Each week the JobsTheWord team picks its favourite need-to-know, interesting recruitment articles from around the web. This week includes, big data myths busted, workplace bullying and UK unemployment rates.
Big Data is a term that can’t be escaped these days. Whatever it is you need to know – if your data is big enough then you’ll find the answer. Yet it remains a term shrouded in confusion with many in the recruitment sector secretly skeptical as to what Big Data can help them achieve. Our very own Sally-Anne speaks to Recruitment Grapevine to see if she could help bust some Big Data myths. Tweet
This week on RealBusiness, Shané Schutte touched on workplace bullying and posed the question of why adults persist to bully each other. In 2014 it was suggested that 10-20 per cent of people are being bullied across all working sectors. It’s time for employers to put their foot down, especially since research has just found that employee mental health is at stake.Tweet
Following on from the article above, I came across an interesting article regarding Mental Health. Stephen Bevan, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at the Work Foundation, stated that maximising the mental health of staff should be the “critical aim of businesses”. Bevan told delegates at the second Why Mental Health Matters conference, that mental illness should now be given parity to physical illness as something organisations need to tackle. Tweet
According to recent research 54 per cent of employees would move roles if they were approached. The responses revealed that 88 per cent would prefer to to be approached via a personal email. Lucy James, Director at Quarsh said: “These findings underline what a fantastic opportunity employers have at the moment to win some of the best talent in the market, but only if they approach candidates in the right way.” Tweet
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK unemployment has continued to fall, while the average wage increased at the fastest pace since mid-2013. The unemployment rate now stands at 5.7 per cent of the working population. Unemployment rates in the UK fell by 97,000 to 1.86 million in the three months to December 2014. David Cameron has hailed news that Britain’s employment rate is at the joint highest level since records began in 1971 as evidence that the economy is strengthening. Cameron said: “I’m not saying we have solved all our problems in the British economy in the last four and a half years, but we are on our way.” Tweet