• The decrease in the number of GCSE and A-level language students spells bad news for recruiters, according to a new report. Recent GCSE results have revealed that just 302,500 students took a language GCSE this year, compared with 321,000 last year and around 332,000 in 2013. Furthermore, there was a one per cent drop in the number of A-level students taking French, and a 4.25 per cent drop in students taking German.

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  • Even in a small, family business, drawing up a staffing schedule can be a stressful, time-consuming affair. Balancing the needs of the business and those of the employees can be tricky, particularly when the two clash, while factoring in things like staffing budgets and even maternity cover can make drawing up a roster a real HR nightmare.

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  • There are many ways to save money at your business. One of the ways you can do this is by identifying the areas in your firm where productivity is at the lowest. Often, employers find that they waste the most money when it comes to sick leave, staff turnover and attendance.

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  • Small, badly-run businesses may be able to get away with drawing up a handwritten piece of A4 paper and sticking it to the staffroom wall a week or so in advance, but savvy firms realise the importance of a well thought-through professionally-created rota.

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  • Mental health at work is everybody's business. As well as the wellbeing of the person suffering, it can also have a wider impact. In fact, according to the dispute resolution experts at ACAS, mental health problems cost UK employers an estimated £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.

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