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Applying Marathon Thinking to People Strategy

  Not long now till the London Marathon.  I am totally in awe of the dedication and purpose of the 40,000+ runners. I shall be there in spirit of course, cheering them all on. From my sofa. With a hot chocolate. And popcorn. Preparation means months of meticulous planning and diligent training to get into peak condition as well as a the all important precise plan for the race itself, so they get the best results from all that hard work on the day. It is a brilliant example of… Continue Reading
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Top Tips For Encouraging Your Line Managers To Improve Performance  

Like most other businesses you are probably slap bang in the middle of appraisal time, which means you are inevitably giving some thought to next year’s performance objectives. It doesn’t take a business guru to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are firing on all cylinders. Of course, as is often the case when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. If you want to achieve big things,… Continue Reading
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Top tips to avoid an employment tribunal claim

Since the Supreme Court ruled last Summer that employment tribunal fees were to be abolished, its no surprise that the number of claims being made since has skyrocketed. Employment tribunals can be scary, expensive and have the potential to do real harm to your business and credibility – and they will undoubtedly keep you awake at night. So what can you do as an employer, to help mitigate against a claim situation arising in the first place? Quite a lot so it happens!! Check your employment contracts and keep them… Continue Reading
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Holiday year

Tax year end is on the horizon and every year I marvel at why it is that despite 365 long days ahead of me, it seems that there is always a last minute rush when a deadline looms large?! It’s a basic fact of life, if we are given a deadline, we work to it, and it will always cause a glut or a backlog, often when we are at our busiest! Unfortunately, none of us can change the date of tax year-end, unless your name is Phillip Hammond of… Continue Reading
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Succession planning – managing the risk

Doctor Who’s, Peter Capaldi, bowed out at Xmas, declaring that three years is the maximum length of time anyone should stay in a job. Fortunately the Beeb had a rather nifty succession plan for a seamless transition of the Tardis. (Hello, Jodie Whitaker – welcome to the first female Doctor!) But is your business’s succession plan just as nifty as the Beeb’s? Your business will have key personnel that you rely on.  Maybe they are a brilliant sales person, a can-do manager or someone with specialist skills. How easily would… Continue Reading
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Are Your HR Practices In Need of a Spring Clean?  

You probably started your own business because you’re passionate about bringing your product or service into the world, and providing a much-needed solution for your customers and clients. This people management malarkey though – it’s not necessarily what you signed up for, is it?! Call it a necessary evil if you like, but the fact remains that if you want to grow a thriving business, you can’t get away from it. You need practices, procedures, and policies in place that ensure you’re hitting the mark and developing the right kind… Continue Reading
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The People Doctor will see you now……

I know that dealing with HR and people matters within your business can be challenging. It might be that you need reassurance that you are acting in the right way, or it could be that an employment issue is more complex than you originally thought. Perhaps you are embarking on something new or unfamiliar such as succession planning or restructuring, or maybe you are concerned about the risks associated with dismissing someone; or, as is so often the case, your management time is at a premium and you need to… Continue Reading
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Do all your employees really need a University education?

The 11th National Apprenticeship Week is coming up from 5 to 9 March, and it’s got me thinking. Despite some recent negative press commentary to the contrary, Apprenticeships continue to be a valuable recruitment and investment tool, especially so for savvy small businesses* who are set to benefit the most from new funding rules introduced last year. More than just cheap labour, apprentices can help your business prosper. Not only will the Government pay 100% of the cost of training under 19 year olds for you, if you have less… Continue Reading
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Do you need an HR Secret Weapon?

Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you aren’t careful. Of course, there’s the option to call upon help on a project-by-project basis, and there can be real value in that approach. But if you’re ready to raise the… Continue Reading
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Are you showing some self-restraint this Lent?

The year is charging ahead and already Lent is fast approaching us; a time traditionally for taking stock and giving up a luxury or two. Granted those luxuries are often alcohol or chocolate based – although the really savvy amongst us will give up things they never really liked anyway (so that’s no celery for me for a month!). We all know that bad habits in our personal lives can lead to serious problems. From trying to adopt a healthier diet through to kicking caffeine or nicotine, most of us… Continue Reading
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