Manchester Central was another great event which gave Selima the opportunity to meet numerous decision makers looking to transform their organisation’s HR, payroll and workforce management solutions. The event brought together a wide variety of exhibitors, speakers and visitors which lead to a dynamic, atmospheric and productive couple of days for everyone involved.
It’s that time of year again, and here at Selima we’ve been busy gearing up for the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. Key members of our staff will be on hand exhibiting our HR and payroll software, and visitors to the stand will be given an in-depth demonstration of how our various systems synergise with each other and ultimately save your business and managers valuable time. Time that can be spent on your most important asset: your people!