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Prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR?

GDPR The General Data Protection Regulation

Preparing for the new GDPR

You may already be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR, which comes into force on 25 May 2018. You may also be wondering what that means for your organisation, your data, your candidates, your employees and your customers amongst other data considerations.

Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner on 15 July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, and shares some of her immediate concerns about what people may be hearing about the impact of the GDPR. You can read the full article here, read on though for her thoughts and at the end of the article a very useful 12 step guide to what you can do right now.  Read more…

How Strong is YOUR Employer Brand?

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Employer Brand – How strong is yours?

Ali Harker, formerly Head of Recruitment at Homeserve and BSI, generously shares her advice on the importance and impact on nurturing a strong employer brand.

Your reputation as an employer is everything and if you have a good Employer Brand it makes it easier to recruit top talent. You may be missing out on attracting professionals because of a lack of brand awareness.

The No.1 thing candidates want to know before applying for a job is the company’s culture and values. So how do you get this across to your audience? There are various channels you can use and a number of things to consider:

Employer brand employee network

Your employees are your unofficial recruiters and marketers. Expand your reach with this under-utilised secret weapon.  Independent research has shown that 1 in 4 candidates look at employee profiles after hearing about a new job. To make this work to your advantage, encourage your employees to use LinkedIn, Glassdoor and other social networks to share content and spread the word about your company, your employer brand and what it’s like to work there.

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Work happiness really is more important than money

work happiness worth more than money

Work happiness really is more important than money

Wildgoose surveyed workers at 120 companies in order to determine what drove their workforce to perform to the best of their ability, it turns out work happiness is more important than money. Comparing social and financial factors, we’ve taken the liberty below to identify some of the top takeaways and demographic analysis that the survey data uncovered.

Happiness At Work Deemed More Important Than Salary

  • Of those asked which was more important between salary and work happiness, 39% of answers selected salary and 61% opted for work happiness– Whilst acquiring an income is of course the primary motivation for the vast majority of the workforce, it’s very interesting the extent or rather the lack of extent to which this statement can apply. Being in a role that takes up such a massive proportion of your time has been recognised by what it is by the majority of those being surveyed, which seems to prove the adage true that money can’t buy happiness.

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Mental Health in the Workplace

mental health in the workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace; Break the Silence – Break the Stigma

We talk to David Beeney about why he set up Breaking the Silence, a Mental Health and Well-being consultancy aiming to break the stigma around mental health in the workplace. 

When I finally decided to be brave and speak out about my own long fought battles with my mental health, and at work, for the first time back in May 2016, I had no idea how much it was going to change my life. I was a Commercial Director at the time for Auto Trader and had only been asked to do some talks about mental health in the workplace, because the HR team knew that I was also a qualified mental health counsellor for Mind. They thought I was just going to talk about life as a therapist; I chose instead to tell my story of suffering in silence in the corporate world with an anxiety disorder for over 30 years. Of everything I have ever done in my life I have never been so humbled by the feedback I received that day and for many weeks following it. My story connected with so many people across the business that day, on so many different levels, regardless of their role, level of responsibility, age, gender, personality, it was human connection and not characteristics or demographics. That experience, knowing how many people I had touched and helped to speak up about some of their own challenges, previously or now inspired me to keep on sharing my story and to help as many people as I could. Read more…

The Real Deal with Talent

Talent

The real deal with Talent is actually making full use of it!

Benjamin Franklin, in his summary of talent, once said “…What is a sundial in the shade?..” and in that prose he managed to eject the one big obvious point to finding talent. Once you’ve got it, what should you do with it?

Well, for many businesses, the true value of talent sits somewhere within the organisations innate business value and the trick is being able to measure it so that it has the right level of focus from the people tasked with running the organisation successfully. Accountants can’t measure talent, but we can all measure human capital – that’s the easy part. Headcount is just a number, right? Wrong. Headcount is a fictional story about payroll.

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