Articles in the category Getting the Best from People

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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Flexi and you know it

June 9 2014

New Flexible Working regulations come into force on 30 June. Whereas the current arrangements provide the right to request flexible working to parents and carers, the right will extend to all employees that have 26 weeks or more service.

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7 reasons appraisal schemes don’t work

May 7 2014

In my experience appraisal schemes are one of the hardest HR activities to get right in an organisation. No doubt this is because they are one of the most crucial tools for creating a successful workforce and they touch every aspect of employment. But it’s not all doom and gloom; if we can understand why...

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Growing Pains

May 7 2014

Here at West HR we help growing businesses. As the economy picks up and there is more confidence in taking on staff, we are receiving an increase in enquiries to help support growth plans and numb any pain the people management challenges cause: Taking on staff When a small business is growing they are taking...

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People leave managers, not companies

April 30 2014

For me, HR is all about the line manager, but line managers have got a tough job – their operational day job, along with having to manage a team of people on top – so even with the best will in the world, being a line manager has its challenges.  So how can HR help?...

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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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