Business + HR News: January 2020

Dorset HR News, across HR and Recruitment in Bournemouth, Recruitment in hampshire

We’ve gathered the recent headlines for Hampshire and Dorset HR News + Recruitment + Business headlines across the local area and beyond. Keeping you up to date with everything in the world of HR, work, business and strategy.

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23rd Jan
Forbes: This Startup Thinks Blockchain Is The Only Thing That Can Save Social Media

22nd Jan
Forbes: 5 Things Businesses Need From The Future Digital Workplace, Including More Intimate Communications
Inc – Why Relying Too Heavily on Your Top Employees Could Stunt Your Company’s Growth

21st  Jan
Forbes: The Pillars Of Interpersonal Leadership – Structure, Leverage And Confidence

20th Jan
Forbes Embrace Your Challenges. They Introduce You To Your True Strength
Inc – 2 Millennial Founders Share Their Best Advice for Managing Older Employees
Marketing Week: Fever-Tree, Pret, BT: Everything that matters this morning
WeForum: Global Social Mobility Index 2020: why economies benefit from fixing inequality
The Global Risks Report 2020
Business Insider: 10 things in tech you need to know today

8th Jan
People Management: Why bad management is detrimental to employee wellbeing

7th Jan
Forbes: What Great Design Teaches Us About Leadership
Tech Nation: 2019 – A year in review

6th Jan
Marketing Week: 5 killer stats to start your week


27th Jan
The Guardian: US women return to work two weeks after childbirth

25th Jan
The Independent: Pasta is now a vegetable in American schools under Trump guidelines

24th Jan
Personnel Today:  NHS boss who lied about degree receives prison sentence
CBI leads 40 industry bodies calling for salary threshold rethink

23rd Jan
Personnel Today: The Employer’s Guide to Financial Wellbeing 2019-20
Pay growth likely to slow in 2020

22nd Jan
PM considers scrapping £30,000 migrant salary threshold

21st Jan
Personnel Today:
North East ‘most pessimistic’ about future prospects
Proposed salary increases not enough say teaching unions
Flexible working: are we moving in the right direction?

20th Jan
HR News: 1/3 of employees consider job switch on ‘most depressing day of year’
Personnel Today: Dress codes and religious discrimination: what is reasonable?
Netherlands top in Europe for automation readiness
Sexual harassment victims urged to help shape policy
Oxford Uni to keep retirement policy and appeal ageism ruling
People Management: HR needs to be braver in challenging the status quo on workplace conflict
The Guardian: Should your employer pay your bills if you work from home?
The Guardian: Share your experiences of once-in-a-lifetime jobs

16th Jan
People Management: Inefficient skills and education system could leave millions unemployed
AI To Data Privacy: How Hiring Tools And Trends Will Drive Workplace Changes In 2020

12th Jan
How To Emotionally Prepare For The Four Phases Of A Job Search
If Your Team Constantly Checks Email and Slack After Hours, You Might Need to Set a Formal Policy. Here’s Why

19th Jan
The Guardian – Richer Sounds founder bankrolls push to end zero-hours contracts
Reinventing HR: 5 Ways Chief People Officers Must Evolve

18th Jan

Daniel Susskind: ‘Automation of jobs is one of the greatest questions of our time’

17th Jan
Business Insider: The UK is preparing to ignore Trump’s threats and strike a deal with Huawei as Boris Johnson is told to ‘call their bluff’
People Management: HR needs to be braver in challenging the status quo on workplace conflict
Personnel Today: Why critics of the apprenticeship levy should back off
Hospital bosses asked for fingerprints to identify whistleblower
The Guardian: Sexual harassment victims to take part in government survey

16th Jan
Personnel Today: Businesses focus on emotional and financial wellbeing
People Management: Employment reforms proposed in the Queen’s speech
Inefficient skills and education system could leave millions unemployed
One in five workers banned from revealing pay, TUC poll finds
Personnel Today: ‘Lack of leadership talent holding back large businesses’
‘Toxic, bullying culture’ and lack of diversity in fire services
Transgender woman rejected for Debenhams job receives £9k settlement

14th Jan
Daily Mail: Employers share the most brazen and bizarre questions job candidates have asked at the end of their interviews

13th Jan
Personnel Today: Three in five parents work unpaid overtime to cope with workload
BBC issues more than £3m in payouts to avoid further claims, reports say
Settlement agreements: Paying employees’ legal bills
Men continue to take top jobs in public life

12th Jan
The Guardian: Having children is an expensive business, but not for businesses

11th Jan
The Guardian: Self-employed? Here’s what you should do about pensions

10th Jan
Personnel Today: 20 immigration issues to watch in the 2020s
People Management: Female driver relocated by manager who found her attractive awarded £74,000
Personnel Today: Family-friendly rights: what to look out for in 2020 and beyond
The Guardian: Ten tips on how to write the perfect CV

9th Jan
Personnel Today: April 2020 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates published
People Management: What employers can learn about harassment from Gareth Southgate
‘Quarter-life crisis’ among young workers spurring career changes

8th Jan
Personnel Today:
Why technology can’t save a failing recruitment strategy
Goldman Sachs settles disability claim with former analyst
2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

7th Jan
The Guardian:
Forget the nanny state, here comes the nanny employer
‘LinkedIn for black professionals’: the job site tackling racial bias
Personnel Today: Is succession planning an outdated concept?

6th Jan
Personnel Today:
Australia rejects visa-free immigration deal with UK
Number of people who have never worked grows by half
Executive pay ratio reporting an ‘opportunity’ to win employees’ trust
More employees will look for new jobs in 2020
HR News:
Why financial wellbeing starts with improving pay and reward awareness
Making D&I seem simpler than it is does more harm than good
The Guardian: Top FTSE bosses paid typical worker’s annual salary in just 33 hours
HR News: Bereavement leave – this is what you need to know

3rd Jan
People Management: Bold steps are needed to tackle the ‘motherhood penalty’ and close the gender pay gap
The Guardian: Ethical veganism is a belief protected by law, tribunal rules
People Management: Articles on pay, benefits and reward
HR News: What’s the Outlook for Lawyers in 2020
Personnel Today: Keep it simple to beat the New Year blues
The Guardian:
Rise of #MeTooBots: scientists develop AI to detect harassment in emails
Millions spent on ‘fake’ apprenticeships, says report
HR News: GDPR no longer gets the budget: 3 steps that help HR directors prove the business case for new HR solutions

2nd Jan
People Management: The legal risks of succession planning
The Guardian: Ten years on, why are there still so few women in tech?

1st Jan
The Guardian: Can you learn to love the job you hate?


27th Jan
Forbes – Are You Struggling As A Leader? Here Are Three Possible Reasons Why

26th Jan
Forbes: 5 Strategies To Build Unshakeable Self-Confidence
WeForum: What they’re saying about the future of work: key quotes from Davos

24th Jan
WeForum: 5 things we know about the jobs of the future
People Management: Whose job is it to motivate employees?
Can Dominic Cummings legally advertise for ‘super-talented weirdos’?
The Guardian: UN report: half a billion people struggle to find adequate paid work

23rd Jan
People Management: Why conflict is ruining your workplace – and how to fix it

22nd Jan
People Management: That HR Podcast episode 21: New year, better wellbeing?
CIPD:  CIPD Manifesto for Work 2020

20th Jan
Forbes – Embrace Your Challenges. They Introduce You To Your True Strength
Inc – 2 Millennial Founders Share Their Best Advice for Managing Older Employees 25 Self-Care Ideas to Get You Through Those Most Stressful of Days
WeForum: What to expect from the economy in 2020. The IMF provides its latest outlook. (1400)

17th Jan
Marketing Week: Marketing Week Explores: 2020 Career and Salary Survey special – The Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Past Decade
Business Insider:
5 ways to look and feel healthier in one week, according to a nutritionist — and 5 things you should never do
24 people who became highly successful after age 40

9th Jan
WeForum: Businesses are thriving, societies are not. Time for urgent change

7th Jan
Business Insider:
25 recession-proof jobs for anyone worried about the next economic downturn
More than 90% of millennials and Gen Zers experience the Sunday scaries. Here’s what causes them, and how to stop the anxiety.
Artifical Intelligence
The Guardian:
UK employers will offer fewer entry-level jobs in 2020, figures suggest
Proportion of young people in Saturday jobs halves in 20 years


27th Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Amigo Loans triggers sales process amid “challenging” conditions
Minister urges businesses to seize ‘huge opportunities’ of Brexit

25th Jan
Daily Echo: Balmer Lawn Hotel unveils £4million expansion plans

24th Jan
Bournemouth Echo: BCP Council is talking to Beales about what “temporary support” it can offer, says leader
Daily Echo: Firm recognised for “using business as a force for good”
Jobs saved after aircraft engineering firm is sold

23rd Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Handmade Burger Co closes in Bournemouth as chain goes into administration

22nd Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Sainsbury’s to cut more jobs after Argos takeover

21st Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Redundancy risk at electronics distributor Kondor in Christchurch
Daily Echo: City is ‘strong’ but facing slowdown in 2020, says report

20th Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Meet the app company that shows bus passengers where they’ll find a Beryl Bike
Daily Echo: City’s cruise trade set for record year

17th Jan
BizMag: Harry Redknapp becomes charity patron
South West Hospitals receive multi-million-pound finance boost
Daily Echo: City to get its own TEDx event for “ideas worth spreading”

16th Jan
Daily Echo: City to get its own TEDx event for “ideas worth spreading”
Hampshire firm playing major role in multi-million pound power station clean-up
Bournemouth Echo: Moves to create ‘Great South West’ with 190,000 more jobs receive backing
Daily Echo: Hampshire firm playing major role in multi-million pound power station clean-up
Bournemouth Echo: Silicon South Network ‘shouting about’ digital and creative sector
Primark to open 18 new stores this year

14th Jan
Bizmag: Acquisition brings positivity to Coleman Marine

13th Jan
Southern Daily: Boris Johnson vows to provide the ‘infrastructure necessary’ to help Eastleigh carry out local plan
Bournemouth Echo:
Abolish business rates’ call as Beales in administration
Great South West partners target £45 billion economic boost
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee unveils new look – and plans new soft drink

11th Jan
Bournemouth Echo: Samsung refuse to give reason for closure of Bournemouth town centre store

8th Jan
Bournemouth Echo:
John Lewis boss quits and bonus in doubt after Christmas sales drop
Bournemouth cafe Flirt is on sale priced at almost £100,000
Boston Tea Party plans to open first Dorset cafe in Westbourne

6th  Jan
Bournemouth Echo:
Debenhams in Bournemouth is saved from the axe as store closures are announced
Bournemouth will be among first to get same-day delivery from Co-op
Next sees internet orders outweigh fall in store sales
LV= completes £1billion sale of its general insurance business to Allianz
Chamber president Liz Willingham suggests support for stressed leaders
Southern Daily: Southampton named one of the top places in the UK for “entrepreneurial potential”
More than 50,000 Southampton households have all occupants in work

5th Jan
Bournemouth Echo:
Bournemouth Telecoms company 4Com raise £26,000 for two charities
Bournemouth will be among first to get same-day delivery from Co-op
Daily Echo: New drone programme could save Southampton’s public sector £7 million

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Thanks to all of our sources as always: Bournemouth Echo, Business Insider, Guardian, Personnel Today, People Management, Forbes, The Business Magazine, Daily Echo,  Business in Dorset, World Economic Forum, Bizmag, + Marketing Week.

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