HR news round-up – Monday 4 Sept 2017

By September 4, 2017News

Good afternoon – here’s today’s round of HR and employment law news from today and over the weekend.

McDonald’s workers go on strike in UK for the first time – Deminos

Workers at two restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, south-east London, began the 24-hour action at midnight due to a dispute over zero-hours contracts and conditions.

About 40 staff are on strike after a ballot in favour of industrial action. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union said staff want a wage of at least £10 an hour and more secure jobs, but McDonald’s said the action is related to internal grievance procedures and not pay.

Half of Brits looking to leave their current job – HR News

A study conducted by Citation has revealed that 50% of full or part-time workers in the UK want to leave their current job in the next 12 months.

With the average cost of recruitment coming in at £30,000 according to a study by Oxford Economics, UK business owners look set for a costly year ahead. London businesses will be the worst hit, with two thirds (64%) of workers in the capital planning on eyeing up other employers.

Three-quarters of female HR professionals say workplace sexism is still rife – CIPD

Three-quarters (76%) of female HR professionals – and nearly two-thirds (63%) of all HR practitioners – believe sexism still exists in most workplaces, new research has found.

The YouGov survey of 800 HR personnel, carried out on behalf of charity the Young Women’s Trust, also revealed that 12% of those working for large employers knew sexual harassment in their companies went unreported and 10% were aware of formal sexual harassment complaints.

Inability to ‘switch off’ may be behind rise in sick notes, warns expert – CIPD

Experts are warning that employees’ inability to ‘switch off’ could be causing mental ill-health, after it was revealed that 31% of fit notes issued are for mental and behavioural disorders.

NHS Digital analysed 12 million fit notes written by GPs in England between December 2014 and March 2017, and found a 14% increase in the number of workers signed off sick or put on restricted duties because of stress or anxiety between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Millennial workers prefer transformational leaders – HR Magazine

A survey by a recruitment consultancy has revealed that millennial workers in the UK are more motivated by managers and leaders who engage, challenge and inspire them at work.

Freshminds’ survey found that two-fifths (40.2%) of respondents – ranging from entry level and middle management to senior executive and C-suite executives – agree that transformational leaders have the greatest impact on junior employee motivation.

This is followed by a democratic leadership style (36.5%), which sees leaders encourage open communication and employee participation.