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It’s been a busy week in the world of HR. Take a look at the latest news stories we have been discussing in the P3 People Management office this week:
Some of the world’s most successful businesses dominate the skylines of major cities across the globe, but according to new research, working in these iconic skyscrapers could be bad for employee health. The study found that working at a high altitude, in buildings that are susceptible to swaying in the wind, could lead to tiredness, low mood, insomnia, lack of concentration and motivation. In a move to combat this, the UK government has announced the creation of a £4.8m study into these tall building-related health issues. Researchers at the Universities of Bath and Exeter to recreate skyscraper working conditions as part of the study to understand the impact of the structural vibration in high rises.
Businesses across all sectors are gaining increasing insight into how to use data for strategic decision making. However, according to research from Fairsail, HR professionals are falling behind in the data race. In Fairsail’s poll, 92 per cent of UK HR leaders admitted that they struggle to gain strategic insights from data. Perhaps even more surprising was the 79 per cent of respondents who agreed they should use data for this business-critical decision making, and only the 34 per cent who actually do. 40 per cent of those surveyed confessed that the reason why they don’t utilise data is because it is located in too many different systems, while 28 per cent don’t have access to the right technology.
Data really is an important aspect of strategic decision making, and HR professionals and departments must get on board and realise the full potential of data and analytics within their business. Do you use data within your organisation? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
New statistics from YouGov has revealed that 21 per cent of young professionals, aged between 25 and 34, are unhappy with their work-life balance. This age group was determined the most unhappy, with respondents revealing the following percentages of unhappy employees:
We think it is such a shame that so many young people are dissatisfied with their work-life balance, as this is such an important aspect of creating a happy, healthy and positive workforce. Shockingly, 38 per cent of respondents admitted to making or receiving work-related phone calls while on holiday, and 43 per cent send or read work emails while out of office hours. Employers should be doing more to promote a healthier work-life balance within their businesses, as this will only help the success and longevity of their business. Happy employees are good employees.
“"A small organisation making big changes wanting calm and clear support on how to deliver a restructure programme: P3 supported us on all elements; with a timetable of activity for Board so they felt confident all steps were in place and importantly all staff were considered and supported; process roll-out guidance; production of letters for staff; 1:1 support for me, the MD, as we handled the emotional and personal challenges that any restructure generates, as most importantly it's about people. Thank you P3"”
No business is immune to conflict. When disagreements and differences break out in a workplace the impact can ripple through the workforce causing negativity and can prove costly if not acted upon;
In all aspects of our lives there are things that fill us with dread. For a manager or member of your HR team this could be a DSAR. Our advice would be;
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