January 19, 2018 | Posted in the Blog

Apprenticeship Levy Perception Survey

Figures Reveal Extent of Confusion, Scepticism and Unawareness Surrounding Apprenticeship Levy The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April 2017, means companies face a compulsory monthly deduction from HMRC. However, this money can be reclaimed if it’s spent on training. The purpose of the levy was to make offering apprenticeships more attractive from an…

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January 18, 2018 | Posted in the Blog

Flexible working and the law

It is almost 18 years since flexible working legislation was introduced in the UK and there is no doubt that it has dramatically changed the nature of work in that time. People are much more able to work where they want to work, when they want to work and how they want to work. Not…

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January 15, 2018 | Posted in the Blog

Become the best version of you in 2018

What better time to think about your job role, skills and career development than the start of a new year? It may sound like a cliché, but there is something about the dawning of a new year that makes people reflect on what they are doing and why and what they would like to change…

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December 18, 2017 | Posted in the Blog

What is HR’s role in employee engagement?

Employee engagement is a very big issue for organisations and it’s a very big issue for HR. Why? Because employee engagement levels are low, critically low according to the US research organisation Gallup. Its annual workforce report claims there is a worldwide employee engagement crisis, with just 15% of the global workforce being engaged with…

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December 7, 2017 | Posted in the Blog

A simple guide to paternity leave for HR managers

Legislation with regards to parental leave keeps changing so it’s really important that HR keeps up to date. At DPG, we receive a lot of queries about paternity leave and the rights of new fathers. That’s why we have created a simple guide to current paternity leave in the UK – everything that an HR…

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November 10, 2017 | Posted in the Blog

5 takeaways from the CIPD conference 2017

“The best way to predict the future is to help shape it.” So said Peter Cheese CEO at the Chartered Institute of Learning and Development. Opening the institute’s 70th annual conference in Manchester, Cheese said it is high time that HR and learning professionals grasp the opportunities presented by the new world of work. The…

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October 26, 2017 | Posted in the Blog

How can HR prepare for digital transformation?

Digital transformation. We all know we should be thinking, talking and working digitally but few of us are actually achieving it. That’s one of the main messages in ‘The 2017 State of Digital Transformation’, a report by research and consulting firm, Altimeter, part of the American company, Prophet. The report found that most companies have…

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October 9, 2017 | Posted in the Blog

Is your organisation mental-health friendly?

Of the 137 million sick days taken by UK workers last year, 15.8 million of them were for a stated mental health issue. That’s according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey. Those mental health issues ranged from stress, anxiety and depression through to manic depression and schizophrenia. No wonder then that…

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