flexible workers

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Flexible Working Could Be Damaging Your Employees’ Health

Small business employees could be doing serious long term damage to their health by taking advantage of flexible working, according to a report by Furniture123.co.uk. The survey of 1,004 UK workers revealed that while 41% choose to work at home at least one day a week – the vast majority don’t operate in an office-like setting. In fact, just 19% sit in an actual chair like they would during a normal day, suggesting they could be doing untold harm to their posture by not sitting correctly for long periods. While 34% of those who work from home claim to do their work at a desk within their home, 24% admit to carry out their role while lying on their couch. Millennial workers aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely not to work in an appropriate setup, with just 13% using an actual desk. Wh... »

Small Businesses Now Rely on Flexible Workers to Fill Skills Gap

Small Businesses Now Rely on Flexible Workers to Fill Skills Gap

The majority of the UK’s small businesses now depend on flexible workers, including freelancers, project and part-time staff, to counter the UK’s skills shortage. According to research by Indeed, which featured 250 small and medium businesses, small business owners are also hiring flexible staff to help scale their business and expand – 44% of those surveyed see freelancers as a route to scale-up. Business owners are using freelance staff in order to compete with larger firms for talent as 39% said that giving the staff the option to work flexibly had helped them to attract skilled talent. However, the number of firms using flexible staff did vary according to region, with only 25% of companies in London using freelance staff – a stark contrast to 93% of small firms in the North West – sug... »

Many Businesses Still Unprepared for Agency Worker Regulations

New law to bring about major changes for temporary workers as start date looms Warnings have been issued to employers to fall in line with the new Agency Worker Directive and Regulations or face the consequences. The AWR will come into force across the UK on the 1st October and will change the way businesses introduce new staff on a short term basis. Under the new regulations temporary agency workers will, after 12 weeks of working on an assignment, be eligible for equal treatment and have the right to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hiring company. Equal treatment applies to various terms and conditions including those relating to pay, working hours, overtime, holidays, rest periods, access to vacancies and to other facilities... »