TJ Newsflash: 3 July – freelance network, university not good enough, HR companies that don’t get recommended, and of course more!

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The latest L&D news, reports, research and company updates, personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

L&D freelancers’ support network

A career as a freelancer attracts many practitioners in L&D, working for yourself, flexibility and job satisfaction, coupled with the nature of the work make it a popular career choice.

A common challenge, often underestimated, is building a freelance business, your own personal brand. A new network for L&D freelancers is being set up to help.

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School and university didn’t prepare us for the workplace

Recent research surveyed 794 workers aged 18-34 at companies with over 500 employees. It found seven in ten feel school, college, or university didn’t prepare them for entering the workplace. Moreover, 71% feel there are “a lot of unspoken rules” in the workplace that they need guidance and training on.

The research suggests a greater emphasis on soft skills could help younger workers to acclimatise and succeed in the workplace – especially in such areas as leadership, collaboration, time management, and critical thinking. Yet training is often lacking, according to the survey, leaving many feeling underappreciated and unsure of their role.

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Just two in five HR professionals would recommend their company to others, survey finds

Only two in five (42%) people working in HR said they would recommend their employer to others, according to new research by HR software provider Ciphr.

The survey of 300 HR decision makers revealed a raft of less-than-positive findings about how they view their role at many UK organisations, with over one in three (37% of respondents) claiming to be overworked most or all the time. Around a quarter (28%) also regularly consider leaving their current positions.

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Employees at high risk of burnout

A new report reveals a concerning 27% of employees are at high risk of burnout. The Workday Peakon Employee Voice Report: Addressing Organisational Burnout Risk, published by Workday, Inc, reveals some troubling insights.

Without a plan to improve employee health and wellbeing, or assistance from AI and other technologies, organisational burnout risk spreads from managers to employees—a potential domino effect that undermines engagement and productivity at all levels.

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Don’t underestimate the remarkable power of hope in the workplace

As a counterpoint to the extremely high numbers of employees experiencing pessimism in its winter 2023 Workforce Well-being Survey, meQuilibrium (meQ) investigated a positive emotion—hope—in its latest research. The survey of 5,989 adults finds that hope—the combination of optimism and self-efficacy—is a powerful emotion that can protect employees from pessimism and negativity. 

Hope is a powerful positive force that can greatly enhance employee well-being. Employees with the highest levels of hope are 74% less likely to suffer from burnout, 74% less likely to suffer from anxiety, and 75% less likely to suffer from depression, the research finds.

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3 Euro Cup lessons HR pros can learn

Although the realms of football and office life might seem worlds apart, there are many important lessons that HR leaders and managers can learn from top European football teams that can be applied to their own teams within the workplace.

The experts at Hogan Assessments – the global leader in workplace personality assessment and leadership consulting – have identified three areas that can be influenced by the football greats to improve organisations.

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