Articles in the category Getting the Best from People

Ask Us – Employee retention

January 12 2018

We are an SME and I know 2018 is going to be a huge growth year for us.  However, I suspect some of our staff are looking elsewhere for jobs.  Losing that experience will have a detrimental impact on our operations, but as a SME I’m very limited as to what benefits I can offer...

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New Year’s Resolutions (and why they matter)

January 2 2018

  A new year offers new personal and business opportunities and possibilities to improve on the past year and take an incremental upward/forward step. Many people look forward to January 1st and use the milestone to signify the beginning of a healthier happier lifestyle. However, inconveniences like life in general, work, and a lack of...

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Workplace Sexual Harassment

November 28 2017

  Sexual harassment in the workplace is a delicate topic. With the holiday season fast approaching every employer has the additional concern of the office Christmas party; where the risk of harassment is even greater with alcohol flowing. It’s possible that an employee could find themselves caught between the mistletoe and the photocopier by the...

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Traditional job interviews – R.I.P?

November 3 2017

Most companies rely on traditional job interviews to make hiring decisions but even with effective interview skills this is a potentially risky method of selecting the right candidate because apparently 4 out of 5 people embellish during an interview (see also The Best Place to Work – The Art & Science of Creating an Extraordinary...

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The Gender Pay Gap in Britain

September 12 2017

Last month we were invited by Emily Harbottle, Editor at Catena (Nottingham) Limited to comment on her article published in Catena’s Network Magazine July/August.  They have kindly allowed us to share the following article with you. In the last 100 years, women have come a long way in terms of equality. We are now able to vote, own our...

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Are audits all that?

September 5 2017

All too often, in the rush to fix problems and move on to the next one, we don’t fully assess the issue and end up with a short-term patch rather than a long-term solution.  For employment matters it can be a good investment of time to undertake a full HR audit

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Employment rights in the ‘gig economy’

August 18 2017

  The employment status of workers in the gig economy has come into question recently, with some companies insisting that their workers are self-employed contractors; a status which offers their workers little or none of the employment protections that are enjoyed by employees. The gig economy is a phrase used to describe the growing employment...

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Don’t dis the comfort

June 27 2017

Recent heatwaves saw UK temperatures rise to over 30oC resulting in sweltering conditions in buildings. For some it seemed far too hot to work. How can anyone possibly be expected to function when internal temperatures reach 30+? So what are the laws regarding temperatures in the workplace? Is there a point at which employees are...

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What is outsourced HR for SMEs?

May 26 2017

We provide HR for small businesses that cannot justify the need for permanent or full time in-house HR. It’s all about the experience Outsourced HR is a cost-effective way of engaging HR expertise. HR theory can be learned relatively quickly from books and workshops, but it needs to go hand in hand with experience to...

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Management Training this way?

Managers are often promoted into the role due to their technical knowledge or long...

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Can your business benefit from external HR support?

The legal challenges which surround typical HR issues can be daunting for SME owners,...

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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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