Spotlight falls on employee engagement to improve recruitment & retention

Almost half of HR professionals say enhanced employee engagement is the top strategic HR priority within their organisation today, with one in five saying that insights gleaned from employee engagement have a significant part to play in the future strategic direction of recruitment,

according to a recent independent study commissioned by live polling app technology company Vevox.

However, challenges remain in this area, with 50% of HR leaders citing perceived lack of development opportunities as one of the top two biggest organisational challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining staff.

In addition, the study also found that two-fifths of the survey sample use staff turnover rate as a key performance indicator of their internal communications strategy; and with a further 30% citing lack of employee recognition and reward as an engagement obstacle.

And with almost a third of polled HR professionals flagging increased employee retention (32%) and the

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Insolvency rule changes enable business to recover

Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the government told workers and business leaders that he “appreciates just how tough the situation is”.

Sharma told them: “You are delivering for our nation through this difficult time.”

He also announced that there will change elements of the insolvency system to help UK companies keep trading.

He said that legislation will be introduced soon to allow UK companies to “weather the storm” of the virus.

There will be a temporary suspension of “wrongful trading” rules which make it a criminal offence for a company director to keep on trading if they know the business is unable to repay its debts.

Companies required to hold annual general meetings will also get help – either being able to postpone or hold the AGM online.

Sharma also said that workers can now defer their annual leave for another two years.

“This will protect staff from

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Lotterywest sets up virus-rescue fund

The state government has unveiled $184 million in initiatives to boost crisis support and provide rent relief for small businesses and not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19, while the City of Perth has announced a rent-free period for tenants in city-owned buildings.

The announcements come as Western Australia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 44, bringing the state’s total to 355 infections.

Lotterywest today unveiled a $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund, of which $59 million will be immediately available to eligible not for profits and community organisations.

The initial emergency support will cover costs related to demand for critical needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

The funding will also provide financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations experiencing hardship, a result of events cancelled due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

“From now on, every profit Lotterywest makes from jackpots, draws and tickets excluding statutory grants will go directly into a newly

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Wisconsin biz reporter Burke retires

Michael Burke

Michael Burke, a business reporter at the Racine Journal Times in Wisconsin, is retiring.

Burke writes, “Most of my journalism career has been spent with The Journal Times in my hometown of Racine, and most of that time has been on the business beat, by choice. My time here has spanned the transition from newspapers being read only on paper to being read far more commonly on computers and smartphones. From the news landing at one’s doorstep once a day to landing on a screen repeatedly throughout each day.

“This has been a great job. Returning to Racine and joining The Journal Times allowed me to reconnect with people such as my great childhood friend Greg Anderegg and make new friends such as Chris Paulson, who also became a lifelong friend. I’ve met so many great, interesting people through this job.

“Not the least of them have

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The winners & losers of the Government’s self-employed support package

There are winners and losers in the Government’s self-employment income support proposals.

Heather Self, a partner at tax advisory firm Blick Rothenberg said: “The Government and HMRC have worked incredibly hard to get something out which will help the majority but there will be some losers.”

“Support of up to £2500 a month for an initial 3 months, with the possibility of an extension, issimilar to the support for employees through the Job Retention Scheme – but with more flexibility as the self-employed don’t have to stop work completely.”

She added: “The cut off at £50k is understandable – some of the most highly-paid will not need this support – but some will be hit hard.”

  • A family with one earner on £51000 will get nothing, whereas one with two earners on £49000 each will get two lots of full support
  • Someone with a mix of self-employed and earned income
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