Surviving Winter Blues

Tis the season to shine! It’s been a long winter. Spring feels a long way off. Reaching summer seems impossible. The skies are grey. Oomph is in scant supply. So, at this time of year how can you brush away those winter blues and motivate your employees with a dash of happiness and a little...

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Ask Us – Employee retention

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)

  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

  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?

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

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?

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’

  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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Mind the gap

Equal pay considerations for SMEs

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Help Wanted!

  Short-term additions to the workforce can ease the staffing burden on SMEs but what rights do temporary workers have? Should they be treated the same as permanent employees? Should those in interim positions be offered a contract of employment? Here we take a look at the benefits and implications of hiring short-term workers. Why...

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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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