HR headlines from the UK
PM Editorial | 14 Jun 2017
From what the hung parliament means for HR to how many staff are quitting over career slumps, here are our top stories from the last week
Hung parliament could ‘open a can of worms’ for HR
The UK’s snap general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament, after Theresa May’s Conservative party failed to cling onto its majority in the House of Commons. Experts warn this could create headaches for HR professionals, as new employment legislation struggles to gain approval from parliament.
Father should have had equal right to time off after birth, tribunal rules
Mr M Ali, who works for Capita Customer Management, won his case after arguing an equivalent female employee at his company would have been entitled to 14 weeks’ paid leave following the birth of a child, as opposed to the two weeks he received. Ali had wanted to take additional time off after his wife was diagnosed with postnatal depression and was advised to return to work.
Four out of five workers have experienced a ‘career slump’ – and almost half quit over it
Experts have urged HR to do more to build workplace cultures, after research revealed the vast majority of workers had experienced a career slump. Reasons given by workers for feeling like their career had hit a standstill included lack of career progression, lack of training and development and repetitive tasks.
Opinion: What can we do to make sure people love their jobs?
From better role models to valuable work experience and improving digital skills, Francesca Brosan, chairman and co-founder of global creative and technology agency Omobono, examines how employers can make work a more enjoyable place to be.
Time-conscious businesses spur sales revival for clocking-in machines
Far from a Victorian relic, organisations are increasingly turning to clocking-in machines to improve absence management, cut down on lateness and boost security. However, many modern-day machines now incorporate a biometric twist, such as fingerprint and facial recognition scanning.