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A third of employees would prefer flexible working over a pay rise

Posted by Emma Clare

04/01/16 11:46

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A third (34%) of employees would prefer a more flexible approach to working hours than a 3% pay rise.

Investors in People's Job Exodus Trends poll asked respondents to choose between two scenarios – a 3% pay rise in line with recent UK increases, or a different non-remuneration benefit.

As well as those looking for a more flexible working life, nearly a third (28%) said they would rather have a clear career progression route and a quarter (24%) would prefer their employer invested in their training and development more.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides, HR Software Guides

4 top reasons businesses use clocking systems

Posted by Emma Clare

15/05/15 10:17

Carval Computing Limited has been installing clocking systems since 1986. While there are many reasons touted by organisations for introducing time management, including ensuring Working Time Directive and Health & Safety compliance, here we look at the 4 top reasons businesses really use clocking in systems.

In our experience the real driver is a tacit desire to maximise productivity and minimise costs by tackling absenteeism and increasingly by implementing the most efficient working practices. To win the fight, one needs clear information and time and attendance technology is the foundation stone of “addressing the issue”.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Case Studies, Time and Attendance Guides

Time & attendance systems: What's in it for me? Gaining staff buy-in.

Posted by Emma Clare

07/05/15 13:44

Monitoring the hours that employees work can be an emotive subject. Here we look at how to get staff on side when implementing a time and attendance system.

We live in an age where for many the boundaries between work and home life are becoming ever more blurred. With email, smartphones, tablets and wifi hotspots many people can work from any location at any time. While this can be great for business and staff alike, it also brings with it some downsides. 

The extra flexibility to work from any location may make it easier to balance work and home commitments, but it has also intensified the already long hours culture in the UK. According to the ONS Britons, on average, work the third longest hours in Europe (with only Greece and Austria working longer). It seems that everyone is working longer, and many feel that they get little recognition for those extra hours that no-one else sees.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

Time and attendance systems - why demand is growing

Posted by Emma Clare

23/04/15 14:30

Demand is rising for time and attendance systems as organisations and staff alike see the benefits.

Clocking in and out used to be viewed with suspicion by staff who thought of it as ‘big brother’, typically associated with manufacturing and shop floor environments. However, with the trend towards more flexible working that is now all changing. 

Since the recession there has been an increased focus on efficiency, achieving more with less, and boosting productivity. As a result there has been a huge increase in the interest in time and attendance systems. But this isn't the whole story. Here are some more great reasons businesses in every sector are implementing these solutions.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

3 top reasons people don't request flexible working

Posted by Emma Clare

13/01/15 13:00

Less than a quarter (23%) of workers have requested flexible working so far despite more than half (54%) being aware of the government’s right to request legislation that came into force on 30 June 2014, a study by O2 Business has found.

The main reaons that employees cited for not taking up their right to work flexibly were:

  • A lack of trust (chosen by 31% of those polled)

  • A business culture that doesn’t encourage working away from the office (28%) and

  • A lack of technology to facilitate it (20%).

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides, HR Software Guides

5 time management tips to help employees achieve work-life balance

Posted by Emma Clare

26/09/14 12:07

Work-life balance has hit the HR headlines again recently with a top US CEO quitting his job to spend time with his daughter and Richard Branson allowing his employees unlimited holidays.

Quitting work will not be an option for most people finding it challenging to juggle the demands of their job and the rest of their life.

Work related stress already costs Britain 10.4 million working days per year. The human costs of unmanaged work related stress extends far beyond this.

A key way to protect your employees mental health against the potential detrimental effects of work related stress is to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance. 

Read on for 5 practical tips for your workplace that could help your employees achieve work-life balance...

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

How to set-up a flexible working scheme: your at-a-glance guide

Posted by Emma Clare

18/08/14 15:23

New rules came into force on Monday 30 June meaning all employees with 26 weeks or more service will be allowed to request flexible working. Employers in turn must address requests in a "reasonable manner". 

Such schemes have some great benefits but they do require careful planning. Here's a quick at-a-glance guide to help get you started.

 

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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

6 reasons that flexible working is great for your business

Posted by Emma Clare

03/07/14 16:26


New rules came into force on Monday 30 June 2014 meaning all employees with 26 weeks or more service will be allowed to request flexible working. Employers in turn must address requests in a "reasonable manner". Until now, you only had the right if you had children under 17 (or 18 if they have a disability) or if you cared for an adult dependant.

Should the thought of an influx of flexible working requests strike fear into the heart of business owners? Not necessarily - there are several really great reasons to consider requests with open arms and a firm eye on the bottom line. These include:

  • Increased job satisfaction and productivity
  • Lower costs
  • Reduced travelling time and costs
  • Improved retention and recruitment
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Retention of experience
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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

How to stop your flexible working scheme going belly up

Posted by Emma Clare

03/07/14 16:23


New rules came into force on Monday 30 June meaning all employees with 26 weeks or more service will be allowed to request flexible working. Employers in turn must address requests in a "reasonable manner". 

Flexible working schemes have some great benefits but they do require careful planning. When introducing any sort of change in the workplace consultation is absolutely key, to make sure that what you are considering will be valued and is workable. You might want to consider the following:

  • Conducting an employee survey
  • Managing change
  • A trial period
  • Investing in technology
  • The effect on your HR and Payroll departments
  • Your competitors
  • The impact on clients and suppliers
  • Health and safety implications
  • Communication
  • Legal considerations
  • Ongoing review
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Topics: Time and Attendance Guides

The real reasons businesses use Time and Attendance systems

Posted by Emma Clare

28/05/14 13:48

Carval Computing Limited has been installing Time and Attendance systems (T&A) and software a since 1986. While there are many reasons touted by organisations for introducing T&A systems, including ensuring Working Time Directive and Health & Safety compliance, in our experience the real driver is a tacit desire to maximise productivity and minimise costs by tackling absenteeism and increasingly by implementing the most efficient working practices. To win the fight, one needs clear information and T&A technology is the foundation stone of “addressing the issue”.

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Topics: Time and Attendance Case Studies, Time and Attendance Guides

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