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5 Challenges Facing Housing Associations in 2017

Managing safelyThese are our thoughts on the 5 main challenges facing Housing Associations in 2017. These have been collated from our experience of working with a large number of Housing Associations over the last 12 months and discussing with them what they feel their biggest challenges will be this year and what can be done to address them.

The Apprenticeship Levy – A Quick Reference Guide

How to Set Achievable Personal Development GoalsUnravelling the Jargon – What Does it Mean For You

On the 6th April 2017 the apprenticeship levy will be introduced by the UK Government. This will change the way the Government funds apprenticeships in England. So what will this mean to you and what actions are required of you if you wish to benefit from the funding. Read our summary and quick reference guide.

How to Set Achievable Personal Development Goals

How to Set Achievable Personal Development Goals Setting yourself achievable short term objectives and long term goals can provide you with a vision of prosperity and motivation to work towards a better future. It encourages you to expand your knowledge, improve your skills and to become a better employee.

Not only will setting and meeting these goals give you a sense of achievement, but it will improve your self-confidence and show your boss you’re organised and enthusiastic.

5 Self Improvement New Year’s Resolution Ideas

staff motivation trainingEven if you’re pretty awesome, nobody is perfect and everyone has room to grow, develop and become a better person.

With the New Year having just begun, now is the ideal time to set yourself goals and objectives for the year ahead. No we don’t mean stop smoking or reduce the amount you drink (although this is a good resolution to make), but to make achievable aims that will benefit your professional life.

Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Your Staff in 2017

Green ClassroomResearch shows that being in work is generally good for people’s health and wellbeing. Case studies indicate that helping employees to improve or manage their health can result in increased attendance and performance. The CIPD’s Absence Management Annual Survey report 2010 estimates that, on average, UK employees are absent from work 7.7 days per year.  Corporate wellbeing therefore cannot be underestimated.

Call of the Wild Sponsor Young Archer Alice Reynolds

Alice reynoldsWe are proud to announce our sponsorship of Alice Reynolds, a talented 17 years old archery champion from Swansea in Wales. In 2016 Alice won a gold medal in the European Archery Championship in Valencia.

Not only did Alice Reynolds of Pontardawe win a gold medal but she set a new record in the Young Adult category.

Housing Associations No Longer Able To Borrow To Provide New Homes

Housing AssociationA move which could limit new affordable homes being built by Housing Associations in Wales will be opposed by the Welsh Government.

In September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced housing associations should be considered part of the public, not private, sector.

But the Welsh Government promised to take “whatever steps are necessary” to reverse the change, following concerns reports BBC News.

5 Ways To Motivate Your Staff in 2017

Staff motivationEveryone knows motivation is important, but how do you ensure staff have it?

We previously wrote about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how good leaders recognise people are motivated by different things (you can read it here). Here are a few examples of the many ways you can give your employees the boost they need:

Scale of Fines With Health & Safety Prosecutions Increase

hseDo Not ‘Turn A Blind Eye’ To The New Health And Safety Sentencing Guidelines

On a daily basis we are seeing a clear shift in punishment apportioned for breaches of health and safety legislation as a direct result of the new sentencing guidelines.

On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines were launched in the United Kingdom for those who commit health and safety offences. They direct the courts to follow a structured approach, examining culpability, the seriousness of harm imposed and the likelihood of harm. There are various levels which reflect the scale within each category.

Of great significance to employers is that the process thereafter matches the results against turnover.

The Chimp Paradox by Dr.Steve Peters

chimp paradoxThe Chimp Paradox  is a theory put forward by Dr.Steve Peters and sets out a  powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person

Apprenticeships – School Pupils Not Given Any Information Says New Survey

Career guidance including apprenticeshipsAn article in HR Magazine draws attention to the results of a recent survey carried out by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the EY Foundation . It identified that just one in four (24%) believe an apprenticeship offers a better chance of getting a good job than a university degree

Less than half (48%) of 16- to 21-year-olds received information on apprenticeships from their schools, according to research.

Sue Snowball Elected as Board Member of South Wales HR Forum

South Wales HR ForumWe are delighted to announce that Call of the Wild’s Business Development Manager, Sue Snowball, has been elected as a Board Member on the new South Wales HR Forum. The purpose of the newly formed  Forum is to provide a voice for the HR Community in South Wales. It is an inclusive network of HR practitioners, students, academics and spectators.