Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

 develop a supportive culture of employee voice  trust staff and accept that they cannot control everything  ensure that senior leaders champion the positive use of social media  have a robust social media policy outlining acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

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Work related stress causing one in four to be absent 10 May 2016

The report ‘Britain at Work 2016’ by reputation management consultancy Lansons and insight agency Opinium reveals that around a quarter of UK employees, equivalent to 6 million people, have taken time off work in the last 12 months due to stress brought about as a consequence of doing their job. In addition 21% of employees receive no health or wellbeing benefits at work. Major organisational change is affecting a large proportion of employees (just over three quarters of employees have experienced it in the last two years) and people don’t always get the support they need. Just over half (56%) think that organisational changes have been well communicated.

People want to see their senior leaders face-to face, yet nearly three in ten employees don’t feel they hear from their senior leaders regularly.

Whilst 92% of those in management roles said they have the necessary skills and knowledge to manage people effectively, 39% of the group say they haven’t received any form of management training, and only half (53%) were assessed on their people management skills before being appointed to their role. Against this, 34% of employees say they need more support from their manager. The gap in managers’ perception of their own ability and the reality goes some way to explaining why only half (49%) say they trust what senior leaders in their company say On a positive note the report did find that there is a substantial increase on last year relating to fair pay (last year 44%, this year 52%), and there has also been a significant increase in job satisfaction (54% last year, 61% this year). Access to the full report is available on Lanson’s website which also explores issues including pay and reward, career progression, and pride in company and industry, to draw a complete picture of what motivates (and de- motivates) UK workers today.

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Consultation on simplifying tax for the future 13 May 2016

The Finance Bill 2016 will place the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) on a statutory footing and it is therefore developing its new and broader remit and looking ahead at what its future strategy should be.

The OTS was established in 2010 to be an independent office of HM Treasury to make recommendations on how to simplify tax in the UK. The 2016 Finance Bill will place the OTS on a permanent statutory basis and it has now published a strategy consultation document which sets out, and seeks views on, how the OTS thinks they should develop and operate as they embark on this new chapter as a statutory body.

To deliver their strategy the OTS plan to:


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