Articles in the category Ask us

Ask Us – Has he resigned?

January 19 2015

A member of staff that has previously received a verbal and then a written warning for going AWOL has now ceased to come to work. We have not had a letter of resignation but he did text another of our employees saying he has given up but also saying that we set him up for...

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Christmas clampdown?

December 2 2014

  Last year my employees really slacked off during the period between Christmas and new year. How can I ensure they are more productive this year?   One answer would be performance management techniques that apply all year round, but before I go on to those I would ask that you consider some alternative routes....

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Christmas closedown and holidays

November 28 2014

Business was so quiet over Christmas last year that I have decided to close between Christmas and New Year this year. Can I force employees to take these closure days as holiday?

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Ask Us: Employee AWOL

August 11 2014

Thanks for your information on hiring students, very useful. I hired a student in June but this week they have not turned up for work at all. I’ve tried phoning, but he just won’t answer my call. Can I just take him off the books now?

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Ask Us – Contractual notice periods

July 8 2014

I have a question about contractual notice periods. In a contract of employment, does notice from employee to employer need to be the same as notice from employer to employee?

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Ask Us: Holiday Pay

July 2 2014

I’ve heard something about having to pay more than basic pay during employees’ paid holidays. What do I need to pay?

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Top 10 Reasons to Ask Us

June 17 2014

Business owners and line managers are busy people.  It’s not always feasible for you to be employment experts too.  But, that’s what HR is for; the art is knowing when you should ask for help.

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Ask Us – Annual Leave & School Holidays

June 16 2014

As we approach the school summer holidays, I’m starting to receive lots of annual leave requests. I’ve got employees wanting to take time off at the same time and I can barely cover the business in August as it is. Am I allowed to say no to parents of school children?

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It’s my first foray into recruitment – help!

May 7 2014

We run a small family business, and we’re doing really well, but the family is up to capacity. We need to advertise for staff, but are really nervous. Where do we start?   First of all congratulations for getting to where you are over such a tough few years. You have recognised that you cannot...

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Management Training this way?

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Useful tips on how to lose the holiday blues

Ready GO! It can be a challenge to regain a work-positive mind-set after a...

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What’s in it for (S)ME?

What’s in it for (S)ME? Working for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) can...

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